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  • School superintendent’s trial bumped to May 1

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – A court date for the interim superintendent for Cannelton City Schools was bumped from this month to May 1 and moved from Orange to Crawford County, according to a report in the Bedford Times-Mail Friday.

    As the News reported in December stories, the school board voted Dec. 5 to employ Administrator Assistance of Lafayette, a company founded and staffed by former school administrators.

  • Forest Service to burn 963 acres in county

    TELL CITY – Warmer-than-usual weather could mean earlier-than-usual prescribed burns this spring on the Hoosier National Forest.

    Two sections of forest will be burned in Perry County, 860 acres in the Clover Lick area west of Derby and 103 acres in the Goosetown area that is part of the German Ridge Recreation Area.

    In all, fire management officer Terry Severson said 2,397 acres are proposed for burning this year, including more than 600 acres in Crawford County.

  • TC man faces federal child porn charges

    TELL CITY – An investigation by two task forces and the Tell City Police Department led to the arrest Wednesday of a 51-year-old man on charges of possessing and receiving child pornography.

    Dallas D. Mahaney, of 1821 Pestalozzi St., faces federal charges stemming from the investigation. According to Tell City Police Lt. Alan Malone, the Southwest Indiana FBI Cyber Crime Task Force and the Indiana Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted an investigation that led to the seizure of a computer belonging to Mahaney.

  • Roberson: Schools do well, but need to improve

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – Most of the jobs Perry County’s current students will obtain haven’t even been created yet, Mary Roberson said during a panel discussion featuring local educators Feb. 16.

  • Fire destroys home near Bristow

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    BRISTOW – A fire of as-yet-unknown origin destroyed a home at the end of Clayborne Road Monday afternoon, keeping Anderson Township and Central Perry firefighters busy for several hours.

    John Taylor, Anderson Township’s fire chief, said the structure was in flames when they arrived. Firefighters pumped water from a cistern to supplement what was trucked to the scene on tankers. There were no injuries.

    Taylor said the cause of the fire hasn’t been determined and is being labeled “suspicious.”

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  • DNR offers online ATV safety course

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department Natural Resources law-enforcement and outdoor-recreation divisions are partnering to offer an online all-terrain-vehicle-safety course.

    ATVs and other off-road vehicles have increased in popularity over the past decade, but so have accidents. Indiana conservation officer Maj. Michael Portteus recently reported that ATV accidents have increased 40 percent over the past four years, from 153 in 2008 to 214 last year.

  • Help plan Tell City’s future

    TELL CITY – The public is encouraged to help shape what Tell City will look like 20, 30 and even 40 years from now by taking part in an information-gathering session for the city’s new comprehensive plan.

    The session from 2 to 4 p.m. March 9 will be held at the Schergens Center and will gauge the community’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

  • Drug charges filed against three people

    TELL CITY – Three people were arrested on drug charges in the past two weeks after separate investigations.

    Donald R. James, 54, of 904 Lauer Lane, Tell City, was arrested Feb. 11 on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of illegal drug paraphernalia.

    Tell City Patrolman Derrick Lawalin said officers received information and secured a search warrant for the home. Officers allegedly found several bags of methamphetamine, a small quantity of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

  • Historical Society to explore Fischer Chair Co.

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