Local News

  • Rural electric cooperative will undergo name change

    TELL CITY - Mike Hammack, chief executive officer of Southern Indiana Rural Electric Cooperative, recently announced the co-op will change its name June 20. The organization's new name will be Southern Indiana Power.

    "Our name does not portray how we have evolved into more than an electric provider. We often receive phone calls from people thinking we're Southern Indiana Recreation," Hammack said.

  • Sewer project eyed to reduce TC flooding

    TELL CITY - City leaders may invest up to $500,000 to increase the flow of stormwater that continues to back up into some residents' basements during periods of heavy rain.

    The city's board of works agreed last month to explore the feasibility of constructing a new pumping station and installing a 16-inch main that would help divert stormwater and sewage west toward the city's downtown, where it would be treated at the community's sewage-treatment plant.

  • Councilman balks at medical bill

    Sheriff said it, two others should have been paid last year

    TELL CITY - "Why do we have to pay that bill?" Councilman Alan Cassidy asked of $2,748 additional appropriation on the agenda for the April 24 regular meeting of the Perry County Council. "Did we authorize or order all of those tests to be done for the sheriff's department?"

  • Caring for community

    Top photo, Bob Ramsbottom, who serves a number of roles in the county, was also a United Way Day of Caring volunteer Thursday, as he painted a railing surrounding the front porch of the Older Americans Korner for Service in Cannelton. Botom photo, three of the volunteers from McDonald's contributing their labor to the United Way Day of Caring were, from left, Rachel Lasher, Emily Dauby and Lacey Padgett. In addition to pulling weeds from a flowerbed at the 4-H Fairgrounds, they painted a conference room and cleaned up the concession stand at the site.

  • Whitcomb Highway dedication honors former governor's service to Hoosiers

    ROME - Perry County resident and Hoosier statesman Edgar Whitcomb was honored Wednesday for a lifetime of public service that reached from wartime Philippines to the desk of Indiana's governor.

    Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman led a delegation of state leaders to Rome, Whitcomb's adopted hometown, to rename a portion of U.S. 50 in Jackson and Jennings counties as the Gov. Edgar D. Whitcomb Highway.

  • City, recycling district clean illegal dumps

    Mayor: One site had years of accumulation

    TELL CITY - The director of the Perry County Recycling Management District said he doesn't want to get into "wholesale" cleanups of illegal dumps, but said he was glad to help get some of them cleaned up.

    "The city had a real battle the last week-and-a-half" dealing with illegal dumping, Tell City Mayor and district board of directors member Barbara Ewing said at a meeting Wednesday.

  • Next animal-control officer may work for shelter

    Current employment arrangement called unusual

    TELL CITY - Perry County Animal Shelter Inc. may assume animal-control duties for the county, clarifying overlapping and potentially confusing responsibilities as they existed when a new shelter opened and a new animal-control officer was hired.

    "Now you're charged with monitoring someone who's not your employee," county attorney Chris Goffinet told Gene Ritchie, a former president of the not-for-profit shelter's board of directors April 21.

  • Voting locations by precinct

    Anderson, St. Mark's School Building

    Cannelton 1, Cannelton Community Center

    Cannelton 2, Cannelton Community Center

    Clark 1, Bristow Community Center

    Clark 2, Bristow Community Center

    Derby, County highway garage

    Leopold, County highway garage

    Oil, County highway garage

    Rono, County highway garage

    Tell City 1, VFW Post 2939

    Tell City 2, Humboldt Street Fire Station

    Tell City 3, City Hall

    Tell City 4, Schergens Center

  • Election countdown

    Results Online Tuesday night

    News staff will be at the county courthouse after polls close tomorrow and will telephone results to the newsroom. Watch for results at www.perrycountynews.com.

    List of contenders appearing on Tuesday's ballots:

    Democrat Party


    Hillary Clinton

    Barack Obama


    Jim Schellinger

    Jill Long Thompson

    U.S. Congress

    Gretchen Clearwater

    Baron Hill

    Lendall Terry

    John Bottorff

  • Some offices to close Tuesday for Election Day

    PERRY COUNTY - Many governmental offices will be closed Tuesday for Election Day. Tell City offices will be closed for the day since City Hall is a polling location. Monday's trash and recyclables schedule in Tell City will proceed as normal Monday but there will be no pickup Tuesday and a one-day delay the remainder of the week.

    County offices will also be closed Tuesday. The county clerk's office will be closed to the public but will be staffed to answer voting questions over the telephone. The office telephone number is 547-3741.