Local News

  • 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.

  • Tell City annexation plans on hold

    Council declines to vote on any of four ordinances; efforts could resume in 2008

    TELL CITY - The Tell City Common Council discussed at length but opted not to vote Monday on four annexation ordinances that could have expanded the community's north, east and south sides.

    The council's decision halts, at least for now, an attempt to annex new areas, an effort that drew opposition from residents who said they stood to gain little but would pay higher taxes.

  • What I Want Most for Christmas is ...

    Perry Central kindergartner Skylar Smith tells Santa what he would like for Christmas while Santa's helper, Wilma Samuels, waits to give him a storybook to take home. The pair visited with youngsters as part of Perry Central's Candy Cane Carnival Tuesday evening. During the event classes sang Christmas carols in English, and with the help of the German Club, in German. Attendants could also make numerous holiday crafts while tasting a variety of cookies, visit the book fair and bid on gift baskets made by various classes.

  • Winning artist

    Jeff Yeung, a fifth-grader at William Tell Elementary School in Tell City, was the winning artist in a card-design contest sponsored by City Hall. Yeung was recognized by Mayor Gayle Strassell at Monday's meeting of the city council. His artwork will grace the city's 2007 Christmas card.

  • Aspiring Actresses

    Ashley Edwards, a 16-year-old junior at Tell City High School, reads lines for a toothpaste commercial during play auditions in the school's auditorium Tuesday. Drama-club coach Carolyn Etienne, at left in bottom photo, wasn't sure what play her actors will produce, saying issues such as wiring problems in stage lights, a lack of set-building materials and too few boys trying out must be overcome. Middle photo, responding to instructions from Etienne, ninth-grader Alexis Braun runs across the stage as part of her audition.