Local News

  • Dauby says commissioner's job rewarding, seeks 2nd term

    PERRY COUNTY - "I love Perry County," incumbent County Commissioner Gary Dauby said of his bid to retain his seat after the 2010 elections. "There's a whole bunch of people who won't do this, because they know that if they're in business, it will cost them business."

    He doesn't do it on purpose, but upsetting some people is an occupational hazard of serving as county commissioner, he said Tuesday. "I've been involved for the last four years and tried to do what I felt was right for the citizens of Perry County."

  • Prosecutor files for re-election

    TELL CITY - Perry County Prosecutor Robert (Bob) Collins filed for re-election Friday. The two-term incumbent said he is seeking another term as prosecutor to continue his efforts to successfully prosecute cases, support local law-enforcement agencies, promote substance-abuse awareness and prevention, recover bad checks for local businesses and collect support for children.

    Collins was elected in 1998 and re-elected in 2002 and 2006. He has filed as a Democrat.

  • Ohio River on the rise; flood warning issued

    PERRY COUNTY - A fast-rising Ohio River prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning for the next several days. The river stood at 31.5 feet but was expected to rise steadily today and through the weekend, reaching 40.4 feet by Monday morning. Additional rises are possible, the warning reported.

    The local flood stage is 38 feet.

    High river levels are expected to close Indiana 66 southeast of Cannelton once the river reaches around 40 feet.

  • Schools chief objects to pushes from governor, lawmakers

    CANNELTON - The superintendent and high-school principal for Cannelton City Schools expressed dissatisfaction Jan. 21 about actions in Indianapolis that could affect education here, including instructions to cut budgets and hold students back who don't prove by the third grade they can read.

    Al Chapman explained at a regular school-board meeting spending cuts in 2006-07 and 2007-08 school years added up to almost $3,000 per student and came in the areas of "your teachers, your personnel, your materials, supplies, everything."

  • Interest, experience draw Baumeister to coroner's office

    TELL CITY - More than 20 years of law-enforcement experience and a desire to give back to the community are key reasons Charlie Baumeister gave when asked about his decision last week to file for the office of county coroner.

    "It's a way for me to stay involved and give back to the community," said Baumeister, a Tell City resident who filed as a Democrat. "I think the coroner's office does a very good job and I want to continue their efforts."

    Two-term incumbent Coroner Darrel Riley is prohibited by term limits from running again.

  • Louisville woman jailed for marijuana possession

    TELL CITY - State police arrested a Louisville, Ky., woman Saturday night after a traffic stop on Indiana 237 led to the alleged discovery of more than 30 grams of marijuana.

    Trooper Charlie Johnson stopped a Saturn driven by 46-year-old Sharon M. Coleman of 3108 Grand Ave. near the intersection of Indiana 37.

    Johnson, who said the driver was speeding, described Coleman as very nervous. A search turned up the marijuana in three bags.

  • Port authority seeking management company

    TELL CITY - The Perry County Port Authority is seeking a company interested in operating its port and rail operations after Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Dick Neumann retires March 31.

    "It will still be the Hoosier Southern Railroad and Perry County Port Authority with a board of directors and monthly meetings," Neumann said of the planned change. "There won't be any change for employees ... I have explained to them their checks will still say Hoosier Southern Railroad."

  • Earthquake relief efforts

    PERRY COUNTY — Donations for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund are being accepted at locally designated drop-off points, Now & Then, located at 615 Main St., Suite C, in Tell City and Old National Bank locations.  

    Only monetary donations are accepted at this time. For questions, please call the local representative, Patty James at 547-3008.

  • School district doesn't need council's OK

    TELL CITY - The Perry County Council does not have to approve a construction plan for Tell City High School, Ron Etienne said Wednesday. The schools superintendent asked last month for the council's approval on a proposal to perform $2 million worth of upgrades. The council tabled the issue and was to have discussed it at a regular meeting today (Thursday).

  • Tell City resident begins Peace Corps service in Thailand

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Brooke Franzman, 31, of Tell City has been accepted into the Peace Corps.

    Franzman departed for Thailand Jan. 16 to begin pre-service training as a teacher collaborator Peace Corps volunteer. Upon graduation from volunteer training in April, Franzman will be assisting local teachers to practice and effectively incorporate participatory learning approaches in the classroom.