TELL CITY — Contractors working with the Hoosier National Forest will begin construction and maintenance on a segment of the popular Hemlock Cliffs Hiking Trail, in Crawford County, beginning May 30, 2023. Work is expected to last for four to five weeks. This project will include replacing a…

PERRY COUNTY — Commissioners invited Joan Hess of the Convention and Visitors Bureau to speak before them at the regular May 16 meeting to address a letter the CVB had sent.

FERDINAND — Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission has many active grants in process for the counties in its region. At its regular executive session Tuesday, May 23, Director Nathan Held highlighted the COPS Hiring Program grant, which has recently become of interest to some law enforcemen…

PERRY COUNTY — Questions about the current state of the contract agreement between the county and Perry County Economic Development Corporation were asked before commissioners at their regular meeting Tuesday, May 16.

INDIANAPOLIS — New banking regulations proposed by federal watchdogs don’t go far enough in countering potential problems, but could help lower bank fees and calm financial markets and nerves, leading to a more stable financial system, according to some economists.

INDIANAPOLIS — Spending on specific local projects climbed to $536 million in Indiana’s newest two-year budget, which Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law Thursday. Such earmarks, routed through the State Budget Agency, have risen steeply in recent budget cycles — up from just $18 million in 2015.

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s gas tax will continue to rise with inflation — up to one penny a year — while key figures gather for a long-term look at how the state funds its roads: inflation, electric vehicles, local road woes and all.

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s gas tax will continue to rise with inflation — up to one penny a year — while key figures gather for a long-term look at how the state funds its roads: inflation, electric vehicles, local road woes and all.

INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers in more than a dozen states have filed legislation this year to outlaw the declawing of cats, which many animal advocates and some veterinarians say is a cruel deforming of felines’ bodies and impedes their natural instincts to climb and scratch.

INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers quietly included $1 million each year to address veteran suicide prevention efforts in the new state budget — a tiny portion of state spending that could provide much-needed help as thousands of veterans die across the country each year at higher rates than their civ…

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s House on Monday signed off on the final version of a controversial proposal cracking down on the state’s pension investment managers — which its author said would “preserve” a free market while Democrats called it the “opposite of capitalism.”

FERDINAND — Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission received guest speaker, Indiana Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Southern Director Craig McGowan out of Jasper, to address regional grant, bond and loan opportunities through the United States Department of Agriculture.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Prison Policy Initiative has released “Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2023,” described as a “comprehensive view” of how many people are incarcerated in the U.S., why they are incarcerated, and the kinds of facilities in which they’re housed.

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s lawmakers on Monday stayed well into the evening to approve multiple priority health bills as they sought to meet critical deadlines: in the House, a deadline for final passage, and in the Senate, for chamber-wide amendments.

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s Senate on Tuesday — after vivid and emotional arguments — approved legislation creating a state-funded gun training program for school staff. Lawmakers gave school districts the authority to let their employees carry firearms at school a decade ago, but offered no tr…

INDIANAPOLIS — An amendment added to Senate Bill 419 will make breastfeeding supplies—including breast pumps, collection and storage supplies, and repair and replacement parts for breast pump kits—tax-exempt. The legislation passed out of the House of Representatives Monday and now heads bac…

HUNTINGBURG — Huntingburg Airport has become the new home of the region’s Civil Air Patrol. Their first meeting of Group 12 was held Tuesday, April 5, at the Huntingburg airport.

Twenty-four years ago last week, Lawrence North basketball standout John Stewart collapsed and died during a regional basketball game against Bloomington South at Columbus North.

INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers tackled numerous topics [Monday, March 20], highlighted by key election bills and a measure that could slow the retirement of coal-fired power plants.

INDIANAPOLIS — A little more than a month after Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston’s high-profile departure last year from a six-figure role at the College Board, the Republican leader quietly started his own private consulting firm, according to new financial disclosure records.

INDIANAPOLIS — The U.S. Census Bureau recently released statewide totals for building permits issued in January and shows 783 single-family permits were pulled. The 783 permits pulled in January of 2023 are down 49% from the 1,539 permits pulled in January of 2022. This number is down 3% fro…

PERRY COUNTY — Annual financial report 2022 was reviewed and submitted, as reported by Auditor Kristina Hammack at the March 6 commissioners meeting. The full report was submitted Friday, Feb. 24. Hammack worked with Baker and Tilly consulting to finalize the report, which she said was helpful.

PERRY COUNTY — Improvements to the animal shelter are going forward, reported commissioner Rebecca Thorn at the regular commissioners meeting Tuesday, Feb. 21. Boiler room system, paint, and security glass are among improvements. Thorn is addressing issues with the roof and its warranty.

INDIANAPOLIS — Hundreds of Hoosiers rallied at the New Direction Church in Indianapolis Saturday to urge lawmakers to fully fund Senate Bill 1, which would bolster mental health care access and services across the state.

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers have seized on high health care costs as a priority problem to tackle this legislative session, but rural hospitals with thin profit margins are worried — and want more help from the state.