Local News

  • Aug. 31 meeting to discuss community owned store in Derby

    DERBY – A community meeting Aug. 31 will discuss the possibilities of a community-owned store in the riverside community. As the News reported last week, a committee is exploring how a community co-op might allow the town to reopen a community store that would sell food and fuel. The meeting will explore how a co-op might work, membership benefits, funding and the decision-making process.

    The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Smackwater Cove.

  • Cemetery restoration project planned for Saturday in Tobinsport

    TOBINSPORT – The Tobinsport Cemetery Restoration Project will hold a work session this Saturday, Aug. 29, beginning at 9 a.m.

    This session will be held at the Simons Cemetery, located next to the Methodist Church, in Tobinsport.

    During the session, participants will clean the old tombstones and reset fallen ones. 

  • Tipsaw Lake reopens to swimming

    Tipsaw Lake beach has reopened for swimming, two weeks after high levels of coliform bacteria prompted its closure. Water tests show the lake is now safe for public use, the Hoosier National Forest reported in a press release. Personnel regularly test the water for harmful bacteria in swimming areas.  High coliform counts could have come from a number of sources, including animals such as waterfowl. Tipsaw beach will be open through Labor Day weekend.

  • Torch Relay participants sought

    INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development announced the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is now accepting torchbearer nominations from the public. Torchbearer nominations recognize Hoosiers who demonstrate exceptional public service, excellence in their profession, acts of heroism or volunteer service to their neighborhood, community, region or state.

    The online nomination form is available at www.indiana2016.org/torchrelay/nomination-forms/.

  • Man jailed for setting fire to 9th Street home

    TELL CITY – The Tell City Police Department has released the name of the man who allegedly set fire to a home in the 1000 block of Ninth Street Sunday afternoon.
    Assistant Police Chief Alan Malone said Roger T. Alvey, 32, faces charges of attempted arson, arson, burglary, resisting law enforcement, attempting to disarm a law-enforcement officer, two counts each of battery to a law-enforcement officer, battery by bodily waste to public-safety officials and criminal mischief, residential entry, domestic battery, strangulation and criminal confinement.

  • Dragging Main returning Sept. 12

    TELL CITY – Dragging Main 2015 is around the corner. This year’s evening of cruising, music and reminiscing is set for the afternoon and evening of Saturday, Sept. 12, in downtown Tell City. Dragging Main has been a hit since its inception in 2011.

    It was Joe Morton who inspired nostalgia in hundreds people that year with a Facebook invitation to again cruise Tell City, a rite of passage for generations of folks. There were two Dragging Mains in 2011 and the event has been held annually since.

  • County council eyes savings in 2016 court budget

    PERRY COUNTY – Though departmental budget sessions with the county council aren’t scheduled to take place until next month, Judge Lucy Goffinet presented her proposed 2016 spending information Thursday. During that regular session of the council, the judge explained that because of a mandatory state judicial conference scheduled to take place when the board will conduct budget reviews, she was providing hers early.

  • Argosy disaster remembered




  • Charges possible after school lockdown




    CANNELTON – Cannelton City Schools Superintendent Alva Sibbitt said he will ask prosecutors to file criminal charges against a woman who allegedly posted threatening comments on social media. Her words prompted a brief lockdown of schools Wednesday morning.

    The woman, whose name was not released by police, allegedly made references to burning schools and threatening principals.

  • Century to idle Hancock smelter




    HAWESVILLE, Ky. – Unless the price the company gets for its product improves in coming weeks, Century Aluminum will halt production at its Hawesville, Ky., smelter. The decision will likely force the layoffs of more than 500 people by the end of October, delivering a powerful punch to the local economy.