Today's News

  • COLUMN: Why trust is so important

    Center for Congress

    Back in June, Gallup released a survey that got a fair bit of attention for its headline finding: only 10 percent of Americans trust Congress as an institution.

    Think about it. If you walk into a cafe this morning and there are nine other people in there reading the paper or staring into their laptops, only one of you in the room has faith that the body charged with making our nation’s laws can do its job right.

  • COLUMN: ‘Train wreck’ of Obamacare cuts wages, work hours

    Indiana 8th District Representative

    As the Obamacare “train wreck” unfolds, we continue to learn of the unintended, unnecessary and burdensome consequences of a law passed without a single bipartisan vote in Congress.

    Despite the president’s promise of lower health-care costs, premiums are rising for families and estimates show that because of Obamacare, more than 7 million Americans will lose their employer-provided insurance.

  • COLUMN: Seeds of optimism


    As a few people may know, I’ve been teaching horticulture classes at Branchville Correctional Facility the past few months. Oakland City University has offered the courses to offenders and I was happy to step up when asked.

    I’ve taught classes for OCU for 15 years and have always found the experience enriching. Teaching the basics of soil science and plant propagation reminded me of the amazing intricacies of nature and the interconnectedness we have with the natural world.

  • EDITORIAL: Pence, others should spare state divisive marriage fight

    Regardless of which side of the debate Perry Countians come down on, one thing to us is clear. Indiana does not need a divisive constitutional fight over same-sex marriage.

    The issue of gender and marriage has been in the spotlight since U.S. Supreme Court justices in June overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act – and let stand a lower court ruling in California striking down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

  • Auditions set for Holiday World’s 2013 Halloween show

    SANTA CLAUS – Auditions for the cast of Holiday World’s “Graveyard Smash” show are scheduled for later this month.

    “Graveyard Smash” will be a featured show during Holiday World’s “Happy Halloween Weekends” event this fall. Performed in the park’s Hoosier Celebration Theater, this Halloween-themed show will include high-energy singing and dancing by ghouls, vampires and witches.

  • St. Croix man, 69, among 15 charged in Crawford County drug bust

    CRAWFORD COUNTY – Members of the Indiana State Police, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Milltown Town Marshal’s Office and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division arrested 15 people Friday on Class A and B felony arrest warrants for drug violations.

    Carl Hines, 69, of 12228 Indiana 62, St. Croix, was among the arrested. He faces charges of dealing in a Schedule IV controlled substance, a Class C felony.

  • Family-friendly events set last Saturday each month

    Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – The next of a series of Cannelcade of Music family-friendly summer events in Cannelton is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. July 27 in the city’s Gazebo Park.

    The city’s board of public works and safety voted at a regular meeting June 27 to close the street for that event and others scheduled the last Saturday of each month through September.

    “We had a nice turnout,” Mayor Mary Snyder said of the last one June 28.

  • Officials lock former animal-shelter site

    Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – An area formerly used as an animal shelter but now a limb-disposal site for Cannelton residents is closed most days of the week after becoming a dumping ground for all kinds of trash. The city’s board of public works and safety voted at a regular meeting July 8 to lock the site along Boundary Lane and open it only from 6 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Thursdays.

  • Committee members needed

    PERRY COUNTY – Perry County Administrator Teresa Kanneberg said at a recent commissioners meeting the county is in need of volunteers for the Americans with Disabilities Act Transition Plan Committee.

    As the News reported July 8, a local, licensed health-care professional, an individual with disabilities and two residents who are involved with organizations that are directly involved with people with disabilities are needed.

  • United Way announces $83,000 in grants

    TELL CITY – United Way of Perry County has announced grants totaling more than $83,000 that will help 15 health and human-service organizations accomplish their missions.

    Donations to the United Way during the 2012 annual fundraising campaign make possible the distributions, which will be made next year.