Local News

  • DTV switch delayed until June 12

    PERRY COUNTY – With a Feb. 17 digital-switch deadline looming over American households, Congress voted Wednesday to delay the switch.

    The measure will give consumers until June 12 to purchase digital-to-analog converters for analog televisions or to subscribe to satellite or cable television. According to a www.cnn.com article, an estimated 6.5 million homes would lose TV service after the initial deadline.

  • River Road project wins funding

    TELL CITY – A coordinated city-county-port effort to improve a portion of River Road has won state funding. Indiana Department of Transportation officials announced last week that the project will receive $620,400 in Local Public Agency funding.

    The money will be used to widen, strengthen and pave a portion of the road from Indiana 66 near the Patio Steak House west toward the Ohio River. A second phase will improve the road to Boundary Way near the Tell City River Port.

  • Gaynor sentenced for role in meth lab

    TELL CITY – Judge Lucy Goffinet handed Adam Gaynor a 25-year sentence Friday, ordering the Perry County man to serve 22 years in prison and another three years of probation for his role in a 2007 methamphetamine lab.

    Gaynor, 22, did not speak during the half-hour hearing and the two witnesses called by the prosecution, Candy James and Sheriff's Deputy Lee Chestnut, said little after defense objections.

  • In midst of layoffs, Census Bureau hiring

    PERRY COUNTY – Applications are being accepted for census takers and supervisors to oversee them, according to Richard Jackson, who has been working to recruit people for the jobs.

    Full- and part-time workers are needed, Jackson said, to work five- to 10-week periods, with some starting "almost right away."

    Pay will range from $12.25 to $13.75 per hour. Forty hours of training will be provided, Jackson said, and those using their cars in the jobs will get mileage reimbursements.

  • Recycling will resume Monday

    TELL CITY – Last week’s ice and snow prevented pickup of recyclables in Tell City, and residents are asked to place items to be recycled out for pickup next week, Office Manager Janet Damin said Wednesday morning. Anyone with questions can call 547-3266.

  • Officials retain district positions

    TELL CITY –  In an annual reorganization of the Perry County Recycling Management District conducted Jan. 22, Jody Fortwendel, a county commissioner, retained the chairman’s title and Tell City Mayor Barbara Ewing was named vice chairwoman.

    Executive Director Paul Alvey retains that role for another year, as do the district’s attorney, Jeff Hagedorn, and controller, Jerry Hoagland.

  • Round-up board taking applications for philanthropic distributions

    PERRY COUNTY – The Operation Round Up board of trustees will accept applications until Feb. 15 with disbursement in March.

    Applications are available in the Southern Indiana Power office and at www.sinpwr.com. Simply click on the "Forms" tab and then the "Operation Round Up" application link. Due to the possible volume, blank applications will not be mailed.  

  • Agency offers Valentine Day cards

    PERRY COUNTY – Valentine's Day is filled, for some, with romance and friendship. For others it is filled with anxiety, fear and violence.

    To help people form healthier relationships and prevent violence, Crisis Connection is focusing on providing resources for people to build trust and respect with each other.

    Sometimes, through no fault of their own, those who have experienced relational

    aggression are more likely to binge drink, get into fights, have low self-esteem, experience depression, attempt suicide and be victimized again.

  • Prosecutor funds purchase of tactical rifles

    CANNELTON – City and state law-enforcement officers hope new tactical rifles they received Monday will only be used at the practice range. However, should the need arise, the Colt AR-15A3 tactical rifles will provide added power officers will need to protect the public and themselves.

    Perry County Prosecutor Robert Collins presented the 13 rifles, cases and ammunition to officers from the Tell City and Cannelton police departments and Indiana State Police troopers who regularly work in the county.

    Each accessorized rifle is valued at $1,200.

  • Amendment allows riders to join off-road drivers on county roads

    TELL CITY – Perry County commissioners amended in a regular meeting Monday an ordinance they adopted Dec. 1 to allow off-road vehicles to travel on county roads.

    Once enacted after it's been advertised twice, the amendment will permit the number of riders intended by each vehicle's manufacturer to accompany its licensed driver, and will require the same amount of insurance that is required for cars.