Local News

  • Local graduation rates mostly near state averages, but there is room to improve


    Staff Writer


    PERRY COUNTY – With the state averages for graduation rates pushing 90 percent, local schools are largely on pace with those numbers, bettering averages in several categories. Those figures are encouraging but do hold room for improvement.

  • Demo derby to headline Octoberfest’s Saturday list of events

    Fairgrounds near Grandview to host season’s final events

    GRANDVIEW – Spencer County’s annual Octoberfest is ready to kick off the fall season in style Saturday at the Spencer County Fairgrounds in Grandview. Despite recent rainfall bringing an end to a relatively dry September, the forecast for Saturday holds the promise of enjoying the crisp air of autumn among friends and neighbors.

  • After resignation, Troy seeks new marshal




    TROY – The town of Troy is looking for a new marshal. Dan Grindstaff, who has been serving as the town’s marshal since March 2011, announced Sept. 16 that he would step down in mid-October. Later the same evening, he declined to reconsider his resignation at the request of the town council’s president, who said town leaders wanted to work on a contract that would spell out the position’s duties and responsibilities and could include a pay increase. 

  • DOE seeks federal guidance on charter school funding

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education is seeking further guidance from the United States Department of Education regarding funding of charter schools within the state.

    In particular, the department is inquiring about the calculation of Title I funds for charter schools in light of an overall reduction of Title I dollars and a significant decrease in the Census Poverty Count for several charter schools.

  • Sheriff Chestnut honored for years of service
  • Public works board approves 14th Street chip-and-seal project


    Feature Writer


    TELL CITY – During their meeting on the evening of Monday, Sept. 21, the Board of Public Works and Safety proposed a chip-and-seal project for the 1500 block of 14th Street. The work will help to cut down on the consistent maintenance and gravel dust, according to Mayor Barbara Ewing.

    The current road surface is upward of 35 years old, and has always been gravel. Works board member Gary Morton expressed his agreement that the road should be improved.

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  • PCDC manufacturing site developments get plan commission approval


    Staff Writer


    PERRY COUNTY – Perry County officials have recently engaged in several efforts to prepare sites for potential commercial developments. From land clearings, to creation of spec buildings, much of that work has been facilitated by money generated from industries located within the county’s three designated tax-increment-financing districts.

    TIF funds are generated from the property taxes collected in those districts and set aside as a tool communities can use to promote economic development.

  • Cannelton School Board addresses personnel changes


    Feature Writer


    CANNELTON – The Cannelton School Board met Thursday evening in an executive session, and then convened a regular meeting. The board declined to comment on any details of the executive session, the agenda of which included performance evaluation of individual employees, information about prospective employees, strategy with respect to collective bargaining and strategies involved with pending litigation.