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  • Kleaving handed 30-year prison sentence

    Staff Writer

    SPENCER COUNTY – Jane Kleaving was sentenced to 30 years in the Indiana Department of Correction Wednesday for her involvement in a plot to hire a hit man. She was convicted last month on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder. Under state law, she could have served up to 50 for years for the crime.

    Kleaving will be credited for nearly nine months served in the Spencer County jail and may also have time reduced from her sentence for good conduct.

  • State takes legal aim at Chapman


    TELL CITY – Former Cannelton City Schools Superintendent Marion “Al” Chapman could soon see his pension, bank accounts and even the car he drives seized after the state’s top attorney filed suit against him Friday seeking to recover more than $600,000 in school funds he allegedly misspent.

  • Patriotism, pride on display in Rome

    Rome Masonic Lodge 133, F&AM, hosted a flag dedication July 28 outside the lodge building. Members of Grandview Chapter of Rolling Thunder conducted the ceremony, which included hoisting of the nation’s colors, and as the prisoners of war-missing in action flag. 

    Active for more than 150 years, the lodge continues to draw new members, one of whom, Ethan Barton, helped to organize the event. Also in attendance were former Gov. Edgar Whitcomb and Dennis Herrell, past grand master of Free and Accepted Masons for the state of Indiana.

  • Knowledge is power in fight against mosquitoes, virus

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, West Nile virus is a potentially serious illness. Experts believe West Nile virus is established as a seasonal epidemic in North America that flares up in the summer and continues into the fall. This fact sheet contains important information that can help you recognize and prevent the virus. 

    What Are the Symptoms of the Virus?

  • Mosquitoes from county test positive for West Nile virus

    TELL CITY – Indiana Department of Health laboratory results confirmed this week that mosquitoes recently collected in Perry County tested positive for the West Nile virus. 

    To date, no human cases of the disease have been reported in Perry County.

    West Nile virus usually causes West Nile fever, a milder form of the illness, which can include fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash. 

  • Drive sober or get pulled over in Perry County

    PERRY COUNTY – Despite the fact every driver should know it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle or motorcycle while impaired, thousands of people get behind the wheel each year with blood-alcohol concentrations of .08 percent or higher.

    In fact, more than 10,000 people died in crashes in 2010 that involved drivers or motorcycle riders who had a blood-alcohol concentrations of .08 percent or higher. That’s one person every 51 minutes who died needlessly in a crash that likely could have been prevented if alcohol hadn’t been involved.

  • Century to terminate power contract with Big Rivers


    Hancock (County, Ky.) Clarion

    HAWESVILLE – Century Aluminum Co., owner of the aluminum smelter outside of Hawesville, announced early Monday morning it had notified Big Rivers Electric Cooperative that it intends to terminate its power contract with the utility. 

    Century gave Big Rivers the legally required 12-month notice that it planned to shut down the plant.

  • Author presents anti-bullying messages


    TELL CITY – A child who is being bullied can feel broken down, all alone and hopeless.

    Those feelings can become so strong that suicide becomes an option.

    Author and comedian Brad Tassell told fourth-graders at William Tell Elementary School last Thursday about some things they can do to prevent that alternative from becoming attractive to them or others around them. Titled “Bullying Fun,” his noon presentation was one of four at the school geared to different age groups.

  • Demolition Days
  • Murder suspect found in county



    GRANDVIEW – The body of a man found June 1 in a Spencer County barn finally has a name. So does his alleged killer. 

    Police arrested 37-year-old Randall Lee Riley of Owensboro, Ky., last Thursday and charged him with murder in the shooting death of Brian L. Cain. Spencer County Sheriff’s Department Detective Chris King said Cain, who lived in Lewisport, Ky., has been positively matched with the remains of a male discovered June 1.