Local News

  • County parks board approves purchases

    PERRY COUNTY – The Perry County Parks and Recreation Department met Nov. 3 and named Edd Ransom as an interim director. A story in this edition reports the board’s decision.

    In other business from the meeting:

    • Ransom reported that the restroom building at Rome’s Wilkerson Park is finished and Mike Simon has poured the concrete pad for the shelter house there.

    Simon charged $2,200 for the shelter house pad, $100 less than he had bid for the project.

  • Three jailed Friday night on drug charges

    TELL CITY – A Cloverport, Ky., man pulled over for speeding Friday night on Indiana 37 found himself with bigger worries after police said they found him in possession of cocaine and marijuana.

    According to Trooper Charles Johnson, John Brockway, 45, was traveling south at an excessive speed. Upon pulling the vehicle over, Johnson said he detected an odor of alcohol and saw open containers of alcohol in plain view.

    Johnson said Brockway’s passengers, Sean R. Blandford, 20, of Hawesville, and Sarah C. Domes 19, of Cloverport had also been drinking.

  • German Ridge area road and trail still closed

    TELL CITY – Hoosier National Forest officials regretfully want to remind visitors that the southern loops of the German Ridge Trail are still closed at the campground and the two southern trailheads.

    Earlier announcements had projected work would be completed by the end of October. However the long drought brought road work on the Tree Farm Road, located about one mile north of the entrance to the German Ridge Campground, to a stop since moisture is required to pack soil.

  • Bristow man not alone in fight against cancer

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    BRISTOW – A Saturday benefit in St. Meinrad will help raise money for a Perry County man battling a rare form of cancer.

    David Lee VanHoosier, 59, said he would not have made it this far without his family, including his wife of 41 years, Darlene, a Dale native he met while working at Farbest Foods in Huntingburg. Also supporting him are his children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter.

  • Man trades presidency for part-time temp work

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – Edd Ransom stepped down Wednesday from his position as president of the Perry County Parks and Recreation Board, and reluctantly stepped up Monday to fill in as the county’s recreation director.

    The full-time director, Brad Smith, resigned Oct. 19 and Ransom suggested the board appoint him, he told the county council. Its members had convened a special meeting Monday to amend the county’s salary ordinance to allow him to work up to 24 hours weekly at $16.63 per hour until the end of the year.

  • Library board OK’s merger talks

    By TRISTA LUTGRING, Feature Writer

    TELL CITY – Tell City-Perry County Library Director Larry Oathout announced to board members Nov. 3 that the Cannelton Library had signed a resolution to pursue a merger with their library.

  • Caring enough to help

    United Way of Perry County’s Youth Day of Caring drew dozens of energetic volunteers Sunday for an afternoon of community service.

  • Ramsey, Waninger to keep leadership roles for now

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – “Due to some medical concerns, I regret that I will be on leave until Dec. 22, 2010, then with your blessing and permission I intend to ... resign from the Tell City-Troy Township School Corp.,” High School Principal Dale Stewart said in a letter read to the school board Monday.

    The News reported Oct. 26 Stewart announced that day he would step down. He said then he wanted to spend more time with family and that he also had “minor health issues” to deal with.

  • School board finalizes principal’s resignation

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – A resignation tendered by William Tell Elementary School Principal Sara Maas was made final by the adoption of a “separation agreement and release of claims” by the Tell City-Troy Township School Board Tuesday.

    Her resignation will be effective Dec. 22 and she will be paid until then, Schools Superintendent Ron Etienne said at a regular meeting.

  • Early-morning pursuit lands Spencer County man in jail

    TROY – An early morning pursuit that started in Perry County and ended in Spencer County has landed a Richland man in jail.

    According to state police, the pursuit began at 12:25 a.m. when Trooper Charlie Johnson attempted to stop a tan 1997 Ford F-150 pickup just east of Troy for speeding. The driver, identified as James E. Freeman, 39, of Richland, allegedly refused to stop. Johnson chased the vehicle around the Troy area and then into Spencer County.