Today's News

  • Cannelton School Board reappoints two members


    Staff Writer


    CANNELTON – The Cannelton School Board convened a special meeting Thursday to reappoint members Cory Faulkenberg and Bill Garrett.

    Unslated on the November 2016 election ballot, there was some confusion among board members as to when their terms were up. However, the races were uncontested, allowing both members to retain their positions. The terms ended Dec. 31, 2016.

  • After 39 years, Genet retires as PC volleyball, track coach


    Sports Editor


    LEOPOLD — The longest tenured and one of the most successful coaches in Perry County history has decided to retire.

    Becky Genet, who became the head coach of Perry Central’s volleyball and girls track teams after graduating from the University of Evansville in 1978, is leaving both positions to spend more time with her family.

    She noted that her daughter, Dana Schmidt, is due to have her first child in May and is moving to Denver in June.

  • Spencer and Perry judges working together


    Staff Writer


    ROCKPORT – Spencer County Circuit Court Judge Jon Dartt hopes to see his courtroom turn a new corner in 2017, with a little help from some colleagues from across the Spencer-Perry county line. Perry County Circuit Court Judge Lucy Goffinet and Magistrate Karen Werner have begun chipping in at the Rockport courthouse when time allows with the aim of helping Spencer County cope with its substantial case load.

  • Economic development efforts take shape


    Staff Writer


    TELL CITY – With about $10 million in infrastructure improvements underway or slated for the near future to help spur economic development, the Perry County Redevelopment Commission heard a progress report during the board’s Jan. 4 session. The money was secured via a series of bonds being financed through Waupaca and Webb Wheel tax-increment-finance districts. The first series was issued in 2014 for $6.18 million, and the latest was administered in November for $3.18 million.

  • Veteran deputy back on patrol


    Staff Writer


    PERRY COUNTY – A once familiar face will again be on patrol with the Perry County Sheriff’s Department. Daymion Marsh was recently hired as a deputy, filling a need that will help the department add full-time security at the courthouse.

  • Rebecca Fenn made Perry County a better place

    The end of one year and the beginning of another is a time of transition for many of us. It certainly has been for Rebecca Fenn, who left her role as director of United Way of Perry County at the end of the year. Her efforts in that role over the past 17 years deserve to be recognized.

  • Trump and his cabinet

    As Donald Trump prepares to take his oath as the nation’s 45th president, we, like a good number of Americans, have high hopes he will lead well.

    Trump takes the reins of a federal government without having held elected office or served in the military. He is certainly an accomplished business leader but he’s a new kind of president. Only time will determine if that’s an asset or liability.

  • United Way of Perry County opens grant cycle

    PERRY COUNTY – Health and human service organizations are invited to apply for funding from the United Way of Perry County through March 3.  Grant applications are available on United Way of Perry County’s website at www.unitedwayperryco.org/grantmaking as well as its Facebook page.

    This year, the United Way of Perry County will distribute just under $60,000 in funds to service organizations to fund projects focused on education, health, financial stability and emergency assistance. 

  • Deflecting blame: you, your father and your grandfather’s game

    Jake Bethel

    Staff Writer


    Generational categorization, otherwise known as a stereotype, seems to be gaining a foothold in national discourse. Millennials (the ages 18-34 group to which I belong) are consistently under attack on social media and in person for being “special snowflakes,” and for receiving participation trophies.

  • Is it spring yet?

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    I received my first garden catalog in the mail. Can winter’s end be far off? I know we’re still in the middle of winter with weeks of cold and potential snow.

    Either the holidays or the cold has left me sleepy. Maybe the lack of sunlight is to blame for my missing energy.

    I’m not like this the rest of the year. I could fault old age or what seems to be a sense of constant exhaustion. But I blame winter.