Today's News

  • TC to offer pumper to neighboring fire department

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    TELL CITY – A Tell City-owned 1978 firetruck may find a good home with a neighboring department after the city’s board of public works and safety agreed Monday to offer it for sale.

    The Ford-Pierce pumper has a 1,000-gallon-per-minute pump and 750-gallon tank and serves a backup role. The department’s primary fleet consists of of two ladder trucks and a 1990s pumper.

  • Santa en route to Leopold parade

    Leopold’s annual parade, postponed by rain, will be held Sunday. The event will begin at 1 p.m. with lineup at 12:30 p.m. in the three staging areas.

    Floats will line up at Perry Central School with tractors and horse units assembling at the Leopold Conservation Club. Military entries and bands will gather at the former James Store.

    After the parade, Santa will be in the park to greet youngsters and take gift requests. Stepping Stones Preschool will offer chili, hot chocolate and baked goods.

  • Retired educator seeking District 74 House seat has Perry County ties

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    SANTA CLAUS – A retired educator concerned about challenges facing education and the state’s working class is seeking to represent Perry County in the Indiana House of Representatives.

    Mike Schriefer of Santa Claus is running as a Democratic candidate for the District 74 seat now held by Republican Sue Ellspermann. The Ferdinand Republican is in her first term and is expected to seek re-election in 2012.

  • Parade March

    Tell City High School sophomore Sarah Mann smiles during her and fellow band members’ performance Saturday during the Tell City Christmas Parade. (Click photo to enlarge and right arrow to see more.)

  • Hundreds of local kids still need gifts

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    TELL CITY – Christmas will soon be here but will all the stockings be filled? That’s a question United Way of Perry County’s Holiday Helpers United partners are working hard to provide a “yes” answer to. But volunteers need your help, said Rebecca Fenn, director of United Way of Perry County and one of the organizers of the Holiday Helpers program that reaches out to hundreds of children each year.

  • Cannelton principal, teacher opt to retire

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – The Cannelton School Board accepted the retirements of Elementary Principal Ginger Conrad and teacher Penny Hardman in a special meeting Monday. They also named counseling director Dan Freed interim principal for the city’s high school.

    Both retirements will be effective at the end of the current school year.

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  • COLUMN: Zoeller: Courts must hold Congress’ authority in check

    By GREG ZOELLER, Indiana Attorney General

    On Nov. 14, the United States Supreme Court announced that it will hear five-and-a-half hours of oral argument on a lawsuit brought by 26 states, including Indiana, challenging the constitutionality of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    Many people have asked why I oppose the new federal health-care law and I have gone out of my way to speak to those who support the new federal program and explain my decision to join the multistate lawsuit.  

  • COLUMN: St. Nicholas visits tonight

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I haven’t yet decided which old shoe I am going to put out for Nicholas’ visit tonight. With any luck, I will find a few pieces of chocolate inside the next morning.

    I think I will put the shoe outside The News office. St. Nicholas hasn’t been able to find me the last couple of years in New Boston, so I’m going to make it easier on him.

  • EDITORIAL: Teen right to defend opinion, even if politician, school disagree

    A Kansas high-school senior recently caused quite a commotion when a tweet she made as a joke with her friends caught national attention.

    Emma Sullivan, an 18-year-old student of Shawnee Mission East High School in Fairway, Kan., traveled with a Youth in Government program to see Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback speak. After hearing his speech, Sullivan decided she didn’t support his thoughts and took to social-media site, Twitter, to voice her disapproval.