Local News

  • School district doesn't need council's OK

    TELL CITY - The Perry County Council does not have to approve a construction plan for Tell City High School, Ron Etienne said Wednesday. The schools superintendent asked last month for the council's approval on a proposal to perform $2 million worth of upgrades. The council tabled the issue and was to have discussed it at a regular meeting today (Thursday).

  • Tell City resident begins Peace Corps service in Thailand

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Brooke Franzman, 31, of Tell City has been accepted into the Peace Corps.

    Franzman departed for Thailand Jan. 16 to begin pre-service training as a teacher collaborator Peace Corps volunteer. Upon graduation from volunteer training in April, Franzman will be assisting local teachers to practice and effectively incorporate participatory learning approaches in the classroom.

  • Wooldridge enters race for sheriff

    TELL CITY - A Tell City Police Department sergeant with 19 years of law-enforcement experience filed Friday for county sheriff, joining a growing field of Democrats vying for the nomination.

    Lynn Wooldridge, who resides on Brushy Fork Road, said he will work to provide the best leadership, experience and commitment to citizens.

    "I feel I possess these qualities and with the help of the people we can continue to make Perry County a safe and wonderful place to live," he said.

  • Schulthise, Berger file for May primary

    TELL CITY - Two Perry County officeholders filed their candidacies last week for new four-year terms.

    County Clerk Jean M. Schulthise filed for a full term as clerk. Connie Berger filed for a second term as county auditor. Both women are Democrats.

    Schulthise began working in the clerk's office in February 2008, assumed the first-deputy position in June 2008 and was appointed clerk in 2009 upon the death of Doris Davis. This will be her first attempt at running for the position of Perry County Clerk.

  • Smith enters primary race for treasurer

    TELL CITY - JoAnn Smith, currently chief deputy in the office of Perry County Treasurer, filed her candidacy Wednesday for the elected office of treasurer.

    She has served as chief deputy since December 2007 and before joining the treasurer's office, served 12 years as Troy Township Trustee, from January 1996 through December 2007. Smith also worked for Citizens National Bank, which later became Old National Bank, for almost 30 years, from October 1978 through December 2007.

  • Democrats file for county-council seats

    PERRY COUNTY - County-council contenders have begun throwing hats into the ring, with four filing candidacies as of press time for this edition.

    The council is responsible for establishing each year's county budget and meets monthly to approve spending from it. Its duties increased last year when it was handed the task of performing nonbinding reviews of other county entities' budgets.

  • Recycling district names new director

    TELL CITY - A man with roughly three decades' experience in the lumber industry wants to see how many other materials he can turn into cash beginning Feb. 8, when he takes on leadership of the Perry County Recycling Management District.

    "I'm a forester by trade, and 'renewable-recyclable' has always been a deal with me," Kenneth C. Smith said Friday. "I hope to enhance it here in Perry County, for people to think about recycling as being more convenient than throwing items in the trash."

  • Davisson files for District 73 seat

    SALEM - Steve Davisson announced recently that he will again challenge for the House District 73 representative seat that includes portions of Perry County. The seat is currently held by incumbent Democrat Dennie Oxley of Taswell.

    Davisson vied for the seat in 2008.

  • Events will mark 50th anniversary of crash

    MILLSTONE - Several events March 13-14 will mark the 50th anniversary of the crash of Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 710. The midair breakup of the Lockheed Electra over Millstone March 17, 1960, claimed the lives of 63 people.

    Members of Tell City's Kiwanis Club are leading an effort to mark the anniversary, with a committee formed to plan events and extend invitations to relatives of crew and passengers who died in the disaster.

  • TCJHS graduation parent meeting set for Feb. 8

    TELL CITY - Tell City Junior High eighth-grade students and parents will receive information on state high-school graduation requirements at an orientation meeting Feb. 8. This meeting will be held in the high-school auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

    Parents and students will also receive information and enrollment forms for eighth-grade students to be enrolled as freshmen at Tell City High School next school year. Principal Dale Stewart and the high-school counselors will be on hand to explain the requirements and answer questions.