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  • "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears." The famous opening line of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" is becoming an invitation to the community to take a renewed interested in safeguarding the former courthouse in Perry County's Rome. With help from a dedicated band of supporters and Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, the 1818 building will be around for decades to come.

    A group numbering more than 30 people visited the 191-year-old former county courthouse in Rome last Thursday.

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  • TELL CITY - Teachers, counselors and other school staff who devote their talents to educating and protecting children gained new insight and skills last month into a new program that will change how Tell City-Troy Township schools deal with an ages-old problem: bullying.

  • TELL CITY - The name of a man whose contributions were felt throughout Perry County during his life will be remembered in his death after a ceremony Thursday.

    "Gerry was one of the Perry County residents who had a vision for the Hoosier Southern Railroad, and he certainly worked very hard ... to make it become a reality," Dick Neumann said in opening the event commemorating Gerald D. Thomas by naming a locomotive in his honor.

  • TELL CITY - The sun came out and the temperature warmed April 1, making opening day for The Greenhouse one that inspired springtime activities like planting.

    In actuality, nine greenhouses have sprouted over recent months at the nursery's location at the north end of Tell City, but collectively they carry the singular name. Manager Lorna Garrett listed annuals, perennials, ferns, grasses, herbs, shrubs and roses, and vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers and cabbages among plant offerings, and said the business also offers birdbaths, fountains and statues.

  • ECKERTY - The dinner bell is ringing loudly at the Schwartz Family Restaurant, located five miles north of Interstate 64 on Indiana 37.

    The restaurant opened April 1 and as of Saturday was bustling with diners.

    "We use a lot of home-grown vegetables and fruits," said Joseph Schwartz, who operates the restaurant with wife, Edna, and an extended family of cooks and servers. Guests choose their meals cafeteria-style, with choices of meats, vegetables, breads and desserts.

  • Editor's Note: Perry County Storm won the Hoosier Men's State Basketball Tourney Sunday at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. Head Coach Mike Gibson penned this column on the experience.

    Hoosier Hysteria is alive and well in Special Olympics Indiana. For the record, the Hoosier Men's State Basketball Tournament is the third-largest event of any state competition and the largest Special Olympics basketball event in the world.

  • TELL CITY - In 1975 the Tell City Post Office welcomed Tim Miller as a clerk-carrier and Tuesday his co-workers bid him farewell as he retired as its postmaster.

    During his 34-year career Miller worked at post offices in Tell City, Troy and Cannelton. In 1983 he was officer in charge in Troy then became supervisor in 1987 in Tell City. Three years later he took the postmaster position in Cannelton when Postmaster Maude Kendall retired. Miller returned to Tell City in 2003 as officer in charge and was appointed its postmaster in 2004.

  • Asked how she wanted to celebrate her 100th birthday, Catherine Waninger had two requests: she wanted a bowl of turtle soup and a spin in a convertible.

    The Oakwood Health Campus resident got both, enjoying turtle soup with family members and friends March 22. On Tuesday, her actual birthday, she took a ride in Oakwood employee Jerry Dixon's 1963 Corvair, cruising Main Street, taking a look at the Ohio River and driving past Wal-Mart. "I'm not sure who had more fun, her or us," said Oakwood staffer Jan Beard, who accompanied the two.

  • TELL CITY - Fourteen-year-old Levi Hilgenhold has looked to the stars for inspiration for years. He's now one of nine young people with a chance to make space history.

    NASA announced this week that Hilgenhold and eight other students are finalists in the agency's Mars Science Laboratory Mission. NASA asked students from kindergarten through 12th grade to submit essays proposing names for a Mars rover expected to launch in 2011 and land on the red planet the following year. More than 9,000 students submitted essays.

  • CANNELTON - Elementary-school students in Cannelton sent a flat representative to the Iditarod dog-sled race, and "he" made appearances at the annual race's start and rubbed shoulders with the jacket of a prolific author of books for youngsters.

  • WEEHAWKEN, N.J. — Life can change in a matter of hours. A Tell City native has penned her story of just how true a statement that is.

    Deborah Ludwig, a 1984 graduate of Tell City High School living in the Northeast, was filming an infomercial the morning of Dec. 17, 2003, but later that afternoon found herself in an emergency room undergoing numerous tests.

    The following day she was diagnosed with leukemia. Fourteen months after moving to the New York area to pursue her acting dreams, Ludwig found those aspirations shattered by cancer.

  • CANNELTON - They'll schedule a grand opening some time in April, but "we're ready to go" for anyone who cares to visit their new showroom at the corner of Indiana 66 and Old Indiana 237 in Cannelton, said Ryan Knieriem, vice president for Canary Outdoor Power Equipment.

  • Rain clouds may have threatened outside, but spirits - and cars - raced Sunday as Cub Scout Pack 191 hosted its annual Pinewood Derby at Perry Central. Elementary gym bleachers held Cubs' parents, grandparents and siblings eager to watch pine cars race down a wooden track. Gravity powered the creations, aided by clever engineering and catchy designs that ranged from a black limousine with a presidential seal on its roof to a slab of cheese. Another car was decked out patriotically like a bald eagle while others sported retro looks of the 1960s and 70s.

  • TELL CITY - One Tell City principal is taking the community's recent wellness initiative and running with it - literally.

    Laura Noble, William Tell Elementary School principal, plans to participate in five half-marathons starting this summer, thanks to a Teacher Creativity Fellowship Grant, which will fund her venture, including travel and entry fees. Noble was going to run in five 5K events but since participating in a few races since writing the grant last summer, she's confident about finishing a 5K.