• A Benedictine monk who has bettered God’s creation as a monk, scientist, professor and pastor, was recognized last week with one of the state’s highest honors.

    The Rev. Damian Schmelz OSB, a monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey and retired pastor of St. Henry Catholic Church in St. Henry, was named a Sagamore of the Wabash at a ceremony held Nov. 5. 

    The award is the highest honor bestowed by the governor of Indiana and is considered a personal tribute usually given to those who have rendered a distinguished service to the state or to the governor.


    Staff Writer


    TELL CITY – An iconic local automotive shop will remain in the hands of a family with its own long history dealing in automobiles. The building, which was formerly home to Blackie’s Tire Shop at 702 Seventh St., has been purchased by Dauby’s Body Shop owner Mike Dauby and his wife, Cindy.



    TELL CITY – Two natives of Tell City, Sam Snyder and Wes Cantner, make up local music duo Charms Voormann.

    The two have been playing together for about seven years, having met when they weren’t old enough to legally drive. Now that they are both in their 20s, they have the experience and skill earned to pursue their love of music together. 

  • Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales


    Among his peers in professional tournament competition, Bobby Lane is best known for his skill using spinnerbaits and Carolina rigs, but when water begins cooling in the autumn, the Yamaha Pro often changes to a topwater popping plug.

    Usually considered a summertime lure, Lane actually keeps a popper tied on throughout the fall months, according to information provided by Yamaha.

    Lane is part of a bass fishing family as his brothers, Chris and Arnie also fish the tournament trail

  • Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    I heard the weather forecaster recently mention the chance of an Indian summer and it got me thinking about this old print my father had hanging in his office.

  • Editor’s Note: This article was penned by Judi Perez, forest planning and public affairs officer for the Hoosier National Forest.


    When the Hoosier National Forest implements resource management projects, the staff establishes objectives and constraints. But once we complete the project, how do we know if what we intended to happen really worked or if you got some unintended or perhaps undesirable outcomes? Monitoring.

  • Editor’s Note: The late Omer Bryant penned this memoir of his role in the Allied invasion of Sicily. As a member of the U.S. Navy, he also fought in the Philippines. Before the war he worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps and helped plant many of Perry County’s forests. He passed away in 2012.



  • Terry Severson, Forest Fire Management Officer with the Hoosier National Forest, is generally pretty calm and quiet. But a few topics will get him talking: family – his wife, Trina and daughters, Emma and Amani – managing resources with fire and Africa. 

  • TELL CITY – Lincoln Hills Development Corp.’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will host its annual recognition event on Friday, Oct. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Evangelical United Church of Christ, 10th and Jefferson streets in Tell City. The event is held to honor the RSVP volunteers who contribute many hours of their time and talent for the betterment of our community.

    The event will feature food, fun and prizes. All RSVP volunteers and volunteer station representatives are invited to attend. RSVP volunteers are encouraged to bring a guest.

  • PERRY COUNTY – Even though it is a beautiful fall day outside, it soon will be winter with Christmas right around the corner. Is your church youth or mission group, your organization, your business or your family already thinking about helping others this Christmas season? 

    Well, you aren’t alone.  The Holiday Helpers United partners are already working to help those in need this Christmas and we need your help too.

  • EVANSTON – The descendants of Albert and Frances (Gramelspacher) Kuntz will host a family reunion Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Evanston Ballpark in the Evanston Civic Association main building and shelter house.

    Burgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, tea, lemonade and table service will be provided. Family members are encouraged to take covered dishes and any other drinks they prefer. The meal will be served around 12:30 p.m., but the doors will open at 11. 

    Organizers also ask those who attend to take any pictures and  memories they wish to share.

  • TELL CITY – Do you have Type 2 diabetes or care for someone who does? Would you like to learn more about your disease and how to reduce your health risks? If so, Purdue Extension has a great program for you.


    Staff Writer



    Unbeknownst to many, St. Martin’s Cemetery in Chrisney is the final resting place of royalty, of a sort.

    Herman “Beefsteak Charlie” Campbell, better known as King of the Hobos, was a common guest to many Chrisney and Spencer County residents. He was also a  regular visitor to Troy and, perhaps, Tell City.