Local News

  • News finishes second in Blue Ribbon competition

    INDIANAPOLIS - The Perry County News finished in second place in its effort to become Indiana's best community newspaper, taking the runner-up spot behind the Brown County Democrat in Saturday's Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the Hoosier State Press Association.

    The News is a four-time winner of the Blue Ribbon, given once each year to a daily and non-daily newspaper as the highest accolade of the state press association. The News last won the award in 2001 and placed second in 2005.

  • Grandmother praises 5-year-old's courage

    TELL CITY - Five-year-old Bailey Little "was so brave to stay with her mommy," after an accident, according to the child's grandmother, Peggy Howe.

    Bailey's mother, Jill Little, was climbing a ladder Sunday evening to retrieve Christmas items from the garage attic at their 1031 21st St., Tell City home, Howe said Monday. "The ladder slipped and down she went."

    Her daughter hurt an arm and a leg and sustained a head injury that was "bleeding pretty bad," Howe said.

    The little girl "stayed with her mom every minute until help came," Howe said.

  • 'Bless Your Stress' author plans Friday book-signing

    Charles to address LHDC employees before visit to library

    TELL CITY - A woman with three decades of experience in helping companies and people mobilize their skills and develop their talents will share her wisdom with employees of Lincoln Hills Development Corp. Friday and sign copies of her books.

    Lincoln Hills Development Corp. will host author and speaker, C. Leslie Charles, Friday. During the morning, she will present training as the keynote speaker for LHDC's annual in-service training event, expected to bring approximately 150 attendees.

  • District ranger stepping down in January

    Denoncour found ways to tie community involvement with forest stewardship

    TELL CITY - Jim Denoncour, district ranger for the Hoosier National Forest since 1990, will retire from the U.S. Forest Service next month. And while retirement will give the 60-year-old more time for family and personal pursuits, the stewardship he devoted to the forest itself and the communities close to the 200,000 acres of federal land will linger long after Denoncour trades his khaki shirt and olive trousers for civilian clothes.

  • Ordinance bans dogs from Greenwood Cemetery

    TELL CITY - Pet owners who fail to abide by a city ordinance banning dogs from Greenwood Cemetery could face citations and fines from police.

    Mayor Gayle Strassell offered a reminder at Monday's board of public works meeting that dogs and other animals are not allowed in the cemetery. Sexton Earl Parker has reported problems with dogs urinating on tombstones, Strassell said.

  • County employees can set up medical accounts

    TELL CITY - Perry County commissioners approved at a regular meeting Monday flexible spending accounts that can help county employees deal with high medical costs.

    Employees who participate will have money taken from their paychecks before taxes are computed, which can mean big savings for people paying expensive bills, like those for braces on their children's teeth, according to Pete Franzman.

  • Rescheduled parades to roll Sunday ... if rain holds off

    PERRY COUNTY - Tell City's and Leopold's annual Christmas parades, both postponed due to rain Sunday, have been rescheduled for their original times this Sunday. Also rescheduled are follow-on activities in each community's park.

    Leopold's Christmas parade is scheduled for 1 p.m. with Tell City's parade getting under way at 5:30 p.m. Lineup for the Tell City event will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Tell City High School student parking lot. The parade will proceed west on Tell Street to Main Street and then south on Main to Washington Street.

  • Jasper man killed in I-64 crash

    Police: Driver swerved to miss animal in roadway

    KITTERMAN CORNER - An animal in the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 Tuesday evening triggered a one-car crash that claimed the life of a Dubois County driver, state police said.

    According to Trooper Brent Hoover, 37-year-old Michael S. Sinnott, 1613 Main St., Jasper, was westbound near the 74-mile marker when according to witnesses, an animal entered the roadway.

  • Helping Grandma

    Faye Seibert gets help bagging leaves Thursday afternoon from her grandson, Jaden Houzanme, 2, along 19th Street in Tell City. Jaden enjoyed throwing leaves into the air and watching some of them land in his grandmother's hair. Most trees have lost their leaves as winter sets in.

  • UPDATE - Christmas parades rescheduled

    PERRY COUNTY - Tell City's and Leopold's annual Christmas parades, both postponed due to rain Sunday, have been rescheduled for their original times this Sunday. Also rescheduled are follow-on activities in each community's park.

    The News erroneously reported in its online edition last week the Tell City parade would begin at 1 p.m. It remains scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

    Leopold's Christmas parade is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, offering a double feature for fans of floats, marching bands and blaring sirens.