Local News

  • Rural News; Jan. 22


    BY MARY S. SOMMER, News Correspondent, Phone 719-8423 — Our sympathy to the family of Noah James of Boonville, who died Wednesday, Jan. 7. He was the son of Rob and Amy James of Boonville and the grandson of Ronnie and Beth (Alvey) James of Branchville. Our condolences also to the family of Casper L. “John” Etienne, who passed away Monday, Jan. 12, at his home. Sympathy to the family of Beth Ann Kellems, who passed away, Sunday, Jan. 11.

  • Home destroyed by Sunday fire

    A fire destroyed a home in Branchville Sunday. Central Perry Fire Department members were called at 2:16 p.m. after a neighbor was asked to call the fire department. Firefighters were at the scene until after dark. The Tell City Fire Department responded with its ladder truck, which allowed water to be directed onto the roof. Central Perry Fire Chief Brian Suhrheinrich said the home was owned by Kenny Ambrose. He said work was taking place under the home and either a soldering tool or a forced-air heater likely started the blaze.

  • INDOT to share Ohio River bridge repair, repainting details this evening


    CANNELTON – The Indiana Department of Transportation will share its plans for repairing and repainting the Bob Cummings Lincoln Trail Bridge during a public open house and meeting this evening.

    An open-house session will begin at 6 p.m. in the Cannelton Community Center and will be followed by a formal presentation at 6:30 p.m.

  • Spirit-led missionaries find warm welcome




    PERRY COUNTY – Two young men sharing their faith as Mormon missionaries say they have found a warm welcome in Perry County. Elder Taylor Riphenburg of Great Falls, Mont., and Elder Wyatt Evans of Denton, Texas, are serving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, better known as the Mormons.

  • Pest control worker charged with stealing drugs





    TELL CITY – A man employed by a pest-control company was apparently looking for more than insects, according to Tell City police officers, who arrested him Wednesday for allegedly taking prescription medication from a residence.

    Torrey L. Hanke, 32, of 7069 E. County Road 1930 N., Dale, faces one count each of theft and illegal possession of a controlled substance. Both are Class A misdemeanors.

  • Former TC Mayor Gayle Strassell dies


    TELL CITY – Gayle Strassell, who led Tell City for four years as the city’s first woman mayor, died Wednesday at Gateway Hospital in Newburgh. She was 72 and had been hospitalized some time ago with pneumonia. a

    Strassell was mayor from 2004-2007 and had previously served on the Tell City Common Council. During her term as mayor, the city worked to redevelop property along Seventh Street and began improvements to several blocks of the city’s downtown.

  • County's long-range plan taking shape


    Staff Writer


    TELL CITY – Residents from across the county gathered at Deer Creek Baptist Church Tuesday to provide input for a second Perry County Comprehensive Planning Project Workshop.

    Bob Grewe of the Evansville-based Lochmueller Group, who is helping to formulate the long-range development plan for the county, welcomed a considerable crowd to the evening meeting.

  • Holiday World to fill 2,200 positions in 2015


    SANTA CLAUS – Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari officials expect to review a record number of job applications as they prepare to fill 2,200 seasonal positions in the coming months.

    “We’re looking for friendly and energetic individuals who enjoy working with people,” said Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari President Matt Eckert. “We need ride operators, lifeguards, and sweepers, plus staff for admissions, grounds, shops, games and foods.

  • Rome Cemetery releases financial report for 2014
  • Rural News


    BY MARY S. SOMMER, News Correspondent, Phone 719-8423 — First things first, I need to apologize to my faithful readers for not having an article in the rural news section last week. I had some people asking what happened. The fact is, with a touch of the stomach virus all afternoon I didn’t feel very well, so I passed on it.

    Our sympathy to the family of David C. Hermann who died Feb. 3. He was preceeded in death by his parents, Joseph Sr. and Dorothy (Glidden) Hermann. May he rest in peace.