Local News

  • Washington Street reopens as CSO work advances

    TELL CITY - Washington Street in Tell City has reopened as contractors move ahead with a combined-sewer-overflow project that will separate storm-water and wastewater in some areas. Mayor Barbara Ewing said Monday that work will return to those areas, meaning some temporary closures will be needed. Contractors will eventually begin work on Washington between 11th and 12th streets and will bore under 12th Street.

  • Commissioners hire jail architect

    TELL CITY - "People need to understand that this committee doesn't want to build a jail, but we need to," County Commissioner Bill Amos said during a regular meeting Wednesday.

    "There's not a great appetite for this from anybody," county attorney Chris Goffinet added during discussion that led to the commissioners approving the employment of the Indianapolis architectural firm DLZ, one of three that responded to a request for proposals.

  • Many local ISTEP scores higher than state averages

    PERRY COUNTY - Most scores posted by Perry Central and Tell City-Troy Township students in Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress were higher than statewide averages, with double-digit differences in a number of cases.

  • Huffman Mill Bridge in line for big grant-funded rehab

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Baron Hill announced Tuesday that $991,680 in Federal Highway Administration money has been awarded to help preserve the Huffman Mill Covered Bridge.

    According to a project description released by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the funds will be used to raise the structure to allow more water to flow underneath it, rehabilitate the truss to its original single-span configuration, remove the interior piers and, if necessary, replace other areas of the bridge to restore it to its original 1864 configuration.

  • TC man charged with molesting child

    TELL CITY - A Class C felony charge of child molesting has been leveled against a Tell City man.

    Todd Zabel, 46, of 222 Seventh St., was arrested Tuesday and lodged in the Perry County Jail.

    A state police investigation that began in late April concluded that Zabel fondled a young girl.

    In an interview with ISP Detective Phil Stowers, Zabel allegedly denied touching the girl.

    Zabel was being held Friday on $4,005 bail.

  • Deer remembered as dedicated, caring sheriff

    PERRY COUNTY - Jon Deer, who capped a nearly three-decade career as an Indiana State Police trooper by serving two terms as Perry County sheriff, was remembered last week as a dedicated peace officer who cared deeply for others.

    Deer died June 12 after a battle with cancer. He was 67.

    An Evansville native who made Perry County his home for 45 years, Deer began his law-enforcement career as a trooper.

  • Heck receives top Vanderbilt award

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Heather Heck of Tell City has been selected by Vanderbilt University faculty to receive the Kevin Longinotti Award for Professional Promise in Secondary Education.

    The award was named by the Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt's Peabody College of Education and Human Development to honor the memory of Kevin Edward Longinotti, an outstanding secondary-education major.

    The award is presented annually to a graduating senior who shows exceptional promise as a teacher at the secondary-school level.

  • Music in the Park returns July 2

    TELL CITY - The next Music in the Park is scheduled for 5 p.m. July 2 in the City Hall Park.

    The night has been labeled as community night and three local bands will be showcased; Discarded Barbie, Abby Jenkins and One80.

    The 10 remaining Shoot for the Stars contestants will also perform. Chicago's Pizza will provide concessions. Kids can enjoy free face-painting from Tell City Regional Arts Association.

    For more information, check the association's Web site at www.tcraa.org or its Facebook pages.

  • Two blood drives this week

    TELL CITY - The American Red Cross has scheduled two blood drives to help meet summer needs.

    Drives are scheduled for 1 to 6 p.m. today at the Tell City Wal-Mart and from 1 to 6 p.m. June 25 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Tell City.

    Blood donations often decline in the summer months with donors on vacation or busy with summer activities. However, the need for blood products remains constant.

    Approximately every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a transfusion. For more information about donating blood, call (800) 448-3543.


  • Power of Youth program accepting applications

    PERRY COUNTY - The Perry County Power of Youth Program is accepting applications for its 2010-11 council. The program's mission is to develop philanthropic values in youth through education, leadership and participation in local philanthropic activities.

    Sophomores, juniors and seniors from all three area high schools are eligible.

    An informational session about the program will be held at the Schergens Center at 6 p.m. Thursday. Students interested in becoming a members of the 2010-11 Power of Youth Council, along with their parents, are invited.