Local News

  • Farewell to the Chief

    Tell City Police Chief David Faulkenberg receives a standing ovation during Monday's meeting of the city's board of public works and safety after formally announcing his plans to retire at the end of the month. Faulkenberg served 31 years with the city's police force and has been chief for the past decade. Behind him are Sewage Department Superintendent Bruce Badger; mayoral assistant Hazel Davis, Fire Chief and city patrolman Greg Linne and City Councilman Tony Hollinden. Law enforcement has been "my life's calling," Faulkenberg said during a few minutes of reminiscing about his job.

  • Officials postpone orientation for PC eighth-graders

    LEOPOLD - Perry Central's eighth-grade orientation program will be postponed until Thursday, Feb. 28.

    The program is for all eighth-grade students at Perry Central and their parents.

    The free chili supper will start at 6 p.m. with the program at 6:30.

    RSVP by returning the flyer handed out to students or call Jody French at 843-5121.

  • Despite their name, barrens communities support diverse ecosystems

    Editor's Note: This is one of an occasional series of stories about attractions in the Hoosier National Forest. Information for this story on forest barrens was written by botanist Kirk Larson.

    TELL CITY - Barrens are globally rare natural communities that often contain spectacular displays of wildflowers and grasses more often seen in prairie settings. Ecologists characterize barrens by their poor, shallow or excessively drained soils, often occurring over bedrock or other substrates that experience drought conditions during at least part of the year.

  • Mu Gamma's sesquicentennial cookbooks available

    TELL CITY - Copies of a new cookbook published in conjunction with Tell City's sesquicentennial are hot off the press and available for purchase at several locations.

    The 360-page books sell for $10 each.

    Mu Gamma Sorority worked for several months gathering recipes. Once they were edited and organized, recipes were submitted to Debby Mills-Phillips of Lamar, who compiled and published the book.

    "We're very pleased with them and Mu Gamma thanks everyone who helped us by submitting recipes," sorority member and cookbook chairwoman Susan Harpenau said.

  • Historical society accepting orders for new history book

    256-pages cover sports, churches, business

    TELL CITY - A new pictorial history of Tell City being published to mark the community's 150th anniversary in 2008 will be available in July. However, the 256-page book's sponsor, the Tell City Historical Society, is taking prepublication orders through May 1.

    Layout of photos is complete and captions are currently undergoing editing, according to a news release issued last week by the historical society.

  • Artists busy at Perry Central

    School adds junior-high golf program

    LEOPOLD - Budding artists showed off recent projects to members of the Perry Central school board Monday night, including a piece from an upcoming high-school papier-mache show.

  • Court denies lower bail for King

    Child-molesting suspect remains in county jail

    TELL CITY - County Magistrate Karen Werner turned down Friday a bail-reduction request sought by a Tell City man charged with three counts of child molesting.

    Jason King, 1148 Ninth St., petitioned the court to reduce his $60,000 cash-only bail. King was arrested after he turned himself in at the Perry County Family and Social Services Administration Office last month.

    Police launched a criminal investigation after a girl's mother accused King of inappropriately touching the child.

  • TV conversion shouldn't cost Perry County residents much

    Scammers may take advantage of chance to make a buck

    PERRY COUNTY - A Leopold woman called The News Friday, hoping to alert county residents to people she said were going around the county claiming regular television antennas and some satellite dishes won't work when the nation converts to digital TV in a year.

    A conversion from analog television signals has been in the works for some time, but has been featured in national media reports as the one-year-to-go mark passed this week.

  • Changes to downtown project raise concerns

    Lack of money eliminates shrubs, benches in three of four blocks

    TELL CITY - A dwindling supply of dollars is scaling back some of the furnishings intended for three blocks of Main Street in Tell City, members of the city council learned Monday night during a review of the downtown project.

  • City commission OKs plans for new Subway restaurant

    Street-vacation near Tell Street tabled; firm wants to buy Ramsey land

    TELL CITY - Tell City's Subway restaurant is expected to change locations this summer, a move made more certain Thursday after Scott Dixon's plans for a new 1,600-square-foot building won approval from the Tell City Plan Commission. Dixon said the store, which will be located just off Old Highway Road and Hospital Road south of the Tell City Shopping Center, will include a drive-through. Dixon owns the site and will lease the building to the restaurant's operator.