Today's News

  • COLUMN: More than a mustard seed

    Guest Columnist

    It was in central Nebraska in the year 1900. There hadn’t been a decent rain since May and it was nearly August. The crops were withering and it was looking like a bust year for the farmers in the county. As folks walked about in their daily routines they looked at the skies in hope of a cloud or two, but there was none to be seen.

  • COLUMN: Ironman triathlon quite a thrill

    Guest Columnist

    On Sunday, my family had the privilege of witnessing our friend Chris Hollinden complete the Ironman Triathlon in Louisville, Ky. We had never been to an Ironman competition, and thought it would be fun to watch, and we wanted to support Chris in his effort. Well, let me tell you, fun does not begin to describe the day. And as hard as I try to put our experience in words, I can assure you, I will not be able to do it justice.

  • COLUMN: Behind-the-scenes labor


    Some of us have jobs that are visible to the public. Mine, for example, as well as police officers, politicians, doctors, etc.

    With another Labor Day upon us, perhaps it’s a good time to reflect on the jobs of people whose work isn’t always so easily seen or appreciated. Here’s a short litany of thank yous.

  • EDITORIAL: Who was watching the Cannelton Schools cash drawer?

    When properly communicated and carried out, the words, “We’re watching you” can be powerful.

    They apparently haven’t been uttered by the board of trustees for the Cannelton City Schools.

    Who was minding the cash drawer for the school corporation as hundreds of thousands of dollars were being diverted? And why were most of the diversions not detected or acted upon until a state audit was conducted?

  • Commissioners to hear hospital proposal Wednesday

    TELL CITY – Representatives of Perry County Memorial Hospital will make a presentation to county commissioners Wednesday regarding a proposed new hospital. The hospital will likely seek approval of a resolution offering a tax backup to financing for the project.

    The resolution is required for the hospital to obtain a low-interest, 40-year loan that has already been tentatively approved by state and federal officials. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

  • Financial Peace classes begin Sept. 25

    TROY – Area residents are invited to participate in Financial Peace University classes to learn how to plan and budget their finances.

    The program is directed by Pastor Bill Reid, who is a trained FPU coordinator. Classes will begin Sept. 25 at the Troy United Methodist Church at the corners of Spring and Walnut streets in Troy.

  • Lake Rudolph hosting Halloween-themed weekends

    SANTA CLAUS – Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in Santa Claus will host seven Halloween-themed weekends every Friday and Saturday beginning Sept. 14 and ending on Oct. 27. The 12th annual Lake Rudolph Halloween Weekends will feature games for all ages including the Rudy’s Kid’s Carnival, Hadi Shrine Clowns, pumpkin decorating, Hallowteen games and mummy’s bingo party.

  • Church gearing up for 175-year celebration

    LEOPOLD – Plans are taking shape for the 175th anniversary celebration of St. Augustine Catholic Church Sept. 15-16.

    A weekend of activities will mark the church’s milestone as well as the 50th anniversary of the Central Perry Fire Department.

    A special Mass will be celebrated Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. with a meal following in the parish hall and shelter. Organizers are asking for a donation of $8 per person.

  • Tell City board reviews proposed 2013 budget

    Feature Writer

    TELL CITY – Members of the Tell City-Troy Township school board met Tuesday in the Tell City Junior-Senior High School to discuss publishing the budget for 2013. This is just the proposed budget, according to School Superintendent Lynn Blinzinger, and is waiting on approval from the state before members of the school board can vote to accept it.

    “We do put the figures high, knowing full well the Department of Local Government Finance is going to cut it down,” Blinzinger explained.

  • County council schedules budget meetings

    TELL CITY – County-council members have set several meetings toward crafting next year’s budget. They meet in the county courthouse.

    They will review civil taxing units’ proposed budgets beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 17. They’re tasked with making nonbinding recommendations about each budget.

    Individual county departments’ budgets will be the subject of a public hearing set for 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27. It will also include a first reading of 2013 budget requests and the council’s regular meeting for September.