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  • News gathering Santa letters, holiday recipes

    TELL CITY - Now that Halloween has passed, The News staff has again been asked to gather letters to Santa Claus. Good boys and girls can send their letters for publication in our annual Holiday Greetings section, to be published Dec. 20 - just in time for Santa to read them.

    Letters can be addressed in care of The News and mailed to P.O. Box 309, Tell City, IN 47586. Letters can also be dropped off at The News' office at 537 Main St. or sent via e-mail to editor@perrycountynews.com. Students in area schools will be asked to write letters.

  • Rescue efforts go high-tech

    PERRY COUNTY - In the midst of their search for an elderly Alzheimer's patient lost in northern Perry County this spring, members of the county's rescue squad relied on more than experience and teamwork. At their disposal were laptop computers loaded with high-quality aerial maps and global-positioning units able to chart their location in relation to the missing man's car, from which he had wandered two days before, and one another.

  • Property-tax deadline looms

    PERRY COUNTY - Several Perry County offices will be open late Tuesday to accept fall property-tax payments due that day.

    The offices of treasurer, auditor, assessor and recorder will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. The courthouse is closed Monday in observance of Veterans Day.

    Taxpayers can make property-tax payments at the following Old National Bank locations: the main branch at 529 Main St. and the drive-in next to the Main Street location. Payments can also be made at the Southside branch, which will be open until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

  • McBrayer defeated; Democrats win five of seven contests

    CANNELTON - Morris "Smokey" Graves said after election results were announced Tuesday he "expected a close race because it was a good, straightforward campaign by both camps," a theme expressed by several victorious and unsuccessful candidates.

    Graves earned 313, or 54.53 percent of the votes cast for Cannelton mayor. Incumbent Melvin McBrayer fell 52 votes shy, taking 45.47 percent of the 574 votes cast.

    "It's a good feeling to win the second time out," Graves said in reference to an unsuccessful campaign four years ago. "That first time, it hurt."

  • Perry County CVB seeks tourism advice

    TELL CITY - The Perry County commissioners voted in a regular meeting Monday to sign a letter of support for a grant application intended to bring in a tourism consultant.

  • City Hall Park to host post-parade events

    TELL CITY - Santa Claus will make a stop in Tell City Sunday, Nov. 25, for the third annual holiday celebration Christmas in the Park and the Tell City Jaycees' annual Christmas Parade.

    This year's Christmas in The Park will be combined with the annual parade.

    Kris Kringle will visit with local children inside City Hall to pass out treats while carolers entertain with traditional Christmas songs from the City Hall balcony.

  • Voters choose elected school boards

    TELL CITY - Voters in the Tell City-Troy Township school district voted overwhelmingly to change the way school-board members are seated, registering a 2,657-to-540 preference for electing them.

    Tell City resident J.R. Flynn launched in January a petition drive to ask voters of the district if they want to retain the current appointment system or begin electing school-board members.

  • Tell City receives $225,000

    TELL CITY - Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman announced more than $2.4 million in Community Development Block Grant funding last week for nine community development projects in seven counties.

    Tell City received $225,000 to fund homeowner repairs and improvements for approximately 21 housing units.

    The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority Board of Directors approved the awards to local units of government.

  • County officials vacate unused rights-of-way

    TELL CITY - The Perry County commissioners agreed in a regular meeting Monday to vacate unimproved rights-of-way in an area of rugged terrain behind the Ponderosa Steak House.

    The area south of Indiana 37 and east of Dauby Lane is owned by Jeff and Glenda Kast. Jeff Kast said after the meeting in attempting to refinance his property, he learned new plat maps show rights-of-way encroaching on his garage.

    Older maps, thought to be less accurate, showed adequate clearance between the rights-of-way and his building, he explained.

  • Cannelton Christmas Parade to kick off '07

    CANNELTON - The Cannelton Christmas Parade returns Nov. 23 to kick off the holiday season.

    Sponsored by Harry G. Myers American Legion Post 142, the Post's auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion Detachment 142, this year's grand marshals are members of Rolling Thunder Indiana Chapter 7.

    Rolling Thunder is a non-profit organization whose major function is to publicize POW-MIA issues. Their members are also committed to helping American veterans from all wars.