Local News

  • State denies voter-approved tax hike

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – A tax increase aimed at helping Cannelton City Schools and approved by voters in a November referendum won’t go into effect until 2012.

    “They’re saying it had to be part of the budget put together in the summer of 2010,” Schools Superintendent Al Chapman said Tuesday of the denial by the state’s Department of Local Government Finance. Four school systems had referenda approved, he explained, adding, “we’re in the same situation as Brown County.”

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  • Gill joins ranks of deputies

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    CANNELTON – Brandon Gill, a reserve patrolman for the Tell City Police Department, was hired last week as a full-time deputy with the Perry County Sheriff’s Department. The 27-year-old Tell City man fills the vacancy created Jan. 1 when Lee Chestnut assumed the role of sheriff.

    Chestnut had been chief deputy under Sheriff Bob Glenn, whom he succeeded.

  • County posts 439-person population gain

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    PERRY COUNTY – Perry County has 439 more people in 2010 than it did in 2000, according to figures from the latest census, conducted last year.

    The total population was pegged at 19,338 in the count, up from 18,899 in the previous decennial census.

  • Roads closed due to high water; river continues rise

    PERRY COUNTY – The Indiana Department of Transportation announced rising waters have caused the closure of roads in the Vincennes District. The closures will remain in effect until waters recede. The following sections of roadway have either been closed or INDOT is advising motorists to use caution around these areas of high water.

    In Perry County, Indiana 66 from the junction of Indiana 62 at Sulphur to Derby is closed, as is the highway from Derby to Rocky Point.

  • In today's edition:

    There's more to the Perry County News than the headlines you see here. For example, our current poll question, available in our opinion section, asks if you agree with State Sen. Young that nepotism, banned by just-passed legislation, should be a county versus a state issue. He makes that point in a column in this edition, in which he lists legislation that just passed or failed.

  • Project Green initiatives, accomplishments underlined at workforce board meeting

    PERRY COUNTY – Efforts are continuing in southwest Indiana to increase economic growth, employment and training efforts in the region’s energy-related industries, according to an update presented to the Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce Board at their Feb. 25 meeting.

    Project GREEN (Growing a Regional Energy Employment Network) has undertaken several initiatives to promote southwest Indiana as a national center of energy excellence. The project grew out of the federal Department of Labor Wired grant awarded to the Regional Workforce Board in 2007.

  • Disease management means looking at field history

    PERRY COUNTY – Controlling crop diseases starts with keeping accurate field records, even before the seeds are planted, and continuing through harvest, a Purdue Extension specialist advises.

    The majority of yield-limiting diseases can be managed most effectively through good selection of seed varieties, said crop specialist Kiersten Wise. Producers should work with seed dealers to choose varieties that have strong resistance to previously recorded diseases.

  • Furry-friends fund

    Sarah Jane Damin, left, of the Humane Society of Perry County presents Tiffany Reed, manager for the Perry County Animal Shelter Inc., a check for $300 to help toward a low-cost spay and neuter clinic sponsored by the shelter.

  • Durbin seeks Cannelton Council position

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – Robert A. “Bobby” Durbin of 340 S. Sixth St. in Cannelton filed paperwork Feb. 16 signifying his intention to seek the District 2 Cannelton Common Council seat.

    Durbin has worked as a dock operator at Consolidated Recycling, he said Thursday, and also performed maintenance work for six years at the California Pacific Corp. in Evanston and was treasurer for Perry County Bassmasters for six years.