Local News

  • Early learning a public education success


    Staff Writer


    PERRY COUNTY – Adding funding to expand preschool programs in public schools is a hot topic for legislators as they begin work in the general assembly. While fully funded programs may not be in the cards for the immediate future, the discussion does give opportunity to look at a few key components of what’s being asked.

  • Colucci named Sagamore of the Wabash
  • Divisions widen after fire chief’s arrest


    Staff Writer


    CANNELTON – Public-safety officials are often known for their inter-agency collaboration and working well together. But in a clash of the badges, a line has been drawn in the sand, and two part-time Cannelton police officers could be out of a job if the board of public works follows through on its most recent sentiments.

  • Lawful sentry in command
  • Library rings in the new year with new board member, salary increase

    TELL CITY – Julie Harris joined the Library Board of Trustees for her first official meeting Wednesday, and was inducted into the Library’s Board of Finance.

    The board member she replaced, Frank Maffia, was also in attendance. Library Director John Mundy presented a plaque to the longtime member for his 18 years of service to Perry County’s libraries.

    Maffia started his service at Cannelton Library in 1998.

  • Cannelton School Board reappoints two members


    Staff Writer


    CANNELTON – The Cannelton School Board convened a special meeting Thursday to reappoint members Cory Faulkenberg and Bill Garrett.

    Unslated on the November 2016 election ballot, there was some confusion among board members as to when their terms were up. However, the races were uncontested, allowing both members to retain their positions. The terms ended Dec. 31, 2016.

  • After 39 years, Genet retires as PC volleyball, track coach


    Sports Editor


    LEOPOLD — The longest tenured and one of the most successful coaches in Perry County history has decided to retire.

    Becky Genet, who became the head coach of Perry Central’s volleyball and girls track teams after graduating from the University of Evansville in 1978, is leaving both positions to spend more time with her family.

    She noted that her daughter, Dana Schmidt, is due to have her first child in May and is moving to Denver in June.

  • Spencer and Perry judges working together


    Staff Writer


    ROCKPORT – Spencer County Circuit Court Judge Jon Dartt hopes to see his courtroom turn a new corner in 2017, with a little help from some colleagues from across the Spencer-Perry county line. Perry County Circuit Court Judge Lucy Goffinet and Magistrate Karen Werner have begun chipping in at the Rockport courthouse when time allows with the aim of helping Spencer County cope with its substantial case load.

  • Economic development efforts take shape


    Staff Writer


    TELL CITY – With about $10 million in infrastructure improvements underway or slated for the near future to help spur economic development, the Perry County Redevelopment Commission heard a progress report during the board’s Jan. 4 session. The money was secured via a series of bonds being financed through Waupaca and Webb Wheel tax-increment-finance districts. The first series was issued in 2014 for $6.18 million, and the latest was administered in November for $3.18 million.

  • Veteran deputy back on patrol


    Staff Writer


    PERRY COUNTY – A once familiar face will again be on patrol with the Perry County Sheriff’s Department. Daymion Marsh was recently hired as a deputy, filling a need that will help the department add full-time security at the courthouse.