Local News

  • Terror, confusion at courthouse

    TELL CITY – A Cannelton man shot and killed himself in front of the county courthouse Monday afternoon, triggering a period of panic and pandemonium for employees, who, for a few worrisome minutes, feared an active shooter was inside.

    Police officers raced to the scene from all parts of the county and beyond and fearful that an armed intruder might be involved, entered the building with guns drawn.

  • Tell City’s hydrant flushing begins Tuesday

    TELL CITY – The Tell City Water Department will begin to flush fire hydrants on Tuesday, Oct. 25.  Crews will start on the west side of town on Fourth Street and then work eastward. Residents may experience low water pressure when water department employees are flushing in their area.  As they work eastward, residents may also have dirty water until flushing is passed them.

  • Early voting underway at courthouse

    PERRY COUNTY – Early voting at the county courthouse is underway.

    Voting is taking place in the  commissioners room weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Absentee ballots are also available by mail from county election offices.

    A voter can obtain an application to vote absentee by mail on the web at IndianaVoters.com. You’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot by mailing the application to your county clerk’s office by Oct. 31.

    Anyone can vote early in-person, but there are some requirements to meet if you want to vote early by mail.

  • City welcomes new TCPD officers

    TELL CITY – The Tell City Board of Public Works approved the hiring of two new police officers at their meeting last Monday. Both men bring law enforcement experience to their jobs..

    Ashe Meserve, currently a patrolman for the city of Cannelton, will join the Tell City Police Department later this month. He fills the position held until this summer by Ryan Smith. Smith resigned his position after a year with the department.

    Meserve is a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and is a part-time officer for Tell City.

  • Cannelton schools upgrade bus fleet

    CANNELTON – For many students, the beginning and end of the school day consists of a ride on the school bus.

    In the last two months, Cannelton City Schools has put in place a contingency to make sure this historied part of the school day remains intact.

    In September, Cannelton’s school board approved the purchase of a 2005 Thomas school bus for $13,000. To pay for it, the school corp. also approved a five-year loan in that amount to be taken out by Superintendent Alva Sibbitt.

  • Generous community benefits nonprofits

    PERRY COUNTY – The Perry County Community Foundation recently held its first Fall Celebration of Giving Breakfast. During the event, donors were able to provide grants through funds they created and designated for a particular organization. Also, nonprofit organizations that created their own agency funds received grants from the annual distribution of their fund.

  • Animal Control Officer needed?

    TELL CITY – How far away from hiring an animal control officer is the county? Far enough that animal rights zealot Jim Carter is prepared to do whatever it takes to get one. As a last recourse, he plans to use the controversial elected officials’ health insurance topic as a way to sway opinions in his favor.

  • Revised Edition: Catalogue of programs expanding


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    Silently tending to her duties, Amy Knight collects books on the counter of the front desk at Cannelton’s branch of the Perry County Public Library.

  • Troy council green-lights IMPA proposal


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    TROY – The Town of Troy has chosen a new electrical provider.

    Indiana Municipal Power Agency has been chosen by the town board as its electricity provider, following the completion of its business with Hoosier Energy, a company the town had relied on for power for around 20 years.

    The board had tabled the issue for several months in a row pending presentations by power providers, including Hoosier Energy and IMPA.

  • A Sweet Field Trip

    On an almost Indian summer day, a group of Perry Central FFA members visited Bill and Glenda Gibson’s farm on Deer Creek Road. The job of the day Monday was extracting honey, which FFA members will sell this fall. Bill and Glenda had already pulled several honey-encrusted combs from hives they maintain in Perry County. Busy honeybees had dutifully tackled the hives’ insides, storing away nectar that became honey over the summer.