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  • Tell City annexation plans on hold

    Council declines to vote on any of four ordinances; efforts could resume in 2008

    TELL CITY - The Tell City Common Council discussed at length but opted not to vote Monday on four annexation ordinances that could have expanded the community's north, east and south sides.

    The council's decision halts, at least for now, an attempt to annex new areas, an effort that drew opposition from residents who said they stood to gain little but would pay higher taxes.

  • What I Want Most for Christmas is ...

    Perry Central kindergartner Skylar Smith tells Santa what he would like for Christmas while Santa's helper, Wilma Samuels, waits to give him a storybook to take home. The pair visited with youngsters as part of Perry Central's Candy Cane Carnival Tuesday evening. During the event classes sang Christmas carols in English, and with the help of the German Club, in German. Attendants could also make numerous holiday crafts while tasting a variety of cookies, visit the book fair and bid on gift baskets made by various classes.

  • Winning artist

    Jeff Yeung, a fifth-grader at William Tell Elementary School in Tell City, was the winning artist in a card-design contest sponsored by City Hall. Yeung was recognized by Mayor Gayle Strassell at Monday's meeting of the city council. His artwork will grace the city's 2007 Christmas card.

  • Aspiring Actresses

    Ashley Edwards, a 16-year-old junior at Tell City High School, reads lines for a toothpaste commercial during play auditions in the school's auditorium Tuesday. Drama-club coach Carolyn Etienne, at left in bottom photo, wasn't sure what play her actors will produce, saying issues such as wiring problems in stage lights, a lack of set-building materials and too few boys trying out must be overcome. Middle photo, responding to instructions from Etienne, ninth-grader Alexis Braun runs across the stage as part of her audition.

  • News finishes second in Blue Ribbon competition

    INDIANAPOLIS - The Perry County News finished in second place in its effort to become Indiana's best community newspaper, taking the runner-up spot behind the Brown County Democrat in Saturday's Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the Hoosier State Press Association.

    The News is a four-time winner of the Blue Ribbon, given once each year to a daily and non-daily newspaper as the highest accolade of the state press association. The News last won the award in 2001 and placed second in 2005.

  • Grandmother praises 5-year-old's courage

    TELL CITY - Five-year-old Bailey Little "was so brave to stay with her mommy," after an accident, according to the child's grandmother, Peggy Howe.

    Bailey's mother, Jill Little, was climbing a ladder Sunday evening to retrieve Christmas items from the garage attic at their 1031 21st St., Tell City home, Howe said Monday. "The ladder slipped and down she went."

    Her daughter hurt an arm and a leg and sustained a head injury that was "bleeding pretty bad," Howe said.

    The little girl "stayed with her mom every minute until help came," Howe said.

  • 'Bless Your Stress' author plans Friday book-signing

    Charles to address LHDC employees before visit to library

    TELL CITY - A woman with three decades of experience in helping companies and people mobilize their skills and develop their talents will share her wisdom with employees of Lincoln Hills Development Corp. Friday and sign copies of her books.

    Lincoln Hills Development Corp. will host author and speaker, C. Leslie Charles, Friday. During the morning, she will present training as the keynote speaker for LHDC's annual in-service training event, expected to bring approximately 150 attendees.

  • District ranger stepping down in January

    Denoncour found ways to tie community involvement with forest stewardship

    TELL CITY - Jim Denoncour, district ranger for the Hoosier National Forest since 1990, will retire from the U.S. Forest Service next month. And while retirement will give the 60-year-old more time for family and personal pursuits, the stewardship he devoted to the forest itself and the communities close to the 200,000 acres of federal land will linger long after Denoncour trades his khaki shirt and olive trousers for civilian clothes.

  • Ordinance bans dogs from Greenwood Cemetery

    TELL CITY - Pet owners who fail to abide by a city ordinance banning dogs from Greenwood Cemetery could face citations and fines from police.

    Mayor Gayle Strassell offered a reminder at Monday's board of public works meeting that dogs and other animals are not allowed in the cemetery. Sexton Earl Parker has reported problems with dogs urinating on tombstones, Strassell said.

  • County employees can set up medical accounts

    TELL CITY - Perry County commissioners approved at a regular meeting Monday flexible spending accounts that can help county employees deal with high medical costs.

    Employees who participate will have money taken from their paychecks before taxes are computed, which can mean big savings for people paying expensive bills, like those for braces on their children's teeth, according to Pete Franzman.