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  • 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. 

  • Cannelton anticipates minor general fund cuts in 2016


    Staff Writer


    CANNELTON – The 2016 Cannelton general-fund budget will be largely unchanged from this year, with some slight decreases in several departmental line items. According to city Clerk-Treasurer Arvina Bozarth, the reductions, which largely affected appropriations used to pay temporary employees, were achieved because of money available in other accounts could be used to cover such costs.

  • Town of Troy conducts utility-rate studies, considers increase


    Feature Writer


    TROY – During an Aug. 12 regular meeting of the Troy Town Council, Ted Sommer of the London Witte Group was present to discuss water and sewer rate studies his company recently conducted for the town.

  • Chestnut will leave sheriff’s post for development role




    TELL CITY – Perry County Sheriff Lee Chestnut will trade his gun and badge for a Main Street office this fall after announcing Monday he had accepted a position with the Perry County Development Corp. Instead of chasing criminals, Chestnut will help Perry Countians pursue the training they need to fill jobs in the community.

    Chestnut, 40, said he will formally resign as sheriff  in coming days and work with the successor county Democrats will choose to run the department and detention center. 

  • 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.

  • Remembering lives lost on the Argosy
  • Century Aluminum says it will close Hawesville smelter

    HAWESVILLE, Ky. – Century Aluminum gave notice today that it plans to shutter its Hawesville, Ky., smelter in the coming weeks, eliminating the jobs of more than 550 employees and delivering a major hit to the local economy.

  • Chestnut to resign as county sheriff

    TELL CITY – Perry County Sheriff Lee Chestnut will resign his elected office after accepting a position with the Perry County Development Corp.

    Serving his second term in office, Chestnut announced his decision Monday afternoon.

  • Motorcycle crash in Tell City injuries two

    TELL CITY – A husband and wife were seriously injured Sunday when their motorcycle crashed on Indiana 66 in Tell City.

    Michael Litherland, 57, and his wife, Carla, 51, were flown to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. Information on their conditions was not immediately available Monday morning. 

  • City dispatching center recovering from lightning strike



    TELL CITY – The Tell City Police Department is slowly recovering from a July 20 lightning strike that damaged dispatching and other equipment in the station’s communications center.

    While dispatchers were able to use backup systems to restore basic communication systems, allowing them to reach police officers, firefighters and paramedics, after the evening storm, the radio console system damaged by the lightning strike was beyond repair.