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  • St. Augustine Church gearing up for 175-year celebration

    LEOPOLD – Plans are taking shape for the 175th anniversary celebration of St. Augustine Catholic Church Sept. 15-16. A weekend of activities will mark the church’s milestone as well as the 50th anniversary of the Central Perry Fire Department.

    A special Mass will be celebrated Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. with a meal following in the parish hall and shelter. Organizers are asking for a donation of $8 per person.

  • Officials adopt jail-bonds resolutions

    Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – The Perry County Redevelopment Commission adopted two resolutions at an Aug. 15 meeting that would allow a sale of bonds to proceed toward financing the construction of a new county jail.

    Their action followed a public hearing at which no one offered comments.

  • Cannelton adds students from other districts

    Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – Cannelton’s unofficial student count stood at 212.5 as of a regular board meeting Aug. 16, Schools Superintendent Al Sibbitt reported. The total number of bodies occupying seats was 238, but each of the 19 kindergartners counts as only half a student for reporting purposes and the 16 preschoolers aren’t included at all.

    The official count for last year was 217.5, “so we’re getting close to getting back to what it was,” he said.

  • Hit-and-run crash kills Boonville man

    KITTERMAN CORNER – A hit-and-run crash on Interstate 64 Wednesday evening killed a Boonville man. According to state police, the Tell City Dispatch Center received a call at 7:51 p.m. reporting a crash at the 73.5-mile marker.

  • Cafeteria staffers are big stars at William Tell


    TELL CITY – William Tell Elementary School’s cafeteria staff will proudly don orange shirts proclaiming them members of Welborn Baptist Foundation’s Healthy Cafeteria Club. Presented Thursday by Rhonda Meade, program director for the foundation’s Healthy Schools Initiative, the shirts and traveling plaque recognize schools and cafeteria staffs dedicated to to providing healthy nutritious lunches.

    William Tell was chosen from more than 20 other schools.

  • 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.