Local News

  • Costs of changes hard to determine

    PERRY COUNTY - Local officials fear changes to county government being considered in the state's General Assembly will cost more than the current system. A financial-impact statement filed with Senate Bill 506 projects the opposite may occur, but true costs are difficult, if not impossible, to pin down.

  • Several HNF rec areas still closed

    PERRY COUNTY – Downed limbs and trees across roads and in campground areas have closed several recreation areas in the Hoosier National Forest, including Saddle Lake, German Ridge, Mano Point, Buzzard Roost and Indian Lake.

    Celina Lake Road and the North Face camp loop are open to winter-hardy campers but visitors should watch for blocked roads and trails.

    Forest Service workers will be clearing recreation roads and trails. For more information call 547-7051.

  • County-government reform bill goes to Senate

    PERRY COUNTY – Perry County residents won't have a choice in whether their three commissioners are replaced by a single county executive or a board of county supervisors if a bill approved in a state Senate committee survives the remainder of the legislative process. The commissioners can put it to a vote, but they or county residents must decide which of the two forms of government will guide Perry County in the future.

  • DTV switch delayed until June 12

    PERRY COUNTY – With a Feb. 17 digital-switch deadline looming over American households, Congress voted Wednesday to delay the switch.

    The measure will give consumers until June 12 to purchase digital-to-analog converters for analog televisions or to subscribe to satellite or cable television. According to a www.cnn.com article, an estimated 6.5 million homes would lose TV service after the initial deadline.

  • River Road project wins funding

    TELL CITY – A coordinated city-county-port effort to improve a portion of River Road has won state funding. Indiana Department of Transportation officials announced last week that the project will receive $620,400 in Local Public Agency funding.

    The money will be used to widen, strengthen and pave a portion of the road from Indiana 66 near the Patio Steak House west toward the Ohio River. A second phase will improve the road to Boundary Way near the Tell City River Port.

  • Gaynor sentenced for role in meth lab

    TELL CITY – Judge Lucy Goffinet handed Adam Gaynor a 25-year sentence Friday, ordering the Perry County man to serve 22 years in prison and another three years of probation for his role in a 2007 methamphetamine lab.

    Gaynor, 22, did not speak during the half-hour hearing and the two witnesses called by the prosecution, Candy James and Sheriff's Deputy Lee Chestnut, said little after defense objections.

  • In midst of layoffs, Census Bureau hiring

    PERRY COUNTY – Applications are being accepted for census takers and supervisors to oversee them, according to Richard Jackson, who has been working to recruit people for the jobs.

    Full- and part-time workers are needed, Jackson said, to work five- to 10-week periods, with some starting "almost right away."

    Pay will range from $12.25 to $13.75 per hour. Forty hours of training will be provided, Jackson said, and those using their cars in the jobs will get mileage reimbursements.

  • Recycling will resume Monday

    TELL CITY – Last week’s ice and snow prevented pickup of recyclables in Tell City, and residents are asked to place items to be recycled out for pickup next week, Office Manager Janet Damin said Wednesday morning. Anyone with questions can call 547-3266.

  • Officials retain district positions

    TELL CITY –  In an annual reorganization of the Perry County Recycling Management District conducted Jan. 22, Jody Fortwendel, a county commissioner, retained the chairman’s title and Tell City Mayor Barbara Ewing was named vice chairwoman.

    Executive Director Paul Alvey retains that role for another year, as do the district’s attorney, Jeff Hagedorn, and controller, Jerry Hoagland.

  • Round-up board taking applications for philanthropic distributions

    PERRY COUNTY – The Operation Round Up board of trustees will accept applications until Feb. 15 with disbursement in March.

    Applications are available in the Southern Indiana Power office and at www.sinpwr.com. Simply click on the "Forms" tab and then the "Operation Round Up" application link. Due to the possible volume, blank applications will not be mailed.