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  • Newspaper staffers claim press awards

    TELL CITY – Newspapers covering Perry and Spencer County continued long traditions of journalism excellence, with writers in each establishment earning awards during the recent Hoosier State Press Association Better Newspaper contest. The announcements were presented during HSPA’s event Dec. 3.

  • Council approves utility rate increases

    New rates will be effective with February billing

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    TELL CITY – The Tell City Common Council agreed Monday to approve utility rate increases that will raise by more than half what customers pay each month for water and sewage treatment. The increases will also impact others who rely on Tell City for those utilities. Those outside-of- the-city customers already pay more than city residents and some of them voiced concern Monday about the increases. 

  • The Lehman Fire of 1946

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

     

     

    It was Cannelton’s fire of the century, a mammoth blaze in 1946 that changed the city forever and put hundreds of people out of their jobs. Seventy years ago this week, the Lehman Company of America complex of manufacturing buildings was a pile of smoldering ruin. Two plants that produced wooden children’s furniture, including the patented Lehman tip-proof high chair, were gone. So were several homes and a restaurant on St. Louis Avenue.

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  • County’s Can-Clay takeover imminent

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY –  While dim, there may be light at the end of the tunnel for Cannelton-based Can-Clay Corp. Under threat of a property takeover from the county for unpaid back taxes, the company is on shaky ground. However, the county doesn’t want to force a closure on a business with a century in the community.

  • Local bus drivers vetted, school chiefs say

    By JAKE BETHEL

    Staff Writer

    PERRY COUNTY – With last week’s story of a school bus crash in Tennesseelooming in the national news spotlight, debates over seat belt laws and scrutiny of those tasked with taking America’s children to school have flared up. And while there is no clear consensus on seatbelt use on buses, local school officials agree that safety is paramount.

  • Logging a Yule tradition

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

     

    Harper Christmas Tree Farm, just off German Ridge Road, has been a family tradition for nearly half a century. Offering a variety of fresh-cut trees, local families, in search of just the right central figure-piece for the season, often make the scenic trek down Indiana 66 to the quaint locale.

  • Abbey Press to close two divisions

    ST. MEINRAD – After nearly 150 years of printing and marketing Christian books and gifts, Abbey Press will close two of its main divisions next year, the company announced Thursday.

    Abbey Press’ trade marketing and printing will close in mid-2017. Remaining open will be the publications division, which produces the popular CareNotes line of booklets, Elf-help and other books, and Deacon Digest magazine.

  • Shubael candlelight tour lighting up the past

    CANNELTON – Anyone curious about what life must have looked like for families in Southern Indiana circa the mid 1850s can scratch that curious itch Saturday, Dec. 10, at Little Shubael Village during the annual Candlelight Tour.

    The tour begins at 2 p.m., for those who would like to see cabins during the daytime, according to village purveyor Carolyn Hammack.

    The tour will stay open until 8 p.m. or after, depending on the amount of guests still present in the park.

  • Tell City gold: the legacy of John F. Heinzle

    Editor’s Note: This is the first in what the News and the Tell City Historical Society hope will be a regular feature in 2017 on local history. Ideas and submissions are always welcome.

    Editor’s Note: This is the first in what the News and the Tell City Historical Society hope will be a regular feature in 2017 on local history. Ideas and submissions are always welcome.