Local News

  • Grant could put more officers on streets

    TELL CITY - A federal program supporters hope will put thousands of new police officers on American streets could help Tell City add one or two officers to its force, the city's police chief said Monday.

    Greg Hendershot asked the Tell City Board of Public Works and Safety for permission to apply for the Cops Hiring Recovery Program. Up to $1 billion will be made available for the hiring and rehiring of law-enforcement officers. Grants will pay officers' salaries and benefits for three years. In return, the city would pledge to retain the officers when the grant period ends.

  • Time to Spring Forward

    Don't forget to turn your clocks forward an hour before going to bed Saturday night. Daylight saving time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday.

  • Century idles line at Hawesville smelter

    HAWESVILLE, Ky. - Century Aluminum is closing one of five potlines at its Hawesville smelter, idling 120 workers amid a dramatic decline in aluminum prices.

    The production halt was to begin immediately, the company said Tuesday, and will be completed over several days. The move will reduce production by up to 4,370 tons of aluminum a month. The Hawesville smelter has produced up to 250,000 tons each year.

    Company officials said the production cuts are needed to reduce losses and conserve cash.

  • Co-workers, community mourn loss of friend

    CANNELTON - Kenny Kellems, Cannelton's chief of police for the past two years and a former sheriff's deputy, was remembered this week as a public servant dedicated to his job, his community and the officers who loved him.

    Kellems, 56, died from an aneurism Tuesday morning at University Hospital in Louisville, Ky.

    He fell ill earlier that morning and was taken to Owensboro Medical Health System. He was later flown to Louisville.

    Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Cannelton Community Center. An obituary appears on Page 2A.

  • Prosecution presents case in Cronin methamphetamine trial

    TELL CITY - Opening statements Tuesday outlined the arguments and evidence Perry County Prosecutor Robert Collins and defense attorney Michael McDaniel plan to present to jurors seated in the trial of Kenneth Cronin. (The News erroneously reported the defense attorney's name in its print edition.)

    The Perry County man faces 20 charges stemming from April 2008 raids of two homes he owned. Collins told jurors they would hear evidence proving Cronin's homes at 9749 Highwater Road near Tobinsport and at 9050 Aster Road, were hubs of meth dealing and making.

  • Local leaders join others in severe weather, Red Cross proclamations

    TELL CITY - Perry County commissioners have joined Gov. Mitch Daniels in proclaiming March 15-21 Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

    During the week, Perry County Emergency Management officials will emphasize safety procedures that could help protect people from tornadoes, according to the local proclamation. The commissioners approved it at a regular meeting Monday.

    Warning sirens and other severe-weather plans will be tested March 18.

  • Vocalist earns state gold

    LEOPOLD - Perry Central High School's Kynslee Roberts earned some gold Saturday morning, then helped her school's drum line make history in the afternoon.

    Roberts earned the top rating in state-level Indiana State School Music Association solo-vocalist competition at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis. She earned a gold rating at district-level competition to advance to state, and at both levels, performed "Into the Night."

  • TC drum line earns sixth at St. Leon meet

    TELL CITY - Tell City drum-line members placed sixth among 13 lines competing at East Central High School, St. Leon, Saturday, against what their instructor said are lines with more experience.

    The five that scored higher than Tell City are staffed largely with full-time percussionists, Brett Mulzer said Monday, "and we're close to picking off some of them."

  • Troy church opening center to provide help during trying times

    TROY - The Troy United Methodist Church will open a help and resource center to offer assistance and information for families and individuals who are struggling financially or are worried about what to do when the future looks unstable. With layoffs, job losses, cutbacks, foreclosures, and an uncertain future, families and individuals need a survival plan.

  • Local man arrested after pursuit

    TELL CITY - A man involved in an alleged hit-and-run accident Sunday night in Tell City was arrested after a chase along Boyd Road.

    Brandon L. Shelton, 27, of 310 Washington St., Cannelton, faces preliminary charges of driving while intoxicated, resisting law enforcement and failure to stop after an accident.

    Police said another motorist who witnessed Shelton's car strike a vehicle followed his car until police located it. Patrolman Bryce Hammack tried to stop the car on Boyd Road, but Shelton allegedly ignored the siren and red lights.