Local News

  • Two blood drives this week

    TELL CITY - The American Red Cross has scheduled two blood drives to help meet summer needs.

    Drives are scheduled for 1 to 6 p.m. today at the Tell City Wal-Mart and from 1 to 6 p.m. June 25 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Tell City.

    Blood donations often decline in the summer months with donors on vacation or busy with summer activities. However, the need for blood products remains constant.

    Approximately every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a transfusion. For more information about donating blood, call (800) 448-3543.


  • Power of Youth program accepting applications

    PERRY COUNTY - The Perry County Power of Youth Program is accepting applications for its 2010-11 council. The program's mission is to develop philanthropic values in youth through education, leadership and participation in local philanthropic activities.

    Sophomores, juniors and seniors from all three area high schools are eligible.

    An informational session about the program will be held at the Schergens Center at 6 p.m. Thursday. Students interested in becoming a members of the 2010-11 Power of Youth Council, along with their parents, are invited.

  • July 8 library program to explore Ohio River history

    TELL CITY - The Ohio River was critical in the development of Perry County and the United States as expansion headed westward. In addition, the river impacted the French and Indian War, the American Revolution in the West, the Lewis and Clark expedition, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War and the steamboat era.

  • Perry County Week at amphitheater July 13-18

    LINCOLN CITY - Perry County residents can take advantage of discounted ticket prices for "Lincoln" July 13 through July 18 as the second season of the drama returns to Lincoln Amphitheatre.

    "Lincoln" is a two-act drama on stage nightly, except for Mondays, through Aug. 7.

  • Fishing derby, Tipsaw Lake field day Saturday

    TELL CITY - The Hoosier National Forest will sponsor the 15th annual Kids Fishing Derby at the Rainbow Pay Lake near Derby Saturday. The event is free and will be open to all children ages 15 and under.

    Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Sign-in and registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Fishing and casting contests will begin at 8:15 a.m. and there will be two fishing heats, from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Call 547-7051 to register.

  • Bass tourney Saturday at Rocky Point

    ROCKY POINT - The FLW Bass Fishing League is headed to the Ohio River Saturday for the second of five stops in the Hoosier Division series. As many as 400 boaters and co-anglers will compete for top awards of up to $8,000 and $3,000, respectively.

    "This tournament will probably be won fishing the creeks; (anglers in) Big Deer and Little Deer Creek have been known to win many a tournament," said FLW Tour pro John Voyles of Petersburg. "The river is usually tough fishing and guys will be fishing for five bites."

  • Water utility mailing reports

    TELL CITY - The Tell City Water Department will send out its annual consumer-confidence report this week.

    The document is mandated by the state agencies and must be sent each year to inform customers of the quality and status of the water they drink.

    Customers who do not receive a copy of the report can pick one up at the water-department office in City Hall.

  • Coroner: Koch, 48, drowned in pool

    SANTA CLAUS - Spencer County Coroner Barry Schulte confirmed Wednesday that Holiday World & Splashin' Safari President Will Koch drowned Sunday night in the pool at his home near Santa Claus.

    Schulte said he pronounced Koch, 48, dead shortly after midnight. Family members found him floating in the pool after returning from an outing in Louisville, Ky. Two 911 calls made from the home reported that Koch was not breathing.

  • Chance find reunites TC man with missing 1990 class ring

    TELL CITY - A high-school class ring Tim Brumfield thought had been sent to a watery grave 20 years ago is back on the Tell City man's finger.

    The silver ring with a purplish stone was found June 5 by Jimmy Jackson, youth minister for Deer Creek Baptist Church, as he and other volunteers removed litter from Sunset Park. The ring was found amid pieces of riprap that lead from the parking lot toward the boat ramp and river.

  • Barge troubles boost port truck traffic

    TELL CITY - Barge traffic was a little behind but truck traffic was up, Pete Jespersen reported to the Perry County Port Authority board of directors June 8.

    The general manager for the Hoosier Southern Railroad said the trucking of pig iron to other ThyssenKrupp Waupaca plants drove an increase. The foundry company has plants in Marinette and Waupaca, Wisc., and were having problems getting barges into the area. They were bottoming out in Lake Michigan due to low tide, despite the fact that "the Army Corps of Engineers is dredging as fast as they can," he explained.