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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Smitty's regular-season champ 13th year in row

    TELL CITY - Smitty's Memorial Team won the regular-season title in the Tell City Women's Softball League for the 13th year in row, breaking the previous record of 12 in a row set by Citizens National Bank 1984-95.

    Smitty's finished the regular season 8-0 but did not clinch the title until the final game of the season July 17, when it beat Coca-Cola 12-6. Coke entered that game with only one loss.

    Candy Jarboe, Tammy Litherland, Kim Brown and Amber Thomas each had three of Smitty's 23 hits that game.

    Melissa Hahus added a triple and a single.

  • Smitty's rallies in 8th to beat Coke for title

    TELL CITY - Smitty's Memorial Team rallied for five runs in the top of the eighth inning and beat Coca-Cola 14-9 to win the Tell City Women's Softball League playoff tourney Thursday.

    Coke scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score. Amie Owen singled, Jennifer Stowe doubled, and Amber Hanan singled to produce those runs.

    Smitty's came back with consecutive hits by Lauren Goffinet, Candy Jarboe and Krystal Lawalin to start the eighth inning.

    Tammy Litherland followed with a sacrifice fly to put Smitty's up 11-9.

  • Collins, Meek shoot 12 under to win scramble

    TELL CITY - Kim Collins and Jane Meek shot an apparent-tourney-record 12-under-par 64 to win the Hoosier Heights Country Club Ladies Golf Invitational scramble Tuesday.

    They scored eagles on the seventh, 14th and 17th holes and just missed a 3 1/2 foot putt for another eagle.

    They finished eight strokes ahead of runners-up June Cline and Martha Luckett of Owensboro, Ky.

    Greta Shelton and Pauline Payne of Owensboro won the net (with handicaps figured) title with 55.

    A total of 24 two-woman teams competed in the tourney.

    Flight A Leaders (Gross)

  • Skillman pledges issues-oriented campaign

    Lt. governor rallies support for local GOP candidates

    TROY - Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman pledged Thursday that the upcoming race for Indiana governor will be one based on ideas for the state's future. Speaking to local Republicans in Spencer County, Skillman said Hoosiers have made gains on several fronts since she and Gov. Mitch Daniels took office in 2005.

    "We look forward to a discussion about our state. This will be a campaign that is all positive - and about the future," she said.

  • Indiana 145 to close for resurfacing and pipe replacements

    PERRY COUNTY - Indiana 145 in Perry County between Indiana 37 and Indiana 62 will close today for about two weeks.

    The closure will allow for a resurfacing, pipe replacement and slide repair project that was awarded in January to Gohmann Asphalt and Construction of Clarksville.

    Local traffic will have access to the point of closure. However, through traffic will not be allowed. Residents along the corridor will have access to their driveways.