Today's News

  • Cannelton leaders to be sworn in today

    PERRY COUNTY - Newly elected and re-elected city officials in Cannelton and Tell City will be sworn in during separate ceremonies today and Jan. 1. In Cannelton, officials will take their oaths of office at 5 p.m. today in the council chambers, located in the lower level of the city library.

    Judge Lucy Goffinet will administer the oaths of office to Mayor-elect Morris "Smokey" Graves, Clerk-Treasurer-elect Arvina Bozarth and members of the city council. A reception will follow at Cannelton American Legion Post 142.

  • Perry Central comes back to beat Vikings

    LEOPOLD - Perry Central' s boys basketball team got outshot from the field, committed 20 turnovers, only tied its opponent in rebounding, and had three key players in foul trouble most of the game Saturday.

    Yet the Commodores found a way to beat North Posey 43-39.

    The Commodores led 21-19 at halftime but committed five turnovers before scoring a point in the third quarter. They fell behind 37-29 with five minutes left in the game.

  • PC girls survive in overtime

    PAOLI - Perry Central blew a 22-point first-half lead but came back to beat Paoli 59-57 in overtime in PLAC girls basketball Saturday.

    The Commodores hit 16 of 24 shots from the field as they built a 38-16 halftime lead. But they made only 7 of 26 after the intermission.

    "The first half we were hitting nearly everything we threw up there and they weren' t hitting anything," said Perry Central Coach Sarah Spindler. "The second half it was kind of reversed.

  • Mitchell's report could be viewed as good news

    Besides the Boston Red Sox' winning the World Series, there was plenty of good news in the sports world this year.

    Some news could be viewed as bad or good, though, depending on one's perspective.

    For example, some would view George Mitchell's recent report on steroids in baseball, listing nearly 90 present and former players as users, as bad news for baseball fans.

    But I choose to view it as good news.

  • McClintic on all-tourney team

    HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Tell City graduate Laura McClintic was one of three Kentucky Wesleyan women's basketball players named to the 10-member Northern Kentucky University Travel America All-Classic team Wednesday.

    The Panthers beat St. Andrews Presbyterian 73-58 and Fayetteville State 77-60 to win the tourney and improve to 5-2.

    McClintic, a 5-foot-7 senior guard, averaged 13.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in the tourney, including scoring a game-high 19 points in the championship game.

  • PC girls defeat Blackhawks

    FRENCH LICK - Perry Central's girls basketball team showed its resiliency Thursday, losing a 10-point lead but coming back to beat Springs Valley 51-38.

    The Commodores built a 22-12 lead on a rebound basket and free throw by Alie Schroeder with 1:34 left in the first half.

    Springs Valley came back to tie the game 30-30 with 1:56 left in the third quarter. But the Commodores immediately answered with a 10-0 run to build their lead back to 10.

  • Marksmen's frontline dominates Cannelton

    TELL CITY - Tell City's starting frontline hit 80.0 percent from the field as the Marksmen beat Cannelton 82-34 in boys basketball Friday.

    The Marksmen used their superior height - an average of 6 inches per man on the starting frontlines, according to heights listed on the rosters - to dominate inside.

    Center Eric Henrickson scored a career-high 18 points on 7 of 9 field-goal shooting and 4 of 4 free throws.

    Forward Joseph Kohnert added 11 points on 5 of 6 field-goal shooting and Jay Ziegelgruber scored 10 on 4 of 5 field-goal shooting and 2 of 3 free throws.

  • What if Santa knocked at your door?

    It's a good thing Santa generally makes his visits at night. A lot of us would be in trouble if the old man came knocking while we were awake and brought hard questions instead of a bag filled with gifts.

    I'd be rather poorly prepared to find Santa at my door, with those all-knowing nods of the chin and probing eyes. I'd probably pretend not to be home and ignore the knocks and jingle bells.

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Editor's Note: In the months before the Christmas of 1897, an 8-year-old girl named Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the New York Sun, asking if there really was a Santa Claus. Edward P. Mitchell gave the assignment to Francis P. Church, whose reply to Virginia appeared in the Sept. 21, 1897, edition of the Sun. Virginia's letter and Church's reply, as it appeared in the Sun, are reprinted below. Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas died May 13, 1971.

    Is there a Santa Claus?

  • Forest service to accept Christmas trees until Jan. 8

    TELL CITY - The Hoosier National Forest invites Perry Countians and others to turn their old Christmas trees into fish habitat in area lakes and ponds.

    When submerged, recycled Christmas trees offer habitat to enhance feeding and cover for a variety of fish species, including largemouth bass, blue-gill and other sunfish species. Once submerged, the trees serve as media for the growth of algae. This attracts insects and other invertebrates, which provide food for small fish.