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Today's News

  • Sophs could lead TC

    TELL CITY—Though Tell City’s boys track team graduated “a really good senior class” last spring, Coach Chris Hollinden thinks the Marksmen could still contend for the PAC title this year.

    He has 35 boys on the team this year, though with only six seniors “we’re pretty young,” he said. “The vast majority are sophomores but that’s a great group—they won the junior high PAC title as eighth graders.”

  • Distances strong for Tell City girls

    TELL CITY—Tell City’s girls track team returns a sectional champion jumper but has the most depth and experience in the distance races.

    “We have only two throwers, five distance girls, and six or seven sprinters,” said Coach Katie Chinn.

    With the depth in distance runners, the 3200-meter relay “could be our strongest event,” said Chinn.

    Cross country stars Andyn Rowe, Sarah Goffinet and Tiffany Davis will run it along with “either Brittany Waninger or Elizabeth Kohnert,” said Chinn.

  • Yankees' spending not likely to lead to title

    After the New York Yankees spent $423.5 million for free agent pitchers C.C. Sabathia and A.J Burnett and first baseman Mark Teixera this winter, I told a friend that everyone in the sports media would again pick them to win the World Series.

    “Not everyone,” he said, expecting that I would pick the Boston Red Sox instead.

  • Branchville escapees captured in Nebraska

    UPDATE, Thursday, 8:17 p.m. BRANCHVILLE – Three men who escaped Friday from Branchville Correctional Facility were recaptured Thursday in Nebraska. The News first heard of the details around 8 p.m. from County Prosecutor Robert Collins. Details were still sketchy but the capture of 49-year-old Christopher Marshall, 59-year-old Jerry Sargent and 31-year-old Bobby Cockerell apparently followed a pursuit that lasted more than 10 miles. It was not immediately clear where the men were captured.

  • Teen on Mars 'Journey'

    TELL CITY - Fourteen-year-old Levi Hilgenhold has looked to the stars for inspiration for years. He's now one of nine young people with a chance to make space history.

    NASA announced this week that Hilgenhold and eight other students are finalists in the agency's Mars Science Laboratory Mission. NASA asked students from kindergarten through 12th grade to submit essays proposing names for a Mars rover expected to launch in 2011 and land on the red planet the following year. More than 9,000 students submitted essays.

  • Students send 'flat rep' to Iditarod

    CANNELTON - Elementary-school students in Cannelton sent a flat representative to the Iditarod dog-sled race, and "he" made appearances at the annual race's start and rubbed shoulders with the jacket of a prolific author of books for youngsters.

  • Commissioner charged with OWI in weekend accident

    NEW BOSTON - A Perry County commissioner was charged with drunk driving early Sunday after a one-vehicle accident on Indiana 545 north of New Boston.

    Louis J. "Jody" Fortwendel, 57, of 16870 Avery Ridge Road, Tell City, was lodged in the Spencer County Jail on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and with an open container of alcohol.

    Fortwendel, the county's District 3 commissioner, was released later the same day and offered a public apology Tuesday, saying he accepted full responsibility for his actions.

  • Recovery center construction begins in Cannelton

    CANNELTON - A large meeting room for groups working through 12-step programs to free their members from drug and alcohol addictions, offices for counselors and drug-testing and other amenities will go into a building for which ground was broken in Cannelton Friday.

    On a site donated by John Paulin, once dominated by the grand Sunlight Hotel, the Cannelton Life Recovery Center will rise in coming months.

  • TC drum line finishes 11th at state

    TELL CITY - The Tell City High School drum line and its instructors "were hoping for higher placement," at state finals Saturday, according to one of their instructors, Brett Mulzer, but "taking into consideration the short time we had, we were pretty happy."

    Tell City finished its drum-line season Saturday with an 11th-place finish in the 17-school competition at Ben Davis High School, Indianapolis.

  • Tavern brawl jails four Saturday

    TELL CITY - An early-morning fight outside a Tell City bar Saturday sent one woman to the hospital and four people to jail.

    Police received a report of a fight outside the Alpine just after 3 a.m. Officers arrived and found several people standing outside. A woman was lying on the ground after apparently hitting her head after being struck and falling.

    The injured woman, Lauren Fields, 22, of Tell City was taken to Perry County Memorial Hospital for treatment of a head wound. She was later released, Patrolman Derrick Lawalin said.