• One soldier’s role in helping secure the freedom of American colonies – one of countless stories in two centuries of Perry County history – was celebrated in grand style Saturday in Rome.

    A grave-marker dedication in the town’s United Methodist Church honored the life of Revolutionary War patriot Jacob Kepler.

  • TELL CITY –  Friends of Ed Whitcomb, a committee formed to honor the former governor of Indiana, has announced its future plans.

    Donations are being solicited in order to commemorate Ed and his wife, Evelyn’s, lives and time spent in Perry County. The money will be used to purchase a bust of Whitcomb identical to one that resides in the Statehouse in Indianapolis and was sculpted by Greg Harris of Cannelton.

    The bust will reside at the Tell City Depot, home of the Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

  • Text and photos by Larry Goffinet

    It was a book that brought Ed Whitcomb to Perry County.

    But it wasn’t one extolling the virtues of the county – it was one he was trying to write about his sailing solo around the world.

    “I was writing a book, living in Hayden (in Jennings County, where he grew up), and I had so many interruptions trying to do it,” the former Indiana governor said last Thursday.

    Managing Editor

    Now under construction behind its courthouse, the county’s new jail will move the county from having a Mayberry-level facility to one that is state-of-the-art, County Sheriff Lee Chestnut said March 13, making reference to a television show broadcast from 1960 to ’68.

    The current jail in Cannelton was built in 1965.

    The sheriff provided the News a tour March 13 of what some are calling the Perry County sheriff’s office and detention center.

  • Our community is safe and friendly
    Elizabeth Thomas

    What I like most about my community is feeling safe. My community is also friendly. I run cross country and I don’t think there has ever been a time when I felt in danger.

    People on the streets who I don’t even know greet me with a smile. Just one little smile can make someone’s day.

  • Saint Patrick’s Day is a beloved holiday regardless of a person’s ethnic background. Whether you or your ancestors hail from the Emerald Isle, everyone is Irish come Saint Patrick’s Day, when celebrations that offer music, food and beverages combine to make for a festive event.

    Guest Columnist

    While Chuck’s intent was to chronicle Louie’s history as a young printer, I came back with different reminiscing entirely. I fully appreciate his story of the hand-cranked printer which eventually led Louie into the publishing business. Also the significance of valuable mentoring from his father, “Jolly,” and newspaper legend Edgar Schergens. But while taking photos of Louie, my mind was reeling about the great days and times we once had at The News.

    Guest Columnist

    Successful people are always looking for an opportunity to help others. And for some that can start at an early age. For Tell City resident B.L. “Louie” Heitkemper, it started at the age of 12 dabbling with a hand-cranked printing press his father bought him. Plunging himself into that endless vat of printer’s ink, Heitkemper learned the printing art through experience, followed his patriotic instincts and later served his community beyond the call of duty.

  • PERRY COUNTY – The Perry County Public Library’s annual teen writing contest will wrap up Wednesday. This year’s theme, “Poetry Madness @ Perry County Public Library,” began Jan. 8.

    The contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is organized by the Teen Advisory Group. Guidelines for Poetry Madness are: Any resident of Perry County currently in grades seven through 12; original, unpublished poems in any style, on any subject, will be accepted.

  • TELL CITY – St. Paul Boy Scout Troop 192 will sponsor its annual fish fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at the St. Paul parish hall.

    Both dine in and carryout will be available. Proceeds will benefit the boys’ summer camp and necessary equipment for the trip.

    Cost of the meal is $7 for adults and $5 for children 10 and younger. The meal is all-you-can-eat.

    For more information, call Janet Damin at 547-7451 in the evenings.

  • LEOPOLD – Perry Central is accepting registrations for preschool and kindergarten for the 2014-15 school year.

    Children who will be 4 by Aug. 1 are eligible to attend preschool. Children who will be 5 by Aug. 1 are eligible for kindergarten.

    Preschool roundup will be held April 25. Roundup for kindergarten students who do not currently attend preschool at Perry Central will be held April 24.

    Current Perry Central preschoolers will automatically be registered for kindergarten next year.

  • Tell City First United Methodist will offer an Ash Wednesday service will be held at Tell City First United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. March 5.

    Bible study, youth and choir will not be held that evening but the youth and choir will be part of the service.

  • Students and staff at William Tell Elementary jumped at the chance to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers. Last Thursday, the school hosted its 35th annual Jump Rope For Heart event.

  • TELL CITY – The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Perry County will host a kickoff event at 5:30 p.m. today, at Tell City Moose Lodge.

    The kickoff will honor cancer survivors and caregivers and will feature information about how the community and residents have benefitted from the funds raised at Relay For Life.

    Those interested will also be able to register to participate for the overnight event to be held June 14 and 15, beginning at 2 p.m. at Perry Central Community School Corp. and the school track.

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  • TELL CITY – The Perry County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual holiday bazaar from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 7. There will also be a silent auction.

  • TELL CITY – Tell City Junior-Senior High School will host a health fair for all corporation staff members and the community Wednesday in the school’s library.

    Doors will open at 6 a.m. for those who would like to have blood work done. Those attending are asked to use the entrance on Fulton Street to enter the building, check in at the office then proceed down the glass hallway to the library on the left.

  • TELL CITY – The Perry County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual holiday bazaar from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 7. There will also be a silent auction.