Today's News

  • Dogs add their own perspective to Christmas

    Phil Junker Outdoor Tales
    Dogs have always been an important part of our Christmas and holiday season. To the Junkers, they are family.

    The dogs at the Junker house have also played an important role as have the dogs at the homes of other family members. That includes: Duke, Ripley and Kyann.

    Our dogs have traveled with us to Christmas events, puppies have pulled ornaments from trees, they have had their own stocking, received gifts and disliked New Year’s fireworks.

  • Holiday will bring closures

    PERRY COUNTY – The Christmas holiday will close most governmental offices Wednesday and Thursday.

    County offices will be closed both days, including the Perry County Courthouse and the Courthouse Annex in Cannelton. City Hall in Tell City will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. City Hall offices will be open Dec. 31 but will be closed Jan. 1.

  • Council thanks outgoing officials

    Outgoing County Councilman Stan Goffinet examines a plaque presented to him Thursday by Councilman Steve Goodson, who commended his “hard work and dedication in county government.” “I appreciate it and I’ve enjoyed working with everybody and I’ve learned a lot,” Goffinet replied. Councilman Chet Mathena was to have received a plaque, as well, but was absent from the meeting. Both of the outgoing councilmen were defeated in May’s primary election and will be replaced by Danny Bolin and John Taylor, respectively, in January.

  • Christmas Preparations


    Once upon a time I used to devise all sorts of ways to count down the days until Christmas. I was that eager to wrap up a semester of school and welcome Santa and his presents under the tree.

    The real longing began in church, usually the weekend after Thanksgiving, with the lighting of the first Advent candle at church.

    An evergreen wreath with four candles was placed in the front of the congregation and each week, another candle was lit, leading up to the weekend before Christmas.

  • Strengthen Indiana through education

    By Lloyd Arnold
    District 74 State Representative

    Teachers prepare students for the future and play a vital role in their lives. Think back to a time when you were in school; are there certain teachers that really stood out or made a lasting impression on your life?

    These teachers might have taught in a more exciting way or showed true passion for the job, which reflected in their instruction, and it is incredible the impact and difference one effective teacher can make in our lives.

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Editor’s note: In the months before the Christmas of 1897, an 8-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the New York Sun, asking if there really was a Santa Claus. Edward P. Mitchell gave the assignment to Francis P. Church, whose reply to Virginia appeared in the Sept. 21, 1897, edition of the Sun.

  • Plans in place for third Silvesternacht

    TELL CITY – A scavenger hunt, pub crawl, photo booth and evening social are just a few of the new and returning events planned for Tell City’s Silvesternacht celebration Dec. 31.

  • School board rescinds teacher firings, approves resignations


    CANNELTON – Cannelton School Board members voted at a regular meeting Nov. 20 to rescind their June and July 2012 cancellations of teaching contracts for Donna Bryan and Michael Stenftenagel. They then voted to accept both teachers’ resignations.

    The firings of both teachers stemmed from a May 2012 student protest of what they said was the school administration’s refusal to accept Stenftenagel’s retirement request.

  • Recorder says she has no proof files here have been ‘harvested’

    PERRY COUNTY – A report in the Dec. 4 edition of the Spencer County Journal-Democrat described an alleged theft of public records from that county’s recorder’s office. An assertion in that report that Perry County may also have been a victim may have been overstated, according to Mary Lee Smith, recorder for this county.

    The Journal-Democrat has offices in Rockport but shares an editor and other staff and publication facilities with the News.

  • Tell City Knights of Columbus dedicates new nativity scene

    Grand Knight Clarence Franchville holds a flashlight Tuesday evening as the Rev. Barnabas Gillespie OSB, chaplain for Tell City Knights of Columbus, blesses a new nativity scene erected outside the K of C home.

    The scene, complete with the infant Jesus, Joseph, Mary and Magi, was purchased with a gift from the Guy Neil and LaVerne Ramsey Foundation. The Ramseys were present as Gillespie recited a prayer and dedicated the nativity scene as a reminder of the Christmas season.