Today's News

  • Losing local businesses hurts sports leagues

    When a Perry County business ceases operations, it affects our local economy in many ways.

    Obviously the loss of jobs and taxes provided by the business hurts. But local sports leagues are also adversely affected by losing a sponsor and source of donations.

    Take for example William Tell Woodcrafters/Swiss Plywood, which told its employees earlier this month it would probably close by Dec. 31.

  • UPDATE: County Council approves $2 million school-construction bond

    TELL CITY — Perry County Council members unanimously approved in a special meeting Tuesday morning an effort by the Tell City-Troy Township School Corp. to borrow $2 million through an interest-free qualified zone academy bond for high-school renovation needs.

    Council President Pete Franzman said the impact on other taxing units will likely be less than previously thought and the savings in interest will be significant to taxpayers.

  • County council defers school request again

    TELL CITY - County-council members and representatives of the Tell City-Troy Township School Corp. opted Wednesday to meet again at 8 a.m. Tuesday to help the council decide whether to support the school district's request to borrow $2 million in interest-free money.

    That loan is projected to reduce by $140,000 the property-tax revenues all taxing units in the county will have collectively available. The county's reduced spending power is expected to drop by $32,000, according to a fiscal consultant.  

  • Schools chief continues optimistic outlook

    CANNELTON – Cannelton Schools Superintendent Al Chapman has expressed optimism in recent months about getting the school corporation onto solid financial footing. He continued in the same vein in comments he offered at a regular school-board meeting Dec. 18, and noted things are looking up in other facets of the operation he oversees.

    He still hadn't received the corporation's property-tax revenues for December, he said, but expected most of it to arrive this week.

  • Perry Central High School among state's 'best buys'

    LEOPOLD — When it comes to using taxpayer dollars to educate students, Perry Central High School is a best buy.

    That's the conclusion of an Indiana Chamber of Commerce analysis of high schools published this month in the 10th edition of "Indiana's Best Buys."

  • District well positioned for challenging new year

    TELL CITY – The Perry County Recycling Management District had unusual expenses in 2008, but was still able to finish the year with some money in the bank, according to district accountant Jerry Hoagland.

    Reporting at a regular meeting of the district's board of directors Dec. 18, Hoagland said he expected to enter the new year with approximately $7,000 in the bank and two certificates of deposit totaling $150,000.

  • Museum honors Jim Yellig, the man who became Santa to the world

    SANTA CLAUS – It took just one time in the red suit for Jim Yellig to know he was Santa Claus.

    Now everyone, those who sat upon his lap and those who have only heard about him, can learn about this long-time Santa thanks to a new exhibit at the Santa Claus Museum.

    The exhibit opened Dec. 10 and tells the story of Yellig and his journey as Santa. Yellig first put on the suit when he was chosen to portray Santa Claus for a Christmas party, since he was from the Santa Claus area. It was 1914 and he was docked in Brooklyn during World War I on the USS New York.

  • Away in a Manger
  • Memories of Christmas morning

    Christmas is upon us again and it's a time to rejoice on what this day really stands for. Sometimes the real meaning of Christmas gets lost in all the holiday shopping and the memories of past years.

    Some memories are wonderful and others are heartbreaking. Yet, we still celebrate this most exciting holiday with all the joy possible.

  • Governmental offices closing for year-end holidays

    PERRY COUNTY – The Christmas and New Year's holidays will close many governmental this week and next. Trash pickup in Tell City and Cannelton will also be affected.

    City Hall offices in Tell City will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Jan. 1. Employees will collect trash Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of both weeks on the usual schedule, with no pickup

    Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

    Those Thursday routes will be collected the following Fridays.  

    Recyclables will be picked up in Tell City the week of Dec. 29.