Local News

  • Troy refinery site almost ready for sale

    ROCKPORT – After years of cleanup and a few unexpected complications, the former United Energy refinery site in Troy is nearly ready for new ownership. However, the Spencer County Commissioners are waiting for a few more things to fall into place before sending this piece of land to the auctioneer’s block.

  • Library sales to benefit library and friends


    Feature Writer


    TELL CITY – The Perry County Public Library held a silent auction and yard sale Aug. 12-13 in addition to their yearly Schweizer Fest book sale. Items sold include card catalogues from 1917 and 1957, framed art purchased in 1980 and more modern printers and a copy machine. The library made around $2,700 from the sales and auction, which will be used to benefit the library and Friends of the Library.

  • Judges uniting in a call to action for local children

    TELL CITY – In a rare event of unity, four local county Judges will hold a joint press conference on Monday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Circuit Court of the Perry County Courthouse in Tell City to a lead a call to action for local children. 

    The Judges will highlight an often overlooked and under-publicized issue: the overall increase in child abuse-neglect cases in our area. The increase in cases is being primarily caused by the effects of methamphetamine and prescription drug abuse on local families. 

  • Upcoming bridgework to cause delays, road closures

    PERRY COUNTY – Work on several county roads is scheduled to get underway and may cause traffic delays or road closures.

    Replacement of a box culvert on Optical Road north of Interstate 64 is slated to begin Monday. A runaround will be installed there for local traffic.

    However, repairs are also slated for Carlisle Road in Siberia the same day which will require a temporary closure. Motorists are advised they may need take an alternate route.

  • Teen faces meth, weapons charges

    TELL CITY – A report of a theft led to multiple charges against a Tell City teen, including manufacturing of methamphetamine and intimidation with a deadly weapon.

    On Sept. 7,  Tell City Police Officers arrested 19-year-old Nicholas R Schulthise. Patrol officers were actively searching for Schulthise after receiving a report he had stolen an electronic tablet from a female resident in Tell City. They also learned when the victim confronted Schulthise about the tablet; he threatened her with a handgun.

  • County prepares for major budget cuts


    Staff Writer


    TELL CITY – As the summer wanes, things are falling into place as the Perry County Council begins its fiscal planning for 2017. All-day budget sessions are scheduled to start Wednesday morning at the courthouse and will continue through Thursday.

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  • New teachers welcomed to PC, Cannelton schools

    PERRY COUNTY – Several new adult faces grace the halls of Perry Central Perry Central Community Schools  and at Cannelton City Schools.

    • At Perry Central Community Schools, Hilarie Hahus will take on science courses for eighth grade and high school. A Branchville native, she earned a degree in atmospheric science from Purdue University and a master’s degree in secondary education from Valparaiso University.

  • Police department gearing up for hiring process




    TELL CITY – Two new faces could soon join the ranks of the Tell City Police Department after the tentative approval of a new city officer and the resignation of another.

    During summer budget hearings, the city council was asked to consider adding another officer. Police Chief Derrick Lawalin said the city is two officers shy for a community its size.

    The department has 12 full-time officers, including administrative positions of chief, assistant chief and detective.

  • Community’s 2nd ambulance crew on duty at northern station


    Staff Writer


    PERRY COUNTY -– The road to funding a second full-time ambulance crew based from the North Station at the county highway garage got a big boost with a monetary commitment from the county council. An appropriation made Aug. 25 of $70,000 from the local-option public-safety tax along with another $10,000 from the county commissioners is expected to fund the supplemental EMS team through the year.

    The crew mobilized quickly there after and was up and running starting Sept. 1.