Local News

  • Mother, son killed in two-vehicle crash on U.S. 60

    HAWESVILLE, Ky. – A mother and son spending time together on spring break week lost their lives Monday after their compact car collided with a tractor-trailer on U.S. 60 near Hawesville.

    Ericka Dowell, 35, and her 12-year-old son, Jacob A. Wagner, were pronounced dead at the scene, Hancock County authorities said.

  • Inspiring a legend: Bluegrass ode recounts steamboat lore


    Feature Writer


    TELL CITY – The first steam vessel equipped with electricity to arrive at the Tell City dock landed all the way back in the 1880s. It created a buzz that would make it into the mind of singer/songwriter John Hartford, who would channel the lore into a song over 100 years after that very boat, through the secondhand knowledge of his longtime friend and Perry Countian, Bert Fenn.

  • Sales of baby chicks brisk at area farm stores




    The chirps of newly hatched chicks fill the air of Orscheln Farm and Home and Tractor Supply Co., two Tell City stores that sell young chicks, ducklings and, occasionally, goslings, each spring. Yes, it’s spring and that means a fresh chance to start a backyard flock of laying hens.

    More and more homeowners with a little space and a hankering for fresh eggs with their bacon are saying yes to a few hens and a rooster or two. The bedrock of the family farm is becoming more common in small cities and towns.

  • Police: Coalter threatened woman over death




    ST. CROIX – A probable cause affidavit filed last week in the murder case against Randal Coalter sheds light on the events that may have led to the shooting death of a St. Croix man found in his home March 4.

    Coalter, 45, was arrested Wednesday in the death of 62-year-old David Weedman and is being held without bond in the Perry County Detention Center.

    Weedman was found dead on the living room floor of his home at 21755 Omar Road near St. Croix.

  • Council backs new animal welfare committee


    Staff Writer


    TELL CITY – Over the years, resident Kim Strobel has taken in an estimated 103 abandoned, abused or otherwise unwanted house pets. And while she is committed to helping on that front, “sadly, I don’t feel that should be my responsibility,” she said.

  • Drug charges dropped against Hawesville woman

    TELL CITY – Charges have been dropped against a Hawesville, Ky., woman arrested last week on drug charges.

    Taneesa E. McKinney was initially charged with conspiracy to deal in a narcotic drug and visiting a common nuisance.  She was held on a $4,305 bond but was released from the Perry County Detention Center.

    Tell City police officers confirmed that McKinney was released. They said the case remains under review by the county prosecutor’s office.

  • Carlisle Road closing today for bridge repair

    SIBERIA – A bridge replacement being conducted by the Perry County Highway Department will require a temporary closure of a portion of County Road 201A, Carlisle Road, in Clark Township. The closure is expected to begin Monday March 27, and last around three weeks. Motorists in that area north of Interstate 64, are advised to find an alternate route for the duration of the construction.

  • Chrisney man life-flighted after ATV accident

    CHRISNEY – A Chrisney man was life-flighted after an all-terrain vehicle crash in Spencer County, Indiana Department of Natural Resources conservation officers said. 

    Mark Horn, 56, of Chrisney was operating an ATV that left the road for an unknown reason, causing him to be ejected. The ATV came back onto the road and rolled onto its side. 

    Residents near the accident scene called 911 and performed CPR until EMS arrived. The initial 911 call was received at 6:02 pm.

    Horn was last reported to have been in serious but stable condition.

  • Grandstanding a baseball tradition

    Editor’s note: Piecing together some of Tell City’s early baseball history, three Tell City News articles were found by Kathy Pohl Finley while researching the history of the building she and husband, Mike, own at 739 Main St., where they operate Finley’s Custom Framing and Antiques. The Nic Beumel family had lived there for many years.


    TELL CITY – Nic Beumel Sr. had been the manager of the Tell City Grays for many years and still possessed the minutes from the association’s meetings.

  • Civics Live! TCHS gets first-hand government view

    TELL CITY – Students at Tell City Junior Senior High School looked and listened on as commissioners went through their short agenda Tuesday. The business portion of the session took only a few minutes, with introductions of county leaders pushing discussions close to the half-hour mark.

    A shift from the usual courthouse meeting place, commission president Larry James said the high-school venue “let students know what’s going on at the county government level.”