Local News

  • City Hall Park smoking ban in effect

    TELL CITY - Think twice before you light that cigarette in City Hall Park. It's against the law.

    City Hall itself and the park surrounding it are now officially tobacco free. By a 4-1 vote June 1, members of the city council approved an ordinance banning the use of tobacco, including cigarettes and smokeless products.

    Supporters called it a common-sense step toward reducing exposure to secondhand smoke. However, Councilman Gerald Yackle, who cast the lone nay vote, said government was getting too involved in people's personal decisions.

  • Officials eye online surplus sales

    TELL CITY - Perry County commissioners tabled at a regular meeting June 1 an offer by SRI Inc. representative Jeff Kemper to sell the county's surplus vehicles.

    "We have been doing your tax sales the last few years," Kemper said of his Indianapolis-based company. "We also help counties unload surplus properties, and we do school corporations, too."

    He explained his company lists items for sale on an Internet site, and takes a percentage of any profit realized.

  • Company's efforts, car storage keep port active

    TELL CITY - If it weren't for preparations by and for Tell City Boat Works' move into the Port of Tell City and cleanup from storms, there would be very little activity at the former Maxon Marine site.

    "We have no barges coming in June," Dick Neumann said at a regular Perry County Port Authority board-of-directors meeting Tuesday, "and it will probably be July before we see any pig iron."

  • Cocaine cited in April death case

    DOOLITTLE MILLS - A northern Perry County man found dead alongside a county road in April likely died from a coronary spasm caused by cocaine use, the county coroner's office said this week.

    Jonathan M. Neighbors, 28, was found near Okalona Road shortly before 11 a.m. April 11. Troopers and paramedics arrived in the area of 28511 Okalona Road and Neighbors' body was located on the south side of the roadway, police said.

    Neighbors lived at 28539 Okalona Road.

  • Local VFDs share grants

    PERRY COUNTY - Five Perry County volunteer fire departments will receive a total of $11,380 in fire-assistance grants to purchase radios and safety and water-handling equipment. Rural and volunteer fire departments from 48 counties were awarded $268,000 in grants.

    The money is administered by the Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry and made available through the U.S. Forest Service.

  • Switch to digital television happens tomorrow

    PERRY COUNTY - Tomorrow is the deadline for television stations to switch from transmitting analog signals to digital signals.

    Originally set for Feb. 17, the digital switch was moved to June 12 to give consumers more time to purchase analog-to-digital converters for analog televisions or to subscribe to satellite or cable television.

    The switch has been in the works to free up parts of the broadcast spectrum to be used for police and fire departments, emergency rescue, advanced wireless services and other services.

  • Tax-collection decline to hit county budget

    TELL CITY - The state is down about 20 percent in income-tax collections, Perry County Council President Pete Franzman said at a regular meeting May 28, and "it would follow that we'll be down about 20 percent in our EDIT and COIT collection."

    Deputy Assessor Pam Goffinet said Friday the county's share of county-option income taxes for 2008 was $738,730. The revenues go to all taxing units in the county, with an overall tally of $1,361,567. The county portion declined to $730,713 for 2009, out of a total $1,370,603.

  • LHDC in line for conservation funds

    TELL CITY - Lincoln Hills Development Corp. is gearing up for a major expansion of a statewide conservation and weatherization program that helps Hoosiers make their homes more energy-efficient.  

    LHDC is projected to get $971,782 under the Home Energy and Conservation and Weatherization Program. Indiana plans to use nearly $132 million in federal stimulus funds for energy-conservation efforts.

    Proposed funding announced last week totaled $55 million. Another request for proposals is planned for later this year.

  • Downturn continues to affect recycling district

    CANNELTON - Prices for recyclable materials remain low while costs for processing them climb, but the employment of a solid-waste-management company will bring some relief, the executive director of the Perry County Recycling Management District said May 28.

  • Grad named National Merit Scholar

    TELL CITY - After being named a semifinalist and finalist, Jenelle Clausen found out last month she was named a National Merit Scholar.

    "I was pretty excited," she said. "I think this is a great honor."

    Clausen was named a semi-finalist last year after earning enough points on her 2007 Preliminary SAT and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen for the program. She was named a finalist earlier this year.

    "I wasn't really sure if I would get it, but I thought I had a good shot at it," she said.