Today's News

  • Forest Service recycling live Christmas trees

    TELL CITY – The Hoosier National Forest invites Perry Countians and others to turn their old Christmas trees into fish habitat in area lakes and ponds.

    When submerged, recycled live Christmas trees offer habitats to enhance feeding and cover for a variety of fish species, including largemouth bass, bluegill and other sunfish species. Once submerged, the trees serve as foundation for the growth of algae. This attracts insects and other invertebrates, which provide food for small fish.

  • Long-term control of combined sewers topic of public meeting

    CANNELTON – The city of Cannelton will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12 on the city sewage department’s combined sewer overflow long-term control plan. The purpose of the meeting is to give the public an opportunity to comment on the revised long-term control plan, which includes infrastructure improvements to the wastewater-collection system and elimination or minimizing impacts of combined-sewer overflows on water quality.

  • Photographing artwork workshop set for Jan. 10

    JASPER – The Jasper Community Arts Commission in its role as Regional Arts Partner to the Indiana Arts Commission invites artists within Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Martin, Orange and Perry counties to participate in a special workshop Jan. 10. Photographing artwork for publication, Web sites and entries, provides the base for the four-hour workshop being offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jasper Arts Center’s Community Room.

    Leonard Dowhie, member of the art faculty at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, will be the presenter for this workshop.

  • Board adopts school-construction resolutions

    TELL CITY – Members of the Tell City-Troy Township School Board adopted unanimously three resolutions supporting $2 million in renovation work for Tell City High school at a public hearing Tuesday.

  • Infant death case won’t go to trial until summer

    TELL CITY – The trial of a Tell City woman charged with the 2005 death of 7-month-old Izaak Harney has been delayed until at least July.

    Special Judge William Weikert agreed this month to delay Heather D. Sandage’s trial, which had been scheduled to begin Dec. 15. The Tell City woman is charged with a Class A felony charge of battery resulting in death. She remains free on bail.

  • Council OKs $2 million in renovation funding

    TELL CITY — Perry County Council members unanimously approved in a special meeting Tuesday morning an effort by the Tell City-Troy Township School Corp. to borrow $2 million through an interest-free qualified zone academy bond for high-school renovation needs.

    That district’s superintendent and school board have been working to implement renovations recommended by two committees composed of school staffers and community members, and needed county-council approval under a law enacted this year.

  • TC man hospitalized after head-on crash

    CANNELTON – Two people were injured, one seriously, Thursday night in a head-on collision a county sheriff’s deputy said was caused by a drunk driver crossing the centerline of Old Indiana 237.

  • Schools appear safe from consolidation

    We’re happy to see Perry County’s schools are unlikely to be affected by an effort to consolidate Indiana’s schools, and suggest such attempts elsewhere be put off for at least a year.

    As we reported at the beginning of this year, the Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform produced a 46-page report urging a number of changes, including the consolidation of school systems to achieve student populations of at least 2,000.

  • Hopes for a happier 2009

    There are two events on my annual calendar that get me in a serious mood for housecleaning. The first is a neighborhood party I throw each June that brings a few dozen people to my backyard. I know them all well, but I hate the idea of visitors seeing a dirty house.

    The second round of cleaning comes with New Year’s Eve and for the past several years, I’ve spent the final hours of the old year scrubbing floors, dusting nooks and crannies and wiping down windows in a rite of winter grime-fighting that sometimes lasts from dawn to dusk.

  • You can help United Way’s mission

    What a tumultuous time we’ve gone through in the last few months: violent storms, unstable gas prices, dramatic stock-market changes, a national home-mortgage crisis and hundreds of job layoffs.

    It has been a scary time for many folks in our area and it may not get better for a while. But there is one thing I know from having lived in Perry County for the last 25 years: when times get hard, Perry Countians step up to help their neighbors in need.