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  • Police: Man shoots self day before trial

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    ROME – A Perry County man scheduled to stand trial this week died from a weekend self-inflicted gunshot, police said. 

    According to police reports, William M. Sheridan, 71, was found unconscious near his mailbox and pickup truck shortly after 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

    Sheridan resides at 7020 Bear Creek Road and was found by a passerby who saw the man lying on the ground.

    He was flown from the scene and was reportedly in critical condition Monday. He later died from his injuries.

  • TC School Board to meet Friday to discuss vacancy

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY – The panel of candidates vying to serve the Tell City-Troy Township School Board will soon be narrowed to one. Applications for the open trustee seat were accepted last Friday by the board. The resignation of Larry Kleeman created the vacancy.

    In all, eight résumés were submitted for consideration. Among them are some notable names with years of public services on register, including:

    • Gene Borders

  • Murder suspect jailed

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    CANNELTON – One man is dead and another sits in a Kentucky jail cell after a Monday shooting on Bell Hollow Road near Cannelton. The homicide triggered a five-hour manhunt that ended with the late-afternoon capture of the alleged killer, 47-year-old Stacy Matheny.

    Matheny, who lives at 4338 Bell Hollow Road, was taken to the sheriff’s department in Hancock County, Ky., and later lodged in the Breckinridge County Security Center. He is being held without bond.

  • Perry County’s Irish Eyes

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    It takes just a few seconds to rub away the moss hiding the etched words over Margaret Duffy’s tomb. Still legible 139 years after the 15-year-old’s death, the two short sentences echo the cry her parents surely felt. “Behold this grave and shed a tear,” the tombstone requests of passersby. “Beauty and virtue is buried here.”

  • Manhunt for shooting suspect ends in Kentucky

    CANNELTON – A manhunt for a murder suspect widened over areas of two states Monday after a morning shooting on Bell Hollow Road near Cannelton left a Warrick County man dead.

    As of Monday afternoon, police have not released the name of the victim but said their suspect is 47-year-old Stacy B. Matheny of 4338 Bell Hollow Road, Cannelton.

    Shortly before 4 p.m., authorities announced Matheny had been apprehended in Hancock County, Ky.

  • City Hall Park may be home to bicentennial bison

    By JAKE BETHEL

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY – The Indiana Bicentennial Commission’s “bison-tennial” public art project has moved one step closer to its permanent resting place in City Hall Park.

  • Farmers market meeting set for April 13

    TELL CITY – Spring officially arrives next week and that means many Perry Countians’ thoughts will turn toward garden projects.

    As such, many will look forward to the kickoff of this year’s farmers markets in Tell City.

    The Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau will host an organizational meeting for the 2016 Tell City markets on Wednesday, April 13, at 2 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Tell City Depot, located at 333 Seventh St. in Tell City.

  • ISTEP bug bites local schools again

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY – Standardized testing continued its recent trend of hiccups, at least locally, impacting Tell City schools directly. According to superintendent John Scioldo, ISTEP packets for middle schoolers were not delivered to the school until the day testing was set to begin. That is a disparity from previous years, when administrators were in possession of them two weeks in advance. 

  • Lilly matching gifts to foundation

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    PERRY COUNTY – “One person can make a lasting difference.”

    That’s the message Renate Warner and others with the Perry County Community Foundation have long worked to share with Perry Countians.

    Now, a special opportunity made possible by Lilly Endowment, is making it possible for new gifts to the foundation to be matched dollar for dollar.

  • Changes made to city RV parking ordinance

    By JAKE BETHEL

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY – A recreational vehicle and trailer parking ordinance that took effect Jan. 1 was amended last week to clarify what the provision does and does not allow.

    The RV parking ordinance was drafted to allow residents to park one recreational vehicle, including watercraft, camper or motor home, in front of their home, year-round. The ordinance mandated that additional vehicles must be parked off the street.