Local News

  • Effort to strip insurance from county officials dies

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – Silence …
    Nine seconds of it, to be exact, ticked by after County Council President Pete Franzman called for a second to Councilman Ron Crawford’s motion to stop paying for part-time county officials’ insurance.

    The motion, Crawford’s second attempt to address what he said is a concern among county residents, died as a result of that silence. Under rules many deliberative bodies use, a motion must be seconded before it can be put to a vote.

  • As drought worsens, ban issued on open burning

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    PERRY COUNTY – Open burning in Perry County is banned under an order issued Friday by the local fire chiefs. All burning of debris, including the burning of trash in barrels, is banned until further notice, said Steve Hauser, Perry County Emergency Management Agency director.

  • New wheels in Troy

    Perry County Prosecutor Robert Collins, far right, joined Troy Town Marshal Tim Bolin and Troy Town Board member Roger Fella in front of the community’s new police cruiser.

  • Lincoln HIlls RC&D sponsors dry hydrant at Oriole

    ORIOLE – A combination of grant money and partnership helped Lincoln Hills RC&D to install what’s called a dry hydrant in the Hoosier National Forest near Oriole.

    The hydrant at Oriole Pond will provide water for local firefighters, allowing them to fill tanker trucks. Areas of the county not served by public water systems often lack water and even water lines can’t provide enough water to be directly tied to pumper trucks.

  • Lilly Endowment adjusts scholarship program

    INDIANAPOLIS – Campuses of 28 Indiana colleges and universities are welcoming 216 new Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to their halls this semester.

    Nominated by their community foundation and selected by Independent Colleges of Indiana, the freshmen have come from all 92 Indiana counties. Over the 13 years of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, more than 3,300 Indiana high-school students have received the same honor and have gone on to become teachers and doctors, chemists and lawyers, nurses, engineers and so forth.

  • Troy Township Water Association eyes two areas of expansion

    PERRY COUNTY – The Troy Township Water Association Inc. is looking into the prospect of extending waterlines in two areas.

    Areas proposed for expansion are along Indiana 66 to River Forest and along Indiana 66 to Goosetown Road. Anyone living in the two areas interested in city water needs to send a letter of intent to the Troy Township Water Association, P.O. Box 125, Cannelton, IN 47520. Residents interested in the extensions may be asked to help fund a feasibility study.

  • Appeals court upholds Kiplinger sentence

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld the sentence given to a Tell City man convicted in the 2006 murder of Bobbi Jo Braunecker.

    Kyle Kiplinger was sentenced to 65 years in prison this spring after the appellate court overturned a sentence of life imprisonment without parole.

  • Commodores march to second-place finish

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    LEOPOLD – “We had another good week; we’re pretty happy with it,” Band Director Rob Cason said of the Perry Central Marching Commodores’ second-place win at North Posey High School Saturday.

    His was the smallest of six bands competing in Class A at the Field of Dreams Invitational, and success came as a result of “a really good week of rehearsals,” Cason said. “Thursday’s, Friday’s and Saturday morning’s were probably the best we’ve had.”

  • Marching Marksmen take first in Paoli contest

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – Tell City’s Marching Marksmen earned first place overall and four of the six individual awards bestowed at the Pride of Paoli Invitational marching-band competition Saturday.

    In addition to besting six other Class A bands, the Marksmen earned awards in their second contest this season for best music, visual effect, general effect and drum major.

    Band Director Natasha Edmondson attributed the success to the performers’ hard work.

  • Humane Society chapter chief questions animal-control spending

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – The president of Humane Society of Perry County asked county commissioners at their regular meeting Sept. 1 to change language in an agreement with Perry County Animal Shelter Inc. and suggested the shelter is using some county funds inappropriately.