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Today's News

  • Coroner: Koch, 48, drowned in pool

    SANTA CLAUS - Spencer County Coroner Barry Schulte confirmed Wednesday that Holiday World & Splashin' Safari President Will Koch drowned Sunday night in the pool at his home near Santa Claus.

    Schulte said he pronounced Koch, 48, dead shortly after midnight. Family members found him floating in the pool after returning from an outing in Louisville, Ky. Two 911 calls made from the home reported that Koch was not breathing.

  • Chance find reunites TC man with missing 1990 class ring

    TELL CITY - A high-school class ring Tim Brumfield thought had been sent to a watery grave 20 years ago is back on the Tell City man's finger.

    The silver ring with a purplish stone was found June 5 by Jimmy Jackson, youth minister for Deer Creek Baptist Church, as he and other volunteers removed litter from Sunset Park. The ring was found amid pieces of riprap that lead from the parking lot toward the boat ramp and river.

  • Barge troubles boost port truck traffic

    TELL CITY - Barge traffic was a little behind but truck traffic was up, Pete Jespersen reported to the Perry County Port Authority board of directors June 8.

    The general manager for the Hoosier Southern Railroad said the trucking of pig iron to other ThyssenKrupp Waupaca plants drove an increase. The foundry company has plants in Marinette and Waupaca, Wisc., and were having problems getting barges into the area. They were bottoming out in Lake Michigan due to low tide, despite the fact that "the Army Corps of Engineers is dredging as fast as they can," he explained.

  • Learning academy helps 28 seniors graduate

    TELL CITY - Enrollment is the "barometer" by which the Perry County Learning Academy is measured, said Executive Director Mike Bishop, and the turnout this spring has been as heavy as he's seen.

    He was providing a program update during a regular meeting of the alternative school's two-member board of directors June 8.

  • Ground broken for new Tri-County YMCA

    FERDINAND - On a small hill next to the Ferdinand Community Center, in the shadows of the Sisters of St. Benedict Monastery, lies a plot of land that will be the new home and central hub of the Tri-County YMCA. With a crowd of about 100 community and youth members and many sisters from the monastery, YMCA officials and donors to the organization broke ground on the site Tuesday.

  • Power of Youth program accepting applications for council members

    PERRY COUNTY - The Perry County Power of Youth, a program sponsored by the Perry County Community Foundation and United Way of Perry County, in partnership with Purdue Extension Perry County is accepting applications for its 2010-11 council.

    The program's mission is to develop philanthropic values in youth through education, leadership and participation in local philanthropic activities. The Perry County Power of Youth Council consists of sophomores, juniors and seniors from all three area high schools and provides them a chance to work together to improve their community.

  • Cool dip
  • Lincoln's Neighborhood Run Saturday

    LINCOLN CITY - A benefit run-walk to help raise funds for three area organizations will take place Saturday in the woods Abraham Lincoln walked as a boy.

    The Department of Natural Resources, Friends of Lincoln State Park and Lincoln Amphitheatre will co-host the 5K run-walk at 9 a.m. in Lincoln State Park.

    Dubbed Mr. Lincoln's Neighborhood Run, the event's route will start and end at Lincoln Amphitheatre's parking lot.

    The event's route will consist of the park's paved roadways. Participants may register online at www. Lincoln Amphitheatre.com.

  • Kast awarded two fellowships at University of Notre Dame

    SOUTH BEND - Kristopher Kast, a senior at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded the College of Science Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for 2009 and 2010 to continue his work in Dr. Molly Scheel's laboratory at the Indiana University School of Medicine - South Bend.

    They are associated with the Eck Institute for Global Health and study the neural development of the mosquito vector of dengue virus, Aedes aegypti.

    His work has been in identifying the roles of axon guidance molecules in the developing central and olfactory systems of this species.

  • VNA urges seniors to beat the heat

    TELL CITY - When the temperature rises above 90 degrees and the humidity is high, any age group can suffer from heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

    However, people 65 years of age and older are more prone to heat stress than younger people for several reasons.

    The elderly are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat, take a prescription medicine that impairs the body's ability to regulate its temperature or that inhibits perspiration, and have difficulty adjusting to sudden changes in temperature.