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Today's News

  • Thomas propels PC to win over Orleans

    By LARRY GOFFINET
    Sports Editor

    ORLEANS—Perry Central’s boys basketball team never knows who its scoring leaders will be from game to game, or even half to half. So it’s hard for opposing defenses to key on anyone.
    Friday Derek Thomas had the hot hand in a four-minute stretch in the second quarter that propelled the Commodores past Orleans 58-49 in a key PLAC game.

  • CURRENT POLL QUESTION: How do you feel about President Obama saying in his inaugural address, "We will respond to the threat of climate change."

    We invite readers to participate in our online poll by finding the question at the bottom of the page or clicking into the opinion section.

    Other features of the site that allow you to express your opinions include an "Add new comment" invitation at the end of most stories and a community forum, also found in the opinion section.

    Don't hold back; express yourself!

  • COLUMN: Forest offers winter adventures

    By CHRIS ZIMMER
    Guest Columnist

    Happy New Year from your Hoosier National Forest, Indiana’s National Treasure. As we welcome the New Year, consider the many fun things to do in the Hoosier National Forest in winter.

  • COLUMN: Entertaining ‘Django’ one of year’s best

    By ERIC HARRIS
    Film Review

    Quentin Tarantino has become a somewhat controversial figure in cinema. There are the Tarantino devotees, who have been on board since they first saw “Reservoir Dogs” and enjoy every single thing he does. I can nearly be classified as part of this group.

    Then there are the people that have been less than impressed with everything he has done since “Pulp Fiction.”

  • COLUMN: Remember that bleak Jan. 22

    By ROBERT MORRISON
    Guest Columnist

    I vividly remember January 22, 1973. Richard Nixon had just been inaugurated for a second term. That thought depressed me. Lyndon Johnson, a virtual exile in Texas, died of a heart attack. And the news of a breakthrough in negotiations to end the Vietnam War commanded attention. It seemed we might get our POWs back.

  • COLUMN: Guns, school safety and strong emotions

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    We’re always happy when editorials on this page generate letters to the editor, even when it’s a mistake of ours that gets people putting pen to paper.

    Last week’s editorial advocating tighter restrictions on assault-style firearms generated quite the buzz. That’s good. Our editorial contained an error in saying school shootings were carried out with automatic weapons. Instead, they were done with semiautomatic weapons. There is a difference.

  • EDITORIAL: Be aware of school buses; watch for the stop arm

    We hear a lot of things on the police scanners that sit in the office at the News. Most of the time, the calls are what you would expect. But it seems lately, with schools in the county back in session, there have been a few calls in about motorists illegally passing buses while they are stopped and delivering or collecting students.

    It’s not an epidemic in the county by any means, however even hearing two or three instances are cause for concern.

  • USDA finalizes new microloan program

    WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week announced a new microloan program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture designed to help small and family operations, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers secure loans of less than $35,000.

  • House pages needed for 2013 session

    INDIANAPOLIS — State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) is encouraging local students to apply for the Indiana House Page Program. The program offers students who are 13 to 18 years old the chance to visit the Statehouse and see a full day of legislative activity.

    “The page program is a great hands-on experience for students,” said Rep. Arnold. “I hope that students in our community take the opportunity to visit the Statehouse and see how their state government works.”

  • Frigid scenery