Today's News

  • Deputy warns: Don't be fooled by sweepstakes scam

    PERRY COUNTY - What appeared to be a windfall for one Perry County man turned out instead to be a fraud that could have cost him thousands of dollars.

    The rural Tell City homeowner received a letter dated Jan. 16 from Dominion Financial Award Inc., declaring him a $125,000 winner in a sweepstakes allegedly conducted through a computerized balloting system. The letter included a check for $4,850 drawn on a bank in Vermont, supposedly to be used for paying taxes on the winnings.

  • School-performance reports published in today's News

    TELL CITY - Annual performance reports for Perry County's three public school systems can be found in the legals section of today's Perry County News.

    Located on pages 11-13 of the print edition, the public notices are mandatory for Indiana school districts. Most of the information reflects the 2006-07 school year and includes data on student enrollment, attendance rates, the amount of money districts spend per student, teacher salaries, the number of student suspensions and expulsions and scores on standardized exams.

  • Five seek at-large seats on county council

    PERRY COUNTY - Five contenders have tossed their hats into the ring, seeking election or re-election to the county council.

    Incumbents Merle Doogs, Steve Goodson and Bob Ramsbottom hope to retain their seats. Ronald K. Crawford Sr. and Terry Lock filed candidacies Wednesday, each seeking an at-large position.

    Ron Crawford Sr.

  • James points to progress in recorder's office

    Democrat files for second term in May 6 primary

    PERRY COUNTY - Jane James filed last week for re-election to a second term as county recorder. She was elected in 2004 and previously served as a deputy in the recorder's office.

    The Democrat pointed to several accomplishments in her first three full years in office, including the microfilming of public records and the placement of microfilmed records in a climate-controlled vault at the state archive in Indianapolis.

  • Eckerty pair jailed after wild run from police

    TELL CITY - Two Eckerty men who allegedly fled from police Wednesday night after ramping their car onto the top of a hill near the Tell City Ranger Station remained in jail Friday afternoon.

    Jason W. Smith, 24, of 6868 Governor's Trace and Tommy Britt, 21, of 1017 S. Cemetery Lane, each face charges of resisting law enforcement. Britt, who police said was the driver of the car that fled from them, is also charged with criminal recklessness and reckless driving.

  • County executive could replace commissioners

    Bill before Indiana Senate would require change in 3 years

    TELL CITY - Perry County's commissioners noted Wednesday they don't always agree with one another - and that's not necessarily a bad thing - but they are united in opposing a recommendation that their three positions be replaced with one county executive.

  • Reports offer Hoosiers snapshot of how well their schools perform

    Each year, the Indiana Department of Education, schools and newspapers across the state work together to publish education report cards for our local communities.

    The annual performance reports are one part of a continuing effort to encourage Hoosiers to become more knowledgeable about their schools and for schools to become more accountable to the public they serve.

    The reports include the most recent data available on test scores, attendance and graduation rates, school safety, teacher salaries, expenditures and more.

  • Developing a vision for the future

    I suspect I'm not alone in occasionally pondering what Perry County may look like one or two decades from now.

    A recent meeting of the Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau, reported on the front page of Thursday's News, sparked my imagination yet again with discussion of how the county's location in the state and its good highways give it advantages in attracting tourists.

  • Tax rebates will help, but nation needs lasting economic recovery

    By midyear, close to 35 million American families should have a little extra cash to spend, thanks to a quickly negotiated plan of tax rebates our government's leaders hope will stimulate a teetering U.S. economy.

  • Avallone wins 50 free in boys PAC

    LYNNVILLE - Zach Avallone won the 50-yard freestyle to lead Tell City to fourth place in the PAC boys swim meet Saturday.

    Southridge won the seven-team meet with 289 points. Tell City scored 225.

    Avallone, a senior in just his second year on the swim team, swam the 50 free in 23.77 seconds.

    "He broke 24 seconds for the first time," noted Tell City Coach Mike Page.

    Avallone, Nick Bower, Greg Clayton and Isaac Schaefer placed second in the 200 free relay in 3:48.07.

    Tell City freshman Justin Peter took second in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.14.