Local News

  • City eyeing grant for floodwall certification

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    TELL CITY – Unlike letters to Santa, a grant application to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs won’t be answered in time for Christmas, but Tell City leaders hope the new year brings news of an award to help obtain certification of its floodwall.

  • Fire destroys home; robs family of Christmas gifts

    TOBINSPORT – A Perry County family was left homeless Saturday night after fire destroyed their home near Tobinsport.

    Rick and Patricia “Trish” Harris and three children escaped without injuries but the 9 p.m. fire destroyed nearly all of their belongings, including Christmas gifts purchased that day.

    “Just about all they had is gone,” said Amanda Huff, Rick Harris’ sister.

    The couple have four children, three of whom live in the home, 15-year-old Nate, Sierra, 14, and 11-year-old Amanda.

  • Young voices to rise in free concert Tuesday

    TELL CITY – Nearly 50 voices will rise from choral groups combined to form the Marksmen Chorale during a Christmas concert set to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Tell City Junior-Senior High School.

    The junior-high chorus will open the show, followed by the high-school singers, then the Marksmen Chorale.

    The sixth-grade band will take the stage next, followed by the seventh- and eighth-grade band, then the high-school band.

  • Forest Service maps offered

    BEDFORD – Updated Hoosier National Forest visitor maps have arrived and are now on sale at the Tell City Ranger Station. The new half-inch-to-the-mile maps have updated ownership and forest recreation sites.
    They are also printed on plasticized water-resistant paper so they are more durable than plain paper.

    The maps were last updated in 1994 so land ownership and road changes were in some cases quite significant. The forest has grown by more than 10,000 acres since 1994. The maps sell for $10.

  • Jan. 15 benefit planned for Tell City resident

    TELL CITY – A benefit for Kathy Tsantis is planned for Jan. 15 at the Tell City Knights of Columbus. Food will be available at 6 p.m. with an open cash bar. Music will be provided by Bob and Tom from 9 p.m. to midnight.

    A live auction is planned with Hawhee’s Auction Service on hand to sell items. Proceeds will go toward Tsantis’ medical bills. She is a retired Tell City Police Department dispatcher.

    Tickets are $15 per couple or $10 for singles.
    For more information or to donate items for the Jan. 15 auction, call 547-8641 or 719-7164.

  • Offices closing for holidays

    PERRY COUNTY – Local governmental offices will close for the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holidays, but schedules differ somewhat on when the holidays, both of which fall on Saturdays, will be observed.

    County offices at the courthouse and annex building in Cannelton will be closed Christmas Eve day and Dec. 27 and again Dec. 31.

    City Hall in Tell City will be closed Friday and again Dec. 27 and Jan. 3. City Hall will be open New Year’s Eve.

  • County-council farewells

    Perry County Council President Pete Franzman, left, congratulates Ryan Daum after presenting him a plaque recognizing his “dedication and faithful public service” on the council since 2004.

  • Board discusses merger of libraries

    By TRISTA LUTGRING, Feature Writer

    TELL CITY – At their Dec. 1 meeting, Tell City-Perry County Public Library board members briefly went over the Nov. 10 minutes from the first meeting of the merger committee. As The News has previously reported, Cannelton Public Library had announced in October intentions to merge with the Tell City-Perry County Public Library in October. Tell City OK’d merger talks at its meeting in November and both libraries have a year to complete merger procedures.

  • Restaurant owner ready for next step in life’s journey

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    TELL CITY – After 13 years of providing good food for life’s journey, as her Main Street Tell City sign touts, Vivien Pereira is ready to travel herself. The proprietor of Vivien’s Place on Tell City’s Main Street, Vivien marked her final day Dec. 12 with an appreciation dinner that drew dozens of customers.

    The meal was bittersweet for many, who will miss the small woman with a big smile and arms built for hugging.

  • Cannelton leadership changes for 2011

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – A shuffling of members was announced at the outset of a regular Cannelton Common Council meeting Dec. 13.

    The city’s Democratic party leaders held a caucus, Mayor Smokey Graves said, and opted to assign Bruce Myers to the council’s at-large position. Adam Goffinet was shifted from it to the District 2 chair formerly held by Louis “Snooks” Scarboro, who resigned in October.