Local News

  • HNF awards winners of kids fishing derby

    Hoosier National Forest officials announced winners in the annual free kids fishing derby hosted last month at Rainbow Pay Lake near Derby. Prizes were awarded in four age groups in three categories: most accurate caster, most fish caught, largest fish caught.



  • Cedar Valley Bluegrass Fest coming to Derby July 7-9

    DERBY – Cedar Valley’s annual bluegrass festival will feature six bands and a tribute to the legendary Bill Monroe.
    Scheduled July 7-9 at Cedar Valley, 12478 Indiana 70, near Derby, the festival will highlight the Karl Shiflett & Big Country show Friday evening. Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass is scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
    The festival will start Thursday evening with an open stage at 5 p.m. where participants are asked to bring their own instruments. A bean dinner will be served. Diners are asked to bring a covered dish.

  • Deadline extended for prevented-planting reports

    INDIANAPOLIS – Julia A. Wickard, state executive director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Indiana, announced that the 2011 reporting deadline for all prevented planted crops has been extended to coincide with the final crop reporting date.
    For all crops, the FSA County Committee may accept a CCC-576 for prevented planting as timely if filed by the final crop reporting date for the applicable crop. By filing a prevented planting claim by the final crop reporting date of July 15, producers will not incur late-filed fees.

  • News in Brief

    TC Boosters schedule meeting
    TELL CITY – The Tell City Band Boosters will hold their organizational meeting at 7 p.m. June 27 at the William Tell Elementary School cafe.
    “Please note that this is a change of location from our previous notification,” urged booster Kelli Braunecker. “This is a mandatory meeting for all Tell City Junior-Senior High School band members and their parents. Please bring completed health forms if you have not already turned them in.”

  • Spencer County considers de-obligating bridge grant

    By STUART CASSIDY, Spencer County Journal-Democrat

    ROCKPORT – Repairs to the historic covered bridge at Huffman Mill may be conducted with or without grant funding. After discussions Tuesday with Spencer County commissioners and councilmen about how to proceed with the project facing cost overages, Spencer County Engineer Tara Lloyd is prepared to ask Perry County officials if they will be willing to contribute toward repairs if Spencer County declines a $240,000 grant.

  • Escapee handed 17-year sentence

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    TELL CITY – A man who escaped from the Branchville Correctional Facility in 2009 was sentenced Monday to 17 years in prison. However, 33-year-old Bobby G. Cockerell won’t serve the first day of the sentence until he finishes a federal pris-on sentence.

  • Adventures with Nature Field Day returns Saturday to Tipsaw Lake

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Adventures with Nature, a rite of summer for the past eight years, returns Saturday to Tipsaw Lake.

    The Hoosier National Forest will sponsor the ninth annual field day with several partners, including the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, Purdue Extension of Perry County, Lincoln Hills Resource Conservation and Development and soil and water conservation districts in Perry and Spencer counties.
    The event will begin at 9 a.m. and will conclude by 1:30 p.m.

  • Alternative school students clean for credits

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – Students attempting to improve themselves by taking classes through the Perry County Learning Academy are also helping others, human and otherwise.

    Mike Bishop, executive director for the alternative school, said students can earn elective credits similar to those awarded for shop or music classes through a collaboration with the Perry County Animal Shelter Inc.

  • Group works toward new animal-control ordinance

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – If a proposed animal-control ordinance now in the works is adopted, people with animals, and in particular those who most contribute to problems that have cost the county money, will contribute to their solutions.

  • Indiana 66 to be closed in Crawford County

    MARENGO – The Indiana Department of Transportation said a portion of Indiana 66 in Crawford County will close today.

    Railroad crews were to close it between the junctions of Interstate 64 and Indiana 64 for repairs to the crossing.

    Crews were to begin work at approximately 12 p.m. and re-open the road by 12 p.m. Wednesday.