Local News

  • Cannelton seeks grant for stormwater control


    Staff Writer


    CANNELTON – When heavy rains hit Cannelton, the aged and undersized stormwater infrastructure has a hard time keeping up. That often leads to flooding of streets, yards and homes in several areas of the city.

    City leaders are hoping to alleviate many of the issues with the help of a more than $500,000 grant from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Estimates for a drainage project rang in at $577,600, with the city on tap for 20 percent if OCRA provides assistance.

  • Painting the Lord’s house
  • Kleeman files for House District 74

    TELL CITY – Larry K. Kleeman has filed as a candidate for election to the House District 74 seat in the Indiana House of Representatives. The Democrat announced several weeks ago he would see the seat now held by Stephen Bartels.

    Kleeman ran unsuccessfully for the seat in 2016 against then State Rep. Lloyd Arnold. Bartels was chosen by Republicans during a caucus in November after Arnold resigned to accept the position of law enforcement director for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

  • School guidance efforts have broad reach at PC




    LEOPOLD – A generation ago, school guidance counselors’ biggest jobs, other than the occasional disruption in the classroom, were to get students to  apply for scholarships and to think about what college they wanted to attend. Not any more.

  • Two friends share special Christmas with successful kidney transplant

    “There is nothing better

    and more enjoyable than

    friendship in this world.”








    For two Spencer County friends, Philip Abshier and Ryan Dilger, the Christmas of 2017 will be filled with unforgettable memories.

  • Local author pens new book of rural whimsy

    Per Bastet Publications proudly presents “Confabulating With the Cows,” by Brett Alan Sanders. Subtitled, “Wit, Whimsy, and Occasional Wisdom from Perry County, Indiana: 1992-94,” these newspaper columns began rather humbly as Rural News reports and grew quickly into the talk of Perry County.

  • Baumeister seeking seat on county council

    TELL CITY – Prevented by term limits from seeking another four years as county coroner, Charlie Baumeister has set his sights on the county council. The Democrat filed this month for the District 1 seat now held by Republican J.R. Flynn.

    Baumeister, 59, said he still wants to serve his community.

  • The Spanish Flu of 1918




    The sound in Troy was alarming that Sunday morning, echoing in the ears of the few citizens out-and-about and spurring them to hurry home. Their town was in danger and the enemy could be anywhere.

  • Bartels files for District 74 seat

    ECKERTY – State Rep. Stephen Bartels has filed as a candidate for election to a full term in the House District 74 seat in the Indiana House of Representatives. Bartels was elected in a caucus to fulfill the remainder of State Rep. Lloyd Arnold’s term, and was sworn into office in December. House District 74 encompasses all of Perry and Crawford counties and parts of Spencer, Dubois and Orange counties.

  • Cannelton schools back to operating in the black


    Staff Writer


    CANNELTON – The turnaround in finances for Cannelton City Schools has been substantial since 2011. For 2018, and its $2.1 million budget, the school system is looking at a general fund cash balance of about $394,000, according to an analysis presented by Superintendent Alva Sibbitt during the board of finance’s annual meeting.