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  • Guitar strings and students

    Guitar club performs at school, city events

    CANNELTON - Eighth-grader Gary Biever "fiddled around with my brother's guitar when I was little," he said. His interest in playing the instrument has remained strong enough that he's stayed with a guitar club formed by Cannelton High School teacher Penny Hardman even as other students have come and gone.

    "People have dropped out," he said of a club now in its second year of public performances. "I guess they just got tired of practicing."

  • Local foundation wants to focus grant-making efforts

    PERRY COUNTY - Since its founding in 1993, the Perry County Community Foundation has helped bring more than $4 million into the community in support of fire and police departments, college scholarships and various youth programs. The money has served a wide cross-section of the county, reaching, in at least some way, nearly everyone who lives and works in the county.

    Now, the foundation's leaders want to refocus their grant-making efforts in hopes of making an even bigger difference. And they're seeking the community's input.

  • Tongues tied, records closed in Cannelton investigation

    CANNELTON - City officials and police investigators remained tight-lipped this week over Friday's search by state police of a Cannelton officer's home. Courthouse documents that normally would shed light on the grounds for the court-approved search are being treated as confidential and are off limits to the public and press.

  • Officials hint boat-works deal with Foertsch near

    TELL CITY - An initial agreement allowing a Spencer County businessman to move forward with a boat-works project at the former Maxon Marine site in Tell City could be presented to the city council as early as Monday.

    Speaking at Monday's meeting of the Tell City Economic Development Commission, Mayor Gayle Strassell and Perry County Development Director Chris Kinnett said a memorandum of understanding could be presented to the council at the special meeting.

  • No reassessment for Spencer County

    ROCKPORT - Spencer County officials have been successful in their attempt to prevent a reassessment of some property classes, changing the minds of some in the state office of the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance.

    "We're very, very pleased," said Spencer County Assessor Sara Arnold after learning of the news.

    The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance sent a letter to Arnold Nov. 14 explaining its decision not to issue a directive order for the county to reassess or re-trend any properties.

  • Overlook restroom building gets go-ahead from INDOT

    CANNELTON - Though both bids opened Nov. 29 were above the engineer's estimate, the construction of a restroom building at Eagle's Bluff Park will proceed, Perry County Recreation Director Dan Adams said Monday.

    "Apparently if the bids were within 5 percent over INDOT's internal estimate, they have the option of awarding the contract if the Federal Highway Department can come up with the difference," said Adams. "And an INDOT official told me the federal government has agreed to contribute the difference."

  • Heading Overseas Again

    Guard members ready for fourth call-up in six years

    TELL CITY - Soldiers leaving Tell City today for a one-year mobilization that will send them to Camp Atterbury, then Georgia and Iraq will have the best training and equipment available, according to a National Guard spokesman.

  • Tourism pro plans county study

    State commission offers to foot first $5,000 of 2008 assessment

    TELL CITY - Perry County's convention and visitors bureau is one of 11 in the state chosen to participate in a community-assessment program designed to boost local tourism and economic development.

  • Foertsch proposes reopening Maxon site

    Owners of Corn Island Shipyard in Spencer County propose investing up to $5 million; new project could create 50 jobs

    TELL CITY - A Spencer County businessman who operates a shipyard along the Ohio River has proposed leasing the former Maxon Marine Shipyard in Tell City to construct a variety of marine vessels.

  • Animal-neglect investigation launched

    Four horses seized from Owen Lane; charges possible

    ORIOLE - A criminal investigation into possible animal neglect and cruelty is under way after four allegedly malnourished horses were found and later removed Wednesday from property along Owen Lane near Oriole.

    A fifth horse had already died, a county sheriff's deputy said, and was buried.