Local News

  • Branchville escapees captured in Nebraska

    UPDATE, Thursday, 8:17 p.m. BRANCHVILLE – Three men who escaped Friday from Branchville Correctional Facility were recaptured Thursday in Nebraska. The News first heard of the details around 8 p.m. from County Prosecutor Robert Collins. Details were still sketchy but the capture of 49-year-old Christopher Marshall, 59-year-old Jerry Sargent and 31-year-old Bobby Cockerell apparently followed a pursuit that lasted more than 10 miles. It was not immediately clear where the men were captured.

  • Commissioner charged with OWI in weekend accident

    NEW BOSTON - A Perry County commissioner was charged with drunk driving early Sunday after a one-vehicle accident on Indiana 545 north of New Boston.

    Louis J. "Jody" Fortwendel, 57, of 16870 Avery Ridge Road, Tell City, was lodged in the Spencer County Jail on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and with an open container of alcohol.

    Fortwendel, the county's District 3 commissioner, was released later the same day and offered a public apology Tuesday, saying he accepted full responsibility for his actions.

  • Recovery center construction begins in Cannelton

    CANNELTON - A large meeting room for groups working through 12-step programs to free their members from drug and alcohol addictions, offices for counselors and drug-testing and other amenities will go into a building for which ground was broken in Cannelton Friday.

    On a site donated by John Paulin, once dominated by the grand Sunlight Hotel, the Cannelton Life Recovery Center will rise in coming months.

  • TC drum line finishes 11th at state

    TELL CITY - The Tell City High School drum line and its instructors "were hoping for higher placement," at state finals Saturday, according to one of their instructors, Brett Mulzer, but "taking into consideration the short time we had, we were pretty happy."

    Tell City finished its drum-line season Saturday with an 11th-place finish in the 17-school competition at Ben Davis High School, Indianapolis.

  • Tavern brawl jails four Saturday

    TELL CITY - An early-morning fight outside a Tell City bar Saturday sent one woman to the hospital and four people to jail.

    Police received a report of a fight outside the Alpine just after 3 a.m. Officers arrived and found several people standing outside. A woman was lying on the ground after apparently hitting her head after being struck and falling.

    The injured woman, Lauren Fields, 22, of Tell City was taken to Perry County Memorial Hospital for treatment of a head wound. She was later released, Patrolman Derrick Lawalin said.

  • TCRAA honors art students

    TELL CITY - The Tell City Regional Arts Association held its third annual student juried show March 14 and 15 at the Schergens Center, in Tell City.

    On display this year were more than 230 student works of art from Tell City, Perry Central and Hancock County junior high and high schools, Cannelton and Heritage Hills high schools and North Hancock Elementary School.

  • Perry County Storm looks to repeat state win

    BOONVILLE - Perry County Storm is heading to the Special Olympics Indiana State Finals for the fourth straight year after winning the Area 10 Super Sectional March 21.

    The team defeated the Vigo County Happiness Bag Bulls 46-22 in the final sectional game to bring the Storm's record to 3-1.

  • Stewart Warner trims work force

    TROY - A decline in orders for the company's products led to the layoffs earlier this month of several Stewart Warner South Wind Corp. employees.

    John Dixon, acting general manager for the Troy production facility, confirmed the job cuts, but declined to say how many workers had lost their jobs. He said staff reductions were comparable to an 18 percent drop in orders. The 130,000 square foot Troy facility is a division of Meggitt PLC.

  • State extends reporting time

    INDIANAPOLIS - The deadline for reporting severe weather damage sustained earlier this month has been extended. Hoosiers who sustained damage from wind and flooding that began March 8 are urged to call a toll free number to report damage. The number, (866) 210-1925, will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT through Friday.

    Damage reports also may be made online via the IDHS Web site at www.in.gov/dhs until Monday.

  • PCDC, company officials express economic optimism

    TELL CITY - This area has not missed out on the economic downturn, "however, we should fare better than most," Clay Ewing said at the Perry County Development Corp. annual meeting March 17.

    The economy here "in the heartland of the country" is not as volatile as in coastal areas of the country, the chairman of the PCDC board of directors said, but it's important to ask, "how do we ensure these short-term problems don't affect our long-term prospects?"