Local News

  • Democrats plan Sunday meeting

    CANNELTON - The Cannelton Democrat Central Committee will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday in the home of Arvina Bozarth, 647 S. Seventh St., Cannelton. More information may be obtained by calling her at 547-6284.

  • Suspect crashes into state trooper's car

    EVANSVILLE - A Tell City native now serving as an Indiana State Police trooper received minor injuries Saturday when a suspect allegedly high on methamphetamine crashed into his squad car in Evansville.

    According to Sgt. Todd Ringle, Trooper Mike Lehmkuhler attempted to stop a 1988 Chevrolet pickup truck after the driver, later identified as David Eugene Walden, 39, of Boonville, disregarded an automatic signal on the Lloyd Expressway at St. Joseph Avenue.

  • Teammates sought for upcoming hunts

    PERRY COUNTY - Tim and Jeff Brumfield, representing Perry County in next month's Spring Turkey Challenge, have been invited to participate in remaining hunts in Georgia, South Dakota and Illinois. The brothers are looking for experienced hunters interested in taking part in upcoming hunts for hogs, antelope and whitetail deer.

    Sportsmen or women interested in joining Tim and Jeff's Team Perry County will have the opportunity to show off on national TV in the remaining circuit event of their choice, but will also be competing for nearly $100,000 in cash and prizes.

  • Prescribed burning an important forest-management tool

    PERRY COUNTY - Prescribed burning is a management tool in which fires are purposely started under controlled conditions to achieve a desired result. It is used to approximate the natural vegetative disturbance of periodic fires.

    Prescribed burning recreates conditions that historically take place in forest ecosystems.

    Prescribed burns offer many benefits.

    Fuel Reduction: Fires reduce buildup of combustible fuels that can feed intense wildfires and threaten public and firefighter safety

  • Carl Hurley tickets available

    TELL CITY - Tickets are still available for the Aug. 4 appearance of comedian Carl Hurley. Dubbed the nation's funniest professor, Hurley will appear on the Tell City High School auditorium stage at 7 p.m., part of Tell City's Aug. 2-9 sesquicentennial.

    Hurley was born in Laurel County, Ky., attended Eastern Kentucky University and earned a doctorate in education. He grew up listening to family stories and radio programs and many of the stories he tells are rooted in his rural upbringing.

  • Perry County Storm advances to state

    PERRY COUNTY - After two overwhelming victories during Super Sectionals, members of the Perry County Storm basketball team will take on the best of the best during the Special Olympics Indiana State Finals this weekend.

    The team, comprised of male and female Special Olympics athletes, defeated the Vanerburgh County No Names 53-22 in the first game of play March 15 at Boonville Junior High School, then went on to knock the Knox County Suns out of the area 10 sectionals with a score of 56-13.

  • Counties awarded conservation grants

    Funds to support public outreach

    PERRY COUNTY - The Indiana Department of Agriculture's Division of Soil Conservation and the State Soil Conservation Board have awarded the soil and water conservation districts in Perry and Spencer counties $2,000 each in Clean Water Indiana grants.

    A total of $350,000 will be awarded across the state to reduce the loss of nutrients and sediment. Eighty-two districts applied for and received conservation-marketing initiative grants to market the adoption of local sediment and nutrient management practices.

  • City leaders postpone insurance discussion

    Board tables community-center rental-fee issue

    CANNELTON - City employees in Cannelton may have new health-insurance policies this spring should city leaders change insurance agencies.

    Cannelton Common Council members heard representatives from Harpenau Insurance Agency LLC and Franzman Insurance Agency Inc.

    Bob Harpenau, whose agency currently covers the city with United HealthCare, started off the presentations with a comparison between what he could offer and Siho Insurance Services, the health insurance Pete Franzman was offering.

  • Disc golf anyone?

    LEOPOLD - Ben Verkamp hopes the gym-class introductions to disc golf he provided to some 300 Perry Central Elementary School students this month will help propel the local popularity of the sport he plays with a passion.

  • City finalizes long-term lease with Tell City Boat Works

    Startup firm to pay $120,000 for initial 10 years

    TELL CITY - A formal lease agreement was signed last week between Tell City officials and Don Foertsch, president of Tell City Boat Works, over his startup company's use of city-owned property for manufacturing and repairing rivergoing vessels.

    The lease calls for Foertsch to pay the city $120,000 up front for the first 10 years of the lease. Tell City Boat Works is also given the option of two 10-year extensions for which it will pay $180,000 and $240,000, respectively.