http://www.perrycountynews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Lent begins http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/lent-begins <img src="http://www.perrycountynews.com/sites/www.perrycountynews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ash_wednesday_mogan.jpg" alt="The Rev. Daniel Gadbaw, pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Tell City, places ashes on the foreheads of Mandi Mogan (above) and Isaiah Warner (next) during a noon service Wednesday. In a brief homily, Gadbaw said the ashes are a visible sign that Lent is a period of prayer, penance and sacrifice. However, he also said the 40 days preceding Easter can also be a reminder of the power of forgiveness. Many churches across the county held special Ash Wednesday services and many will hold Lenten services, talks and breakfasts during the coming weeks. Lent falls early on the calendar this year. Easter Sunday is March 27." title="The Rev. Daniel Gadbaw, pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Tell City, places ashes on the foreheads of Mandi Mogan (above) and Isaiah Warner (next) during a noon service Wednesday. In a brief homily, Gadbaw said the ashes are a visible sign that Lent is a period of prayer, penance and sacrifice. However, he also said the 40 days preceding Easter can also be a reminder of the power of forgiveness. Many churches across the county held special Ash Wednesday services and many will hold Lenten services, talks and breakfasts during the coming weeks. Lent falls early on the calendar this year. Easter Sunday is March 27." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /> Statehouse services planned for Whitcomb http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/statehouse-services-planned-whitcomb <p> INDIANAPOLIS &ndash; A public memorial service and standing honors ceremony are planned for former Gov. Edgar D. Whitcomb, who died Feb. 4 at the age of 98. Hoosiers from around the state are encouraged to visit the Statehouse in Indianapolis to pay tribute to Whitcomb at events on Thursday, Feb. 11, and Friday, Feb. 12.</p> <p> On Thursday, from noon to 4 p.m. EST, members of the Indiana State Police and the Indiana National Guard will present standing honors in the Statehouse rotunda. Members of the public are welcome to attend to pay respects and sign condolence books.</p> Waupaca to merge with Hitachi Metals auto group http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/waupaca-merge-hitachi-metals-auto-group <p> TELL CITY &ndash; Waupaca Foundry announced Tuesday it will merge with Hitachi Metals Automotive Components. Both companies are subsidiaries of Hitachi Metals Foundry America and executives said the move will deliver a more streamlined approach to cast, machine and assemble parts for the foundry&rsquo;s automotive, off-highway and agricultural clients.</p> <p> Waupaca&rsquo;s Tell City foundry is the county&rsquo;s largest employer.</p> Local veteran addresses PTSD, suicide at D.C. conference http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/local-veteran-addresses-ptsd-suicide-dc-conference <img src="http://www.perrycountynews.com/sites/www.perrycountynews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/rice_suicide_prevention.jpg" alt="U.S. Army veteran Brent Rice has spent the last several years working with those suffering from PTSD and depression. Having gone through similar struggles himself, the Tell City native has become a strong advocate for the Veterans Administration and their many services. He was a featured speaker Feb. 2 during a suicide prevention summit in Washington, D.C. Rice, left, is pictured with Secretary of the VA Robert A. McDonald, center, and another of the event’s featured veteran presenters." title="U.S. Army veteran Brent Rice has spent the last several years working with those suffering from PTSD and depression. Having gone through similar struggles himself, the Tell City native has become a strong advocate for the Veterans Administration and their many services. He was a featured speaker Feb. 2 during a suicide prevention summit in Washington, D.C. Rice, left, is pictured with Secretary of the VA Robert A. McDonald, center, and another of the event’s featured veteran presenters." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> By STUART CASSIDY</p> <p> Staff Writer</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The life&rsquo;s journey we are about to embark is not an uncommon story. In nearly every community there are people who suffer from depression and battle thoughts of suicide. But for one former Tell City native, his struggles provide a silver lining &ndash; a personal crusade to help others combating such problems.</p> City to seek court decision on eyesore homes http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/city-seek-court-decision-eyesore-homes <p> CANNELTON &ndash; An embattled owner of several dilapidated structures in Cannelton may soon have a new fight to retain possession of those properties. The city council took action Monday during a regular meeting that could give governmental control of several homes owned by a single real-estate developer whose business entities go by several names.</p> The rail-splitter used by Lincoln himself http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/rail-splitter-used-lincoln-himself <img src="http://www.perrycountynews.com/sites/www.perrycountynews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/lincolns_mallet_dynamic_lighting_2_med_res.jpg" alt="Pictured is a rail-splitting maul refashioned into a bench mallet by the 16th President himself. This mighty piece of pioneer equipment was used by Abe Lincoln in the splitting of rails for fencing, the very feat that would earn him the nickname “Railsplitter” on his political campaigns. Lincoln carved his initials into the tool while refurbishing it as a bench mallet when the tree root-ball that constituted the original maul head was broken. The artifact was kept safe in Richland by the Carter Family for five generations before Keith Carter of Evansville agreed to lend it to the Indiana State Museum for display." title="Pictured is a rail-splitting maul refashioned into a bench mallet by the 16th President himself. This mighty piece of pioneer equipment was used by Abe Lincoln in the splitting of rails for fencing, the very feat that would earn him the nickname “Railsplitter” on his political campaigns. Lincoln carved his initials into the tool while refurbishing it as a bench mallet when the tree root-ball that constituted the original maul head was broken. The artifact was kept safe in Richland by the Carter Family for five generations before Keith Carter of Evansville agreed to lend it to the Indiana State Museum for display." align="left" hspace="6" width="185" height="85" /><p> By DON STEEN</p> <p> Staff Writer</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> INDIANAPOLIS &ndash; A precious Spencer County treasure got a celebrated debut at the Indiana State Museum Tuesday morning. The museum cloaked the announcement in mystery, refusing to give any direct hint at what the artifact might be.</p> <p> When the veil was lifted, the museum revealed Abe Lincoln&rsquo;s very own mallet to the world, engraved with his own initials and the year &ldquo;1829.&rdquo;</p> Malone: Rumors of sexual misconduct by sheriff’s deputy unfounded http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/malone-rumors-sexual-misconduct-sheriff%E2%80%99s-deputy-unfounded <p> PERRY COUNTY &ndash; Social media comments about a county sheriff&rsquo;s deputy that swirled on Facebook simply don&rsquo;t match the facts, Sheriff Alan Malone said this week.</p> <p> Social media posts made Monday suggested a deputy sheriff was under investigation for sexual misconduct after a weekend incident in Troy Township.</p> <p> Malone confirmed Indiana State Police troopers are investigating a domestic battery case in which one person was charged and another jailed on an unrelated warrant.</p> County surveyor race to offer election rematch http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/county-surveyor-race-offer-election-rematch <img src="http://www.perrycountynews.com/sites/www.perrycountynews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/despain_filing_surveyor.jpg" alt="Incumbent County Surveyor Zac DeSpain files for re-election in the county clerk’s office. The Democrat is in the final year of his first term. " title="Incumbent County Surveyor Zac DeSpain files for re-election in the county clerk’s office. The Democrat is in the final year of his first term. " align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> PERRY COUNTY &ndash; Incumbent Democrat Zac DeSpain and Republican David Lynch, have filed for the office of county surveyor.</p> <p> As of last Friday&rsquo;s filing deadline, they were the only two candidates to file for that office. They will face each other in November&rsquo;s general election.</p> <p> The deadline to file for May&rsquo;s primary was noon, Feb. 5.</p> <p> The filings mark a rehash of the race DeSpain and Lynch pitted against each other 4 years ago when they both sought the office. DeSpain narrowly won the 2012 election.</p>