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Today's News

  • COLUMN: Coming home to Perry County

    KAREN LYONS, Guest Columnist

    People here in Tell City seem surprised to learn that my husband and I left Newburgh to move back home to Tell City. I’d like to share how that came to be.

    After living most of our adult lives in the Newburgh area and raising two daughters there, my husband and I found ourselves empty-nesters. With a stressful job as the planning and transportation manager at Alcoa, it didn’t take long for my life to evolve into one of work and sleep.

  • COLUMN: Memories of Christmases past

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Nestled not in a snug bed but behind a desk as the wind swirled snow Sunday night, I found myself yearning for an old-fashioned Christmas. I’m not that old, so I can’t remember what it was like at Christmastimes long ago. I can remember my mom talking about years when she received a few clothes, candy, fruit and a small toy. I suppose back then Christmas was more about faith and certainly family. It’s still the same today, but sadly, less than it was in previous generations.

  • EDITORIAL: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Editor’s Note: In the months before the Christmas of 1897, an 8-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the New York Sun, asking if there really was a Santa Claus. Edward P. Mitchell gave the assignment to Francis P. Church, whose reply to Virginia appeared in the Sept. 21, 1897, edition of the Sun. Virginia’s letter and Church’s reply, as it appeared in the Sun, are reprinted below. Virginia O’Hanlon Douglas died May 13, 1971.

    Is there a Santa Claus?

  • Forest Service maps offered

    BEDFORD – Updated Hoosier National Forest visitor maps have arrived and are now on sale at the Tell City Ranger Station. The new half-inch-to-the-mile maps have updated ownership and forest recreation sites.
    They are also printed on plasticized water-resistant paper so they are more durable than plain paper.

    The maps were last updated in 1994 so land ownership and road changes were in some cases quite significant. The forest has grown by more than 10,000 acres since 1994. The maps sell for $10.

  • Jan. 15 benefit planned for Tell City resident

    TELL CITY – A benefit for Kathy Tsantis is planned for Jan. 15 at the Tell City Knights of Columbus. Food will be available at 6 p.m. with an open cash bar. Music will be provided by Bob and Tom from 9 p.m. to midnight.

    A live auction is planned with Hawhee’s Auction Service on hand to sell items. Proceeds will go toward Tsantis’ medical bills. She is a retired Tell City Police Department dispatcher.

    Tickets are $15 per couple or $10 for singles.
    For more information or to donate items for the Jan. 15 auction, call 547-8641 or 719-7164.

  • Offices closing for holidays

    PERRY COUNTY – Local governmental offices will close for the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holidays, but schedules differ somewhat on when the holidays, both of which fall on Saturdays, will be observed.

    County offices at the courthouse and annex building in Cannelton will be closed Christmas Eve day and Dec. 27 and again Dec. 31.

    City Hall in Tell City will be closed Friday and again Dec. 27 and Jan. 3. City Hall will be open New Year’s Eve.

  • County-council farewells

    Perry County Council President Pete Franzman, left, congratulates Ryan Daum after presenting him a plaque recognizing his “dedication and faithful public service” on the council since 2004.

  • Board discusses merger of libraries

    By TRISTA LUTGRING, Feature Writer

    TELL CITY – At their Dec. 1 meeting, Tell City-Perry County Public Library board members briefly went over the Nov. 10 minutes from the first meeting of the merger committee. As The News has previously reported, Cannelton Public Library had announced in October intentions to merge with the Tell City-Perry County Public Library in October. Tell City OK’d merger talks at its meeting in November and both libraries have a year to complete merger procedures.

  • Restaurant owner ready for next step in life’s journey

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    TELL CITY – After 13 years of providing good food for life’s journey, as her Main Street Tell City sign touts, Vivien Pereira is ready to travel herself. The proprietor of Vivien’s Place on Tell City’s Main Street, Vivien marked her final day Dec. 12 with an appreciation dinner that drew dozens of customers.

    The meal was bittersweet for many, who will miss the small woman with a big smile and arms built for hugging.

  • Cannelton leadership changes for 2011

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – A shuffling of members was announced at the outset of a regular Cannelton Common Council meeting Dec. 13.

    The city’s Democratic party leaders held a caucus, Mayor Smokey Graves said, and opted to assign Bruce Myers to the council’s at-large position. Adam Goffinet was shifted from it to the District 2 chair formerly held by Louis “Snooks” Scarboro, who resigned in October.