Local News

  • Port officials award bids

    TELL CITY – The Perry County Port Authority Board of Directors awarded work Sept. 6 to two companies whose bids they’d preliminarily approved Aug. 29. Also doing business as the Hoosier Southern Railroad, the agency has been working toward upgrading its rail line to accommodate 286,000-pound cars.

    As The News reported Sept. 1, the low bid received for track work came from Balfour-Beatty Rail of Atlanta, Ga., which offered to do the work for $339,827.50. Other bids ranged up to $389,982.

  • Road work scheduled for Hoosier recreation areas

    TELL CITY - Hoosier National Forest officials announced that starting Monday, the Forest Service road accessing the Indian Lake boat ramp would be closed to all traffic.

    The road will be closed during weekdays for approximately two weeks while drainage problems are corrected. The road should reopen by Oct. 7.

  • Coroner: Man found dead in car was from England

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    ST. CROIX – Perry County Coroner Charlie Baumeister has released the name of a man found dead Monday morning along an access road leading to Celina and Indian Lakes.

    Baumeister said 24-year-old Christopher Hare lived in London, England, and was found inside a rental car parked near a trailhead. Baumeister said the man died of asphyxiation and has ruled the death a suicide.

    Baumeister said the man’s parents have been notified.

  • Marksmen march past first rough performance

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – The Tell City Marching Marksmen finished fourth among four bands at their first competition this season, but improved their score by more than 23 points to finish second at their second one.

    “It didn’t go very well at all,” Music Director Natasha Edmondson said Monday about the first outing Sept. 3 at F.J. Reitz High School in Evansville, where they competed in Class A. “We made some very large mistakes right away, before we even started marching.”

  • Perry Central performers earn fourth, third places (UPDATE: 46 pictures added)

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    LEOPOLD – The Perry Central Marching Commodores earned fourth among nine marching bands competing in Class A at the Evansville Central Invitational Sept. 10, then moved up one place at their second contest Saturday at North Posey High School.

  • Council plans to raise police pay

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – Cannelton police officers will get a healthy pay raise if a salary ordinance common-council members voted Sept. 12 to amend receives their final approval next month.

    Police Chief Eric Dickenson asked the council at a regular meeting to consider raising officers’ pay, noting that an officer’s pay in the 1980s was $8 per hour, and it has increased only 50 cents.

    “That’s what they paid me when I went to the (law-enforcement) academy,” the chief said.

  • Sidewalk Art

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  • Everyone invited to ‘hometown’ carnival

    TELL CITY – A kickoff event to Perry County’s participation in an Indiana Hometown Competitiveness program will offer entertainment, games and low-cost refreshments Friday.

    A carnival-style program is set for 5 to 8 p.m. at the Perry County 4-H Fairgrounds and will launch the first phase of the project, which will explore the county’s strengths, weaknesses and opportunities in the fields of youth, leadership, entrepreneurship, charitable wealth and rural families’ economic success.

  • City considers lawsuit against developer

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – “Is she ever going to clean up the parking lot down there, the tires that are laying around by the old Heck Building?” Cannelton Common Councilman Bruce Myers asked at a regular meeting Sept. 12.

    He also wanted to know how much Carolyn Barr owes in fines to the city.

  • Coroner: Man who killed himself was from England

    ST. CROIX – Perry County Coroner Charlie Baumeister has released some information about a body found Monday morning on an access road leading to Celina and Indian Lakes.

    Baumeister said a 24-year-old male from London, England, found inside a rental car parked near a trailhead, died of asphyxiation.  Baumeister ruled the death a suicide.

    The name of the man is not being released until family members in England are notified.