Local News

  • City electric utility will see new GIS mapping system; board approves 4-year wage contract

    TELL CITY - During a Dec. 18 meeting, the Tell City Electric Department's board of directors approved a multi-year wage-and-benefits agreement with its linemen and agreed to purchase a comprehensive geographic information system-based mapping system.

  • Landmark Communications exploring sale; Decision could affect ownership of The News

    NORFOLK, Va. - The parent company of Landmark Community Newspapers Inc. announced Thursday it may put itself up for sale, a decision that could affect ownership of The Perry County News and dozens of other community newspapers.

    Landmark Communications, based in Norfolk, Va., confirmed it was exploring strategic alternatives, including the possible sale of the company's businesses, said Richard F. Barry III, vice chairman of the company.

    Barry was quoted in a story Thursday on the Web page of the Virginian Pilot in Norfolk.

  • Public hearing on electric-rate hike on this evening's council agenda

    TELL CITY - A proposed electric-rate increase is expected to come before the Tell City Common Council this evening, members' first meeting of the new year, with a public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m.

    The Tell City Electric Department has proposed rate increases that would boost the average cost of power provided to its customers by 12.9 percent. If approved, the new schedule of rates and charges could take effect by April. The new rates could raise an additional $1 million per year in revenue.

  • Officials make annual county appointments

    Several people retain duties for 2008, some replacements necessary

    TELL CITY - A number of appointments and agreements for the New Year were approved by the Perry County commissioners in two of their final meetings last year.

    Charlotte Rogier will continue to serve as county administrator and Ed Feix will retain his highway-superintendent status, after the commissioners made annual appointments at their Dec. 17 meeting.

  • County council funds jail medical services

    Issue returns to board of commissioners today

    TELL CITY - Perry County Council members voted in a special meeting Thursday to fund jail-prisoner medical services provided by Peoria, Ill.-based Advanced Correctional Healthcare.

    As The News reported Dec. 31, the company offered to take on duties performed the last several years by local physician Dr. Will Marcrum. In response to a call for 2008 bids, Marcrum reluctantly offered to continue providing services at three times the $1,000-per-month cost he previously charged.

  • State panel urges school consolidation

    Advocate, opponent say decision should be made locally

    PERRY COUNTY - All three of Perry County's school systems would be consolidated if one of the 27 recommendations from a commission on local government reform is adopted by state education or legislative officials.

    "Reorganize school districts to achieve a minimum student population of 2,000," the commission urged in a 46-page Dec. 11 report.

  • BREAKING NEWS - No foul play in 1-year-old's death

    TELL CITY - A year-old girl pronounced dead Sunday at Perry County Memorial Hospital died of natural causes, likely from a bacterial infection, Perry County's coroner said Monday afternoon.

    Sashia Marcum died at 4:48 p.m. at the hospital, Darrel Riley said. An autopsy was performed Monday morning in Louisville, Ky., and showed no sign of foul play or injury, he said. State police and the Indiana Department of Child Services were notified after the child's death and began an investigation.

  • Lawsuit against ex-priest to proceed

    INDIANAPOLIS - A superior-court judge in Indianapolis ruled Dec. 20 against a request to throw out a civil lawsuit against a priest accused of molesting boys at several Indiana Catholic parishes, including those in Tell City, Cannelton and Troy.

  • Mayor: City Hall needs citizen input

    Sworn in Tuesday, Ewing asks residents to get involved

    TELL CITY - Echoing a famous call for civic participation by President John F. Kennedy, Tell City Mayor Barbara Ewing used her own inaugural address Tuesday to advocate for a new level of partnership between the city's leaders and citizens.

    Just 6 years old when Kennedy was inaugurated in 1961, Ewing said she and other officials know the cooperation and involvement of residents will be essential if the city is to better the lives of its residents, improve crucial infrastructure and promote community growth.

  • Soldiers depart for Indy, Georgia

    TELL CITY - National Guard soldiers assigned to the Tell City armory left at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday on a journey expected to take them to Indianapolis, then Georgia, then Iraq.

    The departure marked the end of a Christmas break for the soldiers assigned to Detachment 1 of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment. A 10-day training stint at Camp Atterbury preceded their holiday break, and more training is to come at Fort Stewart, Ga., before they deploy in March to the Middle East to provide security for convoys.