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  • Weekend accidents in county claim two lives

    PERRY COUNTY – The Perry County Sheriff’s Department said a 22-year-old Bristow man died Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash on Indiana 145 north of St. Marks.

    Central Dispatch received a 911 call at 4:38 a.m. that a car had traveled off of Indiana 145 and struck a tree.  A sheriff’s deputy, along with Perry County EMS and the Perry County Rescue Squad, was dispatched to the scene. 

  • River crests; disaster declared

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    PERRY COUNTY – The Ohio River reached its highest point in 21 years early this week, surrounding homes, businesses and even entire communities in an inland sea of murky, debris-filled water.

    Perry County was among the first counties in a disaster declaration signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb. News could come in the following week whether the county will be declared a federal disaster area, which would clear the way for financial help to local governments and, perhaps, property owners who suffered losses,

  • Anderson Township FD annual meeting Monday

    BRISTOW – The 69th annual meeting of the Anderson Township Fire Department Inc. will be Monday, March 5, at the Bristow Community Center. 

    A business meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and will include election of directors 2, 3, 4 and 5. 

    Programs for the evening will include presentations by Derek Lawalin, Tell City Chief of Police, and Alan Malone, Perry County Sheriff. 

    The annual $40 membership dues can be paid at the meeting.

  • Tell City’s floodwall does its job ... again

    Where would Tell City have been this week without its floodwall, a couple of feet under water most likely. Often overlooked and under-appreciated, the concrete wall kept most of the city dry during what has been the most major Ohio River flood since 1997. These photos of the wall and earthen berm’s construction came from Mack and Chris Cail, who assembled a collection for the Tell City Historical Society. 

  • River at highest level since 1997

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    PERRY COUNTY – An overabundance of rainfall across Perry County and states upstream is sending the Ohio River to heights not seen since the last major flood in 1997. As of late Friday, the river at the Cannelton Locks and Dam stood at 47.9 feet, well above the 42-foot flood stage. Forecasts called for the river to climb steadily over the weekend and early this week, reaching a possible crest of nearly 50 feet Tuesday or Wednesday.

  • Diggin’ in against the flood
  • Despite flooding, locks and dam keeps up routine

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    CANNELTON – When Ohio River levels rise substantially, it puts workers at the Cannelton Locks and Dam on high alert. Just as many residents keenly eye the banks wondering how high the water will get, lock operators do the same, keeping constant vigil on the flow of water, traffic and debris through the gates. That is in addition to the days’ worth of preparations needed to secure the internal facility, including the closure of hatches.

  • Threatening note leads to Perry Central evacuation

    By VINCE LUECKE

     

    LEOPOLD – Police arrested a juvenile Friday for allegedly writing a note that said there was a bomb inside Perry Central Community School. The building was evacuated  for a time Thursday to allow officers and a dog trained to detect explosives to search the school. Nothing was found.

    On Friday, Sheriff Alan Malone said officers obtained information that led them to a male juvenile.

  • Council accepts ATTC tax deferral agreement

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY – A series of three tax abatements for ATTC Manufacturing have been advanced by the Perry County Council. The board, last month, tabled the company’s initial request, citing a review by planning advisors from H.J. Umbaugh and Associates.

  • 3 vying for office of county coroner; GOP voters face primary decision

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    PERRY COUNTY – Perry County voters choosing a Republican ballot in May’s primary election will decide which of two candidates will win the party’s nomination for county coroner. Republicans Gary Huffines and Kevin “Nic” Etienne have both filed for the office. The winner will face Democrat Joe Adkins in November’s election.

    Nic Etienne