Today's News

  • Moving up from the Mayberry era

    Managing Editor

    Now under construction behind its courthouse, the county’s new jail will move the county from having a Mayberry-level facility to one that is state-of-the-art, County Sheriff Lee Chestnut said March 13, making reference to a television show broadcast from 1960 to ’68.

    The current jail in Cannelton was built in 1965.

    The sheriff provided the News a tour March 13 of what some are calling the Perry County sheriff’s office and detention center.

  • Benefit for Sarah Metcalf Saturday

    OWENSBORO, Ky. – A benefit for Sarah Metcalf, a Kentucky woman severely injured in an accident early this year near the Cannelton Locks and Dam, is planned for Saturday.

    The benefit will begin at 11 a.m. and continue to 4 p.m. at the American Legion post at 118 W. Veterans Blvd. in Owensboro.

    Sarah was involved in a one-vehicle accident Jan. 2 that claimed the lives of two other people and left her in critical condition with numerous life-threatening injuries.

  • Musicians earn gold ratings

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    TELL CITY – “It wasn’t a surprise to me. It might have been a surprise to them,” Natasha Edmondson said of two students who advanced from earlier competition to achieve gold ratings at state solo-and-ensemble competition.

    Tell City High School Senior Samantha Burton earned the top rating with a clarinet performance March 1 at North Central High School in Indianapolis and junior Luke Thomas earned gold with his trumpet, the school’s music director said.

  • Musical Commodores earn awards at qualifying event

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    LEOPOLD – All of her students earned gold ratings at qualifying solo-and-ensemble competition and one advanced to the state level to capture a silver rating, Perry Central Community School Music Director Andrea Clark said.

    By earning gold Feb. 15 at Southridge High School, junior Alicia Hartweck qualified to compete at the state level March 1. Only those who achieve the rating while playing music from the most difficult of four levels advance to state.

  • The calendar says it’s spring, at last

    A pair of Canada geese court in a lake near New Boston this week. March has shown signs of spring but winter has seemed unwilling to let go with light snow Sunday night and early Monday. Spring officially arrives today.

  • Bills authored by state Sen. Young will become law

    INDIANAPOLIS – State Sen. Richard D. Young Jr. (D-Milltown) proposed several bills during the recently adjourned legislative session that were approved by the Indiana General Assembly and are expected to be signed into law by the governor.

    Most new laws will become effective July 1. Young’s initiatives address a variety of issues, including agriculture, small business and veterans.

  • Tell City schools kickball tourney April 6

    TELL CITY – Tell City Junior-Senior High School will host a kickball tournament at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at the Tell City softball fields. The event is sponsored by the Tell City Junior-Senior After Prom Committee and all money raised will be used for after-prom prizes.

    Cost is $40 per team if registered by Wednesday, April 2. Game-day registration will be $50 per team. Teams must have eight players on the roster with no more than 10 total players. Only eight players will be on the field at one time.

  • Register to vote by April 7

    PERRY COUNTY – Perry County Clerk Jean M. Schulthise reminds voters that Monday, April 7, is the last day to register to vote for the primary election to be held May 6. Registration applications must be received in the office, by mail or in person, by the close of business that day.

    Voter registration forms and instructions for submitting them are available at the clerk’s office. Voters may also register at any office of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles or online at www. indianavoters.com.

  • Scheduling of city’s spring cleanup, Cannelcades set

    Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – Cannelton’s street commissioner announced this year’s city-wide “spring clean-up” the week when the street department collects items not allowed in regular weekly trash pickups, will be April 7-11.

    The rules regarding what can be left out for collection will remain the same this year, David Marsh said during regular meetings of the city’s board of public works and council March 10.

  • Tell City annexation and situational politics


    What we have here is “situational politics,” a belief that the end justifies the means. For two or perhaps three decades, Tell City politicians have discussed the imperative of annexation but the dominant political party has never gained the political courage to actually vote for an annexation ordinance.

    There is basically one reason. The local rural electrification cooperative, currently known as Southern Indiana Power.