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Today's News

  • Branchville won't house men serving long stays

    BRANCHVILLE - A community meeting April 11 will give the public a chance to ask questions about Branchville Correctional Facility and to learn about the steps to improve security since the March 20 escapes by three men.

    Among the changes announced Tuesday is a rule change that will keep offenders serving long sentences from being sent to the medium-security facility.   

  • 16 men convicted in Perry County serving time at BCF

    BRANCHVILLE - Sixteen men sentenced from Perry County are serving time at Branchville Correctional Facility, Department of Correction records show.

    Offenders, crimes they were convicted of and earliest projected release dates are listed below. This information was released before this week's news that men with more than eight years remaining on their sentences will no longer be sent to Branchville.

    • Michael James, possession of cocaine or a narcotic drug, September 2010.

    • William Wolf, dealing in methamphetamine, April 2013

  • Hall of Fame coach Talley dies

    TELL CITY — Joe Talley, who turned Tell City High School into a football powerhouse in the 1960s and '70s and later served as the school's athletic director, died Tuesday at age 80.

    The Marksmen had losing seasons in each of their first seven years playing 11-man football before Talley was hired as their coach in 1960.

    He posted a 6-2-1 record that year and went on to have only two losing seasons in 18 years as their coach. He had 10 seasons with two or fewer losses, including a 10-0 record in 1969 with a team that averaged a school-record 41.2 points per game.

  • Sheriff seeks grant to add two deputies

    TELL CITY - Sheriff Bob Glenn will add two deputies to his staff if an application he's submitting under the COPS Program is successful.

    He received at their March 26 regular meeting the county council's permission to submit an application under the U. S. Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services Program, which provides three years' grant funding for law-enforcement officers. Local communities are required under terms of the grants to employ them for a year after the initial period ends.

  • Newspaper prices set to increase Monday

    TELL CITY - Starting Monday, readers will need an extra quarter to buy a copy of The Perry County News inside a store or from a blue newspaper rack.

    The newsstand price of The News will jump to 75 cents from 50 cents due to rising prices for newsprint, fuel and other input costs. The change takes effect with the April 6 issue.

    The price increase is the first since November 1992, when single-copy prices rose to 50 cents from 35 cents.

  • Local businesses to get dumpsters for recycling cardboard

    TELL CITY - Board members for the Perry County Recycling Management District approved a shift to dumpsters from trailers now used to collect cardboard from businesses.

    As The News reported March 12, district Executive Director Paul Alvey was pursuing the shift from trailers he said are cost-inefficient to dumpsters that will be provided and emptied by Veolia Environmental Services Solid Waste.

  • Storm destroys two grain bins near Troy

    TROY - Murl Schwartz has a mess on his hands after Saturday evening's storm destroyed two grain bins and damaged a pole building north of Troy.

    "It's the second time at the same location," said Schwartz, who farms land in Perry and Spencer counties. A storm three years ago destroyed a storage building. Hardest hit Saturday, though, were two grain bins, which were torn from their foundations and tossed about a quarter mile into a field.

    The roof of one bin was strewn nearby, as were the innards of the two bins, including an auger that stirs grain.

  • Music honor society recognizes Roccia

    TERRE HAUTE — Tell City High School 2008 graduate Sarah Roccia will receive a certificate of honor from the Delta Mu Chapter of the Pi Kappa Lamda National Music Honor Society at Indiana State University May 3.

    Roccia, who earned state-level awards for both instrumental and vocal performances while attending school in Tell City, will be honored in an awards ceremony and banquet beginning at 5 p.m. on the ninth floor of ISU's Hulman Memorial Student Union.

  • Local Olympians repeat as state basketball champs

    Editor's Note: Perry County Storm won the Hoosier Men's State Basketball Tourney Sunday at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. Head Coach Mike Gibson penned this column on the experience.

    Hoosier Hysteria is alive and well in Special Olympics Indiana. For the record, the Hoosier Men's State Basketball Tournament is the third-largest event of any state competition and the largest Special Olympics basketball event in the world.

  • Tell City postmaster retiring after 34 years

    TELL CITY - In 1975 the Tell City Post Office welcomed Tim Miller as a clerk-carrier and Tuesday his co-workers bid him farewell as he retired as its postmaster.

    During his 34-year career Miller worked at post offices in Tell City, Troy and Cannelton. In 1983 he was officer in charge in Troy then became supervisor in 1987 in Tell City. Three years later he took the postmaster position in Cannelton when Postmaster Maude Kendall retired. Miller returned to Tell City in 2003 as officer in charge and was appointed its postmaster in 2004.