Local News

  • Neighbor terrorizes family on Lily Road



    PERRY COUNTY – A rural Perry County family endured what would have passed for a scene in a horror movie Feb. 24 after a neighbor allegedly barged into their home, began throwing furniture and attacked four people inside before police officers racing to the scene finally arrived and arrested him.

    Police have charged Matthew S. Fortwendel, 44, with a host of charges, including burglary, criminal confinement, intimidation and strangulation.

  • Hauser joins TC police force

    TELL CITY – Andrew Hauser has joined the Tell City Police Department as a patrolman. His appointment was approved by the Tell City Board of Public Works and Safety on Feb. 19. Like other new hires, Hauser’s appointment to the department is contingent on him passing a physical exam for the Indiana Public Employees Retirement Fund.

  • Tables set through Widow’s Barrel Food Pantry


    Feature Writer


    TELL CITY - The shelves of the Widow’s Barrel Food Pantry have goods on display similar to how one would see at a small grocer. Widow’s Barrel is an income based food ministry helping to provide food to low-income families in Perry County. 

  • Perry County included in disaster declaration
  • Slide at McDonald’s
  • Backflowing sewers drive up residents’ angst


    Staff Writer


    CANNELTON –  Several days after, the cause behind a flooded home in the 500 Block of Knight Street in Cannelton has the owners asking a lot of questions, namely from the city’s leaders.

  • Weekend accidents in county claim two lives

    PERRY COUNTY – The Perry County Sheriff’s Department said a 22-year-old Bristow man died Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash on Indiana 145 north of St. Marks.

    Central Dispatch received a 911 call at 4:38 a.m. that a car had traveled off of Indiana 145 and struck a tree.  A sheriff’s deputy, along with Perry County EMS and the Perry County Rescue Squad, was dispatched to the scene. 

  • River crests; disaster declared




    PERRY COUNTY – The Ohio River reached its highest point in 21 years early this week, surrounding homes, businesses and even entire communities in an inland sea of murky, debris-filled water.

    Perry County was among the first counties in a disaster declaration signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb. News could come in the following week whether the county will be declared a federal disaster area, which would clear the way for financial help to local governments and, perhaps, property owners who suffered losses,

  • Anderson Township FD annual meeting Monday

    BRISTOW – The 69th annual meeting of the Anderson Township Fire Department Inc. will be Monday, March 5, at the Bristow Community Center. 

    A business meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and will include election of directors 2, 3, 4 and 5. 

    Programs for the evening will include presentations by Derek Lawalin, Tell City Chief of Police, and Alan Malone, Perry County Sheriff. 

    The annual $40 membership dues can be paid at the meeting.

  • Tell City’s floodwall does its job ... again

    Where would Tell City have been this week without its floodwall, a couple of feet under water most likely. Often overlooked and under-appreciated, the concrete wall kept most of the city dry during what has been the most major Ohio River flood since 1997. These photos of the wall and earthen berm’s construction came from Mack and Chris Cail, who assembled a collection for the Tell City Historical Society.