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Today's News

  • Cannelton fire chief, assistant resign

    Harris says mayor drove him to vacate position

    CANNELTON - Cannelton's fire chief and assistant fire chief resigned their positions early this month, explaining Tuesday they did so as a result of meddling in the volunteer department's affairs by Mayor Smokey Graves.

    Graves announced Chief Jerry Harris' resignation, effective Sept. 1, at a Sept. 8 meeting of the city's board of public works and safety. The job would fall to the assistant chief, he said, "but I heard he'll follow suit with the chief."

  • Bear Hollow hosting first leg of fall tour

    PERRY COUNTY - This year's month-long Hoosier Heritage Fall Tour swings into action Friday through Sunday at Bear Hollow in St. Croix. Activities include demonstrations by world-class chain-saw carvers and an auction of their work Saturday and Sunday.

  • 'Hoosier hurricane' hits county hard

    22-year-old killed by falling limb; wind damage widespread

    PERRY COUNTY - Remnants of Hurricane Ike blasted Perry County with gale-force winds Sunday, sending trees crashing onto homes and cars and across city streets and county roads. A Tell City man was killed that evening when a limb fell on him at a home on Deer Creek Road.

    Travis Cronin, 22, was using a rope to pull the limb, which had become entangled in the branches of other trees, when it came crashing down, striking him on the head.

  • BREAKING NEWS UPDATE - Chief says girl lied about kidnapping

    CANNELTON - Cannelton Police Chief Kenny Kellems said Monday evening a kidnapping that reportedly occurred Friday afternoon never happened.

    A 14-year-old girl who claimed to have been abducted while walking in the area of Fourth and Washington streets at approximately 4:30 p.m. Friday lied to avoid getting in trouble, Kellems said as he and others entered a county-commissioners meeting Monday.

  • BREAKING NEWS - Power-restoration efforts continue

    1,200 Southern Indiana Power customers still in the dark Tuesday morning

    PERRY COUNTY - Southern Indiana Power continues to make progress restoring service to residents and businesses impacted by Sunday's windstorm. Of the approximately 4,000 members who lost power Sunday, 1,200 were still without electricity as of 8 a.m. Tuesday.

  • Gov. Palin has a bridge to sell you

    Reading Monday's (story on Republicans and GOP vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin), it was remarkable to see people gushing about the Alaska governor.

    Knowing little about Palin, I had listened intently to her convention speech. In it were several inaccurate attacks on the Democratic candidate, Sen. Barack Obama.

    It is not surprising that Palin was so uninformed about Obama's legislative record, since she is apparently pretty uninformed about the government in general.

  • Few other gifts reach so many

    As noted on the front page of this newspaper a couple of weeks ago - and by the signs across the community - United Way of Perry County's annual fund-raising drive is under way.

    United Way hopes to raise $125,000 to support nearly 20 groups that provide a wide range of services within our community and few of us aren't touched each year by the groups who rely on United Way for a portion of their funding.

  • Education has to be top priority for our community

    Public funds should never be expended without a plan and plenty of public scrutiny. Without one or the other, taxpayers feel left out and are less likely to give their support to the project at hand - and the next one coming down the pike.

  • Tell City falls twice

    ROCKPORT - Tell City won the top two singles matches but South Spencer won the rest to nip the Marksmen 3-2 in PAC boys tennis Wednesday.

    Andy Chinn beat Matthew Belcher 6-0, 6-4 in No. 1 singles and Jake Roland beat Michael Chamness 6-3, 6-2 in No. 2 for the Marksmen's victories.

    All but one set of the other three matches were close.

    South Spencer's Kyle Mason edged Chris Kohnert 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) in No. 3 singles.

    The first set of No. 1 doubles also went to a tie-breaker and it took the Rebels three sets to win in No. 2 doubles.

  • Improved passing, blocking help Marksmen defeat Commodores

    TELL CITY - Tell City volleyball coach Dalonda Hayes said better passing and defense helped the Marksmen beat Perry Central 25-17, 25-11, 29-27 Thursday.

    "I think our passing was a key tonight," said Hayes. "When we can get the ball to our setter without having to run her everywhere, Julie (Davis)'s going to get the ball to our hitters.

    "And our defense was better. Our (back-row) coverage was better and we had more blocks tonight - we hadn't been blocking very well (in recent matches)."

    Lauren Goffinet made six blocks and Elizabeth Kohnert added four for the Marksmen.