Local News

  • Perry Central trims $350,000 from budget

    LEOPOLD - Perry Central Community Schools officials have identified $350,000 in budget reductions that will help the district cope with decreased state funding. Among the steps: not replacing two retiring teachers and other positions, moving two teachers to grant-funded positions and cutting back on summer-cleaning staff.

  • Breaking News Afternoon pursuit ends on Sailor Road; dog takes bite out of driver

    PERRY COUNTY - A man wanted on felony drug warrants led police on a miles-long chase Monday afternoon, finally spinning his car on Sailor Road. Even with his car in a ditch, Donnie A. McLain, 40, of 1820 Franklin St., Tell City, tried to drive off, police said, repeatedly hitting the car's accelerator with his foot even as officers shattered the car's windows, Tasered him with an electric stun gun and, finally, called in a police dog.

  • Candidates for treasurer pledge top service

    TELL CITY - In their opening statements at the candidates' political forum April 15 at the Schergens Center, democratic treasurer candidates Judy Pund and JoAnn Smith assured residents present that customer service and serving the county are their main concerns in running for the office.

    Both women, who were born and raised in the area, have experience with local financial institutions.

    When asked what skills make each of them good leaders, both candidates stated their experience in office environments have prepared them for the task of being a leader.

  • Kiplinger handed 65-year sentence

    TELL CITY - Kyle S. Kiplinger was sentenced Wednesday to 65 years in prison for the 2006 murder of Bobbi Jo Braunecker.

    The sentence was the most Judge Lucy Goffinet could impose after the Indiana Supreme Court overturned her original sentence of life without the chance of parole.

    In a decision published last month, the high court said Kiplinger should not have received a life sentence because the jury that convicted him in 2008 failed to unanimously agree on a sentencing recommendation.

  • New Boston woman dies after driving into pond

    NEW BOSTON - State police released Wednesday night the identity of a woman who drowned hours earlier when she apparently missed a stop sign north of New Boston and drove into a lake.

    Patsy C. Huff, 79, of 12989 North Indiana 545, was pronounced dead at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was transported there by ambulance after being pulled from her submerged car an hour after the accident was first dispatched to rescuers at 2:16 p.m.

  • Council hopefuls share thoughts on jail, insurance benefits

    Editor's Note: This is the conclusion of a story that began Thursday about a political forum that drew candidates for county council.

    TELL CITY - Five men seeking their party's nominations for district seats on the Perry County Council took part in an April 15 forum at the Schergens Center in Tell City.

    Moderated by News Editor Vince Luecke, Pete Franzman, Bob Glenn, Ryan Daum, Stan Goffinet and Chet Mathena responded to questions dealing with issues in the community.

    Candidates were asked their feelings on the urgency of building a new jail.

  • Commissioner candidates explain why voters should pick them

    TELL CITY - Incumbent Gary Dauby and challenger Chris Coyle met in a candidates forum April 15 to explain why voters should select them for the District 2 county-commissioner position.

    Dauby used an introductory-comment opportunity to explain he was involved in precinct-level politics for 22 years, half of them as a member of the Tell City Common Council. A recent ground-breaking ceremony reminded him of one in which he participated as a city official, he said, which launched construction of a sewer line from the Branchville prison.

  • Store manager seeks county-council seat

    PERRY COUNTY - Brian C. Hudson of 8895 North Ridge Road, Tell City, hopes to unseat District 3 County Councilman Chet Mathena in the primary election May 3 to secure a spot in the November general election.

    Hudson, 43, was unable to attend a candidates forum conducted by the Perry County Chamber of Commerce and Perry County News April 15, but provided information describing his reasons for running in response to a News questionnaire.

  • Census forms still available

    Perry County residents who need a Census 2010 form can pick one up weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at City Hall in Tell City. Forms are located in the water department. Forms were also still available last week in the lobby of the county courthouse.

    Residents who send in their forms soon may be able to avoid home visits by census workers.

  • Local man joins Planetwalker

    MARTINSBURG, Ohio - A Perry County man joined a noted environmental educator last week in a walk to mark Earth Day.

    Dr. John Francis was joined by about a dozen people, including Perry County resident Fred Hillenbrand, to raise awareness and personal empowerment to help Americans address the environmental challenges of the 21st century.

    Known the world over as Planetwalker, Francis will lead a five-day walk of about 100 miles through the Ohio countryside.