Today's News

  • News project will give boost to pollinators

    As gardening season nears, the Perry County News will invite readers to share photos of annual and perennial plants that provide food and habitat for bees, butterflies and birds.

    Collectively called pollinators, the creatures we look forward to each summer are facing a tough future in some places around the country as land on which they formally thrived is cleared. Meanwhile, pesticides threaten insects and bees face threats from chemicals and parasites.

  • Main Street’s business climate alive and growing


    Staff Writer


    TELL CITY – Building upon continued economic adjustments, Tell City’s downtown shopping district is a thriving mix of longevity and up-and-comers. From eateries and retail shops, to medical services and residences, the atmosphere of commerce is vibrant, yet primed for growth.

    But what’s the make or break factor for those who succeed on the Main Street corridor? For one, dedication to the plan, whatever that may be.

  • Head’s up: Property tax bills coming next month




    PERRY COUNTY – In another sure sign of spring, property tax bills will be arriving in Perry County property owners’ mailboxes next month. County Treasurer Judy Pund said tax bills will be mailed on April 10.

    The first installment of 2017 taxes will be due May 10 and the second installment will be due Nov. 13. 

    The tax bills mailed in April will include coupons for May and November payments.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.