Local News

  • Floodwall certification will be costly

    CANNELTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency wants Cannelton's floodwall to be "accredited," Sanitation Supervisor Jerry Ball said at a board of public works and safety meeting Feb. 9. The city's mayor called the requirement another example of the federal government "nickel-and-diming us on that levy."

    Ball said he can submit paperwork to get the wall "provisionally accredited," a designation that would last for two years and "would make flood insurance mandatory for everyone with a mortgage."

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  • Another round of limb pickup begins soon

    TELL CITY - If Tell City's street-department crews haven't removed your limbs downed by the late-January ice storm or last week's gusty round of winds, don't give up hope. A second round of pickup will begin soon, the city's street commissioner said Monday.

    "We need to get through the Fennhaven area, but once we get that done, we'll cover the entire city again," Jeff Everly told members of the city's board of public works and safety.

  • Big Brothers-Big Sisters program finds even-bigger success

    LEOPOLD - Perry Central High School students are becoming friends, mentors and role models for dozens of their elementary counterparts under a Big Brothers-Big Sisters program now in its fifth year.

    "Every year it gets a little bigger and better and this year we have 57 matches," program coordinator Lou Ann Backer told school-board members during their regular meeting Monday.

    The program has evolved from one that scheduled most activities for evenings or weekends, but interaction between older and younger students now takes place during the school day.

  • Community gearing up for Wednesday anti-bullying program

    TELL CITY - School and community officials are spreading the word and encouraging attendance at Wednesday's visit by Michael Dorn, a leading school-safety and bullying-prevention expert.

    Several local educators heard Dorn speak at an international bullying-prevention conference in Indianapolis in November and an anonymous donation will permit him to give presentations Wednesday, kicking off a long-term program to reduce bullying among students at all three school buildings.

  • And the nominees are ... Chamber awards dinner tonight

    TELL CITY - The Perry County Chamber of Commerce announces the nominations for the 2009 Chamber Award Dinner. Awards are given in four categories:

    • Large-business award - McDonald's and Nobles IGA.

    •  Small business and entrepreneur awards - Advanced Rehabilitation Physical Therapy, Celebrations, Cromwell Radio Group and Maurices.

    • Applause award - Catholic Charities Tell City, Glenn Wood Hills Camp and Retreat Center, Leadership Perry County and United Way of Perry County.

  • Regional leadership program has pair of local participants

    EVANSVILLE - Two business and economic-development leaders in Perry County are among 23 people selected to take part in a skills-development program sponsored by the University of Southern Indiana.

    Funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Connect with Southern Indiana strives to boost Indiana's retention of intellectual capital by helping participants strengthen their skills and opportunities for involvement in community and regional projects.

    Participants also meet business and civic leaders and gain greater awareness of community and regional needs.

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  • Bird group organizing; first meeting Saturday

    FERDINAND - Anyone interested in birds and how to identify them is invited to a meeting Saturday at Forest Park High School in Ferdinand.

    Ken Barnes, who used to write an outdoors column for The News, said the organization meeting will begin at 10 a.m. EST Saturday in Room 144 at the school. Visitors should use Entrance 3.

    For more information, call Barnes at (812) 746-8691.

  • Stocks feature added to Web site

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