Local News

  • Technology in libraries to grow in years ahead


    Staff Writer

    TELL CITY – An already tech-based library could see further advancements in coming years as the Perry County Library Board works on a technology plan component to its long-term plan for the coming three years.

    The technology aspect of the long-term plan received precedence at the Wednesday meeting, though the long-term plan covers many other updates during the timeframe.

  • Forest Service to burn more than 2,500 acres

    PERRY COUNTY  – Fire managers with the Hoosier National Forest intend to begin utilizing prescribed fire as a forest management tool in the coming weeks, including several areas in Perry County totaling 2,549 acres. The Forest Service uses the burns for a variety of purposes, from regenerating forests to enhancing habitat for wildlife.

    Areas proposed for burns within the county this spring are:

    Diamond/House Branch – 981 acres

    Grove North – 477 acres

    Saddle Dam – 14 acres

  • Officials assess flood damage to county parks


    Sports Editor


    TELL CITY – Recent flooding caused damage at Perry County Parks ranging from minor to some that will likely cost thousands of dollars to repair.

  • Bicentennial events set for Rome

    ROME – Events in April, June, September and October will celebrate the Rome Courthouse’s bicentennial in grand style.

    While details of the celebrations are still being finalized, the community of Rome and a planning committee have announced dates for events, beginning with the town’s annual celebration of the Dogwood Festival on Sunday, April 22. Along with Rome’s well-known chicken dinners, country store and live music on the grounds of the historic courthouse, the day will include a petting zoo and a big car and truck show.

  • TC man jailed on charges of impersonating first responder




    TELL CITY – An armed Tell City man who allegedly tried to pass himself off as a first responder was arrested Saturday night after entering a home while police were investigating a battery. Police also said a search of the man’s car turned up an AR-15 rifle and ammunition.

  • Body of missing kayaker found




    ROME – Indiana conservation officers, along with the Perry County Sheriff’s Department, recovered the body of a missing Perry County man Tuesday, ending a search that began the previous Thursday after his kayak was discovered partially submerged in backwater.

    Perry County Coroner Charlie Baumeister said the body of Scott Whitehead was found just before 9:30 a.m. A conservation officer located the body in approximately 3 feet of water in the vicinity of where his kayak was found.

  • Local leaders evaluating and recording flood damages to seek federal aid


    Staff Writer


    TELL CITY – As flood waters continued to recede Friday, leaders from Perry County’s numerous affected communities were on hand at a meeting Friday spearheaded by State Rep. Steve Bartels and State Sen. Erin Houchin to discuss what aid may be available through federal funding. Perry County has already been declared a disaster emergency area earlier in the week by the governor.

  • Water search dispatched for local resident

    ROME – A search has been dispatched for a Perry County man who rescuers fear fell into the river from his kayak on Thursday.

    Sheriff Alan Malone said Scott Whitehead of rural Rome, told friends he planned to kayak in backwater in the area. His kayak was found in backwater Thursday afternoon. But Whitehead has not been seen. Indiana conservation officers are assisting with the search, which lasted several hours Thursday and is  resumed Friday.

    Whitehead is a cattleman and farmer who lives in the area.

  • 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.