Local News

  • National magazine recognizes Cannelton

    CANNELTON - Cannelton High School has earned recognition from U.S. News and World Report for the second year in a row, Principal and Schools Superintendent Al Chapman said at a regular school-board meeting Jan. 21.

    "Our high school was chosen again as one of the top high schools in the country," he said, adding that only 30 high schools in Indiana earned the distinction. Among them, seven earned silver rankings and one was given a gold rating.

  • Snow, ice make for treacherous Tuesday-morning commutes

    PERRY COUNTY - Tuesday's predawn snowfall wasn't large as winter events go. About an inch or so fell across most areas of the county. But the precipitation packed a punch, sending dozens of motorists trying to get to or from work into ditches.

    No serious injuries were reported but police officers and tow-truck operators were kept busy from before dawn until at least mid-morning.

    In some areas, the first rounds of snow showers that began falling around 3 a.m. melted but refroze, creating a thin but very slick coating of ice.

  • Ward seeking re-election

    TELL CITY - Perry County Assessor Mendy Ward, first elected in 2002 and re-elected by voters in 2006, filed Monday for a another four-year term.

  • Dauby says commissioner's job rewarding, seeks 2nd term

    PERRY COUNTY - "I love Perry County," incumbent County Commissioner Gary Dauby said of his bid to retain his seat after the 2010 elections. "There's a whole bunch of people who won't do this, because they know that if they're in business, it will cost them business."

    He doesn't do it on purpose, but upsetting some people is an occupational hazard of serving as county commissioner, he said Tuesday. "I've been involved for the last four years and tried to do what I felt was right for the citizens of Perry County."

  • Prosecutor files for re-election

    TELL CITY - Perry County Prosecutor Robert (Bob) Collins filed for re-election Friday. The two-term incumbent said he is seeking another term as prosecutor to continue his efforts to successfully prosecute cases, support local law-enforcement agencies, promote substance-abuse awareness and prevention, recover bad checks for local businesses and collect support for children.

    Collins was elected in 1998 and re-elected in 2002 and 2006. He has filed as a Democrat.

  • Ohio River on the rise; flood warning issued

    PERRY COUNTY - A fast-rising Ohio River prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning for the next several days. The river stood at 31.5 feet but was expected to rise steadily today and through the weekend, reaching 40.4 feet by Monday morning. Additional rises are possible, the warning reported.

    The local flood stage is 38 feet.

    High river levels are expected to close Indiana 66 southeast of Cannelton once the river reaches around 40 feet.

  • Schools chief objects to pushes from governor, lawmakers

    CANNELTON - The superintendent and high-school principal for Cannelton City Schools expressed dissatisfaction Jan. 21 about actions in Indianapolis that could affect education here, including instructions to cut budgets and hold students back who don't prove by the third grade they can read.

    Al Chapman explained at a regular school-board meeting spending cuts in 2006-07 and 2007-08 school years added up to almost $3,000 per student and came in the areas of "your teachers, your personnel, your materials, supplies, everything."

  • Interest, experience draw Baumeister to coroner's office

    TELL CITY - More than 20 years of law-enforcement experience and a desire to give back to the community are key reasons Charlie Baumeister gave when asked about his decision last week to file for the office of county coroner.

    "It's a way for me to stay involved and give back to the community," said Baumeister, a Tell City resident who filed as a Democrat. "I think the coroner's office does a very good job and I want to continue their efforts."

    Two-term incumbent Coroner Darrel Riley is prohibited by term limits from running again.

  • Louisville woman jailed for marijuana possession

    TELL CITY - State police arrested a Louisville, Ky., woman Saturday night after a traffic stop on Indiana 237 led to the alleged discovery of more than 30 grams of marijuana.

    Trooper Charlie Johnson stopped a Saturn driven by 46-year-old Sharon M. Coleman of 3108 Grand Ave. near the intersection of Indiana 37.

    Johnson, who said the driver was speeding, described Coleman as very nervous. A search turned up the marijuana in three bags.

  • Port authority seeking management company

    TELL CITY - The Perry County Port Authority is seeking a company interested in operating its port and rail operations after Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Dick Neumann retires March 31.

    "It will still be the Hoosier Southern Railroad and Perry County Port Authority with a board of directors and monthly meetings," Neumann said of the planned change. "There won't be any change for employees ... I have explained to them their checks will still say Hoosier Southern Railroad."