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  • Author touts need for kids to be outdoors

    Managing Editor
    A lively blend of childhood recollections – hers and those of others – and research make Patty Goffinet’s book, “Go Outside and Play; Why Kids Don’t and Why They Should” a quick and entertaining read.

  • Firm hired to hunt tax-credit violators

    Managing Editor
    TELL CITY – Perry County’s commissioners approved a contract at their regular meeting June 20 with a company that will look for people illegally claiming homestead exemptions.

    The Indianapolis-based SRI Inc. has been handling tax and sheriff’s sales for several years and has also sold some surplus vehicles for local government units via online auctions.

  • Wrapping up a spirit-filled week

    Young members of First United Methodist Church and St. Paul Catholic Church enjoyed four days of fun last week during the congregations’ joint vacation Bible school.

    Activities included crafts – including miniature kites – games, singing and sharing of Bible stories. Thursday’s closing service at First United Methodist included songs students learned during the week. Churches across the county host Bible schools during the summer.


  • Questions surround teacher’s firing

    Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – A Cannelton teacher for whom students staged a protest May 7 was fired without comment during a regular school-board meeting June 14.

    “I recommend that the school board approve the written preliminary decision of Dr. Alva L. Sibbitt Jr. as interim principal of Cannelton Junior-Senior High School to cancel Michael D. Stenftenagel’s teaching contract effective immediately,” Sibbitt said when he reached a “personnel considerations” item on the agenda.

  • Death investigation under way in Perry County

    ST. CROIX – A Perry County man jailed on a battery charge in the death of his fiancée could face more serious criminal charges, up to murder, once an autopsy is conducted today.

    Indiana State Police and the Perry County Sheriff’s Department were called to a rural northern Perry County residence at 8:14 Sunday night after dispatchers received a call of a woman who had died.

  • Cooling center opens at St. Paul

    PERRY COUNTY – With the mercury surpassing 100 today through the weekend, Catholic Charities and St. Paul Catholic Church have opened a cooler center in the parish hall. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday (today) through Sunday. Anyone in the community needing refuge from the heat is welcome.
    Catholic Charities needs volunteers to staff the center. Anyone able to donate time can call Joan Hess at 547-0903.

  • Academy chief claims best year in graduation help


    Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – The Perry County Learning Academy has “probably experienced the best year that we’ve had in terms of keeping students on track toward graduation, maybe since we started,” said its executive director, Mike Bishop.

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  • Illinois man killed in one-vehicle I-64 crash



    ST. CROIX – A Granite City, Ill., man died Sunday afternoon after his truck hit an overpass and caught fire on Interstate 64 at the 79-mile marker at St. Croix. 

    Perry County Coroner Charlie Baumeister identified the victim as Joshua R. Tomlin, 32. Baumeister said his office was not able to release the name of the person until a final identification had been made and the victim’s family members were notified. 

  • Fourth of July party starts Friday afternoon

    TELL CITY – Moose Lodge 1424’s annual Summer Fest marking the Independence Day holiday will kick off Friday with rides, games and food. 

    A fireworks show planned for Sunday night was canceled after the county commissioners implemented a ban on most types of open burning due to dry conditions. In place of the fireworks show, prizes will be given away on the hour every hour from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday. 

    Activities will swing into gear Friday at Zoercher-Bettinger Park on Tell City’s north side.