Local News

  • Tell City man faces child-molesting charge

    TELL CITY – A Tell City man faces a Class A felony charge of child molesting after his arrest last week by the Tell City Police Department.

    Douglas E. Fuchs, 55, of 375 Old Highway Road, is also accused of vicarious sexual gratification, a Class C felony.

    Tell City Detective Alan Malone said Fuchs is accused of improperly touching a girl under the age of 14.

    He said the alleged activity took place within the past year.

  • Snyder: City needs another change in direction

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – “I don’t like the way things are being handled by the current administration,” Mary Freeman Snyder said in explaining why she’s making a bid to become Cannelton’s next mayor.

  • Gerlach wants to resume efforts to improve his city

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – When D. Mark Gerlach looked back in 2004 on his 12 years as Cannelton’s mayor, he expressed pride at what he had helped the city accomplish.

    “I have been dedicated in the past and have improved the city of Cannelton,” he said Monday. He also proved, he added, that he can work with people of any political affiliation.

    “How you treat people” is the key to getting things done, he said.

  • Purdue Extension source of flood-recovery information

    WEST LAFAYETTE – As the floodwaters continue to rise, Purdue Extension Service has information available to help Hoosiers manage the situation both now and in the recovery stage.

    The Extension Disaster Education Network and Purdue provide educational resources to reduce the impact of disasters on the lives of individuals. These resources can be accessed through the Web site, www.ag.purdue.edu/extension/eden/Pages/default.aspx or by calling the Perry County Extension Office at 547-7084.

  • Historic Ohio River Crests

    Jan. 29, 1937............56.95 feet
    March 8, 1964...........53 feet
    March 10, 1945.........52 feet
    Feb. 15, 1884...........50.8 feet
    April 1, 1913............50.7 feet
    March 8, 1997..........50.4 feet
    April 29, 2011..........49.5 feet (projected)

  • Ongoing Coverage

    The Perry County News will continue to offer breaking-news updates, possible river crest information and photographs on its Web site, www.perrycountynews.com.

    The newspaper welcomes flooding-related updates from the public, as well as reader photos showing how floodwater has impacted them.

    Updates and photos can be e-mailed to editor@perrycountynews.com.

  • Mulzer Crushed Stone offering free sand for flood-control efforts

    TELL CITY – Mulzer Crushed Stone Inc. is offering free sand to the public across from the Tell City Sewage Plant, located on Fifth Street.

    The sand is offered to aid in flood control. A supply of empty sandbags is at the site.

    Sand will be available at each location 24 hours a day and signs will be posted providing directions to the sand piles after hours.

  • Flood fears deepen

    By VINCE LUECKE and KEVIN KOELLING, The Perry County News

    Swollen by more than a week of storms that dumped 8 or more inches of rain across the county and even more upstream, the Ohio River reached seldom-seen heights this week, threatening homes in several areas of the county in the most significant flood in 14 years.

  • Turkey Challenge returns to county this week

    PERRY COUNTY – Some of the nation’s top hunters will be in Perry County this week to take part in the Campbell Outdoor Challenge, a hunting competition in which teams of sportsmen film their pursuit of wild turkeys.

    Hunting is set for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

    This is the third consecutive year the challenge is being held in Perry County and Tony Thomas, one of the local organizers, said the caliber of hunters is at an all-time high.

    Again this year local landowners are lending use of their property, Thomas said.

  • Commissioners declare state of emergency

    UPDATE, 3:15 TUESDAY: Commissioners declare state of emergency

    PERRY COUNTY – Perry County’s commissioners declared a state of emergency at approximately 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, calling on county residents to be alert for rapidly rising flood waters and to refrain from travel on water-covered roads.

    Their proclamation will remain in effect until noon May 3.