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  • 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

    By RALPH DICKERSON

    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

    By KEVIN KOELLING

    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

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

    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. 

  • Ex-Cannelton superintendent accused of raiding school funds

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

    CANNELTON – A Cannelton City Schools audit released last week paints a damning picture of the actions of former Schools Superintendent Marion “Al” Chapman, who allegedly showered himself with more than $200,000 in extra pay while the school district was cutting positions and struggling to pay its everyday bills 

  • Hit-and-run crash kills Boonville man

    KITTERMAN CORNER – A hit-and-run crash on Interstate 64 in Perry County 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.

  • Community foundation accepting grant applications

    PERRY COUNTY – Jane Efinger-Hayden, chairwoman of the grants committee of the Perry County Community Foundation, has announced that the foundation is accepting applications for grants to community organizations.

    Proposals are sought for charitable projects and activities that address needs and opportunities in the county in health, human services, arts and culture, education, community development and other areas that would improve Perry County.

  • Attorney agrees to resign law license

    TELL CITY – Former Perry County Prosecutor Robert Collins has submitted the resignation of his law license to the Indiana Supreme Court, a decision that will likely end disciplinary action against the Tell City attorney.

    Collins tendered his resignation ahead of a hearing last month on allegations he made unwanted sexual advances to a former employee – and for allegedly editing a statement by a witness in the disciplinary case while Collins was running for re-election.