Local News

  • Moose Lodge hosting Fourth of July picnic; fireworks show scheduled for July 3

    TELL CITY - Moose Lodge 1424 in Tell City will again sponsor its annual Fourth of July picnic in Zoercher–Bettinger Park July 1-3.

    This year's fireworks display is scheduled for the night of Saturday, July 3.

    Any nonprofit organization interested in reserving space in the park for fund-raising activities can call Bill Coyle at 547-7867 or 547-6885. Booth rental is $50 for all three days.

    Watch The News for more details on the picnic, including a detailed schedule.


  • Red Cross to host Fallen Officer blood drive today

    TELL CITY - A blood drive in Tell City today will honor fallen officers. The event will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 213.

    This is the fourth year the Red Cross is hosting blood drives across the state to honor fallen officers and raise awareness of the need for blood. In 2009 every county in the state held at least one Fallen Officer Blood Drive and a total of 4,980 units were collected. For more information on the event or donor requirements, call (800) 448-3543.

  • Tipsaw field day returns June 26

    TIPSAW - The eighth annual Adventures With Nature field day will be held Saturday, June 26, at Tipsaw Lake. The event begins at 9 a.m. and will conclude at approximately 1:30 p.m.

    Activities at the event provide fun ways to learn about pioneer life, wild animals and their habits, beekeeping, oxen, chain-saw safety and other topics. "Children can enjoy soap carving, constructing bluebird houses and other hands-on activities going on throughout the morning," said Betsy Wilkinson, program assistant for Lincoln Hills Resource Conservation and Development Area.

  • Drugs, syringes to be collected

    PERRY COUNTY - Perry County residents will get opportunities Friday and Saturday to clean out their medicine cabinets and safely dispose of unwanted drugs and used hypodermic syringes for free.

    The items will be collected from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday at the Perry County Family Practice Clinic at the intersection of Indiana 37 and French Ridge Road. Another collection will be conducted from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday at the Tell City Fire Department at 12th and Mozart streets.

  • Farm Bureau reps object to property-tax caps

    TELL CITY - Some local farmers don't like the property-tax caps adopted by the state, but the lobbying group to which they belong isn't willing to help.

    "I didn't think we were doing much good upstate," a county representative for the Indiana Farm Bureau told county-council members at their regular meeting May 27.

    Nolan Williams and fellow Bureau member Ray Nash were in the audience, and as Council President Pete Franzman called for a motion to adjourn, Williams told the council why they attended.

  • TC man accused of sexual misconduct

    TELL CITY - Formal criminal charges have been filed against a rural Tell City man accused of paying cash to perform oral sex on a 15-year-old boy.

    Matthew A. Finley, 36, who lives at 10074 Aster Road, was arrested May 17 and is free on bail. Formal criminal charges, including a probable-cause affidavit, were filed May 27. In the affidavit, Perry County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Kratzer alleges Finley paid $100 to the 15-year-old so Finley could perform oral sex.

    The alleged act took place in Finley's home.

  • TC's cleanup week under way

    TELL CITY - It's begun. Tell City's annual weeklong cleanup. Residents will be able to clean out their basements, attics and garages through Thursday.

    Large items will be collected on this week's normal trash schedule.

    Tires, scrap wood and other building supplies, including shingles, won't be picked up. Also off the pickup list are paint cans, liquid propane tanks, appliances containing Freon and carpeting.

  • Council tables employee handbooks' adoption

    TELL CITY - Perry County Council members tabled the adoption of new county personnel-policies handbooks at their regular meeting May 27.

    Final drafts of the revised handbooks had become available two days earlier, Council President Pete Franzman said, and he had not had a chance to read them.

    County Auditor Connie Berger was "anxious to get them approved," he said, but he would understand if the council wanted more time to examine it.

    Councilman Chet Mathena said Berger had hoped to get them approved by June 1.

  • City to break ground today on Ohio River walkway

    TELL CITY - The public is invited to join in an official groundbreaking for the Tell City Riverwalk today.

    A ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Sunset Park.

    Tell City obtained $434,981 in grant funding from the Indiana Department of Transportation for a paved walkway that will extend along the river side of the floodwall.

    The project is also expected to include the repaving of the parking lot in front of the boat ramp in Sunset Park.

    Refreshments will be provided.

  • June 14 workshop to share job-search tips

    TELL CITY - The Tell City Common Council has released recipients of May's Partners in Pride Awards, the first for 2010.

    The recognition comes in the form of traveling yard signs and signifies the council's appreciation for home and business owners who care for their properties.

    May's winners were:

    • Ward 1, Gene Brune, 538 16th St.

    • Ward 2, Merle Harpenau, 2100 Franklin St.

    • Ward 3, Virginia Johnson, 1102 19th St.

    • Ward 4, Sam Trinkle, 1202 11th St.