Local News

  • Bristow man jailed on meth charges

    BRISTOW - A 32-year-old Bristow man was jailed Monday afternoon after state police investigating a possible methamphetamine lab discovered drug-making chemicals and supplies, troopers said.

    Patrick Donaldson, 32, of 20648 Main St., was arrested at 4:15 p.m. and faces a Class B felony charge of manufacturing methamphetamine. He is also charged with possessing two or more drug precursors, possessing anhydrous ammonia in an unapproved container, possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance.

  • TC school board wraps up year with staff changes, new certified contract

    TELL CITY - The Tell City-Troy Township School Board conducted some end-of-year business at its meeting Monday, including staff changes and a new contract for certified staff.

    Ron Etienne, superintendent of schools, updated the board on support staff changes including high-school cafeteria manager Elizabeth Dickman retiring in January and hiring Jo Waninger for three and a half hours at William Tell as a cafeteria assistant. Waninger will assume Janean Fella's five-hour position and current employees will take over additional hours.

  • Ruling awaited in abuse case

    Archdiocese wants lawsuits dismissed

    INDIANAPOLIS - A man who allegedly sexually abused five boys while serving as a priest in Tell City, Cannelton and Troy has admitted to sexually abusing some others and admitted "he may have also had contact with others," according to a lawyer representing 17 people who've accused the former clergyman of the crime.

  • Port's directors approve site-use plans

    TELL CITY - The board of directors for the Perry County Port Authority approved in a special meeting Monday a resolution and memorandum of understanding concerning the move of a boat-building company into the former Maxon Marine site they occupy.

  • Foertsch's plans win city council, port support

    Tell City OKs lease terms for city land

    TELL CITY - With one nay vote, the Tell City Common Council agreed Monday to approve a memorandum of understanding with Spencer County businessman Don Foertsch and his new Tell City Boat Works.

    The memorandum paves the way for Foertsch to begin using portions of the city-owned former Maxon Marine site to make a variety of marine vessels. This week's deal will also form the basis of the formal 10-year contract the city and Foertsch are expected to enter into in early 2008.

  • Troy Council expected to take hard look at marshal's position

    TROY - Concerned the town's part-time marshal isn't doing enough in return for his salary, Troy's clerk-treasurer and some members of the town council discussed doing away with the position altogether next year.

    "I think the town's money can be spent better elsewhere," Clerk-Treasurer Vicki Tuggle said at the Dec. 12 meeting of the council. Junior Fuchs, who has been the town's marshal for the past couple of years, isn't available enough, Tuggle said, and has not returned calls from residents wanting to report violations of town ordinances or other complaints.

  • Santa's Helpers

    The Christmas spirit is in full swing in Perry County with various groups reaching out to help brighten the holidays for others, especially children. Perry County's Fraternal Order of Police lodge sponsored Sunday's Shop with a Cop. Nearly 30 youngsters from Perry and Spencer counties were treated to lunch at Tell City's Wal-Mart and spent time shopping with law-enforcement officers and in many cases, their spouses. Contributions to the program allowed officers to present clothing and toys to children and teens.

  • Taylor charged with murder in death of Warrick woman

    DALE - A Dale man has been arrested and charged with murder and feticide in connection with the death of a Warrick County woman.

    Brooke Balbach, 22, was killed late last week in her home at 11377 State Road 161, about a mile south of Selvin, according to Warrick County Sheriff Marvin Heilman.

    She was found Friday, Dec. 14, by Stanley Offil, 25, the woman's boyfriend. Police said Balbach and Offil shared the home. Offil, a truck driver who had been out of town, called 911 at 11:27 a.m., according to Heilman's press release.

  • Saying 'so long' to smoke and cigarettes

    New medication helps man kick the habit

    TELL CITY - Quitting is easier said than done. For 45 years, Dan Cole of Tell City smoked two packs a day - or more - and during that time, he tried to quit numerous times.

    The patch, different medications and even less-conventional methods like hypnotism and acupuncture couldn't help him kick the habit.

  • Having a ball making cheese balls

    TELL CITY - When it comes to getting a big job wrapped up in short order, Santa's elves have nothing on the women of Mu Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Take Saturday, when fewer than 20 sorority members churned out more than 900 cheese balls in just over six hours, a production rate of about 150 rich mounds of cream and processed cheeses, spices and nuts per hour.