Local News

  • Relay for Life

    PERRY COUNTY – The 2011 American Cancer Society’s Perry County Relay For Life raised $42,477.40, capping months of efforts by team members who gather each early summer. (Click photo to enlarge.)

    “My Perry County goal was $40,000 and we made it,” said Gail Edwards, this year’s event chairwoman. The American Cancer Society hoped to raise $50,000 but Edwards said she was pleased with the results. Many teams sponsor fundraisers throughout the year and those efforts culminate with the annual event.

  • Man pleads guilty but mentally ill in slaying

    GIBSON COUNTY – A Fort Branch man entered a plea of guilty but mentally ill June 3 in Gibson Circuit Court in connection with the Nov. 2, 2010, murder of Patricia Heichelbech.

    Robert Spangler, who was accused of beating Heichelbech with a crowbar, was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

    He turned himself in to state police after the killing.

    Heichelbech was a Tell City native who lived for many years in Chrisney.

  • School officials plan ISTEP meeting

    CANNELTON – Cannelton elementary officials will release scores from spring Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress exams at an informational meeting for parents Tuesday. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Myers Grade School cafeteria.

    Results will be handed out for students who were enrolled in third, fourth and fifth grades. People who would like their children’s scores but who cannot attend the meeting can call 547-4126 to obtain them.

  • Planting season continues

    Murl Schwartz drills soybeans in a field along Indiana 545 north of Troy Monday, successfully beating scattered showers that fell that evening. (Click photo to enlarge.)

  • Local woman thwarts scammer

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – Rose Mary Leitner wasn’t elated when she was told she and her husband, Dennis, had each won two-and-a-half million dollars.

    She was suspicious.

    “I asked twice how much it would cost,” she said. She was finally told “$95 and some cents,” she said. “More than likely, they wanted my credit-card number or the number off my check.”

    She knew scammers are targeting older folks, she said.

  • House candidate believes government should honor ‘contract’ with citizens

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – “I think what makes America great is the fact that we have government programs that are pro-citizens,” said Terry White, candidate for Indiana’s 8th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Perry and Spencer counties will join the 8th District July 1 as a result of legislation signed by the governor May 10.

  • Jail tours, meetings under way

    PERRY COUNTY – The Perry County Jail Planning Committee hosted the first of several public meetings about a proposed new jail Wednesday and a second one is planned for 6:30 p.m. June 30 at the Perry Central High School Cafetorium.

    Also, County Sheriff Lee Chestnut is offering tours of the jail to let county residents see conditions there.

    They’ll be conducted from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays and 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays through July 27.

  • Thieves steal flag, flowers in Cannelton

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – “Those people who would steal our American flag on Memorial Day weekend,” Cannelton Mayor Smokey Graves said Monday, “can come down to the Legion, and we at the Legion would be more than happy to issue them one each.”

  • Pioneer Spirit

    Perry Countians were among the many hundreds of visitors to St. Meinrad Sunday for the community’s sesquicentennial parade. (Click photo to enlarge.)


  • County health jamboree Tuesday

    TELL CITY – If you’d like to learn more about creating a healthier lifestyle and have fun while doing it, then the Perry County Health Jamboree is for you. This event, sponsored by Purdue Extension and several community collaborators, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hagedorn Park in Tell City.