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/.

  • Stress-management clinic Sept. 17

    TELL CITY – The Villas at Oakwood will host a stress management with supplements seminar by Cindy Jones of Herbs & Healthcare. The seminar will be Thursday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m.   at the Villa Clubhouse on the Oakwood Campus grounds, 1143 23rd St. in Tell City. Refreshments will be served. For information call Polly Story at (812) 608-1774.

  • Bridge work will restrict State Road 245 near Lamar to one lane

    LAMAR – The Indiana Department of Transportation announces lane restrictions for a bridge on Indiana 245 near Lamar beginning on or around Sept. 8.

    Contractors will perform an pavement overlay on the bridge spanning Crooked Creek on Indiana 245 about three miles north of Indiana 70. Crews will patch areas of failing surface and then overlay new pavement on the bridge.

  • Costs of battling blazes elsewhere will affect local HNF work

    TELL CITY – Recent budget adjustments are resulting in impacts to programs and management locally on the Hoosier National Forest.  Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell announced Aug. 26 fire transfer authority is being used to move funds from non-fire activities to continue to pay for fire suppression on western fires. 

  • Couple who toured nation by mule share experiences in new book


    Staff Writer


    SPENCER COUNTY – Some Spencer and Perry County residents may recall an unusual visit from a pair of middle-aged newlyweds and a hearty mule as they passed through southern Indiana 14 years ago on what would become a two-and-a-half-year trek across America. Bud and Patricia Kenny began their journey in June, leaving Hot Springs, Ark., on their way to Maine’s Atlantic coast. The couple and their faithful mule, Della, met thousands of people in the small towns where they set up camp to rest.

  • Evansville firm expected to do floodwall work in Cannelton


    Staff Writer


    CANNELTON – What is expected to be the final round repairs in Cannelton to bring the floodwall up to standards were given a nod by the city council Monday. The board issued a notice to proceed to project engineer Ken Simpson and contracts are expected to be signed with Deig Brothers Construction of Evansville this week.

  • Commissioners green light ambulance purchase


    Staff Writer


    PERRY COUNTY – The county’s emergency medical services expects to be in possession of it’s new ambulance before the new year. During a brief special session convened Aug. 3, the county commissioners voted to move forward on purchase via a loan through Old National Bank.

    Financial terms include a three-year note at 2.32-percent interest toward the $158,000 vehicle.