Local News

  • Perry Central Elementary earns an ‘A’

    PERRY COUNTY -– Local schools rank among the top tier in education for the 2015-16 school term, earning high marks for excellence in the latest tally of  A-F letter grades. The state Department of Education released school accountability grades this week, and schools in each of Perry County’s districts earned either an A or B.

    This year’s data stems from recently implemented student-centered models using more rigorous standards and assessments aimed at meeting stringent educational goals.

  • Tri-County Master Gardener class forming

    PERRY COUNTY – Have a green thumb? Want to become a master gardener? Mark your calendar.

    Purdue Extension organizations in Perry, Spencer and Dubois counties will offer a weekly master gardener program, with classes beginning Thursday, Jan. 12, and running through Thursday, April 13.

  • United Way prepares to pass leadership torch




    TELL CITY – During her 17 years as executive director of Perry County’s United Way, Rebecca Fenn has been a blessing to many: the families in need of a helping hand, nonprofit groups seeking funding to further their mission and community minded men and women who served as United Way trustees and campaign chairs. 

    But in her heart, Fenn says she has been blessed ... by the same families, organizations and people who have helped her and their hometowns.

  • Lasher named Lilly Endowment scholar

    PERRY COUNTY – A Tell City High School senior has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Shane Lasher will receive the full-tuition scholarship to the Indiana college of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

  • Tell City schools’ health clinic shaping up


    Staff Writer


    TELL CITY – Plans are developing as Tell City-Troy Township Schools works toward instituting an employee health clinic for its staffers. Corporation officials hope a clinic, which would offer basic treatment and prescription drugs, could be in place by the start of the 2017-18 school term.

    However, there are many different ways things on that front could happen as school leaders hash out a plan.

  • Holiday Parades
  • Winter interest, plants with berries

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    December has ushered in some seasonal weather with daytime temperatures hovering in the forties. For us, this is perfect winter weather to work in. Brisk, but not too cold, it can be invigorating for animals and people alike.

    The sheep and the big dogs seem to prefer it, in fact. The playful frolicking is proof. The clear blue sky on a chilly winter day can be even more beautiful with a little winter plant interest.

  • Ambulance fleet in need of a lifeline

    TELL CITY – They just don’t make ‘em like they used to when it comes to autos. Well, that’s debatable. It’s at least safe to say they don’t last forever.

    The ever-aging ambulance fleet that composes Perry County Emergency Medical Service is a cause of concern for county commissioners. Partnering with Perry County Memorial Hospital, terms within the agreement provide the county foots the bill for vehicles and any major repairs.

  • Newspaper staffers claim press awards

    TELL CITY – Newspapers covering Perry and Spencer County continued long traditions of journalism excellence, with writers in each establishment earning awards during the recent Hoosier State Press Association Better Newspaper contest. The announcements were presented during HSPA’s event Dec. 3.

  • Council approves utility rate increases

    New rates will be effective with February billing




    TELL CITY – The Tell City Common Council agreed Monday to approve utility rate increases that will raise by more than half what customers pay each month for water and sewage treatment. The increases will also impact others who rely on Tell City for those utilities. Those outside-of- the-city customers already pay more than city residents and some of them voiced concern Monday about the increases.