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  • TELL CITY – Tell City’s Main Street program is one of nine Hoosier communities selected for a federal-state partnership designed to retain existing businesses and provide opportunities to entrepreneurs to create new ones.

    Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and the Indiana U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development announced recently that nine Main Street organizations will be a part of a new program focused on retaining existing businesses and expanding new business and entrepreneurial opportunities.

  • SANTA CLAUS – Hallmark Channel’s “Christmas Across America” will include the famous Christmassy town of Santa Claus, Indiana, on Monday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m. Central Time.

    Host Candace Cameron Bure will guide viewers in a special segment showcasing Christmassy places in America. Audiences will likely remember Bure from her role as D.J. Tanner on “Full House,” and the new “Fuller House” on Netflix.

  • NOTRE DAME – Tell City native Micki Kidder has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president for university enterprises and events at the University of Notre Dame.

    In this role, she will oversee campus dining and catering operations and lead the planning and execution of a wide range of university events, from commencement to concerts, including events around football games on and off campus.

  • TELL CITY – Miss Schweizer Fest pre-teen 2017 winner Graci Senn has developed a love for and competitive drive to exhibit her skills in local and upcoming national pageants. The outgoing and energetic 12-year-old from Tell City has already generated an impressive run of crowning achievements at pageantry contests.

  • By Jeneen Wiche

     

    We enjoyed sweet potatoes all winter long from a fantastic harvest last fall. In fact, I still have a crate full in the basement that will feed us this summer. I planted out about 25 organic slips purchased from Country Corner Greenhouse in Shepherdsville in late May and by early November, we had four nursery crates full of one of nature’s perfect foods. Seven months and counting in storage with no spoilage is impressive.

  • My name is Janna Hoehn, I am a 28-year resident of Maui, Hawaii. Eight years ago, my husband and I made our first trip to Washington, D.C. Because Vietnam was the war that was going on while I was in high school, the first memorial on my list was the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Even though I never knew anyone killed in Vietnam, I wanted an rubbing of one of the names.

  • Story By Kathy Finley

     

    Aug. 1, 1960, was a famous day in Tell City. The AP and the UPI wire services sent out a story and it was published all over the United States in far-distant cities.

    The army’s official publication, “The Stars and Stripes,” carried a lengthy article that was read by servicemen, including those serving in Korea and Cambodia. 

  •  “Country Roads,” written by John Denver, is a song frequently heard at Anderson Woods. Whether hiking through the woods, sitting around the campfire or washing the mealtime dishes, campers and staff alike can be heard filling the woods with the song’s reminiscent lyrics.

  • By JAKE BETHEL

    Feature Writer

     

    TELL CITY – Having found a love for music as a child, the spotlight came naturally as Perry County native Gage Otto now plays in one of the few Evansville bands that frequently makes trips out of town to perform. 

    Otto was not a founding member of Torn Confidence, but found a spot in their lineup playing bass last November, within a year of their founding.

  • By JAKE BETHEL

    Feature Writer

     

    TELL CITY – Perry County native Carly Jarboe has developed an original style of painting, inspired by her family.

    Jarboe attends Indiana University Southeast in New Albany. She has been accepted into the bachelor of fine arts program, in which she will major in painting and minor in ceramics. She was awarded the Martha Stem Fine Arts Scholarship, worth $3,000, after only one year at the school.

  • By JAKE BETHEL

    Feature Writer

     

    PERRY COUNTY – Perry County native Callie Poehlein has seen success as an art student, evolving in her creativity like one of her award-winning pieces.

    She wasn’t always set on art for a career path. In high school, she was set on going into a science field, but upon taking a class as a senior, art became her pursuit. “I realized I was pretty good at it,” she said.

    She is now majoring in studio art with a 2-dimensional emphasis.

  • By JAKE BETHEL

    Feature Writer

     

    ROCKPORT – After performing his signature folk style for a few years in Indianapolis, South Spencer High School graduate Andrew S. Burden has returned to Spencer County with a professionally recorded six-song album.

  • Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    The 18th of this month marks the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid against Japan during World War Two. It was an attempt to strike back at Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor and to buoy American morale in the home front.

    Placing his left boot against the metal rib just above the aircraft’s deck, Lt. Miller braced himself. The bomber was pitching up and down wildly with the ship, as he looked out at the Navy men scurrying about the deck of the carrier preparing for the launch.

  • By JAKE BETHEL

    Feature Writer

     

    PERRY COUNTY – Perry County musician Ryan Pfeifer is no stranger to the stage, having been in the local cover band, Carter Valley Boys, for a few years with friends before striking out on his own in recent years. 

  • TELL CITY – The annual Tell City Art Show will be open today and Friday for viewing. The art show will also be highlighted by the second annual Fine Arts Night and Empty Bowls Event Friday.

    The art show will open their doors in the library/media center at 3 p.m. Empty Bowls will be open in the Red Apple Inn at 4 p.m.

    Displays include paintings, clay and ceramic sculptures, paper mache, digital photography, graphic design, wood burning and charcoal.

  • By JAKE BETHEL

    Feature Writer

     

    GRANDVIEW – Pulling from his experiences playing to rowdy crowds in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Bobby Clark’s “Grandview” provides a glimpse of the town through the eyes of an ambitious musician.

    His cousin, John Mellencamp, has recorded his own version of the tune Clark penned, with Martina McBride lending her vocal talents to the song’s refrain. The song is an ode to Grandview, eliciting a hometown feeling of fondness for the historied community on Indiana 66.

  • By JAKE BETHEL

    Feature Writer

     

    Building a lifetime of work upon a spark set off in his childhood home, drummer Kelly Clark recounts nearly a half-century of marching in his own line to his own beat.

    Having been playing for crowds since the age of seven, Clark has had a long time to refine his craft. He said he heard his father, Don Clark, playing various instruments around the house as a young child, and even though it was the one thing it seemed his father didn’t play, Clark took up drums as his instrument.

  • ‘Old Farmer’s Almanac’ still offering quirky tales, insights after 225 years

    Editor’s note: this story by Mark Bennett first appeared in the Terre Haute Tribune-Star

     

    It’s hard to define the mystique of The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

    That charm comes partly from its age, 225 years now and counting. Sea turtles and lobsters don’t live that long. The paperback’s contents conjure a homespun mystical feel, from astronomical tables to charts on ocean tides and humorous proverbs.