Local News

  • 55th Dogwood Tour April 22-23

    Perry County’s annual Dogwood Tour is set for Saturday and Sunday,  April 22-23, and while a list of specific tour events is still being finalized, the Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau is working hard to promote the event.  Part of that has been to clarify the dates for the 55th annual festival.

    Some statewide tourism publications list the festival, as April 29-30 instead of  the third weekend, April 22-23.

    Watch for a listing of activities as they become available, including a special display at the Tell City Museum.

  • Council passes ‘sensible’ animal ordinance




    TELL CITY – An animal control ordinance adopted Monday by the Tell City Common Council won’t put a limit on the number of dogs and cats residents can care for. It will, however, require owners to collar or tag their pets. Dogs must either be leashed or under owners’ immediate control. Cat owners, too, will need to keep their animals on their own property.

  • Theater owner accused of sexual misconduct

    TELL CITY – A Tell City business owner was arrested Friday on allegations he engaged in sexual activity with a girl under the age of 14.

    William J. Lillpop, 40, of 527 Saint Louis Ave., Cannelton, was arrested at his home and was lodged in the Perry County Detention Center on a $40,000 cash bond. He was released Friday evening.

  • Conscience on track in awareness hike

    DERBY – A former skate shop owner and event promoter from Florida has traded in his boards and ego for a thick-soled pair of hiking boots. The mission: to raise awareness for veterans’ suicide prevention.

    On his cross-country journey that will see him walk coast to coast, Reggie Storey Jr., 43, of Saint Augustine, Fla., a self-proclaimed adventure seeker, camped in Derby Thursday.

  • Spring Break Swing
  • Most county grads well prepared for college


    Staff Writer


    PERRY COUNTY – More than half of all Perry County’s high school graduates from the Class of 2015 went on to attend college. In the most recent Indiana College Readiness reports announced by Indiana Department of Education, 56 percent of the class’ diploma earners from all three local school districts were university bound.

  • Appeals court sides with landowners




    TELL CITY – The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that landowners who don’t want to be annexed by Tell City obtained sufficient signatures to formally challenge the city’s plans in court.

    Judges reversed a January 2016 decision by Special Judge William Weikert that annexation opponents had not obtained enough signatures on a petition seeking to remonstrate the city’s ordinance. 

  • News project will give boost to pollinators

    As gardening season nears, the Perry County News will invite readers to share photos of annual and perennial plants that provide food and habitat for bees, butterflies and birds.

    Collectively called pollinators, the creatures we look forward to each summer are facing a tough future in some places around the country as land on which they formally thrived is cleared. Meanwhile, pesticides threaten insects and bees face threats from chemicals and parasites.

  • Head’s up: Property tax bills coming next month




    PERRY COUNTY – In another sure sign of spring, property tax bills will be arriving in Perry County property owners’ mailboxes next month. County Treasurer Judy Pund said tax bills will be mailed on April 10.

    The first installment of 2017 taxes will be due May 10 and the second installment will be due Nov. 13. 

    The tax bills mailed in April will include coupons for May and November payments.

  • Main Street’s business climate alive and growing


    Staff Writer


    TELL CITY – Building upon continued economic adjustments, Tell City’s downtown shopping district is a thriving mix of longevity and up-and-comers. From eateries and retail shops, to medical services and residences, the atmosphere of commerce is vibrant, yet primed for growth.

    But what’s the make or break factor for those who succeed on the Main Street corridor? For one, dedication to the plan, whatever that may be.