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  • Town of Santa Claus gearing up for busy December

    SANTA CLAUS – The 2011 Santa Claus Christmas Celebration will kick off the first weekend of December with holiday-themed family activities and events.

    “We celebrate Christmas all year long, but the town goes all out during December,” said Melissa Wilkinson, executive director of the Spencer County Visitors Bureau. “With the lodging packages and special events going on each weekend, the Christmas celebration is a great way to experience the season.”

  • French Lick Resort plans holiday events

    FRENCH LICK – French Lick Resort is getting ready for the 2011 holiday season with an array of activities that will suit the wishes and desires of guests both young and old.

    Decorations are being placed – some traditional favorites and some new – including very exciting exhibits, additional lights and many more sights and sounds that will be memory-making moments for the entire family.

    Like years past, a half-million twinkling lights will illuminate the turn-of-the-century hotels and their beautiful grounds.

  • Santa on his way to county for holiday-weekend parades

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    PERRY COUNTY – Santa Claus will be the guest of honor at two weekend parades as Perry County kicks off the holiday season.

    Cannelton’s parade begins at 6 p.m. Friday with Tell City’s parade getting under way at 4 p.m. Sunday.

    Leopold will host its annual parade Dec. 4.

    New Lineup Location for Cannelton Event

    Harry G. Myers American Legion Post 142, Legion Auxiliary Post 142 and Sons of The American Legion Detachment 142 are once again sponsoring the parade.

  • Spencer County plans more work at former Troy refinery

    By STUART CASSIDY, Spencer County Journal-Democrat Staff Writer

    ROCKPORT – Spencer County commissioners voted earlier this month to authorize Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission representatives to submit an application for $200,000 grant through the Indiana Brownfields Program.

  • Land of Lights opens Thursday

    SANTA CLAUS – The Santa Claus Land of Lights Family Christmas Light Adventure in Santa Claus opens for the 2011 season Thanksgiving night.

    Located inside Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, this custom outdoor light show tells the “Shining Story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” in bright, energy-efficient lights. The Santa Claus Land of Lights is the only light show in North America that tells a story in lights and storyboards.

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  • County pays Internet bill from LE fund

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – Perry County’s commissioners voted at a regular meeting Nov. 16 to approve a request from County Sheriff Lee Chestnut to pay a $1,004 Internet-service bill from the county’s law-enforcement fund.

    “I failed to notify the court to put this in their budget,” Chestnut explained. “This is a one-time request.”

  • Traffic stop leads to crystal-meth find

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    TELL CITY – An Owensboro, Ky., man caught speeding Sunday was jailed after Tell City police officers and the city’s canine allegedly located crystal methamphetamine and more than $3,000 in cash.

    James E. Canary, 57, was lodged in the Perry County Jail on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine. A female passenger was detained but later released.

  • Turkey Day

    Before setting off on their Thanksgiving vacation, Perry Central Elementary School students crafted their own gobbling versions of turkeys, using their hands as guides. (Click photo to enlarge and right arrow to see another.)

  • Cannelton police officers to get Humvee

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – The Cannelton Police Department will get a Humvee military vehicle at no cost, Chief Eric Dickenson reported at a regular meeting of the city’s common council Nov. 14.

    Coming through an agency that provides surplus equipment to law-enforcement agencies, the vehicle will replace a Durango that has high mileage, the chief said. His department has equipment for outfitting the Humvee, so those costs will be avoided, as well, he said.