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  • Finishing touches

  • County official apologizes for jail cost


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    TELL CITY – County Councilman Chet Mathena apologized at a regular meeting Aug. 23 for other officials approving the spending of more than $12 million on a new county jail.

  • Crawford repeats effort to cancel officials’ insurance


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    TELL CITY – County Councilman Ron Crawford was rebuffed in a regular meeting last week in his latest attempt to eliminate costs borne by the county in the form of insurance for its leaders.

    He also questioned coverage provided to the spouse of an elected official not covered by the county’s insurance. 

  • Visitors center on fast track


    TELL CITY – Tell City’s visitors and event center will be built, with site work possible in coming days. 

    An extra $550,000 in funding from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority awarded last Thursday gave the city sufficient funding to award Bret Kleeman Masonry of Troy a $939,000 contract.

    A few flourishes of the pen during a special meeting Tuesday of the city’s board of public works and safety made the construction contract official.

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  • Former director of charity agency charged

    TELL CITY – Former Perry County Community Foundation Director Sally Houzanme, charged this summer with a misdemeanor count of computer trespass, faces a hearing Wednesday in Perry Circuit Court.

    A pretrial conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. The News reported in March that Houzanme had been fired from her job.

  • Saalman descendants gathering Saturday in Branchville

    BRANCHVILLE – Descendants of Christian Saalman, a German emigrant who settled in Perry County and later fought and died in the Civil War, will dedicate a marker to his memory Saturday.

    A pitch-in meal will be served at 11 a.m. at the Branchville Conservation Club, with dedication of the marker in Branchville Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.

  • 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

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    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

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    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.