Local News

  • Counties awarded conservation grants

    Funds to support public outreach

    PERRY COUNTY - The Indiana Department of Agriculture's Division of Soil Conservation and the State Soil Conservation Board have awarded the soil and water conservation districts in Perry and Spencer counties $2,000 each in Clean Water Indiana grants.

    A total of $350,000 will be awarded across the state to reduce the loss of nutrients and sediment. Eighty-two districts applied for and received conservation-marketing initiative grants to market the adoption of local sediment and nutrient management practices.

  • City leaders postpone insurance discussion

    Board tables community-center rental-fee issue

    CANNELTON - City employees in Cannelton may have new health-insurance policies this spring should city leaders change insurance agencies.

    Cannelton Common Council members heard representatives from Harpenau Insurance Agency LLC and Franzman Insurance Agency Inc.

    Bob Harpenau, whose agency currently covers the city with United HealthCare, started off the presentations with a comparison between what he could offer and Siho Insurance Services, the health insurance Pete Franzman was offering.

  • Disc golf anyone?

    LEOPOLD - Ben Verkamp hopes the gym-class introductions to disc golf he provided to some 300 Perry Central Elementary School students this month will help propel the local popularity of the sport he plays with a passion.

  • City finalizes long-term lease with Tell City Boat Works

    Startup firm to pay $120,000 for initial 10 years

    TELL CITY - A formal lease agreement was signed last week between Tell City officials and Don Foertsch, president of Tell City Boat Works, over his startup company's use of city-owned property for manufacturing and repairing rivergoing vessels.

    The lease calls for Foertsch to pay the city $120,000 up front for the first 10 years of the lease. Tell City Boat Works is also given the option of two 10-year extensions for which it will pay $180,000 and $240,000, respectively.

  • Auditions set for Schweizer Fest musical

    Interested actors invited to April 12-13, 19-20 tryouts

    TELL CITY - Auditions for the 2008 Schweizer Fest stage production of 1776 are coming up soon and the show's director wants to extend an invitation to everyone who is interested.

  • Parental pupil 'props' please principal

    Cannelton School Board approves disaster plan, insurance change

    CANNELTON - Cannelton Principal Ginger Conrad was pleased, she said at a regular school-board meeting March 19, that bleachers in the city's community center were full of parents and students for the school corporation's annual Young Authors and Artists Fair March 13.

    Another event coincided with last year's event, she told the board, and she was afraid it drew the sizeable crowd that turned out then. She feared this year's celebration of student creativity wouldn't have the same participation.

  • New $5 bill helps visually impaired

    Large number, purple incorporated into note

    TELL CITY - Tell City resident and ResCare direct-care worker Kim Heubel likes the new $5 bill for its ease of use by her clients.

    "I teach my clients how to handle money," she said, explaining the training she provides is intended to help people live their lives as independently as possible.

  • Paychecks, batting averages converge at PCDC lunch

    Kinnett: County needs trained or trainable work force in order to court employers

    TELL CITY - Simply creating jobs can actually hurt an area, the president and chief executive officer of the Perry County Development Corp. pointed out in a speech before local business, community and economic-development officials March 18.

    During a rescheduled annual meeting of the organization, formed by area leaders in 1991 to attract new business and investments to the county, Chris Kinnett used a sports analogy to make his point.

  • Students seek contest cash

    People can help at TV-station Web site

    CANNELTON - Students enrolled in a student-publications course at Cannelton High School want as many people as possible to see and vote for a video production they created and posted at the WFIE-TV Web site.

    "This is the first time they've made a video, and we're very proud of it," Principal Ginger Conrad said at a March 19 school-board meeting.

    The production's theme is school pride, and several students and staff members are asked, on camera, what they like about their school.

  • Boosters offer breakfast April 5

    TELL CITY - All-you-can-eat pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, milk and orange juice will be served 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5 at the Tell City High School Band Booster Pancake Breakfast fundraiser in the Twilight Towers dining area.

    Adult tickets can be purchased for $5 from any high-school-band family, at the door or by contacting Patty Hawkins at 547-3731 or Jane Coyle at 547-5485.

    Children 10 years and younger will eat for $3 with tickets purchased at the door.

    Take-out plates will be available.