Local News

  • River crests, begins retreat

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    PERRY COUNTY – After rising to levels not seen since 1997, the Ohio River began what local officials hope will be a steady retreat.

    Steve Hauser, director of the Perry County Emergency Management Agency, said Friday the river crested overnight and then had dropped to 48.8 feet. The National Weather Service said the river would fall another 6 inches overnight.

    The river had been projected to crest at 49.5 feet, below the 1997 crest of 50.4 feet.

  • NEW - Indiana National Guard to turn armory over to city

    By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY - The Indiana National Guard will officially relinquish control of the Tell City armory in a ceremony set to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at the armory.

    "We're still fine-tuning the details," Mayor Barbara Ewing said Friday morning, "but it will be a military ceremony" that will include a welcome by retired Col. John Bailey, the national anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, and an invocation by a military chaplain. Bailey now serves in a civilian capacity as state controller for the Guard.

  • Students can design posters, win prizes

    PERRY COUNTY – The Perry County prosecutor’s office is sponsoring a poster contest open to all Perry County students in kindergarten through seventh grades.

    Intended to raise awareness about the abuse of alcohol and drugs, the contest will end May 20. Letters were sent to Tell City, Perry Central and Cannelton schools with the official rules to begin the contest.


    TELL CITY – Student artists from Perry, Spencer and Hancock counties were honored April 16-17 by the Tell City Regional Arts Association. More than 400 art pieces were entered into the group’s fourth annual show. Winners were honored during a Saturday evening reception.
    Winners are listed below, by name, school and title of artwork.

    High School


    Best of Photography: Rosalie Nugent, Hancock County, “Teenage Wasteland.”

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  • License branch open Monday, Tuesday ahead of primary

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles Perry County License Branch will be open Monday and Tuesday to issue state ID cards and driver’s licenses that may be used for identification at a polling place.

    Branches in counties with primary elections will be open 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

    Voters will need to take the following documents to obtain ID cards:

    Proof of identity document, such as a birth certificate or passport.

  • Gerlach & Gayer Custom Collision Center opens

    The Perry County Chamber of Commerce hosted an April 8 ribbon-cutting at Gerlach & Gayer Custom Collision Center at 1133 Main St. in Tell City.

    Owners Eli Gerlach and Clint Gayer specialize in body work, painting, restoration, window-tinting, detailing and spray-in bed liners.

    For more information, call 547-7020 or 608-0656.

  • Special Olympics to host Saturday field day

    TELL CITY – Special Olympics Indiana, Perry County and Saint Meinrad Archabbey’s Cooperative Action for Community Development Inc. will host the 46th annual track & field and bocce meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at Legion Field in Tell City.

    “Everyone is welcome to attend this event,” said Vicky Lutgring, county coordinator for Special Olympics Indiana-Perry County. “I promise it will give you a better understanding of our Special Olympics athletes.”

  • Nation’s top turkey hunters in county through Friday

    PERRY COUNTY – Some of the nation’s top hunters are Perry County this week to take part in the Campbell Outdoor Challenge, a hunting competition in which teams of sportsmen film their pursuits of wild turkeys.

    Hunting wa set for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The first bird was taken Wednesday morning.

    The event has visited the county the past few years and Tony Thomas, one of the local organizers, said the caliber of hunters is at an all-time high.

    Again this year, local landowners are lending use of their property, Thomas said.

  • Derby prepares for flooding

    Bagging of sand began Monday morning in Derby as the Ohio River rose to levels that had already brought it over parts of Indiana 70 and Indiana 66.