Local News

  • County council eyes savings in 2016 court budget

    PERRY COUNTY – Though departmental budget sessions with the county council aren’t scheduled to take place until next month, Judge Lucy Goffinet presented her proposed 2016 spending information Thursday. During that regular session of the council, the judge explained that because of a mandatory state judicial conference scheduled to take place when the board will conduct budget reviews, she was providing hers early.

  • Argosy disaster remembered




  • Charges possible after school lockdown




    CANNELTON – Cannelton City Schools Superintendent Alva Sibbitt said he will ask prosecutors to file criminal charges against a woman who allegedly posted threatening comments on social media. Her words prompted a brief lockdown of schools Wednesday morning.

    The woman, whose name was not released by police, allegedly made references to burning schools and threatening principals.

  • Tipsaw Lake reopens to swimming

    Tipsaw Lake beach has reopened for swimming, two weeks after high levels of coliform bacteria prompted its closure. Water tests show the lake is now safe for public use, the Hoosier National Forest reported in a press release. Personnel regularly test the water for harmful bacteria in swimming areas.  High coliform counts could have come from a number of sources, including animals such as waterfowl. Tipsaw beach will be open through Labor Day weekend.

  • Cemetery restoration project planned for Saturday in Tobinsport

    TOBINSPORT – The Tobinsport Cemetery Restoration Project will hold a work session this Saturday, Aug. 29, beginning at 9 a.m.

    This session will be held at the Simons Cemetery, located next to the Methodist Church, in Tobinsport.

    During the session, participants will clean the old tombstones and reset fallen ones. 

  • Century to idle Hancock smelter




    HAWESVILLE, Ky. – Unless the price the company gets for its product improves in coming weeks, Century Aluminum will halt production at its Hawesville, Ky., smelter. The decision will likely force the layoffs of more than 500 people by the end of October, delivering a powerful punch to the local economy. 

  • Cannelton anticipates minor general fund cuts in 2016


    Staff Writer


    CANNELTON – The 2016 Cannelton general-fund budget will be largely unchanged from this year, with some slight decreases in several departmental line items. According to city Clerk-Treasurer Arvina Bozarth, the reductions, which largely affected appropriations used to pay temporary employees, were achieved because of money available in other accounts could be used to cover such costs.

  • Town of Troy conducts utility-rate studies, considers increase


    Feature Writer


    TROY – During an Aug. 12 regular meeting of the Troy Town Council, Ted Sommer of the London Witte Group was present to discuss water and sewer rate studies his company recently conducted for the town.

  • Chestnut will leave sheriff’s post for development role




    TELL CITY – Perry County Sheriff Lee Chestnut will trade his gun and badge for a Main Street office this fall after announcing Monday he had accepted a position with the Perry County Development Corp. Instead of chasing criminals, Chestnut will help Perry Countians pursue the training they need to fill jobs in the community.

    Chestnut, 40, said he will formally resign as sheriff  in coming days and work with the successor county Democrats will choose to run the department and detention center. 

  • Aug. 31 meeting to discuss community owned store in Derby

    DERBY – A community meeting Aug. 31 will discuss the possibilities of a community-owned store in the riverside community. As the News reported last week, a committee is exploring how a community co-op might allow the town to reopen a community store that would sell food and fuel. The meeting will explore how a co-op might work, membership benefits, funding and the decision-making process.

    The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Smackwater Cove.