Today's News

  • Mitchell named Perry Central Elementary Principal

    LEOPOLD – Perry Central Elementary School students will have a new principal when classes resume after summer vacation but it will be a familiar face in the office. Jennifer Mitchell, assistant principal since June 2016, was named principal by Perry Central’s board of trustees on March 12.

    “I’m thankful for the trust placed in me. I try to do my very best every day,” said Mitchell, who will earn an annual salary of $75,000.

  • Dogwood Tour plans set




    PERRY COUNTY – The 56th annual Dogwood Tour will roll through  some of Perry County’s most scenic areas April  21-22 with activities in several locations. Included in the plans are an inaugural moral mushroom festival at Tipsaw Lake and a classic car and truck show in Rome.

  • Hospital back in the black in 2018




    TELL CITY – After a trying 2017, Perry County Memorial Hospital’s finances have rebounded in the first two months of 2018.

    As of the end of February, the hospital had earned $455,686 on total patient revenue of $15,936,608. Total revenue was nearly $900,000 or 5.9 percent above what was budgeted.

    The hospital basically broke even last year but revenue was well below what was budgeted. Since then, the hospital has worked to cut expenses while trying to build its range of services.

  • Contractor jailed on fraud charges


    Staff Writer


    TELL CITY – A local building contractor faces criminal charges after multiple homeowner complaints to police about allegedly unfinished and potentially haphazard work.

    Aaron Strahl, 41, was arrested March 22, on two charges of Level 6 felony home improvement fraud, having allegedly accepted tens of thousands of dollars from clients for home upgrades that went unfinished.

  • Perry Central hopes to improve record

    Sports Editor

    LEOPOLD—With three of the top five players returning and some talented freshmen joining them, Perry Central’s boys golf team hopes to improve on last year’s record.
    The Commodores went 10-16 in the regular season last year, then finished fifth among six teams in the PLAC tourney and seventh among 10 complete teams in the Jasper sectional.

  • Young Tell City hopes to compete for PAC

    Sports Editor

    TELL CITY—Tell City’s boys golf team is still young but has more experience than the last two years and is setting some high goals.
    There are no seniors on the six-man roster, but juniors Spencer Fest and Marcus Fortwendel each have two years of varsity experience.
    Sophomores Collin Noble and Griffin Alvey also lettered last year. So the Marksmen return four of their top six, including their top two golfers from the team that had Tell City’s best PAC finish in 12 years.

  • Orleans blanks Perry Central

    ORLEANS—Perry Central outhit Orleans 3-2 but lost 3-0 in a season-opening PLAC softball game Friday.
    “We had runners on second and third with one out a couple of times and couldn’t move them,” said Perry Central Coach Mark Rothgerber. “That hurt us.”
    Perry Central batters struck out seven times.
    Karissa Gayer went 2 for 4 to lead the Commodores.
    Kirstyn Linne pitched a two-hitter for Perry Central. But she walked six and hit one batter, and her teammates committed five errors.

  • Perry Central girls squad young, small

    Sports Editor

    LEOPOLD—Perry Central’s girls track team is even younger and smaller than last year, but Coach Michelle Duncan thinks the Commodores can still compete for the PLAC title.
    Elizabeth Dauby is the only senior and one of just four letter winners on the team.
    Two juniors, three sophomores and 10 freshmen complete the 16-girl roster.
    Duncan thinks the throwing events should be among the team’s strongest “with Claire Davis returning and two really good freshmen joining her.”

  • Perry Central boys team ‘athletic group’

    Sports Editor

    LEOPOLD—Half of the 24 boys on Perry Central’s track team are sophomores, so Coach Jason Barnett doesn’t really know what to expect from his team.
    “I’ve got an athletic group of young men for sure,” he said. “We’ll see how it goes.”
    He thinks the hurdles races and relays should be some of the Commodores’ strongest events.
    Junior Clay James returns in both hurdles races after placing second in both in the PLAC meet last year.

  • Beard, Ettensohn repeat MVPs in Tell City’s winter sports

    Sports Editor

    TELL CITY—Braeden Beard and Drew Ettensohn were repeat Most Valuable Players and Emma Armstrong was a double MVP at Tell City’s winter sports awards program Wednesday.
    Beard was named the boys basketball MVP for the second year in a row and Ettensohn won the boys swimming regular-season MVP again.
    This year the swim teams gave separate Most Valuable Swimmer awards for the regular season and postseason. Elliot Reed was named the boys postseason MVP.