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  • Jury convicts Coalter of murder




    TELL CITY – Jurors deliberated more than six hours Monday before finding Randal Coalter guilty of murder in the March 1 death of David Weedman.

    The verdict, delivered late in the afternoon, followed a week-long trial in which jurors heard contrasting views of Weedman’s death inside his home and the evidence that prosecutor’s said pointed to Coalter.

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  • Four join teaching ranks at William Tell Elementary School

    TELL CITY – The Perry County News is profiling new teachers in Perry County schools. Four new staff members have joined the teaching staff at William Tell Elementary School.


    Jessica Bunch is taking the lead as the elementary’s music instructor. From Rockport, she earned degrees from Indiana State University in elementary education and music education.

  • Homeschoolers ask for leniency in athletics participation


    Staff Writer


    TELL CITY – When it comes to the best education possible, parent Keith Mahaney said his children need school-sponsored sports programs. However, the Mahaney children don’t attend public school, they are homeschooled. That presents somewhat of a barrier since homeschoolers have to make concessions to get onto the field.

    Therefore, Mahaney asked for clarification on the requirements and why Tell City Schools goes beyond the minimum requirements for participation.

  • Parks board to honor Etienne at Magnet park


    Sports Editor


    TELL CITY – Dennis “Herman” Etienne developed and donated Magnet’s Riverside Park and boat ramp to the Perry County Parks and Recreation Department in December 1998. Now the department plans a permanent honor to him at that site.

    Etienne, the owner and operator of Rural Land Inc., died June 29 and his companion, Mickey McMahon, recently asked the Perry County Parks Board if it could erect a sign at the Magnet park saying that Herman Etienne built and donated it.

  • Coalter Trial: Jury set to deliberate Monday


    Feature Writer


    TELL CITY – Testimony in the murder trial of Randal Coalter concluded Friday afternoon. The jurors will return Monday for closing arguments, jury instruction and deliberation. Coalter is charged in the March 1 death of David Weedman.

    The defense rested Friday afternoon having called five witnesses, including two currently incarcerated at Perry County Detention Center.

  • Pilgrims Ready for Notre Dame Trail

    Bill Borders and Clay Ewing will be following in the footsteps of University of Notre Dame founder the Rev. Edward F. Sorin CSS during an Aug. 13 to Aug. 26 event that will have them and other pilgrims walking and biking up to 24 miles each day.

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  • Jurors face conflicting evidence in death


    Staff Writer


    TELL CITY – A jury listened to opening statements and the state’s first witnesses Monday in the murder trial of Randal Coalter.

    Coalter is accused of the March 1 death of David Weedman. The initial cause of death was said to be suicide. But continued investigation led police to focus on Coalter and he was arrested nearly three weeks after Weedman was found dead. 

  • County seeks grant for northern expansion


    Staff Writer


    TELL CITY – The future strategies behind possible infrastructure development along Interstate 64 could be unveiled in the near future. With hopes of eventually providing basic utilities in that area, such as a sewer system, the county is eying grants that would help pay the bulk an estimated $80,000 needed to compile the request for proposals toward construction.