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Today's News

  • Remember veterans this Memorial Day, every day

    Today is Memorial Day, a day set aside since 1868 to honor and remember our nation's veterans.

    Then it was called Decoration Day and was established by an organization of Union veterans called the Grand Army of the Republic.

    The first observance was held at Arlington National Cemetery, where officials including Gen. Ulysses S. Grant presided over ceremonies. Children from the Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphan Home and members of GAR made their way through the cemetery reciting prayers and singing hymns while putting flowers on Union and Confederate graves.

  • Purgatory on a hillside

    Not everyone believes in purgatory, that place between heaven and hell where sinners are purged of their wrongdoings.

    Though it's been a long time since I sat through a catechism class, Catholics are still taught that purgatory exists and for people like me who harbor more than a few not-yet-atoned-for sins, purgatory sure beats that other place. While the sign over it marks it as a one-way entrance through which people never leave, purgatory isn't a place for all eternity. It's like a busy doctor's office. Eventually your name gets called.

  • Back to the place I call home

    Editor's Note: A Quality of Life Committee working under the auspices of the Perry County Development Corp. is partnering with The News to present the stories of people who have moved to Perry County or who have returned here after several years away. This column was written by Chad James.

    In 1991, I moved away from Perry County, excited to begin my college years at Purdue University. The previous 18 years were spent largely with family. My mother had 13 siblings and my father had 11.  

  • Should we let our secret out?

    (Shhhhh ... don't tell Indiana.)

    The state received a notice early this month that it again earned a failing grade for educating its preschool children.

    Because it doesn't.

    Indiana's top education officials only recently realized, apparently, that children of kindergarten age can and should be learning, if, that is, the kids want to walk into their first day of first grade without looking, well, uneducated.

  • Nine co-valedictorians to lead Sunday commencement

    LEOPOLD - A 2010 graduating class 98 students strong will receive their diplomas Sunday at Perry Central Community School. The 2 p.m. ceremony will be held in the high-school auditorium and will feature nine co-valedictorians. Instead of offering individual speeches, the nine honor grads have combined their talents into a single address that includes a history of their class and tributes to parents, teachers and others who have helped them on their educational journeys.

  • Breaking News UPDATE Cannelton teacher injured in Hwy. 66 collision

    GRANDVIEW - The Spencer County Coroner’s office has identified a man killed in a two-vehicle collision Friday morning on Indiana 66.

    Gary Bingle, 47, of Silverdale Road, was the driver of a van that crashed head-on into a sport-utility vehicle around 6:20 a.m. The crash occurred east of Grandview.

  • Top students to look to future, take on challenge

    CANNELTON - Cannelton High School's valedictorian will look to the future and its salutatorian will take on challenges as the themes of their commencement addresses Saturday.

    The graduation ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the city's community center.

  • Grand finale
  • News welcomes summer intern

    SPENCER COUNTY - After finishing his second year of study at Indiana University's School of Journalism, Jacob Groves is joining the The Perry County News and Spencer County Journal-Democrat staffs as a summer intern.

    He began work last week and will spend 10 weeks covering news, writing features and taking photographs in the two counties.

    He is a participant in a Eugene S. Pulliam Internship Program that places college journalism students in newspapers across the state. The Hoosier State Press Association coordinates the interning process.

  • Couple's wedding balloons cut power to courthouse

    TELL CITY - A couple's courthouse marriage created real sparks Monday morning after balloons apparently released by the wedding party became snagged in power lines along Indiana 37, cutting power to the courthouse and damaging a generator control panel.