Local News

  • Commission responds to tax legislation

    House Bill 1001 affects economic-development fund

    TELL CITY - County attorney Chris Goffinet told Perry County Redevelopment Commission members at a special meeting May 29 new rules affecting them were included in House Bill 1001, which made significant changes to property taxation.

  • With police on his heels, Evanston man drives truck into Ohio River

    Peters swims to safety, then jailed

    TROY - Joshua Peters' shirt apparently matched his actions Thursday night.

    The 25-year-old Evanston man, whose sleeveless black T-shirt featured the words "Wild Life" and images of two wolves, allegedly led police on a chase over county roads and through newly planted cornfields of Spencer County before driving his pickup truck off Troy's boat ramp into the fast-moving Ohio River. Peters swam to safety and waiting officers but his truck bobbed for a short time and sank.

  • Tell City, Hagedorn settle lawsuit

    Attorney will receive $20,000 from city's insurance carrier

    TELL CITY - A civil lawsuit filed last year against Tell City and two of its police officers has been settled in U.S. District Court.

    Tell City attorney Michael H. Hagedorn will receive $20,000 from Cincinnati Insurance under terms of the settlement signed May 27 by Judge Richard Young. Hagedorn filed his case Aug. 24, naming as defendants the city of Tell City and police-department officers John Allen and Marty Haughee.

  • BREAKING NEWS - Fleeing Evanston man survives, truck sinks in river at Troy

    TROY - An Evanston man led police on a pursuit over county roads and through newly planted cornfields of Spencer County Thursday night before driving his pickup truck into the Ohio River at Troy. The suspect swam to safety and waiting officers but his truck sank in the fast-moving water.

    Joshua D. Peters, 25, who lives at 7796 Indiana 70, faces preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, criminal recklessness, reckless driving, driving while suspended, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and destruction of evidence.

  • County changes workmen's-compensation insurance plans

    TELL CITY - Perry County commissioners voted in a special meeting May 29 to return to the Indiana Public Employees Plan to provide workmen's-compensation insurance.

    Sarah Chinn, account executive in the Tell City office of Hud International Midwest Limited, explained in a May 27 letter a quote she provided previously, and which the commissioners accepted, was based on an incorrect classification, and she had to withdraw the quote.

  • Hooked on Fishing

    Rainbow Pay Lake hosts annual derby

    DERBY - The fish all swam away but the memories caught Saturday at a fishing derby co-hosted by the Hoosier National Forest and Rainbow Pay Lake may last a lifetime for nearly 100 young anglers.

    It was the 13th year for the event, held for the past several years at the pay lake near Derby. Anglers caught plenty of panfish but whoppers were in no short supply as catfish and striped bass weighing up to 10 pounds were netted and then released.

  • Local man killed in Tuesday accident

    SLAUGHTERS, Ky. - A Tell City man died Tuesday in a single-vehicle accident in Hopkins County.

    According to Kentucky State Police, Michael Little, 54, was traveling west on Kentucky 138 around 1:45 p.m. when his vehicle exited the right shoulder of the roadway and traveled 146 feet before striking a ditch bank. Police said the vehicle then went airborne, crossed the large ditch and struck the opposite bank.

    Little was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers said he wasn't wearing a seatbelt. An obituary appears in today's edition.

  • Improper tagging of trash carries new fine

    TELL CITY - Still willing to excuse the occasional mistake but wanting to take a harder line against repeat violators of the city's trash-tagging rules, the Tell City Common Council voted Monday to adopt an ordinance allowing for fines of $5 per bag leveled on trash in which the required tags are missing or have been torn in half or otherwise mutilated.

    Details of the new ordinance will be published in the legals section of Monday's issue. The change allows crews to pick up bags that aren't properly tagged and to apply the fines on the customer's next bill.

  • Officials vote to fix courthouse roof

    Upcoming work won't include repairs to underlying problems

    TELL CITY - Members of the Perry County Redevelopment Commission reluctantly signed a contract May 29, giving a courthouse-roof repair job to a Troy contractor despite problems that will continue to underlie the shingles he'll install.

    Fella Home Improvement of Troy submitted the only bid - for $52,320 - a year ago to repair the building's leaky roof.

  • Let's save the Delta Queen, Tell City councilman urges

    Paddlewheeler's future threatened

    TELL CITY - A city councilman wants to circulate a petition asking Congress to keep a historic Ohio River paddlewheeler on the water.

    The Delta Queen, a 285-foot-long craft that can carry up to 200 passengers, could be moored permanently late this year if its owners don't receive a continuation of an exemption allowing the paddlewheeler, which has a wooden superstructure, to carry overnight passengers.