Local News

  • Faithful for 107 Years

    Theodore Heck is the oldest benedictine monk in the world

    The Rev. Theodore Heck OSB celebrated his 107th birthday this week, marking another milestone at the Benedictine monastery he first arrived at by horse and buggy in 1918. Father Theodore is already the oldest Benedictine monk in the world and to mark his Jan. 16 birthday, a catered lunch was served in the monastery infirmary, where Father Theodore resides. He was also be given a place of honor at the head table for that evening's dinner in the monastery.

  • Library board OKs staff salaries for '08

    TELL CITY - The Tell City-Perry County Public Library's board of directors approved a 2008 salary schedule during a Jan. 2 meeting. Members also elected board officers for the new year and learned circulation numbers for 2007 likely hit a new record.

    The 2008 salaries reflect a 3-percent increase from last year, a raise approved by board members in 2007. Larry Oathout, the library's director, will earn $41,845 for the year, with Paul Sanders, the assistant director, paid $30,904.

  • Officials approve medical care for county inmates

    PERRY COUNTY - County Commissioners finalized an agreement Jan. 7 with Peoria, Ill.-based Advanced Correction Healthcare to provide medical services for county inmates. As The News reported previously, the commissioners approved a verbal agreement with the company in December on the condition that the Perry County Council approved the needed funds at its Jan. 3 meeting. The council approved the contract for $53,837 for this year, with future increases capped at 5 percent for a one- to two-year contract and 3 percent for a three- to five-year contract.

  • Tell City man jailed for brandishing knife

    TELL CITY - A Tell City man who allegedly used a knife to threaten another man Friday morning remained in the county jail Wednesday on charges of intimidation, criminal recklessness and invasion of privacy.

    Michael W. Faucett, of 702 Ninth St., was arrested at the home of a relative on Washington Street by Tell City officers and state police.

  • Capitol Hill cuts may affect port authority's plans

    Local officials continue press for funding

    TELL CITY - An effort in Congress to reduce earmarks could affect the Perry County Port Authority's ability to obtain funding for an infrastructure-upgrade project.

    "This Congress promised to be more ethical and work on funding; they slashed earmarks in half," Adam Dickey told port-authority board members at a regular meeting Jan. 11. A field representative in Rep. Baron Hill's office, Dickey said that promise means less money is available for needed projects.

  • Cannelton police officer on paid leave

    CANNELTON - Cannelton Police Officer Mike Humphrey remains on paid leave pending the outcome of an investigation that had state-police troopers search his home Dec. 7, according to the city's police chief, Kenny Kellems.

    Documents normally available to the public in connection with police searches were treated as confidential in Humphrey's case. No one was arrested, no charges have been filed and the state police have refused to provide any information about the case.

  • Mom's home!

    Air Force master sergeant surprises daughter on return from Iraq

    Freshman Devin Lockman broke into a big smile, realizing when her grandmother entered her Earth-science classroom at Cannelton High School Thursday it meant one thing.

    Mom was home from Iraq.

    Mom, known to some others as Air Force Master Sgt. Demetrius Powers, was right on the heels of Doris Kellems, the grandmother. She opened her desert-camouflaged arms to catch her daughter, who raced across the classroom to reach her.

  • Newton named to parks board

    CANNELTON - The Perry County Parks and Recreation Board discussed construction plans for Eagle's Nest Park and welcomed a new member by making him an officer Wednesday.

    Under the county statute that created the board, it must elect officers at its first meeting each calendar year.

    Edd Ransom was re-elected president and Dan Peter was re-elected vice president. But Dorothy Kessner, the board's secretary for several years, retired from the board when her term expired at the end of 2007.

  • Chief wants to reapply for ladder-truck grant

    Litherland to fill boots of retiring firefighter

    TELL CITY - The chief of the Tell City Fire Department hopes to reapply for a U.S. Homeland Security grant that, if received, would help fund the purchase of a new fire truck.

    Greg Linne told members of the city's board of public works and safety last Monday that the department would like to apply for funding under a 2008 grant program.

  • Woman crashes van in Cannelton, again

    CANNELTON - Two Thursdays, two demolished minivans, one driver. Police said a 30-year-old woman injured Thursday when her speeding van clipped a semi and overturned multiple times on Indiana 237 was the same driver who overturned another vehicle a week earlier, less than a mile way.

    Misty Parr, of 638 St. Louis Ave, Cannelton, struck a curb and utility pole Jan. 3 along Indiana 66 and rolled her 1996 Chrysler Town and Country, police said. Parr walked away from that crash, which officers said occurred when she momentarily looked away from the road.