Local News

  • German Ridge Road reopens following repairs

    BEDFORD - Road work has been completed on the road into the German Ridge Campground in the Hoosier National Forest.

    "The culverts have been replaced and the road has been resurfaced. Some additional work will be completed as conditions become drier," said Russ Christensen, Tell City Ranger District roads engineering technician.

    As the weather improves, work will start on the Buzzard Roost Road in the Hoosier National Forest. This road is also closed to replace culverts.

  • Report says Ohio River fish in good biological condition

    CINCINNATI, Ohio - In new reports issued by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, Ohio River aquatic life, as evidenced by fish populations, was, with few exceptions, found to be in good biological condition.

    ORSANCO has completed several studies on the Ohio River summarizing the results of biological testing conducted at different sites throughout the river. To date, ORSANCO has completed its first comprehensive five-year biological survey covering the entire Ohio River, its 19 pools and 981 miles.

  • Firewood open house today

    TELL CITY - The Hoosier National Forest, along with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, will host an informal open house on firewood certification from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the Hoosier National Forest office located at 248 15th Street, Tell City.

    Interested parties may arrive any time during the open house to discuss the process for becoming a certified firewood seller.

    State certified firewood is one of the types of firewood that is legal to take into both national forest and state campgrounds.

  • 'Up-front' seasonal jobs available at amphitheatre

    LINCOLN CITY - Lincoln Amphitheatre is seeking to hire nine seasonal theater staff members for the summer.

    The "front of house" jobs officials there need to fill include a box-office manager, house manager, concessions manager, and six guest-services representatives.

    All applicants interested in these positions must send in resumes and applications by April 16.

  • Perry Central seeks early retirements

    LEOPOLD - Perry Central School Board members approved an incentive plan last Monday in hopes of obtaining the early retirements of up to four teachers. The move is similar to offers made by other Hoosier school districts and is a cost-saving measure taken in the face of reduced funding.

    Like most Hoosier schools, Perry Central is facing the loss of state revenue and school officials have said about $300,000 needs to be trimmed from its 2010 budget to maintain a healthy cash balance.

  • Lackey campaign on hold

    BRANCHVILLE - A day after his arrest on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, Indiana conservation officer and candidate for Perry County Sheriff Joe Lackey apologized for his actions and said he would suspend his campaign while he deals with personal issues.

    "I'm not going to actively campaign for now," Lackey, 52, said in a phone call to The News Thursday morning. He was released from the Spencer County Jail Wednesday night, where he was taken after being arrested in Tell City by part-time sheriff's deputy Roger Smith.

  • Students credited for memorial roles

    CANNELTON - Elementary Principal Ginger Conrad commended at a school-board meeting Thursday Myers Grade School students for their contributions to the weekend commemoration of a plane crash five decades ago at Millstone.

    "We were very proud to be a part of the program for the 50th anniversary of the Electra plane crash," she told the board. At the urging of teacher Joan Goble, students created artwork and composed a poem that was read aloud at a remembrance ceremony the preceding Saturday in the city's community center.

  • Third census help center to open

    PERRY COUNTY - The U.S. Census Bureau continues to alter its plans for assistance centers in the county, with news last week of a third location in the county highway garage.

    Hours are 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays. It joins centers at City Hall in Tell City and the Cannelton Public Library. Center hours at Tell City are 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  • Drum line wraps season with grade-school gigs

    TELL CITY - Tell City's High School's 2010 drum-line members rocked a William Tell Elementary School gym twice Thursday in what were their grand finales for the season.

    It was an up-and-down competition season for them, with next-to-last-place finishes their first and third contests, split their second time out by a finish three-tenths of a point away from first place.

  • Chapman: Effort to compress Indiana school year continues

    CANNELTON - "They should be more concerned that kids get an education than a vacation," Cannelton School Board member Barbara Beard said at a regular meeting Thursday.

    Schools Superintendent Al Chapman had said a calendar he proposed for next year is similar to those the school system has been using, which feature longer breaks through the year and a shorter summer break.