Local News

  • 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.

  • Breaking NewsLawmakers to eye county-government changes

    INDIANAPOLIS – Several bills that could change the structure of government in Perry and other Indiana counties are scheduled for discussion in a state legislative committee Wednesday, according to information provided by County Commissioner Gary Dauby. He provided The News an e-mail message Monday from Association of Indiana Counties Executive Director David Bottorff, who advised the organization’s members earlier in the day that Senate bills 359, 506 and 550 and Senate Joint Resolution 7 are scheduled for hearings in the state Senate Local Government Committee.

  • Storm Update:Shelter will be closed Tuesday evening

    TELL CITY – An American Red Cross shelter established last week at St. Paul Catholic Church will close this evening. Southern Indiana Power has restored power to nearly all of its customers, allowing individuals and families to return home.

    The shelter opened Wednesday at the Schergens Center in Tell City but was relocated to the church’s hall. It has housed up to 15 people and served between 15 and 20 meals each day. Other meals were taken to a shelter in Hawesville, Ky.  

  • UPDATE: Shelter to move to St. Paul Church Friday morning

    TELL CITY – Perry County American Red Cross Director Llynn Enmen told The News that the Schergens Center in Tell City is now open to help people affected by the winter storm.

    Enmen said people should bring toiletries, books or games, pillows, blankets and medicine.

    If anyone has extra air mattresses or cots, it would help if they brought those also, she added.

  • Ice, snow deliver one-two punch

    PERRY COUNTY — A two-day midwinter storm plastered Perry County with ice and snow Tuesday and Wednesday, closing roads and schools and cutting power to thousands of homes.

    County commissioners declared a state of emergency at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and urged drivers to stay off roadways unless absolutely necessary. Unless lifted or extended, the order remains in effect until noon Friday.

    The state of emergency did not close roads but state police said travel will remain hazardous. Temperatures aren't forecast to rise above the freezing point until the weekend.

  • Host families needed for students

    PERRY COUNTY – Host families are needed to host foreign-exchange students for the 2009-10 school year. For more information call 836-2004 or 719-3273.

  • Open house for new ranger Tuesday

    TELL CITY – The public is invited to attend a Tuesday open house to meet new Hoosier National Forest District Ranger Anne Carey.

    The open house, from 3:30 to 6 p.m., will be held at the ranger station, located at 248 15th St. in Tell City.

    Carey began her duties Sept. 29 and made the move from the Cleveland National Forest in southern California, where she served as recreation director. In her new position, Carey is responsible for overall forest programs within the 200,000 acres of the Hoosier National Forest.

  • Holiday World filling more than 2,000 seasonal positions

    SANTA CLAUS – Holiday World & Splashin' Safari will hold several job fairs to fill more than 2,000 seasonal positions.

    Job seekers may arrive at any time during the fairs, which will feature representatives from the park's various departments, including admissions, food services, lifeguards, rides, games, sweepers, merchandise and more.

    Applicants may speak with multiple department representatives and then apply to work for one or more departments. Job interviews will be conducted at that time.

  • CPR course set for Thursday

    TELL CITY – Family and Friends, an American Heart Association class, will hold an adult, child and infant CPR and choking rescue skills course from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Perry County Emergency Medical Services building in Tell City.

    Cost is $10 and registration is due by 1 p.m. Wednesday.

    A second class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 26 with registration due Feb. 25. For more information or to register call Caryn Weiss at 547-0125.