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Today's News

  • COLUMN: Disgust with disability cheats

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I watched with great interest a “60 Minutes” story Oct. 6 about the abuse and overspending of public money on federal disability programs.

    CBS journalist Steve Kroft profiled Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn’s work to ferret out fraud in disability programs. In case you didn’t know how large those programs have become in recent years, some 12 million people now get disability check from the government each month instead of holding down a job.

    That number is up 20 percent in the past six years alone.

  • EDITORIAL: State needs to make Kusher Hill safer for motorcyclists

    Kusher Hill is a dangerous place for motorcyclists and we wish something could be done to lessen the number of accidents on the picturesque but steep stretch of Indiana 66.

    Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Myers said it himself a few weeks ago after being called to a collision involving a husband and wife on a motorcycle. Every year he is called to a half dozen or more Kusher Hill crashes involving motorcyclists. “And that’s just me as a one deputy,” he said.

    State police and conservation officers handle other accidents.

  • Community Events, Oct. 14

    The Perry County News is pleased to announce events of local interest as a service to our readers and the community. Information should be sent to The News at P.O. Box 309, Tell City, IN 47586.
    Information can also be faxed to 547-2847 or emailed to lifestyles@perrycountynews.com. Please include a telephone number.


    PC football families meeting Tuesday

    LEOPOLD – Perry Central football families will gather for a meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the high-school study-hall room.

  • Couple unhurt after lightning hits car

    ST. CROIX – A Fort Wayne couple heading home after visiting a family member in Evansville spent an unplanned night in Tell City after a bolt of lightning hit their car on Interstate 64 Oct. 5.

    Perry County Sheriff’s Deputy Roger Smith said Paul Lewis, 67, was eastbound near the Crawford County line when lightning hit his Kia Rondo.

    The force of the blast immediately caused the car to stall and flattened the front driver’s side tire, perhaps as the electrical charge passed through car into the pavement.

  • Blinzinger to retire in June

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    TELL CITY – Tell City-Troy Township School Superintendent Lynn Blinzinger announced at Tuesday’s meeting that he will retire at the end of the current school year. He said he would work until June and said he wanted to give the board “plenty of time” to begin the search process for a replacement.

  • Drug collection set for Oct. 26

    PERRY COUNTY – The next in a series of drug-takeback events is scheduled for 8 a.m. until noon Oct. 26.

    Intended to keep outdated or otherwise unneeded medications out of the wrong hands and water supplies, the local collections will occur at the Tell City Fire Department at 12th and Mozart streets and the clinic at Indiana 37 and French Ridge Road.

  • Special Olympics to host bowling meet Saturday

    TELL CITY – Special Olympics Perry County will host its first county bowling tourney at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Tell City Bowling Center.

    Twenty-eight bowlers ranging in age from 13 to 62 will compete. County tourneys around the state are being held through Oct. 20 as qualifiers for area events.

  • Parks board plans for future

    By LARRY GOFFINET
    Sports Editor

    CANNELTON – The Perry County Council approved $243 more than last year for the county parks and recreation department’s budget, but the department will have $825 less to spend for its projects.

    That’s because of an increase in health insurance and a state-mandated increase in retirement funding, county Recreation Director Adam Tempel told the parks board Wednesday.

  • Southern Indiana Power line workers return to jobs

    TELL CITY – Line workers employed by Southern Indiana Power returned to their jobs Friday after the union representing them and the company reached an agreement on a new contract.

    Joe Bailey, assistant business agent for Local 1393 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and Chris Goffinet, attorney for Southern Indiana Power, confirmed the agreement Friday.

    Bailey said the agreement followed “positive changes” in the company’s offer. Employees were back on the job at 7 a.m.

  • Officials approve contract for monitoring slide area

    By KEVIN KOELLING
    Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – Perry County’s commissioners approved an insurance change and construction ground-monitoring contract and learned about a needed appointment at a regular meeting Oct. 7.

    VSP vision-insurance company of Frisco, Texas is implementing “a slight increase for next year and 2015; this is a two-year renewal,” County Auditor Connie Berger told them. County employees pay for their own coverage, she added, and two-year renewals have been standard in recent years.