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Today's News

  • COLUMN: Generation Gap: Dale Jones

    By BRYON REID
    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s Note: The Perry County News is publishing a series of interviews conducted by eighth-graders in Joyce Stath’s English class at Tell City Junior-Senior High School. The interviews are of people one or two generations older than students. Today’s column is by Bryon Reid, who profiles his grandfather, Dale Jones.

  • COLUMN: Explore county’s GIS

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I suspect not that many Perry Countians knew the name Roger Tomlinson before perhaps hearing news reports about his death Feb. 9.

    Called the father of geographic information systems, the UK-born geographer’s concept of overlaying layers of map data is used by many of us everyday, from the GIS mapping systems in our cars that guide us to our destinations to the hand-held devices that show us exactly where we are.

  • EDITORIAL: Farm bill yields big results for conservation

    Following three years of political jousting, the Agricultural Act of 2014, commonly referred to as the farm bill, finally passed through the House and Senate and was signed by President Obama Feb. 7.

    And while this important omnibus bill certainly has flaws in some areas, we think it has merit in its preservation and strengthening of several key conservation programs, especially as it pertains to keeping Perry County’s water, soil and forests healthy.

  • CORRECTED - Annexation information open house set for Wednesday at Schergens Center

    Editor's note: The day of this open house was reported incorrectly in our print edition and has been corrected here.

    TELL CITY – The city of Tell City will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Schergens Center for residents living in a proposed annexation area.

  • Officials approve more jail-work bills

    By KEVIN KOELLING
    Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – Members of the Perry County Redevelopment Authority approved $708,856.43 in spending for construction on the new county jail in a meeting Wednesday.

    Lead contractor Craftsman Construction of Huntingburg billed the county for $722,152.66. From that amount, $22,573.49 was withheld as retainage, to be paid once the facility is determined to have been built according to plans.

  • Parent company of Troy firm to merge with French company

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – AMCOL International Corp. announced Wednesday it had signed a merger agreement with French-based Imerys. AMCOL’s subsidiary, American Colloid, operates a bentonite-clay blending plant north of Troy.

    Under terms of the $1.6 billion agreement, AMCOL shareholders will receive $41 in cash per share, an amount that was a 19 percent premium to the weighed average of the company’s stock over the past 30 trading days.

  • Friends of Ed Whitcomb announce plans for fundraising dinner

    PERRY COUNTY – Perry County Friends of Ed Whitcomb, a committee formed to honor the former governor of Indiana, has announced its future plans.

    Donations are being solicited in order to commemorate Ed and his wife, Evelyn’s, lives and time spent in Perry County with a bust of Whitcomb identical to one that resides in the Statehouse in Indianapolis.

  • Saturday breakfast to draw legislators

    TELL CITY – The Perry County Chamber of Commerce will host a legislative breakfast Saturday starting at 8 a.m. The breakfast will be held at the Perry County Chamber of Commerce office at 601 Main St. in Tell City.

    State Sen. Richard Young and State Rep. Lloyd Arnold plan to attend. They will present a summary of the session thus far and will open the floor to questions.

    Doughnuts and coffee will be served. The public is invited to attend this event and are encouraged to stop by and speak with Indiana legislators about issues of concern.

  • Parks board discusses need for 5-year plan

    By LARRY GOFFINET
    Sports Editor

    CANNELTON – What to put in an updated comprehensive plan and whether such a plan is needed were discussed by the Perry County Parks and Recreation Department’s board Wednesday.

    The department’s last five-year plan expired in 2005. Lisa Gehlhausen of Indiana Region 15, which helped write that plan, told the board, “In order to qualify for certain grants you must have a (current) master plan.”

  • Officials will advertise port internationally

    By KEVIN KOELLING
    Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – Site Selection magazine is planning a special section on ports, and those who run the one in Tell City plan to be part of it.

    The board of directors for the Perry County Port Authority voted at a regular meeting Wednesday to buy a half-page ad in the publication, whose website boasts of international circulation to more than 43,000 qualified subscribers seeking timely news, information and analysis on significant industrial-facility expansion and site-location trends worldwide.