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  • Shadwick joins ranks of full-time deputies

    CANNELTON - A Tell City man with experience as a dispatcher and city police officer will begin working full time Monday for the Perry County Sheriff's Department.

    Jason Shadwick, 27, will help with patrols and other duties during the medical leave of longtime Deputy Kenny Blinzinger.

  • Cannelton students to benefit from $8,000 grant

    CANNELTON - The Perry County Substance Abuse Committee approved an $8,000 grant to Cannelton City Schools, Elementary Principal Ginger Conrad reported at a June 25 school-board meeting.

    The grant will fund an after-school program for third- through sixth-graders that will provide homework help, drug- and alcohol-prevention education and healthy recreational experiences three days a week for 18 weeks next school year, she explained.

    She was notified of the approval earlier in the day, she said.  

  • Weekend Cedar Valley Fest offers top bluegrass names

    DERBY - Bluegrass music will fill the Derby area this weekend as the Cedar Valley Bluegrass Festival returns.

    The festival was moved back to the second weekend in July, festival coordinator Dennis Howell said, after last year's fest coincided with the Fourth of July weekend and didn't draw the usual 600 to 700 visitors. But this year he expects numbers to be high.

    "We're looking for a bigger crowd this year," he said. "I've gotten calls from people in Texas, South Carolina and Michigan."

  • Tip leads to 4 meth arrests

    CHRISNEY - Four people were jailed Tuesday after a tip led state police to an alleged methamphetamine lab in Chrisney.

    Troopers with the Jasper post received information Monday night from the Dubois County Sheriff's Department that a meth lab might be operating at 410 E. County Road 900 N. Troopers, aided by deputies from the Spencer County Sheriff's Department, went to the home  and upon arriving, allegedly located a working lab in the front yard.

  • Regional arts group plans SF show, classes

    TELL CITY - The Tell City Regional Arts Association will host its annual art show during Schweizer Fest, Aug. 7-8, on the second floor art gallery at City Hall.

    The association will also host summer art workshops again this year. Dates are Tuesday and July 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30. Times are 9:30 to 11 a.m.

    The workshops are open to students going into first through ninth grades. This year's theme is recycled art made from manmade or natural materials. Art will be exhibited during Schweizer Fest.

  • United Way's Stuff the Bus returns July 24-25

    TELL CITY — United Way of Perry County is sponsoring the third annual Stuff the Bus school-supply drive for area students in need. United Way, Wal-Mart and area volunteer organizations will again join together to solicit donations of much needed school supplies for school corporations in Perry, Hancock, and Spencer counties.  

    Last year's event gathered more than 9,800 items and monetary donations with an approximate value of more than $4,900. Additional cash donations of $1,512.44 were also received, bringing the total donations to more than $6,300.

  • Band will play at courthouse in Rome Sunday

    ROME - The Sunday in the Park band with Rita Phillips, Mike and Kasha Phillips, Ray Harpenau, Ted and Jean Harpenau, Ray Thomas and Jerry Swift, will perform at 1:30 p.m. Sunday on the lawn of the Rome Courthouse.

    Concessions will be available, including sandwiches and drinks.

  • Government offices closing Friday for holiday

    PERRY COUNTY - Many governmental offices will be closed Friday in observance of Independence Day. Tell City offices will be closed for the day, as will city offices in Cannelton and Troy’s utility office.

    County offices in the courthouse and annex building in Cannelton will be closed for the day, as will state offices. The Perry County Prosecutor’s Office and the Perry County Office of Child Services. Mail will be delivered Friday.

    The Perry County News will be closed Friday, with the Monday, July 6, edition on newsstands Sunday morning.

  • Plan commission voices staffing concerns

    TELL CITY - Members of the Perry County Plan Commission are expected to make themselves heard this evening as the county's board of commissioners takes up a proposal to combine two jobs.