Local News

  • Officials retain district positions

    TELL CITY –  In an annual reorganization of the Perry County Recycling Management District conducted Jan. 22, Jody Fortwendel, a county commissioner, retained the chairman’s title and Tell City Mayor Barbara Ewing was named vice chairwoman.

    Executive Director Paul Alvey retains that role for another year, as do the district’s attorney, Jeff Hagedorn, and controller, Jerry Hoagland.

  • Round-up board taking applications for philanthropic distributions

    PERRY COUNTY – The Operation Round Up board of trustees will accept applications until Feb. 15 with disbursement in March.

    Applications are available in the Southern Indiana Power office and at www.sinpwr.com. Simply click on the "Forms" tab and then the "Operation Round Up" application link. Due to the possible volume, blank applications will not be mailed.  

  • Agency offers Valentine Day cards

    PERRY COUNTY – Valentine's Day is filled, for some, with romance and friendship. For others it is filled with anxiety, fear and violence.

    To help people form healthier relationships and prevent violence, Crisis Connection is focusing on providing resources for people to build trust and respect with each other.

    Sometimes, through no fault of their own, those who have experienced relational

    aggression are more likely to binge drink, get into fights, have low self-esteem, experience depression, attempt suicide and be victimized again.

  • Prosecutor funds purchase of tactical rifles

    CANNELTON – City and state law-enforcement officers hope new tactical rifles they received Monday will only be used at the practice range. However, should the need arise, the Colt AR-15A3 tactical rifles will provide added power officers will need to protect the public and themselves.

    Perry County Prosecutor Robert Collins presented the 13 rifles, cases and ammunition to officers from the Tell City and Cannelton police departments and Indiana State Police troopers who regularly work in the county.

    Each accessorized rifle is valued at $1,200.

  • Amendment allows riders to join off-road drivers on county roads

    TELL CITY – Perry County commissioners amended in a regular meeting Monday an ordinance they adopted Dec. 1 to allow off-road vehicles to travel on county roads.

    Once enacted after it's been advertised twice, the amendment will permit the number of riders intended by each vehicle's manufacturer to accompany its licensed driver, and will require the same amount of insurance that is required for cars.

  • State lawmakers eye major county-government changes

    INDIANAPOLIS – Several bills that could change the structure of government in Perry and other Indiana counties were scheduled for discussion in a state legislative committee Wednesday, according to information provided by County Commissioner Gary Dauby.

  • Commissioners withdraw $100K roads request

    TELL CITY – Perry County's commissioners withdrew their request to spend more than $100,000 on a road-maintenance-management system before the county council could act on it Tuesday.

    "I am going to make a motion that we withdraw our request for the money from the county council," Commissioner Jody Fortwendel said in a regular meeting Monday, attributing the move to "poor timing, not due to the fact that we don't need the program, because we do."

    Commissioner Gary Dauby seconded the motion.

  • City kicks off '09 health initiative

    TELL CITY – A Tell City councilman was joined by the city's mayor and others Monday in announcing a six-month wellness initiative open to anyone wanting to lead a healthier life in 2009 and beyond.

    Tony Hollinden, the city's at-large councilman, said details of the program are still taking shape but activities will promote the value of exercise and the opportunities for physical fitness offered by Tell City's walkways and bicycling lanes.

  • Lights back on; cleanup continues

    PERRY COUNTY – The long job of restoring  power to thousands of Perry Countians left in the cold and dark by last week's ferocious winter storm concluded Tuesday evening.

    The next major task, local officials said this week, is cleaning up downed trees and limbs, a task similar to one undertaken after September's big windstorm but made harder by winter cold.

    "Mother Nature dealt the cards and we played the hand  she dealt us," Tell City Street Commissioner Jeff Everly said Monday.

  • Storm Update: Some Southern Indiana Power customers still in the dark

    TELL CITY – Southern Indiana Power employees, aided by outside crews, are working to restore power to members still without electricity Monday morning.

    As of 8 a.m. 511 homes and businesses were without power due to 135 separate outages.

    More than 6,500 customers were affected by the ice storm Tuesday night and Wednesday and crews have worked around the clock to restore power in Perry and Spencer counties. Southern Indiana Power also serves small areas of Warrick and Dubois counties.