Local News

  • City departments provide annual, monthly updates

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – The city’s volunteer fire department responded to 79 calls for service during 2010, Fire Chief Greg Linne reported at a regular Tell City Board of Public Works and Safety meeting Jan. 18.

    His year-end report was one of several summaries of annual or monthly activities provided by city-department heads.

  • Franzman reflects on 28 years of service to county

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    TELL CITY – A man who gave his time and talents to county government for nearly three decades says capable men and women in office today will be able to face important issues in 2011 and beyond.

    District 1 Councilman Pete Franzman left the fiscal body at the end of 2010. He had been a member since January 1983 and was its president for many of those years. Franzman also served as a leader for the Association of Indiana Counties, held several leadership posts and was the group’s president in the 1990s.

  • Richter files for second term as clerk-treasurer

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    TELL CITY – In the final year of her first term in office, Jenny Richter filed earlier this month for re-election as Tell City’s clerk-treasurer. The Democrat was elected in 2007.
    Richter said the experience she has gained in her first term, added to her experience in banking before seeking office, has helped her succeed in the role as the city’s financial officer.

  • Group forms to fight animal abuse in county

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – Perry County’s chief deputy prosecutor, Mark Ramsey, said he was representing the county prosecutor’s office when he addressed the county commissioners at a regular meeting Jan. 19.

    “I’m also here on behalf of various groups that are concerned about animal rights, and we would like to discuss the possibility of forming a committee approved by the commissioners to review the animal ordinances and procedures involved with animal control,” he said.

  • Charlie Wicker’s big Saturday

    Charlie Wicker had a grand day Saturday, thanks to the Never Too Late organization that grants longtime wishes. A resident at Oakwood Health Campus in Tell City, Wicker loves sports and when recently asked about something he’d really like to do, the 85-year-old said wanted to attend a home Marksmen basketball game.

    Charlie and his buddies would always go to a local cafe to enjoy a burger and fries before games, then go and root for the home team. Since going to live at Oakwood, and especially since his children moved away, Charlie had missed his weekly routine.

  • Police: Man who ran from officer was carrying meth

    TELL CITY – A local man was charged with possession of methamphetamine and resisting law enforcement Jan. 20 after he allegedly fled from a Tell City police officer.

    Patrolman Jeff Bender was in the Wal-Mart parking lot when he was flagged down and told there had been an argument between two men. Someone identified Randy Bolin Jr., 30, of Rolling Pines, as one of the disputants but when Bender motioned for Bolin to speak with him, the man allegedly fled. He slipped on snow and fell.

  • Big Brothers, Sisters enjoy day at the cinema

    Mark Morgan of Tell City Cinemas helped Big Brothers-Big Sisters of the Ohio Valley to a memorable day Jan. 15.

    “Bigs” and “Littles” from Perry and Spencer counties enjoyed a free movie and snacks at a special showing.

    “We really appreciate that a local business owner generously shared this opportunity for all of our matches, including our school matches,” said Lisa Schriefer, program director for Big Brothers-Big Sisters in Perry and Spencer counties.

  • Tell City Schools could close early for teacher development

    TELL CITY – An idea presented by Laura Noble for coping with a state-mandated change ran into resistance at a Tell City-Troy Township School Board meeting Jan. 11.

  • State might tax port properties

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance has made statements that upset him, Bill Goffinet said during the Jan. 11 regular meeting of the Perry County Port Authority Board of Directors.

    The former Tell City mayor, now a field representative for the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, said the DLGF may be considering taxing properties owned by city and county port authorities.

  • UV treatment helps river, plant superintendent says

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – Five small bottles were lined up on their table when the Tell City Board of Public Works and Safety met Jan. 18. One contained drinking water, another held a sample from the Ohio River. One was filled with effluent from the city’s water-treatment plant, one contained rain and the other, raw sewage.

    The one with a black layer at the bottom was easiest to identify, Mayor Barbara Ewing said.

    Suggestions about taste-testing any of the contents brought laughs, but no volunteers.