Local News

  • Spencer County considers de-obligating bridge grant

    By STUART CASSIDY, Spencer County Journal-Democrat

    ROCKPORT – Repairs to the historic covered bridge at Huffman Mill may be conducted with or without grant funding. After discussions Tuesday with Spencer County commissioners and councilmen about how to proceed with the project facing cost overages, Spencer County Engineer Tara Lloyd is prepared to ask Perry County officials if they will be willing to contribute toward repairs if Spencer County declines a $240,000 grant.

  • Escapee handed 17-year sentence

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    TELL CITY – A man who escaped from the Branchville Correctional Facility in 2009 was sentenced Monday to 17 years in prison. However, 33-year-old Bobby G. Cockerell won’t serve the first day of the sentence until he finishes a federal pris-on sentence.

  • Adventures with Nature Field Day returns Saturday to Tipsaw Lake

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Adventures with Nature, a rite of summer for the past eight years, returns Saturday to Tipsaw Lake.

    The Hoosier National Forest will sponsor the ninth annual field day with several partners, including the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, Purdue Extension of Perry County, Lincoln Hills Resource Conservation and Development and soil and water conservation districts in Perry and Spencer counties.
    The event will begin at 9 a.m. and will conclude by 1:30 p.m.

  • Alternative school students clean for credits

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – Students attempting to improve themselves by taking classes through the Perry County Learning Academy are also helping others, human and otherwise.

    Mike Bishop, executive director for the alternative school, said students can earn elective credits similar to those awarded for shop or music classes through a collaboration with the Perry County Animal Shelter Inc.

  • Group works toward new animal-control ordinance

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – If a proposed animal-control ordinance now in the works is adopted, people with animals, and in particular those who most contribute to problems that have cost the county money, will contribute to their solutions.

  • Indiana 66 to be closed in Crawford County

    MARENGO – The Indiana Department of Transportation said a portion of Indiana 66 in Crawford County will close today.

    Railroad crews were to close it between the junctions of Interstate 64 and Indiana 64 for repairs to the crossing.

    Crews were to begin work at approximately 12 p.m. and re-open the road by 12 p.m. Wednesday.   

  • School officials plan meeting Tuesday to discuss ISTEP exam scores

    CANNELTON – Cannelton elementary officials will release scores from spring Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress exams at an informational meeting for parents Tuesday.

    The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Myers Grade School cafeteria.

    Results will be handed out for students who were enrolled in third, fourth and fifth grades. People who would like their children’s scores but who cannot attend the meeting can call 547-4126 to obtain them.

  • Copper theft launches hunt for fleeing man

    TELL CITY — A man suspected of stealing copper from ThyssenKrupp Waupaca triggered a brief manhunt June 11.

    According to the Perry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Jason Shadwick received a call that evening that Jeremy B. Kirkman, an employee of WGS working at the local foundry, reported for work when he was not scheduled and was confronted by a supervisor.

    A short time later, Shadwick was told that copper was hidden in a bag in Kirkman’s possession. Kirkman fled into nearby woods when confronted by Shadwick.

  • Bridge jumpers may land in hot water

    PERRY COUNTY — Jumping from local bridges will soon land summertime thrill-seekers in hot water.

    Sheriff Lee Chestnut said last week he and department deputies will begin writing citations to people caught jumping from bridges on state and county roads. The practice has been common for decades, especially at embayments near  Rocky Point. Deer Creek and other tributaries of the Ohio River offer relief from heat but it’s also illegal, Chestnut said.

  • Water-quality reports go out

    TELL CITY – The Tell City Water Department is sending out its annual consumer-confidence reports this week, said Dale Poole, superintendent for the department.

    The report, which informs customers of the quality and status of city water, is mandated by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and must be sent to water customers each year. Any customer who doesn’t receive a copy of the report can get it at the Water Department office in City Hall.