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  • Noted priest, conservationist dies at the age of 84

    ST. MEINRAD – The Rev. Damian Schmelz OSB, a monk and priest of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, died June 12 in the monastery infirmary. He was 84.

    Born in Georgetown, on May 7, 1932, to Aloysius William and Grace (Miller) Schmelz, Fr. Damian was given the name Vincent Eugene at his baptism. After completing his elementary education at St. Mary School in Lanesville, he entered the Minor Seminary at Saint Meinrad in 1950, and entered the novitiate two years later. He professed his simple vows on July 31, 1953, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 3, 1958.

  • Eliminating combined-sewer overflows a costly venture for Cannelton

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

     

    CANNELTON – The City of Cannelton is one step closer to complying with an Indiana Department of Environmental Management order to eliminate sewer overflows. But officials are still bounds away from an actual project.

  • Volunteers: Come clean your river Saturday

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY – The 2016 Ohio River Sweep returns Saturday at sites along the Ohio River in Perry County, joining cleanup efforts of other communities that line the river. From 9 a.m. to noon, volunteers will dispatch from Hafele Park in Cannelton and Sunset Park in Tell City to clean up the banks of the river by picking up trash and other debris.

  • Cannelton Police Department introduces new patrolman, promotes another

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    CANNELTON -– The Cannelton Police Department is fully staffed. Its newest patrolman, Ryen Foertsch, took up duties earlier this month and is making an impact in the community.

    Graduating a 17-week law-enforcement academy, Foertsch was credited with apprehending a suspect who was believed to have committed several vehicle break-ins.

  • Paying tribute to one of Indiana’s founding fathers
  • Police eye clues to unsolved murders

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    TROY – More than a month after the bodies of a man and woman were pulled from the Ohio River, troopers with the Indiana State Police continue to seek information to solve what they say are two murders.

  • Teams, cancer survivors ready for weekend Relay for Life

    LEOPOLD – On June 18, hundreds of Perry County residents, caregivers, survivors and business leaders will join together at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Perry County to help Paint Your World Purple against cancer. The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on June 18, 2016 at Perry Central High School track in Leopold.

  • New overtime rules may impact school coffers

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY – Though it won’t have wide sweeping changes for employees at Tell City-Troy Township School Corp., soon to take effect updates to federal labor standards are causing administrators to take pause as they evaluate policies. At the front of the discussions is a new rule that would increase the threshold for salaried worker pay.

  • Former armory renovation costs soar

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY – Plans to conduct major renovations to the former National Guard armory took a small hit Thursday after bids came in well above expectations. The Perry County Redevelopment Commission, which is overseeing the project’s funding, also expressed a bit of surprise at the lack of enthusiasm expressed by contractors, garnering interest from just two companies.

  • Fighting cancer with big doses of faith, family

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    Methodically toiling away, counting knots, the crafty Teresa Underhill mends threads into a blanket. She often provides her handmade wares to cancer survivors.

    The opportunity to crochet and knit is a task Underhill takes great pleasure in still being able to do. It’s something she’s done since a little girl, a skill she learned from her grandmother. But it wasn’t long ago all of that was in question.