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  • PERRY COUNTY - Three local high-school seniors shared similar stories last week of their decisions not to use tobacco - and their efforts at encouraging younger students who look up to them as student athletes to make similar healthy decisions.

  • TELL CITY - Annual business honors handed out Thursday recognized three Tell City businesses: a longtime grocery store, women's clothier and Main Street gift shop.

    Also honored among local nonprofit organizations was United Way of Perry County.

    The eighth annual business-awards ceremony sponsored by the Perry County Chamber of Commerce was held at the Schergens Center. Large Business of the Year honors went to Noble's IGA, with Celebrations owner Larky Flanagan named Entrepreneur of the Year. Maurices received the award for Small Business of the Year.

  • One of Tell City's oldest buildings has been placed in young hands.

    Chris Cail is already busy investing his time and talent into preserving 150-year-old Schweizer Hall, a two-story brick structure that served as an early gathering spot for the community's founders.

    Located in the 300 block of Ninth Street, Schweizer Hall was built in 1859, just a year after the city's founding, and served as a meeting room and social hall for the Swiss Colonization Society.

  • LEXINGTON, Ky. – Among millions of people who descended upon Washington, D.C. for the inauguration, there were police officers from several states keeping watch. Of those, Perry County native Amy Hawkins stood for more than 19 hours in the frigid temperatures along the parade route.

  • Cannelton third-graders are Learning to Give through projects that have them helping dogs halfway across town and in a far corner of the United States.

    Teacher Joan Goble said her students chose to help Perry County animal shelter inhabitants as a Learning to Give project. Learning to Give is the curriculum division of The League, a school-based system that combines state standards-based lesson plans with community-service events to teach students the value of giving and recognizing them for their efforts. Information about the program is available at www. leagueworldwide.org.

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  • Polar bears they're not, but Indiana Department of Natural Resources divers proved Tuesday they have the nerve and equipment to save lives in the coldest of conditions, even under the ice.

    Five conservation divers slipped beneath 3 inches of ice at Patoka Lake's south ramp for a morning training session. Teams of two divers spent up to 10 minutes under water, honing search skills and testing the equipment – including dive suits that allow them to cope with the cold – they rely on during winter rescues.

  • TELL CITY – Amy Kehl is "excited about the potential impact" speaker Keith Nord will have on not only students and staff, but on the community.

    Kehl, who is the Tell City High School Renaissance sponsor, first heard Nord speak at a Renaissance conference in Orlando, Fla. "His message really inspired me," she said, adding that when she sent several students to a conference in Phoenix, "they came home bubbling about him."

  • Staying warm while managing energy costs can be difficult, especially when the mercury dips near zero, as it has this week. But there are simple steps homeowners and renters can take to cut down on heating costs during winter. Other steps can bring sizable energy savings year-round.

    Home Heating

    • It's always important to have heating systems checked by a qualified technician each season, and even though we're in the depths of winter, it's not too late. Minor adjustments can more than pay for the cost of a service call.

  • According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Americans can make their homes more energy efficient by knowing how the electricity they purchase is used in their homes. Quick and inexpensive steps can cut monthly power bills, helping families' budgets and giving the environment a needed boot.

    • Turn off the lights when you leave, especially at the end of the day. Encourage your children to do the same. Once it's a habit, they won't need reminding.

  • Laundry day provides plenty of opportunities to be more environmentally friendly in 2009. These steps will not only save money and better the environment, they'll make your clothes look better.

    Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation. Don't over-dry your clothes. If your machine has a moisture sensor, use it. Consider air-drying clothes on clothes lines or drying racks. Air-drying is recommended by clothing manufacturers for some fabrics. Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter-weight clothes.

  • One of Perry County's most historic sites, Freeman's Corner, may not appear to have that much going for it. It's never been home to a famous person, boasted a building of any type or witnessed war, a battle or even a skirmish. In fact, Freeman's Corner is missing the bronze plaque dedicated more than 70 years ago on a stone monument nearby.