Local News

  • Huffman Mill Bridge to get $240,000 face-lift

    By STUART CASSIDY, Spencer County Journal-Democrat

    ROCKPORT – County Engineer Tara Lloyd told county commissioners Tuesday they will need to ask the county council there to re-appropriate funds to conduct work on Huffman Mill Bridge. Lloyd said Perry and Spencer counties are prepared to move forward with a $240,000 project to repair the more than 140-year-old structure.

  • Commissioners consider appointments for 2011

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – County Administrator Teresa Kanneberg told the county commissioners at a regular meeting Wednesday they have several appointments to make in the near future.

    They had agreed at their previous meeting to announce upcoming openings so anyone interested in filling them could submit letters of interest.

  • Man under evaluation after morning standoff

    TELL CITY – A local man who allegedly threatened himself and others in conversations with family members was taken to Perry County Memorial Hospital Wednesday morning for mental-health evaluation. Police said the man was taken into custody without incident after officers surrounded his home near the area of lower Main Street.

    A woman found in the home was unharmed. Police initially feared she might have been held against her will. The investigation is continuing.

  • Appeals court affirms Lane case dismissal

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    TELL CITY – A man once charged with murder will remain free after the Indiana Court of Appeals granted a motion to dismiss an appeal filed in his case, which was itself dismissed in November.

    The court of appeals granted the dismissal in the case against Thomas E. Lane, who was freed in November after the state requested the charge of murder filed against him be dropped. Lane had been jailed for 18 months in the 1997 death of Deborah Cioe.

  • Tell City mayor seeks second term

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    TELL CITY – Standing in the same room where four years ago she announced her bid to become Tell City’s mayor, Barbara Ewing announced her plans Monday to seek re-election. Flanked by family and supporters, Ewing outlined accomplishments in her first term and said there remains much to do as the city moves forward.

  • School board struggles to reorganize

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – Sherri Flynn nominated Mack Cail to serve as president of the Tell City-Troy Township School Board as the first item of business at their first meeting of the year.

    The Jan. 11 meeting was also the first at which Flynn and Cail were seated since being elected last year, which was the first time board seats were on the ballot for voters of the district. Incumbent Dr. Gene Ress also prevailed in the election, so his name, too, is etched in that chapter of the school district’s history.

  • Councilman: Time to move on trashy buildings

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – “It’s time to get her to move on it,” City Councilman Bruce Myers said at a Jan. 10 regular meeting of the city’s leaders. He was referring to Carolyn Barr of Re-Barr Restorations, who is facing thousands of dollars in fines for violating a property-appearance ordinance.

  • Chicago’s Pizza to help TC band 4-8 p.m. Jan. 24

    TELL CITY – Chicago’s Pizza will offer all-you-can-eat pizza, breadsticks and drink for $8 from 4 to 8 p.m. Jan. 24.

    The offering will be a fundraiser, with $3 of the price going to the Tell City Junior-Senior High School band program.

    “We encourage everyone to stop by and eat to help the band out,” said band booster Velma Mann.

  • Perry Central hosting FAFSA workshop Thursday; students, parents invited

    LEOPOLD – Perry Central Junior-Senior High School will host a Free Application for Federal Student Aid workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the high-school library.

    Stan Werne, Vincennes University financial aid adviser, will be on hand to go through the FAFSA application process. It is strongly encouraged for seniors and their parents to attend.

    Contact Jody French, school guidance counselor, at 843-5121, for more information on the workshop.

  • Peter elected parks board president

    By LARRY GOFFINET, Sports Editor

    CANNELTON – For the first time in four years the Perry County Parks and Recreation Department’s board of directors has a new president.

    Dan Peter was elected to that office for 2011 by board members Monday. He succeeds Edd Ransom, who served as president the last four years but has retired from the board.

    Gale Garner was elected vice president, succeeding Peter, and Rick Newton was re-elected secretary.

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