Today's News

  • We can't afford to forget the purpose of Memorial Day

    Memorial Day is approaching and we hope Perry Countians will commit a portion of the long weekend to recalling the heroism of the men and women who gave their lives in service to our land.

    Unfortunately, Memorial Day risks being crowded out by so many other activities: graduations, vacations, even auto racing. We know the first summer holiday is a busy time for everyone, but we encourage individuals and families to honor fallen and living veterans.

  • Pomp and significance

    Congratulations high-school graduates: The big day you've been waiting for so long has arrived.

    In just a few days, you'll take those anticipated steps onto a stage and claim that diploma. You'll also take a giant step toward adulthood.

    Amid the congratulations and cards, weekend barbecues and cookouts, take time over the next few days to thank the people who have made the big day possible.

  • Waters recede from Indiana 66

    PERRY COUNTY - The Indiana Department of Transportation announced Friday morning that portions of Indiana 66 between Rocky Point and Derby as well as from Derby to Sulphur have reopened.

    High water had closed the road for several days.

  • Spring brings cemetery, lawn concerns

    CANNELTON - People who've decorated St. Michaels Cemetery gravesites should remove anything on the ground in preparation for the summer mowing season, Cemetery Sexton Charlie Davis said last week.

    He plans to mow the cemetery toward the end of this week, he said at a regular board of public works and safety meeting. Any decorations on headstones can remain, he added.

  • Visits resume at Perry County jail

    CANNELTON - Child visits to the Perry County Jail were again permitted as of Sunday and other visitors will be allowed to see inmates beginning Tuesday, according to Jail Commander Kathie Lackey.

    Visits had been curtailed as a precaution against the spread of the H1N1 flu virus.

  • Works board hires two part-time dispatchers

    TELL CITY - At the request of Tell City Police Chief Greg Hendershot and lead dispatcher Sarah Wheatley, the Tell City Board of Public Works and Safety voted this month to hire two part-time dispatchers. Mark Lautner and Adam Evrard were OK'd for part-time slots. Lautner is a dispatcher for the Spencer County Sheriff's Department while Evrard is a reserve patrolman for the city. Renea Gill and Roger Smith have been the city's only part-time dispatchers and Hendershot said Wheatley has struggled to keep shifts covered when full-time workers are attending training, on vacation or ill.

  • State funding sparks prison-fence upgrade

    BRANCHVILLE – Two Indiana House members have secured funding for an electrified security fence at Branchville Correctional Facility.

    State Reps. Russ Stilwell and Dennie Oxley announced funding last week for the security upgrade, saying the Indiana State Budget Committee had released a $950,000 appropriation for the construction of new perimeter security systems at Branchville Correctional Facility and the Correctional Industrial Facility in Pendleton.

  • Town asks residents to step up

    TROY – "We're in dire need of council members," Betty Linne said at a regular Troy Town Council meeting Wednesday.

    Bob Tuggle had just informed the remaining members, Susie Fortwendel and Ed Sweeney, that "I'm officially not a resident of Troy any more." Explaining he had sold his home, he told them "you're going to have to come up with somebody."

    Linne said political affiliation doesn't matter.

    "Two seats are Democrat, but they've been gone long enough that we can appoint someone," she said.

  • No major leaks, yet
  • Cannelton woman enjoys 'brutal' skating

    CANNELTON – Her first name refers to a sweet children's tale about a little girl lost in the woods. Maybe that's just to lull her opponents into a false sense of safety. Her last name, derived from the expression, "clean your clock," is closer to her job description.

    "One of the girls on the team picked it," said Goldie Klox, a blocker with the nonprofit RollerGirls of Southern Indiana. "I have highlights in my hair and I'm a hard hitter."