Local News

  • The rail-splitter used by Lincoln himself


    Staff Writer


    INDIANAPOLIS – A precious Spencer County treasure got a celebrated debut at the Indiana State Museum Tuesday morning. The museum cloaked the announcement in mystery, refusing to give any direct hint at what the artifact might be.

    When the veil was lifted, the museum revealed Abe Lincoln’s very own mallet to the world, engraved with his own initials and the year “1829.”

  • Library Board discusses renovations and book weeding


    Staff Writer


    PERRY COUNTY – At the Library Board of Trustees regular meeting Wednesday, Feb. 3, Library Director John Mundy mentioned renovations to the computer lab. The renovations are not extensive and are only partially done, because the bidding process is still open.

    About half of what is now the computer lab will be converted into two study rooms, with a table and eight chairs in each.

    Mundy said he expects the work to be completed in coming months, but doesn’t know yet who will do it.

  • The long road ahead: County leaders eye comprehensive highway improvement plan


    Staff Writer


    TELL CITY – Forthcoming changes in the way federal Department of Transportation money is distributed to communities may soon mean additional preparations for local leaders. Though such amendments have yet to be passed at the federal level, county commissioners say they may soon need to have a comprehensive road plan in order to qualify for that money in the future.

  • Hauser, Greer file for county council seats


    Staff Writer


    TELL CITY – Former Perry County Commissioner Tom Hauser and political newcomer John Greer have declared their candidacies for county council at-large seats. As of Friday, Hauser was the lone Republican vying for one of three at-large council seats. Greer is running as a Democrat.

    Hauser could square off in the November general election against three Democrat filers, hopefuls Brad Franzman, Greer and incumbent Steve Goodson.

  • Expanded dual-credit courses coming to TCHS


    Staff Writer


    TELL CITY – What if Tell City High School students had their own television show about fine dining? That scenario may not be too far off the mark.

    The course selection at Tell City High School could be expanded to give new credence to some traditional elective classes. According to school administrators, the 2016-17 school year could include studies in culinary arts-hospitality and radio-TV-film. There are also talks about adding selections geared toward criminal justice.

  • Remembering our Governor Whitcomb




    Always an adventurer, Ed Whitcomb was scouting for a quiet place to write a book when he came to Perry County in 2000. He found what he was looking for ... but got far more than he expected. The former Indiana governor discovered a new home along the Ohio River, as well as the love of his life and a community that embraced him as one of their own.

    Whitcomb, who served as the state’s governor from 1969 to 1973, passed away Thursday at his home in Rome. He was 98 years old.

  • Gov. Edgar Whitcomb dies in Rome at the age of 98

    ROME – Former Indiana Gov. Edgar D. Whitcomb, who rose from humble rural Indiana roots to become a leader on the seas of war and in the Indiana Statehouse, died Thursday at his home in Perry County.  He was 98 years old.

    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence called Whitcomb a friend and a great Hoosier who inspired countless others with his bravery and public service.

  • Council approves possible funds advance; manufacturer’s abatement

    TELL CITY – The Perry County Council acted on several issues at its members’ Jan. 28 meeting. The group voted to authorize County Auditor Pam Goffinet to acquire temporary financial advancements from the debt-services detention center fund. That money can be used to help stabilize health and cumulative-capital accounts when balances run low.

    Goffinet explained the county annually seeks similar transfers and the money is repaid when it receives disbursement of funds in the spring and fall.

  • Remains identified as county man

    HARRISON COUNTY – The remains of a body found in Harrison County have been identified as a Perry County man missing for nearly two years.

    Authorities in Harrison County said the remains are of 56-year-old George Ronald Schmidt Jr. He was missing since February 2014 and was last seen in Mauckport.

  • SWCD offering landowners admission to March 2 grazing meeting

    PERRY COUNTY – The Perry County Soil and Water Conservation District will sponsor a maximum of 10 livestock producers who live in Perry County to attend the Southern Indiana Grazing Conference.