Local News

  • Family working to recover from house fire

    BRANCHVILLE – A Perry County couple who lost their home in a Feb. 22 blaze in Branchville hope to rebuild in the same location, once they find temporary housing.

    Kenny and Shannon Ambrose and their two children, Erin and Garrett, lost nearly everything when their home burned.

    As the News reported Thursday, the fire was likely triggered while work was taking place under the home to thaw frozen waterlines.

    The family was staying in Tell City last week but hopes to find a home to rent in northern Perry County.

  • Kindergarten numbers may bolster Cannelton enrollment


    Staff Writer


    CANNELTON – While Cannelton schools saw a dip of 7.5 students in their average-daily-membership count in a Feb. 2 evaluation, promising kindergarten enrollment figures represent a potential diamond in the rough. While there is no way to be certain that kindergarten numbers will hold steady, Superintendent Dr. Alva Sibbitt maintains a cautious optimism that these new students could help buoy the school corporation’s numbers in the future.

  • Strassell remembered as dedicated public servant, caring friend




    Gayle Strassell’s family tree had strong and deep roots in Tell City. Her ancestors – Kroessmans, Holtzmans and Hansers – included men and women who led factories, chronicled the city’s life as photographers and supported its churches and civic organizations for generations. Strassell added her own branch to the family’s legacy, serving four years as mayor – the first woman to  hold the post.

  • Rehab plans outlined for Ohio River bridge



    CANNELTON – Those in charge of maintenance on the Bob Cummings Lincoln Trail Bridge, which connects Cannelton with Hawesville, Ky., want commuters to know what to expect when a major overhaul of the bridge begins next spring.

    During a public forum convened Thursday evening by the Indiana Department of Transportation and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, community members were invited to speak with officials from the state agencies, along with engineers from the consulting firm, Michael Baker International.

  • 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.