Local News

  • Courthouse open coming two Saturdays for absentee voting

    PERRY COUNTY - Absentee voting ahead of the Nov. 4 election continues through noon Nov. 3 at the county courthouse.

    Voting hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The courthouse will also be open 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and Nov. 1 .

    Absentee voting can also be done through the mail by filing an application through the county clerk's office.

    Monday is the deadline for submitting absentee-by-mail applications to the county clerk's office. For more information, visit that office or call 547-3741 or the Hoosier Voter Hotline at (866) IN-1-VOTE.

  • Candidates running in the Nov. 4 election


    Barack Obama (D)

    John McCain (R)

    Bob Barr (L)


    Jill Long Thompson (D)

    Mitch Daniels (R)

    Andy Horning (L)

    Attorney General

    Linda Pence (D)

    Greg Zoeller (R)

    Superintendent of Public Instruction

    Richard Wood (D)

    Tony Bennett (R)

    United States Representative

    Baron Hill (D)

    Mike Sodrel (R)

    D. Eric Schansberg (L)

    Indiana House District 73

    Dennie Oxley Sr. (D)

    Steve Davisson (R)

  • Halloween Calendar of Events

    Communities set trick-or-treating hours for Oct. 31

    PERRY COUNTY - Tell City, Troy and Cannelton have set official trick-or-treating hours for Oct. 31. Ghouls and goblins have from 5 to 8 p.m. to gather treats in all three communities.

    Witches Walk set for Oct. 30 in Tell City

    TELL CITY - The Perry County Chamber of Commerce and area merchants will treat local residents to a safe Halloween celebration during this year's Witches Walk from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30.

  • Visit if you dare ... Haunted Castle

    Medieval structure made of foam turns heads in Cannelton; live show planned Halloween night

    CANNELTON - What do you get by combining dozens of foam blocks, nine cans of spray paint, 50 hours of work and a little creativity? When you're Chris Blake, the result is a haunted castle that becomes Halloween central in Cannelton.

    Blake's 50-foot-long castle on Fourth Street boasts a height of 15 feet and nearly obscures his home. A longtime Halloween fan, Blake has been welcoming curious visitors for nearly two weeks, many of whom first took notice when construction began.

  • Hydroelectric project moves forward

    American Municipal Power signs contract for turbines, generators

    CANNELTON - An Ohio utility has signed a contract for a new hydroelectric project at the Cannelton Locks and Dam and is in final negotiations with contractors to begin cofferdam construction here and at two other sites. The projects could be generating electricity by 2012.

  • Marching Marksmen miss chance to advance

    Band left out of top 10 by less than half point

    JEFFERSONVILLE - Tell City's Marching Marksmen finished four-tenths of a point shy of the score needed to advance from regional to semistate in marching-band competition Saturday, according to their director.

    Only the top 10 bands at the regional at Jeffersonville High School will compete at semi-state, a new level added this year. Tell City finished 12th behind South Spencer, which was only .35 point shy of the advancing class, Director Barry Reasoner said Tuesday.

  • Commodores miss regional gold by 1 point

    Musicians preparing for future shows

    JEFFERSONVILLE - Only a point kept the Perry Central Marching Commodores from earning a gold rating in regional marching-band competition at Jeffersonville High School Saturday, according to Band Director Rob Cason.

    "We had the best show of the year, easily," he said Wednesday. "We were pleased with how the show went."

    While "there are always things that could have gone better," he added, "a lot of things went right. The show held together better overall and the closer went better."

  • Hill, Sodrel battle for 9th District House seat

    PERRY COUNTY - In what has become a biannual battle, Democrat Baron Hill and Republican Mike Sodrel are each hoping to claim victory Nov. 4 in the race for Indiana's Ninth Congressional District.

    This is the fourth consecutive election in which the two men have faced off. Hill is the incumbent this year, having defeated Sodrel in 2006. The Democrat lost to Sodrel in 2004 after serving three terms.

  • Police chief says his office short of funds

    Overtime, storm hit budget hard

    CANNELTON - Thanks to some unexpected circumstances the Cannelton Police Department's funds will run low at the end of the month unless additional appropriations are made, according to Chief Kenny Kellems.

  • State board defers Cannelton Schools request

    Chapman hopeful bonds, loan will be OK'd next month

    INDIANAPOLIS - Cannelton Schools Superintendent Al Chapman's effort to pay off the school corporation's heavy debt was thwarted, at least temporarily, by concerns expressed at a state Board of Education meeting Oct. 1.

    Chapman's turn in the four-hour meeting came at about the three-hour point, and was introduced with an explanation that a 1959 school-reorganization law prohibits school corporations from incurring debt that would make consolidations undesirable.