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Today's News

  • Bands to Rock City Hall Park; new gazebo ready for '08 fest

    TELL CITY - The celebration of Tell City's sesquicentennial will add an extra night of band music to the normal Schweizer Fest lineup this year.

    Shortly after the 6 p.m. opening ceremonies Saturday, the ever-popular Evansville-based 1950s and 60s rock 'n' roll show band The Duke Boys will perform under a new gazebo in City Hall Park.

  • 1776 curtain rises today

    TELL CITY - After a year's absence, Schweizer Fest Inc. is again offering theatrical entertainment to Tell City. In honor of the historical significance of the city's sesquicentennial, this year's production is 1776, the story of our founding fathers' efforts in the Continental Congress, set to a musical theme.

    This year's presentations will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. A Sunday matinee begins at 2 p.m. All performances will take place at the Tell City High School Auditorium

  • Commodores start band camp

    Season offers original music, new assistant director

    LEOPOLD - Perry Central marching-band students went to work Monday on an all-original show written in part by a new assistant band director, according to Director Rob Cason.

    He said Monday afternoon, the first day of this year's band camp, he was pleased with students' efforts.

    "I was really happy with the day," he said. "We're in a better spot than we were in at this time last year."

  • Tell City band show 'exciting, scary, fun,' Reasoner says

    MULZER CAMP - This year's show "will go outside the Tell City box, it'll be exciting, scary and fun," Barry Reasoner said at a gathering of the Marching Marksmen at Mulzer Camp Friday.

    The large picnic shelter overlooking the Ohio River west of Troy is the traditional site for celebrations of marching-band seasons just completed and, as was the case Friday, kickoff assemblies for brand-new seasons.

  • Hot weather doesn't deter River Sweepers

    TELL CITY - This year's River Sweep was well-attended despite hot weather, according to Paul Alvey.

    Reporting at a district board meeting July 24, the executive director for the Perry County Recycling Management District, lead local agency for the annual event, estimated nearly 80 people turned out July 19.

    "We had incredible support from the community," Alvey said, despite its being "the hottest day of the year." It was "really nice" at 7 a.m., he recalled, "but by about 8, the breeze died down."

  • Tell City's 150th

    Let the celebration begin!

    Saturday: big picnic, parade, Duke Boys

    TELL CITY - A New World city founded 150 years ago by Swiss and German newcomers to the United States will celebrate its history with a week of merrymaking that begins in just two days.

    Opening-day events of the Tell City 2008 Sesquicentennial begin Saturday morning with a barbecue cook-off and community picnic.

    A monumental parade, the largest since the city's centennial in 1958, will begin rolling at 2:30 p.m.

  • Memories of simpler times

    Come with me now, back in time, back before the Internet. I'm talking about way back, back before Nintendo or Sega, herpes or AIDS, school shootings or political correctness.

    When you could buy stuff from the store without safety caps and hermetic seals, because no one had to worry about being poisoned by a perfect stranger.

    I'm talking about back to homemade ice cream on a Sunday afternoon, hide-and-seek, Simon says, red-light-green-light, climbing trees and making forts.

  • Tell City's festival stage is set

    Tell City's sesquicentennial is nearly upon us and the eight-day celebration of the city's founding, I'm sure, will be a grand success.

    As I pen this Friday morning, signs with historical photos of city landmarks are being placed across the downtown in preparation for historical society walking tours, grass along Main Street sidewalks is being mowed and the new banners of William Tell are glistening wet after a brief shower. Things are truly taking shape.

    If you haven't finalized your sesquicentennial plans, here are a few suggestions.

  • Federal shield law will protect public's right to know

    Hoosier citizens should be proud that three of our own congressmen are sponsors of a bill that would preserve the right to learn about malfeasance in government and elsewhere.

    The Free Flow of Information Act, a federal shield law for reporters, was written by Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., authored a companion bill in the senate and Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., joined as a co-sponsor.

  • Soldiers' family-readiness group seeks support; meeting Thursday

    TELL CITY - The Perry County Family Readiness Group would like to have everyone's support for the soldiers currently serving in Iraq and their families, according to Chairwoman Amy Lumpkins.

    The group supports soldiers, for example, by sending "care packages" containing phone cards and items they might find difficult to obtain at their overseas station. Support for family members stateside can include help with issues such as home or car repairs.