Local News

  • Students plan Dec. 19 Christmas program

    Cannelton students, from left in top photo, Stephanie Austin, Jennifer Dartt, Kelly Merry, Amber Dartt, Jessalyn Sommer and Kassi Uribe, practice Thursday for the school's Christmas program. It will begin at 1:15 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Cannelton Community Center. Bottom photo, Guitar Club members Gary Biever and Tabatha Little strum their guitars during a practice run of the program. Pre-kindergartners through high-school seniors will perform holiday songs, including some sung in Spanish, and a performance by the Cannelton Guitar Club and Chorus.

  • Sweets, Treats and Santa set for Saturday

    TELL CITY - Perry County Junior Women will present the annual Sweets, Treats and Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Schergens Center in Tell City. The program includes lunch and activities with Santa, with goodie bags going to the first 100 children and door prizes throughout the event. Lunch includes pizza, cookies and a drink.

    Admission is $3 per child and adults may eat with their children for $2 per person.

    Photos with Santa will be offered by Danny Bolin Photography. Three photo packages are available.

  • Benefit to help with medical expenses

    Cannelton family faces more than $150,000 in hospital billsCANNELTON - A benefit to help a family pay more than $150,000 in medical bills for their young son will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Fulton Hill Community Center.

    Keigh'dyn Humphrey, who will be 1 year old Dec. 29, was born with a hole in his heart, according to his mother, Francheska Humphrey. Black mold in the family's Tell City home got into his lungs, she explained, aggravating his health problem to the point he was airlifted to Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Ky.

  • Firehouse renovation under way

    TELL CITY - Fire Chief Greg Linne updated the works board last week on ongoing renovation work at Tell City's fire station at 12th and Mozart streets. The works board learned last month that a donation of approximately $8,000 was offered to the department for converting interior space into a kitchen and meeting area.

    The project includes a range, refrigerator and ice-maker.

  • County commissioners name corrections-board members

    TELL CITY - Perry County commissioners appointed eight people to four-year terms on a new community-corrections advisory board at their Nov. 19 meeting.

    As The News reported Nov. 26, a grant-funded community-corrections program will offer people facing incarceration a highly supervised alternative that Perry Circuit Judge Lucy Goffinet described as "one step above probation, one step below prison."

    Some appointments to the 17-person board are automatic, based on people's positions in the community, county attorney Chris Goffinet said.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Cannelton officer's home searched; police records off limits to press

    CANNELTON - Officials are staying tightlipped about a state-police search Friday of a Cannelton police officer's home. Court documents that normally would shed light on the grounds for the search are being treated as confidential, The News learned Monday.

    The News was denied copies of a search-warrant affidavit filed by state police troopers seeking to search the home of Cannelton Patrolman Mike Humphrey and his wife, Francheska. Circuit-court administrative assistant Beth Bruggeman said the documents were being treated as confidential and could not be released.

  • Perry Central mechanic memorialized with wooden bus

    LEOPOLD - Another school bus has been added to the 20 parked behind Perry Central Community School, but it has no room for children. It serves a different purpose than the others, memorializing a longtime friend of the school.

    Gilbert A. Williams was 78 years old when he died Feb. 4, 2007. He worked nearly 18 years, from the fall of 1974 until he retired in June 1992, as the school's mechanic.

  • Mobile library back on all wheels

    Mechanically sound again, bookmobile could be back on road this week

    TELL CITY - Since October, the Perry County Bookmobile has been in and out of commission, except for stops at local schools, but Library Director Larry Oathout expressed optimism Friday that the rolling library will be back to its normal schedule this week.

    As The News reported Nov. 12, problems with the bookmobile's generator limited its stops to only Perry Central and Tell City-Troy School Corp. schools, since these locations have adapters for the bookmobile to plug into.

  • Support sought for rail bonds

    Funds would go for track upgrades

    TELL CITY - Three Perry County Port Authority representatives paid a visit to the county commissioners Monday, to lend their presence to a request for what the county attorney described as "a very large ordinance."

    Bill Goffinet, Tom Holm and David Lynch attended the commissioners regular meeting in support of a bond ordinance intended to bring funding to upgrade Hoosier Southern Railroad tracks and bridges to handle heavier rail cars than they can now.

  • Utility proposes power-rate increase

    Residential electric rates forecast to climb by 8.6 percent

    TELL CITY - The Tell City Electric Department has proposed rate increases that would boost the cost of power provided to its customers by an average of 12.9 percent. If approved at a Jan. 7 meeting, the new schedule of rates and charges could take effect by April and could raise an estimated $1 million per year in additional revenue for the city utility.