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Today's News

  • PC's young veterans play tough defense

    LEOPOLD—Perry Central’s girls softball team returns all but one starter from last year’s team and “is pretty much ahead of last year defensively,” said Coach Greg Gibson.

    The Commodores are still a young team, with only three seniors on their 26-girl roster. And they may start only one senior in Friday’s season opener, as returning pitcher Abby Preher is sidelined until at least mid-April following wrist surgery.

  • Tell City's bats in high gear in opening victory

    DUBOIS—Mike Maddle and Trent Gunn each drove in two runs as Tell City routed Northeast Dubois 13-3 in a baseball season opener Monday.

    Maddle hit a two-run homer over the left-field fence in the sixth inning as the Marksmen put the game away by the 10-run rule with a seven-run inning.

    Gunn hit a two-run single in the first inning.

    The game was tied 3-3 before Tell City took the lead for good with a two-run fourth inning.

    A single by Ben Stiles and walks to Eric Arnold, Jordan Rhodes and Andy Chinn forced in the go-ahead run.

  • Tell City girls tennis team expects to be competitive

    TELL CITY—Tell City’s girls tennis team returns three full-time starters and a part-time starter from last year’s 5-9 squad.

    Junior Bethany Peter is a third-year starter and moves up from No. 2 to No. 1 singles, replacing Kathi Kassen, who was an All-PAC foreign exchange student last year.

    “I think Bethany has taken some lessons” since last season, said Tell City Coach Nick Weyer. And “some of the others have been picking up rackets more” than they did the previous off-season. “It shows somewhat.”

  • Football class changes may signal ones in other sports in 2 years

    There will be only minor changes in this area’s football sectionals next year. But the enrollment figures released by the IHSAA with the changes indicate there could be major changes in the Class 2A basketball sectional two years from now.

    Two years ago the IHSAA decided to change football classifications every two years but change basketball classifications every four years.

    Crawford County and Southridge, each with an enrollment over 600 then, went from Class 2A to 3A in basketball two years ago.

  • Pappano leads Hanover

    HANOVER—Tell City graduate Will Pappano reached base 12 of 14 plate appearances for Hanover’s baseball team in a three-game weekend series against Anderson University.

    Pappano, the Panthers’ center fielder and leadoff hitter, went 6 for 8 plus six walks.

    He had two singles, a double and two walks and scored two runs in the one game the Panthers won in the series.

    He is their leading hitter for the season with a .420 average (42 for 100) and also leads the team in doubles with nine and in on-base average at .491.

  • Prison fugitives caught in Nebraska

    ALLIANCE, Neb. - Three Branchville Correctional Facility fugitives who spun a web of fear in communities in  three states were captured Thursday in the Sandhills region of the Nebraska panhandle.

    Jerry Sargent, 59, Christopher Marshall, 49, and 31-year-old Bobby Cockerell were arrested in Alliance, Neb., following a 64-mile pursuit Nebraska State Patrol officials said reached 105 mph.

    Alliance is a city of about 9,000 people in northwest Nebraska.

  • Residents can still sign up for prison alerts

    BRANCHVILLE - Anyone wanting to be notified of emergencies at Branchville Correctional Facility can still register for an automated system maintained by the Indiana Department of Correction.

    The service was launched early last year and keeps resident informed of prison escapes, environmental hazards or other emergencies. It was activated March 20 when officials discovered three offenders were missing.

    Automated calls also announced Thursday's capture of the three men.

  • Daniels talks up coal-to-gas plant

    ROCKPORT - A coal-gasification plant eyed for Spencer County would create more than 1,000 construction jobs, at least 200 high-paying permanent positions and help propel the state to the national forefront in clean-coal technology, Gov. Mitch Daniels said last week.

    Daniels signed legislation Tuesday allowing the Indiana Finance Authority to negotiate 30-year contracts to purchase and sell the substitute natural gas the plant would make from coal. The synthetic gas would be sold to Hoosier utilities.

  • Birthday gal takes spin in convertible for 100th

    Asked how she wanted to celebrate her 100th birthday, Catherine Waninger had two requests: she wanted a bowl of turtle soup and a spin in a convertible.

    The Oakwood Health Campus resident got both, enjoying turtle soup with family members and friends March 22. On Tuesday, her actual birthday, she took a ride in Oakwood employee Jerry Dixon's 1963 Corvair, cruising Main Street, taking a look at the Ohio River and driving past Wal-Mart. "I'm not sure who had more fun, her or us," said Oakwood staffer Jan Beard, who accompanied the two.

  • Energy savings to fund repairs

    CANNELTON - Improvements planned for the city's high school can help boost academic performance, a representative of a Massachusetts company explained to Cannelton School Board members.

    "Improving indoor air quality is directly related to better test scores," said Dave Corner, Fort Wayne representative of Noresco, which bills itself as "the nation's premier energy-service company."