Local News

  • Cannelton board plans meeting

    CANNELTON - Cannelton's Board of Public Works and Safety will convene a special meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday in the council room.

    The board will open consider bids from prospective administrators for a neighborhood-stabilization program. Advertised in the Feb. 26 News, the program could provide grant funds for the city to buy and redevelop abandoned or foreclosed homes to prevent their becoming a blight within the city.

    The meeting will begin as the deadline for bids expires.

  • City schedules clean-up week

    CANNELTON - Cannelton's free trash cleanup week, when city workers will pick up items not normally accepted, is planned for April 6-9.

    Residents are asked to place their items out for pickup on their regular trash-collection day.

    Tires or hazardous materials, including paint, won't be accepted. For more information, contact Street Commissioner Charlie Davis at 548-2287.

  • TC workers still chipping limbs

    TELL CITY - City street-department workers in Tell City are still chipping limbs residents stack near street curbs and alleys.

    Workers have made two passes through the city and will continue to remove limb and branches downed by ice and wind.

  • Library fundraiser set

    TELL CITY - Chicago's Pizza has joined efforts with the Perry County Junior Women and the United Way of Perry County to help support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

    Chicago's Pizza will donate a portion of all sales  March 17 to support the library.

  • Grant could put more officers on streets

    TELL CITY - A federal program supporters hope will put thousands of new police officers on American streets could help Tell City add one or two officers to its force, the city's police chief said Monday.

    Greg Hendershot asked the Tell City Board of Public Works and Safety for permission to apply for the Cops Hiring Recovery Program. Up to $1 billion will be made available for the hiring and rehiring of law-enforcement officers. Grants will pay officers' salaries and benefits for three years. In return, the city would pledge to retain the officers when the grant period ends.

  • Time to Spring Forward

    Don't forget to turn your clocks forward an hour before going to bed Saturday night. Daylight saving time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday.

  • Century idles line at Hawesville smelter

    HAWESVILLE, Ky. - Century Aluminum is closing one of five potlines at its Hawesville smelter, idling 120 workers amid a dramatic decline in aluminum prices.

    The production halt was to begin immediately, the company said Tuesday, and will be completed over several days. The move will reduce production by up to 4,370 tons of aluminum a month. The Hawesville smelter has produced up to 250,000 tons each year.

    Company officials said the production cuts are needed to reduce losses and conserve cash.

  • Co-workers, community mourn loss of friend

    CANNELTON - Kenny Kellems, Cannelton's chief of police for the past two years and a former sheriff's deputy, was remembered this week as a public servant dedicated to his job, his community and the officers who loved him.

    Kellems, 56, died from an aneurism Tuesday morning at University Hospital in Louisville, Ky.

    He fell ill earlier that morning and was taken to Owensboro Medical Health System. He was later flown to Louisville.

    Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Cannelton Community Center. An obituary appears on Page 2A.

  • Prosecution presents case in Cronin methamphetamine trial

    TELL CITY - Opening statements Tuesday outlined the arguments and evidence Perry County Prosecutor Robert Collins and defense attorney Michael McDaniel plan to present to jurors seated in the trial of Kenneth Cronin. (The News erroneously reported the defense attorney's name in its print edition.)

    The Perry County man faces 20 charges stemming from April 2008 raids of two homes he owned. Collins told jurors they would hear evidence proving Cronin's homes at 9749 Highwater Road near Tobinsport and at 9050 Aster Road, were hubs of meth dealing and making.

  • Local leaders join others in severe weather, Red Cross proclamations

    TELL CITY - Perry County commissioners have joined Gov. Mitch Daniels in proclaiming March 15-21 Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

    During the week, Perry County Emergency Management officials will emphasize safety procedures that could help protect people from tornadoes, according to the local proclamation. The commissioners approved it at a regular meeting Monday.

    Warning sirens and other severe-weather plans will be tested March 18.