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  • 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.

  • TELL CITY - With the approach of spring, the thoughts of many lovers of the outdoors turn to fishing. A newly relocated fishing and tackle store promises to help make the next trip to the fishin' hole a success.

    Big Tales reopened Jan. 1 at 1002 Main St., in the building that once held Cochenour Chrysler-Plymouth. Big Tales first opened in early 2007 on Indiana 66 near Cannelton.

  • TELL CITY - The owners of one of Tell City's newest businesses have big plans for their small café and gift shop.

    Marty and Dolly Wheeler, who own Tell City Star Café and Imagination Creations in the 400 block of Main Street, said it's always been a dream of theirs to have a café and shop.

    Cooking since he was young, Marty said he's worked in several restaurants, anything from truck stops to higher-end restaurants. But a café-style restaurant is what he always wanted for himself, he said.

  • TELL CITY - There are people who will go to any lengths to get access to and molest children, a school-safety specialist said Wednesday in the Tell City High School auditorium.

    That's a risk to children here, but it's not the biggest one, according to Michael Dorn, executive director of Safe Havens International, a nonprofit school-safety center in Macon, Ga.

    Americans think the risk is high that their children could fall victim to a gunman.

    There is a risk, but statistics prove it's very low, Dorn said.

  • 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.