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  • Should ATVs be used on county roads?

    Commissioner seeks opinions from public

    TELL CITY - People have asked Perry County Commissioner Jody Fortwendel about allowing off-road vehicles to use county roads, and now he's asking county residents what they think.

    Vanderburgh County commissioners adopted an ordinance about a month ago, Fortwendel said during a regular meeting of the Perry County commissioners Wednesday.

    "I have been approached by several people about making it legal for (all-terrain vehicles) to have access to county roads," he said. "I'm asking for input from the public."

  • Tell City latest Hoosier Clean Community

    IDEM designation sets goals for reducing litter, municipal fuel usage

    TELL CITY - Tell City received a special gift for its 150th birthday, one only seven other Hoosier cities and towns can claim.

    Indiana Department of Environmental Management Commissioner Thomas Easterly was on hand in City Hall Park Wednesday to present a plaque and commemorative road sign to Mayor Barbara Ewing and Councilman Tony Hollinden, who spearheaded an effort to have the city designated an Indiana Clean Community.

  • Festival Travels

    By rail, river and road

    Passenger-train travel returned to Tell City last week as the community's sesquicentennial offered rail excursions to Troy and back, Ohio River cruises on the Spirit of Jefferson and guided trolley tours of historic points of interest. The weeklong celebration of the 150th anniversary of Tell City's founding by Swiss and German immigrants wrapped up Sunday. Watch for more photos Thursday.

  • Convicted murderer gets life sentence

    Kiplinger not eligible for parole, offers apology

    TELL CITY - Kyle S. Kiplinger, convicted last month in the August 2006 murder of Bobbi Jo Braunecker, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

    In sentencing the 24-year-old Tell City man Friday morning, Circuit Judge Lucy Goffinet said she put little faith in Kiplinger's last-minute apology to Braunecker's relatives, who gathered in the county's courtroom two years after the woman's body was found floating in the Ohio River.

  • Fatal Boating Accident on the Ohio River
  • Family-support group to meet

    TELL CITY - Soldiers' family members and the general public are invited to attend the next meeting of the family-readiness group supporting Tell City-based soldiers, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the armory.

    The group's meetings include discussions of issues faced by spouses separated by military deployment. At a July 31 meeting, for example, county Veterans Services Officer Wayne Hubert told attendees a family-relief fund can help those experiencing trouble paying "any expenses related to having your soldier activated."

  • Bodies of two missing boaters recovered

    Pair of boats pulled under by fast-moving water below dam

    CANNELTON - Indiana conservation officers Tuesday recovered the bodies of two men missing since their fishing boats were pulled under water Monday morning near the Cannelton Locks and Dam.

    Ricky D. Wiseman, 47, of Troy was located at 2:17 p.m. Tuesday less than 400 yards downstream from Gate No. 5 at the dam, Indiana conservation officers said. The body of Barton Zimmerman, 49, of Corydon was found about two hours later.

  • Police plan sobriety checkpoint

    PERRY COUNTY - Troopers from the Indiana State Police Jasper Post will conduct a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Perry County Friday. Drivers passing through the checkpoint area should have their licenses and registrations ready to present to troopers and will only be detained briefly while troopers determine whether further investigation is necessary.

  • Country line dancing, teen garden return

    TELL CITY - Whether you're content to sit and listen, or prefer to join in the fun, country line dancing will again take place on Friday and Saturday evenings at Schweizer Fest on Main Street in front of First State Bank.

    On Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mary Lynn and Larry's Country Line Dancers will take to the street for plenty of fun and exercise.

    On Saturday from 6 to 7 p.m., Jesse and Cheryl Clem from the Covered Wagon in Cannelton will provide the music and dancers for anyone wanting to kick up their heels.

    Teen Garden Friday and Saturday Nights

  • Time capsule submissions due Aug. 13

    TELL CITY - Submissions to sesquicentennial time capsules to be sealed and buried this month are due by Wednesday, Aug. 13. The two concrete vaults being used as time capsules aren't large, but there is still some room for letters and photos.

    "We've got a great selection of items about Tell City but a little space remains," News Editor Vince Luecke said. The only items being accepted are letters and photographs that can be bundled together tightly.

    "It's going to take some creative packing but we're going to place as much as we can inside," Luecke said.