Local News

  • News writer earns first place in editorial contest

    TELL CITY - Perry County News Managing Editor Kevin Koelling was named the top editorial writer in The News' class in a Landmark Community Newspaper Inc. writing contest for 2008.

    Headquartered in Shelbyville, Ky., LCNI counts 54 paid newspapers in 13 states among its holdings.

  • Cemetery sexton asks public to remove items from gravesites soon

    CANNELTON - People who've decorated St. Michaels Cemetery gravesites should remove anything on the ground in preparation for the summer mowing season, Cemetery Sexton Charlie Davis said Monday.

    "Toward the end of next week, we'll mow the cemetery," he said at a regular board of public works and safety meeting.

    Any decorations on headstones can remain, he added.

  • Jail visits to resume

    CANNELTON - Child visits to the Perry County Jail will be permitted beginning Sunday and other visitors will be allowed to see inmates beginning Tuesday, according to Jail Commander Kathie Lackey.

    Visits had been curtailed as a precaution against the spread of the H1N1 flu virus.

  • Smethurst joins national public power association's honor roll

    TELL CITY - The superintendent of the Tell City Electric Department has been honored by the American Public Power Association.

    Marlow Smethurst serves as a commissioner for the Indiana Municipal Power Agency, the nonprofit agency that provides power to Tell City. According to the March-April newsletter IMPA Wire, Smethurst was named to the American Public Power Association's Honor Roll for his dedication to public power communities and support of APPA.

  • Waupaca cuts energy use, earns award

    TELL CITY - Thyssen-Krupp Waupaca Inc. recently earned an environmental- stewardship award from Energy Management Systems Inc. for significantly reducing its energy consumption, according to a news release from Kiley Kellermeyer, account executive with MZD Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations, Indianapolis,

  • Cell phones, shhh!

    TELL CITY - Starting June 1, the Tell City-Perry County Public Library will start enforcing a new cell-phone policy.

    The policy, originating from a letter published by The Perry County News in February, in which a resident reported being disturbed by people talking on their cell phones in the library, requires patrons to turn off or put cell phones on vibrate while in the library and to take necessary phone calls in the foyer or outside.

  • Rising waters close Indiana 66 in Perry County

    VINCENNES – The Indiana Department of Transportation has updated its list of roadways closed because of high water. The closures will remain in effect until waters recede.

    The following sections of roadway have either been closed or INDOT is advising motorists to use caution around these areas of high water

    In Perry County, Indiana 66 from Indiana 166 at Rocky Point to Indiana 70 at Derby is closed.

    Indiana 66 from Derby to Sulphur is also closed because of high water.

  • County's schools on 'academic watch'

    PERRY COUNTY - All three of Perry County's school systems fell into the academic-watch category based on assessments of 2008 data under the state's Public Law 221, according to information released Wednesday.

    "I'm not making excuses," William Tell Elementary School Principal Laura Noble emphasized Thursday, "but it seems like every year we have two extreme scores that bring us down." For 2008 they were a 67-percent passing rate on third-grade-math Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress exams and a 66 percent in sixth-grade language arts, she said.

  • Biologist: Animals that attacked dog not wolves

    GATCHEL - An animal thought to have been among several that attacked a Perry County family's dog was  not a wolf or wolf hybrid, according to an Indiana State University biologist.

    "I boiled the skull last weekend and now have had time to examine it," John O. Whitaker Jr. wrote in an e-mail message to Jeff Thompson, wildlife biologist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. "It is definitely dog; it was not a wolf, coyote or coydog."

  • Tell City leaders hope for big response during cleanup week

    TELL CITY - Although Tell City's annual spring cleanup won't begin for another four weeks, city leaders aren't waiting to encourage residents to use the opportunity to rid themselves of junk in and around their homes.

    The city's mayor, city council and Building Inspector Bob Young hope the June 8-12 event will also reduce the number of people violating city ordinances against accumulating trash and debris.