Local News

  • Tell City's mayor tours fast-growing employer

    TELL CITY - With a fourth expansion of its Perry County facility nearly complete, officials of ATTC Manufacturing invited Tell City Mayor Barbara Ewing to tour the facility last month. The March 19 visit offered her a firsthand view of how the company delivers nearly 1 million automotive parts each month.

    Ewing toured the plant with Chris Kinnett, executive director of the Perry County Development Corp.

  • Tell Street project fails to win support

    Company proposes storage units, office buildings

    TELL CITY - A pair of unfavorable recommendations by the Tell City Advisory Plan Commission further reduce chances a Ferdinand company will be allowed to build storage buildings on Tell Street near the Tell City-Perry County Public Library.

    The two votes came April 10 as representatives of Progressive Investment Co. sought to have five acres owned by Adam Ramsey rezoned for residential use and to vacate unimproved portions of 25th and 26th streets north of Tell Street.

  • Animal-control officer resigns

    Jackson believes he carried out duties well

    TELL CITY - Perry County's animal-control officer has stepped down from the job he held since July.

    Micah Jackson submitted a letter of resignation earlier this month, saying he was looking for other opportunities. His last day was Thursday.

    "The past 10 months have been very rewarding. I enjoyed being part of a very successful team dedicated to animal control," Jackson wrote.

    During that time, Jackson responded to nearly 300 calls and captured 100 dogs and several cats.

  • Landowner seeks help in opening roadway

    TELL CITY - Perry County commissioners refused in a regular meeting April 7 to help a farmer who told them access to his land via a county road has been blocked by a neighboring landowner. County officials were unsure if the road belongs to the county. The adjacent landowner said it doesn't.

    Which road the farmer intended to have opened is uncertain.

    Herb Huff of Birdseye sought the commissioners' help in getting barricades removed from Odyssey Road, which runs between Old Indiana 37 and Indiana 62 south and west of St. Croix, according to a map he provided.

  • School funds won't come until summer

    Businesses can't operate without revenues, superintendent notes

    CANNELTON - In giving his financial report during a regular school-board meeting Wednesday, Cannelton Schools Superintendent Al Chapman said property-tax revenue isn't normally provided until May or June each year, but he'd received word it won't arrive until July.

    "I heard we probably won't see it until August," board member Barbara Beard told him. She presided over the meeting in the absence of Board President Christal Moskos, who was out of town, Chapman said.

  • Sunlight Hotel to be demolished

    Owner hopes to replace it with similar building, 'but Louisiana style'

    CANNELTON - The historic Sunlight Hotel in Cannelton will be knocked down beginning Tuesday, and its owner hopes to replace it with something more grand to lure visitors to the city from miles around.

    Cannelton leaders' attitude toward renovation of the Sunlight Hotel seemed to have changed after the mostly-new city administration took over at the beginning of the year, but the man responsible for it expressed Wednesday optimism his project will go forward.

  • Commissioners OK added military-leave benefits for workers

    TELL CITY - County commissioners approved in a regular meeting April 7 changes in the county-employee handbook that will incorporate recent changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act.

    The National Defense Authorization Act for 2008 entitles eligible employees to up to 12 work weeks of unpaid leave for "any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that a spouse, son, daughter or parent of the employee is on active (military) duty," according to information provided by Auditor Connie Berger.

  • Works board wants say on where city officers can moonlight

    TELL CITY - A resolution adopted last week gives the Tell City Board of Public Works and Safety the power to review second jobs held by police officers. Officers could be forced to give up outside employment that poses conflicts of interest with the department or city.

    The city's employee handbook, adopted in 2004, addresses outside employment for certain employees but Mayor Barbara Ewing said the resolution clarifies that the works board, which oversees police-department policies, has the power to restrict officers from working jobs that could pose a conflict.

  • County-office hopefuls lay out priorities

    Editor's Note: The News is continuing to profile candidates seeking their party's nominations in the May 6 primary. This story looks at uncontested candidates for county recorder, council and surveyor.

    TELL CITY - One Democrat and three Republicans will be unchallenged in the May primary, and all but one of them introduced themselves to people attending a candidates forum April 8 at the Schergens Center in Tell City.

    Jane James

  • Sodrel ready to retake House seat

    Calls on U.S. to lead the world, not follow others

    TELL CITY - Former Ninth District Congressman Mike Sodrel's keynote talk to local Republicans Thursday was as much about civics and the role of the Unites States in world affairs as about regaining the seat he lost two years ago to Democrat Baron Hill.

    The main speaker for the Perry County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner at Bill and Dave's Smokin' Pit, Sodrel asked his audience to consider the risks faced by the nation's founding fathers as they prepared to sign the Declaration Independence.