Local News

  • Property-tax caps’ impact felt

    The News reported in May that property-tax caps signed into law in 2008 would reduce the amount of revenue available to local taxing units by $1,137,201, according to a report provided by County Auditor Connie Berger.

  • Cities work to eliminate combined-sewer overflows

    A Tell City project years in the making and called historic by the city’s mayor kicked off in April with words of praise and the cutting of a red ribbon at the community’s soon-to-be-expanded wastewater treatment plant.

    The ceremony marked the formal start of Tell City’s $12 million effort to eliminate combination-sewer overflows, a construction job that will take place over about 18 months and eliminate discharges of wastewater that occur during periods of rain.

  • Blaze destroys Woodcrafters; Waupaca recovers from fire

    Century-old timbers and wood floors inside areas of the former William Tell Woodcrafters building fueled a massive afternoon fire Feb. 24 that consumed the interior of the former woodworking plant and sent brick walls tumbling onto Seventh and Pestalozzi streets.

    Firefighters could do little to slow the spread of flames but were able to keep the intense heat from spreading to nearby buildings, including the historic Obrecht house and the Hearth.

  • Waupaca adding up to 160 foundry jobs

    Gov. Mitch Daniels didn’t mind the mild roar of foundry machines behind him in mid-October as he joined executives of ThyssenKrupp Waupaca to deliver news the company will expand its Tell City foundry operations.

    The company will add 160 new jobs by the end of 2012.

    Executives said the company will invest $36.5 million in equipment upgrades to expand the capacity at its 480,000-square-foot Tell City plant.

  • 1960 Electra crash remembered

    “Tears Came Falling Down From Heaven,” a poem composed by teacher Joan Goble's fifth-grade class, was among local contributions to a March commemoration of the 50th anniversary of a Lockheed Electra airliner crash at Millstone.

    A ceremony at a memorial there and gatherings in the Cannelton Community Center and in Tell City helped victims’ families mark the occasion.

  • State officials close Tell City armory

    Tell City officials were notified in May the National Guard armory here would be closed later in the year and the 74 full-time armory staff and soldiers who trained here would be transferred to the unit in Jasper to which they were already reporting.

    The armory here was one of three Indiana National Guard armories selected for closure, according to a news release issued from the Guard's headquarters in Indianapolis, which cited fiscal and strategic reasons.

  • Republicans score Election Day victories

    Republicans scored major gains during what turned out to be a spirited 2010 election season, defeating Democrat incumbents.

    Tell City attorney Rod Acchiardo defeated incumbent Perry County Prosecutor Robert Collins by a margin of 502 votes. Acchiardo received 53.8 percent of the vote.

    Gary Dauby lost his bid for a second term as the county’s District 2 county commissioner, falling to Republican Tom Hauser.

  • Community mourns soldier’s death

    The Nov. 29 death of Sgt. 1st Class Barry Jarvis brought home to Perry County the tragedy of a war half a world away. The 1993 Tell City High School graduate died when he and five other soldiers were shot by an Afghan Border Patrol officer.

    He was described by his wife, Tina, as “a very loving, devoted father and husband” whose “life revolved around his career ... he loved his soldiers and took care of them. He loved his job and he died doing what he loved.”

  • The Top Stories of 2010

    This edition of The Perry County News takes a look back at the top stories of 2010. Headlines for those stories are:

  • Offices closed for New Year’s holiday

    PERRY COUNTY – The New Year’s holiday will close some governmental offices Friday and Monday.
    County offices at the courthouse and annex building in Cannelton will be closed Friday while City Hall in Tell City will be open Friday but closed Monday.
    There will be a one-day delay in trash pickup next week since there will be no pickup Monday.
    Residential trash collection in Cannelton won’t be affected by New Year’s. Troy’s utility office will be closed Friday.