Today's News

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Editor’s note: In the months before the Christmas of 1897, an 8-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the New York Sun, asking if there really was a Santa Claus. Edward P. Mitchell gave the assignment to Francis P. Church, whose reply to Virginia appeared in the Sept. 21, 1897, edition of the Sun.

    Virginia’s letter and Church’s reply, as it appeared in the Sun, are reprinted below. Virginia O’Hanlon Douglas died May 13, 1971.


    Is there a Santa Claus?

  • Make Silvesternacht part of your New Year’s tradition

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    All of us have traditions we follow throughout the year and our celebration of the last day of each year is one of them. New Year’s Eve traditions vary by individual and family.

    It’s a night out with family and friends for some. For others, it’s a nice dinner and a night at home playing cards or watching the ball drop far away in Times Square. Some folks don’t take notice and mark the new year fast asleep.

  • LETTER: Proposed project won’t hit environment

    Editor’s Note: This letter concerns a proposed industrial project near Dale in Spencer County.


    There is an old adage that states: When people are left to speculate, they will always speculate the worst. Recent media coverage shows that this adage may be a developing reality among some citizens of the Town of Dale and Spencer County regarding a planned industrial project.

  • A flawed tax reform bill

    Joe Donnelly

    U.S. Senate


    Like many of you, I believe we need to reform our tax code and cut taxes for the middle class. From the beginning of this year’s tax reform effort, I’ve been willing to partner with Republicans, Democrats, and President Trump and his administration.

  • Tell City wins 2 wrestling meets

    CORYDON—Seven Tell City wrestlers won both their matches as the Marksmen defeated two Harrison County opponents Thursday.
    They won seven of 13 matches, with the other weight class being a double forfeit, to beat North Harrison 42-31.
    They then won eight of 12 matches, with the other two weights being double forfeits, to beat Corydon 48-24.
    Tavor DuPont, Trey Mucker, Joe Craig and Tyler Hawhee each earned two pins for the Marksmen.
    Alec Stahly and Chance Bolin each won one match by pin and one by forfeit.

  • Simpsons, Kaiser named to Class 2A all-state cross country team

    INDIANAPOLIS—Tell City runners Leo and Thomas Simpson and Nate Kaiser were named to Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches’ Class 2A all-state cross country team released last week.
    Though cross country is not a class sport in Indiana, the IATCC names all-state teams by classes based on schools’ classes in most sports.
    Leo Simpson made the team for the fourth time. Thomas Simpson made it for the third time and Kaiser, a junior, made it for the second time.

  • Rebels stop Cannelton

    Spencer County Journal-Democrat

    REO—Chloe Davis scored 11 points but it wasn’t enough as South Spencer gradually pulled away to beat Cannelton 31-19 in girls basketball Wednesday.
    The victory snapped the Rebels 21-game losing streak and was their first win since beating the Bulldogs 52-25 last season.

  • Tell City girls outshoot Eagles

    TELL CITY—Tell City moved the ball well and hit a higher percentage than usual from the perimeter to beat Lanesville 45-34 in girls basketball Thursday.
    “It was the best team game we’ve played all year,” said Tell City Coach John Hayes. “We had 18 buckets and 14 assists.
    “They were double- and triple-teaming Kammie Jo (Hayes, Tell City’s center) in the post in that zone. Then we hit some (outside) shots and they came out man-to-man.
    “Hayley Fackler hitting some shots from the high-post area was a big key.

  • Hot Panthers sink Bulldogs

    Sports Editor

    HAWESVILLE, Ky.—Russellville hit 66.7 percent from the field to beat Cannelton 73-32 for seventh place in the Aleris boys basketball holiday tourney Friday.
    The Panthers hit 11 of their first 14 field-goal attempts and 21 of 29 in the first half as they built leads of 17-4, 23-6, and 40-8.
    Nine Panthers hit at least 50.0 percent from the field for the game while Rafe Garrett was the only Cannelton player to hit over 25.0 percent.
    The Bulldogs hit 25.0 percent from the field for the game.

  • Athletic Maroons defeat Cannelton

    Sports Editor

    CANNELTON—Despite playing a much stronger opponent, Cannelton played better in the second round of the Aleris boys basketball tourney than in the first.
    But the Bulldogs still had some trouble against pressure defense, committing 25 turnovers as they lost to Madisonville-North Hopkins 62-40 Thursday.
    “We played a lot better tonight,” said Cannelton Coach Mike Snyder. “And these guys (the Maroons) are better than Whitesville, especially as long and athletic as they were.