Local News

  • City leaders consider loan rules

    Councilman wants tighter controls

    CANNELTON - Cannelton needs to implement rules for people borrowing city money to start or boost their businesses, Councilman Adam Goffinet suggested at a March 10 meeting of the city council. The issue arose again at an April 14 meeting.

    "Adam presented this some time ago," city attorney Chris Goffinet said. "We don't have guidelines (specifying) under what rules do we loan money, when do we expect it to be repaid and so on."

  • State highways to be designated bike routes

    Roads offer safe, scenic ride from Tell City to French Lick

    PERRY COUNTY - Indiana highways 37 and 145 have been approved as a bicyclists' route from Tell City to French Lick, Bob Ramsbottom reported at a county council meeting Thursday.

    The county councilman is also on the Indiana Bicycle Coalition Board of Directors, he said in explaining that he asked state Rep. Russ Stilwell for the roads' designation.

    "We're trying to provide safe bicycle routes," Ramsbottom said, explaining the two highways are safe because of their wide shoulders.

  • Cannelton to rejoin PCDC

    Mayor feels city 'lost 12 years of opportunity'

    CANNELTON - Cannelton Common Council members voted at a regular meeting April 14 to rejoin the Perry County Development Corp. after a 12-year absence.

    "I personally feel we lost 12 years of opportunity," Mayor Smokey Graves said. "We just have not stepped forward from that day, we haven't gone anywhere."

  • Alumnus chosen for assistant principal

    PC student heading to nation's capital this summer

    LEOPOLD - New Assistant Principal Seth Clark should feel at home when he begins his job at Perry Central High School Aug. 1. It's his alma mater.

    A 1997 Commodore graduate and currently a teacher at Springs Valley High School, Clark was hired at last Monday's school-board meeting. School Superintendent Mary Roberson said Clark has completed his Indiana school-administrator's license and is working toward his doctorate.

  • Property tax bills delayed

    Auditor: They'll be issued later this summer

    TELL CITY - Property-tax bills won't be due May 10 this year, as they usually are, as county officials cope with new requirements and await data from Indianapolis that will allow them to begin the process of preparing statements for mailing.

    "I hope to have a much better idea by mid-May," County Auditor Connie Berger said Friday. "What is clear is that there won't be a May 10 deadline."

  • Meth looms large in abuse, neglect cases

    Child-services workers cite impact on children

    Editor's Note: This is the first in a two-part story written in observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

    PERRY COUNTY - Dirty homes and physical and sexual abuse are problems some children here have to contend with, "but the biggest thing we're seeing is the meth issue," said Amy Tempel, supervisor for the Perry County office of the Indiana Department of Child Services.

  • TC musicians earn gold, silver ratings in contests

    TELL CITY - As Tell City High School musicians exited the sight-reading portion of a concert-band competition Saturday, a judge "said that he'd just heard the most musical performance of the weekend so far," Tell City High School Music Director Barry Reasoner told his students.

  • Students earn state awards

    CANNELTON - Perry County's animal shelter and the furry friends-in-waiting who live there have four young, state-certified allies in the Cannelton Media Club.

    This year's media-club membership started out larger, but has dwindled to the handful of 9- and 10-year-olds who now assemble for after-school meetings Tuesdays at Myers Grade School. Their impact, however, is much larger than their size and age indicates. As has become customary for teacher Joan Goble's media-club students, the current group has proven itself worthy of state-level recognition.

  • Second-chance contestant comes home with $10,000

    TELL CITY - Howie Mandel didn't have to utter the words "deal or no deal" for Stormy Huff to come home with $10,000.

    The Tell City resident wasn't a game-playing contestant but won his prize while seeing if he would be while in Hollywood the week of April 14.

    He and four other Hoosiers earned the opportunity for the trip thanks to the Hoosier Lottery's second chance drawing of "Deal or No Deal" scratch-off tickets.

  • Top job goes to Hendershot

    Mayor promotes 21-year veteran; John Allen new 2nd-in-command

    TELL CITY - Praising police officers and dispatchers Monday for "stepping up to the plate" since the late-February retirement of Police Chief David Faulkenberg, Tell City Mayor Barbara Ewing promoted Assistant Chief Greg Hendershot to the rank of chief.

    She chose Patrolman John Allen to serve as assistant chief while Alan Malone, the department's detective, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.