Local News

  • Rome bicentennial planning meeting Dec. 7

    ROME – The next meeting of the Rome bicentennial planning group is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Rome Courthouse. The group is working on plans for activities in 2018 to mark the 200th anniversary of the courthouse. Events and dates are expected to be finalized at the meeting. Everyone is welcome.

  • Ernie Pyle Day designation a most deserving honor

    A Hoosier journalist whose words connected Americans at home with the World War II battlefields in Europe, Africa and the Pacific is more than worthy of plans to honor him next August. 

    We support a resolution introduced last week by U.S. Sens. Todd Young and Joe Donnelly designating Aug. 3, 2018, as National Ernie Pyle Day.

  • Restaurant’s owner: Fire ruled accidental

    ROCKY POINT – The fire that destroyed Rocky Point Bar and Grill has been ruled accidental and was caused by an electrical malfunction in the kitchen, the restaurant’s owner said last week.

    Bev Minto, who owned the restaurant with her husband, John, said the fire marshal’s office made its ruling and said the fire began near an area that held the coffeemaker and tea dispenser.

  • Sixth Silvesternacht to ring in new year

    TELL CITY – Plans are in place for Tell City’s sixth annual Silvesternacht New Year’s Eve celebration on Sunday, Dec. 31. The community celebration began in 2012 as a local way to ring in the new year, with the lowering of the then new illuminated apple in City Hall Park.

  • Reflections in body and soul


    Staff Writer


    TELL CITY –  “Close your eyes and focus on your breathing,” Jennifer Theriot, proprietor and instructor at the Tell City Yoga Center, advises as the echoes of ocean waves reflect in the studio. “Let go of all your tension, anything you might be dealing with, let it go for the next 75 minutes.”

  • Library receives monster grants




    CANNELTON – Two modest grants to the Cannelton Public Library will power the imaginations of readers in 2018 and connect a new generation of sci-fi fans to a classic story.

    More than 70 communities, including the local library, have been awarded “Frankenstein”  Community Read Grants of $1,000 to bring the classic 19th-century tale to life in their communities and participate in a statewide reading of the book.

  • Insurance changeover impact to be small


    Staff Writer


    TELL CITY – Despite a change in insurance providers overseeing the county employees’ healthcare plan, most workers won’t see much other impact to deductibles or other out-of-pocket expenses. Under the soon-to-be implemented coverage from Group Pension Administrators, under the Cigna network umbrella, the personal contributions each staffers pays toward their individual county offered policy will remain the same for 2018.

    The changeover is expected to take place Jan.  1.

  • Santa’s Elves to mail giant postcard to Ripley’s Believe it or Not!

    SANTA CLAUS – Santa’s Elves will mail a giant postcard to Ripley’s Believe it or Not! this December, a recreation of a 1931 postcard that was canceled in Santa Claus, Indiana, and believed to be the largest postcard ever mailed.

    The Elves’ replica postcard is 55-by-102 inches and features an image of the 22-foot-tall Santa Claus Statue on the front. The back of the postcard resembles the 1931 version but features the 2017 Santa Claus postmark.

  • Tell City’s dispatchers going online


    Staff Writer


    TELL CITY – The Tell City Board of Public Works approved a revamped call-handling system for the Tell City Police Department at its Monday meeting. The system will be provided by PowerPhone, which has worked with emergency management for 30 years and provides technology and resources for dispatchers across the country.

  • Northern Perry County man charged with arson in barn fire




    BRISTOW – A Perry County man was charged with arson Saturday just hours after allegedly setting fire to a neighbor’s barn. According to Sheriff Alan Malone, Grant Burch, 23, of Bristow, was jailed on one count of arson, a level 4 felony, and one charge of resisting law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor.

    Just after 4 a.m. Saturday, central dispatch in Tell City received a call that a barn located at 5481 State Road 62 was on fire. The location of the fire was near Interstate 64.