Local News

  • A little Sunday wager
  • Sunday activities in Rome to kick off 2015 fall tour

    ROME – The community of Rome will host activities the first weekend of the Hoosier Heritage Fall tour Sunday, Oct. 4. Fried chicken dinners with mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, bread, slaw and homemade dessert will served in the courthouse. Serving will begin at 11 a.m.

    An all-day concession stand will sell hamburgers, cheeseburgers, barbecue and soft drinks.

    There will be live music by the House Kat Trio with Rita, Ray and Teddy. They will take the stage at 11 a.m. Free wagon rides will be provided by Jim Krutz, weather permitting.

  • Local graduation rates mostly near state averages, but there is room to improve


    Staff Writer


    PERRY COUNTY – With the state averages for graduation rates pushing 90 percent, local schools are largely on pace with those numbers, bettering averages in several categories. Those figures are encouraging but do hold room for improvement.

  • Demo derby to headline Octoberfest’s Saturday list of events

    Fairgrounds near Grandview to host season’s final events

    GRANDVIEW – Spencer County’s annual Octoberfest is ready to kick off the fall season in style Saturday at the Spencer County Fairgrounds in Grandview. Despite recent rainfall bringing an end to a relatively dry September, the forecast for Saturday holds the promise of enjoying the crisp air of autumn among friends and neighbors.

  • Troy council schedules rate meeting for Oct. 14

    TROY – The Troy Town Council will have a special meeting Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 5:30 p.m. at the Troy Town Hall meeting room.

    The meeting will give the public a chance to ask questions and make comments about a proposed rate hike for the Troy water and sewer utilities.

    The town council’s regular monthly meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and will include adoption of the town’s 2016 budget.

  • Rome Fire Department announces raffle winners

    ROME – The Rome Volunteer Fire Department has announced winners from its recent raffle. The following are listed by prize donor and winner.

  • After resignation, Troy seeks new marshal




    TROY – The town of Troy is looking for a new marshal. Dan Grindstaff, who has been serving as the town’s marshal since March 2011, announced Sept. 16 that he would step down in mid-October. Later the same evening, he declined to reconsider his resignation at the request of the town council’s president, who said town leaders wanted to work on a contract that would spell out the position’s duties and responsibilities and could include a pay increase. 

  • DOE seeks federal guidance on charter school funding

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education is seeking further guidance from the United States Department of Education regarding funding of charter schools within the state.

    In particular, the department is inquiring about the calculation of Title I funds for charter schools in light of an overall reduction of Title I dollars and a significant decrease in the Census Poverty Count for several charter schools.

  • Sheriff Chestnut honored for years of service
  • Public works board approves 14th Street chip-and-seal project


    Feature Writer


    TELL CITY – During their meeting on the evening of Monday, Sept. 21, the Board of Public Works and Safety proposed a chip-and-seal project for the 1500 block of 14th Street. The work will help to cut down on the consistent maintenance and gravel dust, according to Mayor Barbara Ewing.

    The current road surface is upward of 35 years old, and has always been gravel. Works board member Gary Morton expressed his agreement that the road should be improved.