Local News

  • Safety in the forest: What if you encounter a marijuana site?

    TELL CITY – Hoosier National Forest officials seek to provide a safe environment for the public, its employees and natural resources. So while only a fraction of National Forest System lands are affected by illegal marijuana cultivation, they believe safety risks are real and visitors and employees should be informed about them.

  • Board extends director’s contract

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – The two members of the Perry County Learning Academy Board of Directors voted in a regular meeting Tuesday to extend the contract of Executive Director Mike Bishop a year with no change in pay.

    It remains a two-year contract, said Mary Roberson, also superintendent of Perry Central Community School. “It just adds a year.” Bishop’s salary is $67,063.

    Ron Etienne, superintendent for the Tell City-Troy Township School Corp., is the other board member.  

  • Jail meetings, tours begin this week

    PERRY COUNTY – The Perry County Jail Planning Committee will host the first of several public meetings about a proposed new jail at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Perry County 4-H Fairgrounds.

    The second one is planned for 6:30 p.m. June 30 at the Perry Central High School Cafetorium.

    Also, County Sheriff Lee Chestnut is offering tours of the jail to to let county residents see conditions there.

    They’ll be conducted from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays and 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays from today through July 27.

    No tours will be conducted July 4.

  • Seatbelt blitzes net 143 citations

    TELL CITY – The Tell City Police Department took part in two separate seatbelt-law enforcement blitzes between May 6 and June 5.

    The department conducted 18 seatbelt saturation patrols, writing 143 citations and 42 warnings for various traffic infractions, bringing the total to 185.

    “The Tell City Police Department, in conjunction with the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, hopes the enforcement will remind motorists to buckle up as they travel the roadways,” Assistant Tell City Police Chief John Allen said.

  • School officials eye solar energy

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – Representatives of a company that recently performed energy-efficiency upgrades at the city’s high school pitched more of their services at a Cannelton School Board meeting May 26.

    Schools Superintendent Al Chapman told board members he wasn’t looking for action on their part, but he wanted them to get the information.

  • City gearing up for selling first of new homes

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    TELL CITY – The first new homes intended for public sale under a Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant awarded to Tell City will soon have “For Sale” signs in front of them. A public meeting Tuesday will give prospective buyers a chance to learn about the sale process.

    “We’re just about there,” Mayor Barbara Ewing said last Monday as she and members of the city council toured three homes, including ones on Main and Mozart streets that are nearly complete and will be the first to be sold.

  • County parks recovering from flood damage

    By LARRY GOFFINET, Sports Editor

    CANNELTON – With the help of volunteers and possibly some federal aid, Perry County parks are recovering from this spring’s flood damage.

    County recreation director Adam Tempel told the parks board Wednesday that Derby resident Mike Franchville donated labor and used his own tractor and dump truck to haul 21 truck loads of sand off Mulzer Park in Derby.

    He also brought some rock back from an old quarry.

    The parks board voted to give him a $150 fuel gift card as a thank you for his efforts.

  • C’mon in, the water’s fine

    Participants in a free summer recreation program play water volleyball and basketball at the Tell City Junior-Senior High School pool Thursday. (Click photo to enlarge and to advance to the second one.)

  • Cannelton police say four people missing

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    CANNELTON – Officers don’t suspect foul play, but the the Cannelton Police Department is looking for four people, including three teenagers, who were last seen a week ago.

    All of the missing people are from Cannelton and were last seen June 6, Patrolman Micah Jackson said. “It is unknown if they are in danger or where they might be heading but it is believed at this time that no abductions have occurred,” he said.

  • School system lays off teacher, other cuts eyed

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – Cannelton Schools Superintendent Al Chapman announced at a regular school-board meeting May 26 he had to lay off a teacher, calling it “one of those parts of the job I can’t stand.”

    The duties of third-grade teacher Jamie Powers will be taken on by someone else on the staff, he said, and she will be rehired if a position opens for which she is qualified.