Local News

  • Festival of Lights set for Dec. 12, 19

    SANTA CLAUS - The neighborhoods of Christmas Lake Village in Santa Claus will host the 25th annual Festival of Lights from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19.

    Over eight tour miles will be decorated with thousands of lights, Christmas decorations and animated displays.

    A live nativity scene will also be set up. A gingerbread recreation center will be available with free refreshments.

    Special awards for the best neighborhood theme, individual home and kids' selection will be given.

  • Perry County teddy bear tea party

    CANNELTON - Kaye Daugherty, Dianne Rudolph, Mary Jane Newton and Charlena Williams will sponsor a Perry County teddy bear tea party from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Cannelton Council meeting room at the Cannelton Library.

    The idea for the party came about when the four women wanted to hold a tea party for their granddaughters, Williams explained. "Then we wanted to open it up to the community," she said. "We also wanted to do something for the library."

  • Indiana 66 work bumped to 2016

    TELL CITY – Improvements to Indiana 66 between Cannelton and Tell City projected for 2011 has been delayed until 2016, according to a document provided by Alvin Evans, who said it may not occur at all.

    The president of J.H. Rudolph and Co. and of the Perry County Port Authority was fielding a question from The News after a special meeting Monday of the latter body when he reported the delay.

    "Essentially it's being scrapped because there's no money after 2013," he said, "but (officially) it's delayed until 2016."

  • Smoking, pregnancy don't mix

    PERRY COUNTY – Ranking high in statewide statistics can be a blessing or a curse. To Lincoln Hills Development Corp. employees Jan Sprinkle and Christal Moskos, Perry County's standing in the percentage of expectant women who smoke is a lot like an ashtray.

    It stinks.

    A 2006 study ranked the county second in the state in the percentage of pregnant women who admitted smoking. A 2007 study  pegged the percentage at 47 percent, behind only LaGrange and Washington counties.

  • Smoking and pregnant women

    INDIANAPOLIS — Here are some statistics about the effects of smoking on pregnant women and their unborn children.

    • In the United States, more than 20 percent of women smoke. However, only 9 percent of women in underdeveloped countries smoke.

    • If all the pregnant women in the U.S. stopped smoking, there would be about an 11-percent reduction in stillbirths and 5-percent reduction in newborn deaths.

    • Smoking doubles a woman's risk of having a low birth weight baby and preterm deliveries.

  • Meritorious Service Awards go to four officers

    TELL CITY – Four police officers, three from Tell City and one from Cannelton, received Meritorious Service Awards Monday for actions Tell City's police chief said stopped a man's plans to commit murder.

    Tell City Police Department Sgt. Lynn Wooldridge, Cpl. Marty Haughee and Patrolman Roger Smith were honored before the city's board of public works and safety, as was John Kleeman, a reserve police officer in Cannelton and a former Tell City reservist.

  • Goble claims global honor

    CANNELTON – Cannelton fifth-grade teacher Joan Goble routinely helps bring credit to her school by leading media-club members to earn awards for the research-based Web sites they produce. An award presented Nov. 9 was all about her.

    "I'm very proud of the fact I've got to know her," Schools Superintendent Al Chapman said in presenting the John and Marilyn Connelly Award to Goble. "She has done an outstanding job and we're blessed to have her."

  • Fewer charges filed against Cannelton dentist

    CANNELTON – A Cannelton dentist arrested Nov. 6 after allegedly pointing a handgun at several children who pounded on his door and then fled was released from jail last week and faces only two of the 18 charges originally leveled against him.

    Formal criminal charges were filed Thursday against Dr. Joseph P. Walker, 55, of 8 Pleasant Valley. He faces a Class D felony charge of pointing a firearm and a Class A misdemeanor count of carrying a handgun without a license.

  • Library Board discusses catalogue systems

    TELL CITY - Members of the Perry County Library Board gathered Nov. 4 for their monthly meeting at the Tell City-Perry County Public Library. Among the items addressed, the board discussed a need to update the library's circulation system.

    Library Director Larry Oathout explained to members that the library's current system has some limitations and the company "has pretty much stop updating it."

  • Controlled HNF burns planned

    TELL CITY – According to Mike Davis, fire-program manager for the Hoosier National Forest, three controlled burns are planned for the forest in mid- to late November.  

    One of the burns, about 100 acres in size, is planned in the German Ridge area of Perry County.

    For more  information, contact Davis at 547-9247 or Franklin Lograsso, public affairs officer for the forest, at (812) 276-4758.