Today's News

  • Commodores take first

    POSEYVILLE - In their third invitational of the season Saturday, the Marching Commodores took first place in the Class A North Posey Invitational.

    In addition to their first-place title, the judges also awarded the band with best-color-guard and best- percussion awards out of the six bands in their class.

    "We did really well," Band Director Rob Cason said, adding that this was the first week the band performed on a tarp. The judges said they liked what they saw, he said.

  • Radiology equipment en route to PCMH

    TELL CITY - Perry County Memorial Hospital's board of trustees approved purchases of laboratory, radiology and data-storage equipment at their meeting Monday, including a new ultrasound machine for the hospital's Leopold clinic.

    A new Vitros 350 chemistry analyzer will replace a 12-year-old machine and decrease turnaround times for the 40,000 tests performed each year, the board learned. The unit carries a $66,500 price tag with funds appropriated in the hospital's 2008 capital budget.

  • Jury acquits TC man on two of three charges

    TELL CITY - A jury acquitted a Tell City man on two misdemeanor battery charges last week, but returned a guilty verdict on one count of public intoxication.

    Bradley J. Robbins was charged last summer with two Class A misdemeanor counts of battery for allegedly hitting people after last year's Schweizer Fest. Police allege he was drunk at the time.

    Robbins testified at his Sept. 17-18 trial that he struck a man in self-defense but did not intend to hit a woman who police said was also battered.

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  • Offender labor offers boost to communities

    BRANCHVILLE - Labor provided by offenders at Branchville Correctional Facility supports communities across the county in ways sometimes not always visible to the public, members of the facility's advisory group learned during their last meeting.

    Offenders approved for outside work details provide manpower for construction projects, mowing and trash removal throughout the year.

  • Leads may solve Tell City burglary cases

    TELL CITY - Police officers in Tell City followed up on leads this week that may allow them to solve a recent series of residential burglaries.

    At the same time, officers reminded residents to keep doors locked, especially at night, and to report suspicious activity.

    "We have a person of interest who may be responsible for many of the break-ins, but perhaps not all of them," Lt. Alan Malone said Monday. He and Cpl. Marty Haughee are heading up the investigation.

  • Cardboard collection 'through the roof'

    County's chief recycler seeks collection ideas

    TELL CITY - The cost of discarding cardboard is "going through the roof," Paul Alvey said at a Sept. 18 meeting of the Perry County Recycling Management District Board of Directors, so businesses that have a lot to get rid of are looking for alternatives.

    The district collects the material from a number of businesses and turns that cost into profit by selling it to brokers, and "we can handle what we're getting and maybe some more," the district's executive director said, "but we need to figure out how to handle it."

  • Offshore drilling should be part of nation's energy plan

    Often when a political candidate switches positions on an issue, critics deride that switch as a wishy-washy flip-flop, made only for political expediency. And often those critics are correct.

    But as situations evolve, there are times when responsibly thinking people - including politicians - should change their opinions on an issue.

  • Beyond RNC's jingoistic orgy

    I wonder what President Dwight D. Eisenhower would have thought of the essentially substanceless orgy of chauvinistic nationalism and belligerent jingoism that was the recent Republican National Convention.

    Surely he would have been appalled. It was he, after all, beloved Republican war hero, who warned us against the monstrous "military-industrial complex" that was taking shape after World War II, reminding us of our founding fathers' worry that a standing army would eventually corrupt and hobble our republic.

  • Missing out on history

    A bumpy flight into Evansville Regional Airport was about all I experienced, at least firsthand, of the windstorm that scoured southern Indiana Sept. 14. I left two days earlier to visit friends in the Plains but would have left them high and dry to experience an event that (hopefully) will never be felt here again.