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Today's News

  • COLUMN: A black panther and dynamite

    By FRANK SANDAGE
    Guest Columnist

    I want to add a bit of lore to Editor Vince Luecke’s Oct. 29 column on mountain lions and panthers.

    My dad, Frank Sandage Sr., (1907-1994) drove a school bus for the Anderson Township Schools from 1951 to 1966 until the new Perry Central School Corp. was organized.

    In early 1960 or 1961 Dad was returning from his early-morning run. This was before the new Indiana 37 was built.

  • COLUMN: In search of the perfect springerle

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I’m on vacation this week and of the long list of things I need to do, baking Christmas sweets is well up on my to-do list.

    Though I have a physique of a healthy eater, I’m no baker and the only cookies I’ve made as of late have come from two cubes of dough purchased from my school-age nieces and nephews. The cookies were OK but nowhere near as good as Mom’s made-from-scratch treats.

  • EDITORIAL: Mere threat to restrict filibusters may reduce them

    Everything isn’t always what it seems to be in politics, and sometimes just the threat to do something can produce the desired result.

    History buffs are familiar with the Judicial Procedures Reform Bill of 1937, frequently called the court-packing plan. Because the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled several parts of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation unconstitutional, Roosevelt suggested this bill to add more members to the Supreme Court. The Constitution does not specify how many members the court must have.

  • New Year’s Eve party to rock Tell City

    The city of Tell City is kicking off its first ever New Year’s Eve celebration with a myriad of activities followed by the dropping of a large apple.

    In honor of the community’s Swiss heritage, an 8-foot diameter LED apple will be lowered on its 40-foot pole at midnight in City Hall Park. Fireworks will follow the apple drop along with the traditional singing of “Auld Lang Syne.”

  • Dry November, warm December not proof of new drought

    WEST LAFAYETTE – A very dry Indiana November and abnormally warm start to December have sparked some nervous chatter in the agriculture community on the heels of the worst drought in decades, but the Indiana State Climate Office says it isn’t time for farmers to panic.
    A cold November brought only 28 percent of normal rainfall to the state, but a northward shift of the jet stream and storm track are bringing warm, wet weather back to Indiana.

  • Local FFA members help package 1 million meals

    INDIANAPOLIS – Perry Central FFA member Stephanie Sherman earned the prestigious American FFA Degree at the FFA Rally to Fight Hunger Oct. 24-25. More than 9,500 FFA members, advisers and guests took part in the rally conducted in Indianapolis. One million meals were packaged in just 20 hours, with half of the meals staying in the Indianapolis area and half going to Haiti.

  • Seven is lucky number for USI’s Southern Indiana Japanese School

    EVANSVILLE – The University of Southern Indiana’s Southern Indiana Japanese School has received the School Award in Writing from the Japan Overseas Educational Services, a subsidiary of the Japanese government’s Ministry of Education and Science. Only 20 out of more that 300 Japanese schools abroad received the award. This is the seventh consecutive year that the SIJS has received this honor.

    Additional writing prizes were also awarded to seven SIJS students in various categories.

  • Crisis Connection training Dec. 17

    JASPER – Crisis Connection will provide a free training session Dec. 17 on stewards of children. Stewards of Children is a revolutionary interactive prevention program, developed by Darkness to Light Inc., a national child sexual abuse prevention organization. The program educates adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse and to take proactive steps to protect children.
    The mission of Crisis Connection Inc. is to enlighten and empower people to adopt zero tolerance toward interpersonal, domestic and sexual violence.

  • BMV offers new app

    INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle customers can now access services through a new app available for Apple and Android mobile devices.  
    The BMV app can be downloaded at no charge from the app store on a mobile device using “myBMV” as search words. Links for both apps are listed on the homepage of the myBMV.com Web site.

  • Traps yield no emerald ash borers in southwest Indiana

    INDIANAPOLIS – A survey conducted over the past seven months of the 13 southwest Indiana counties in which emerald ash borer had not been previously detected showed no signs of the invasive insect that kills ash trees.
    As part of the survey, traps were strategically located in five southwestern counties – Gibson, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick.
    “The 82 purple traps placed on the designed grid did not capture any of the beetles,” said Phil Marshall, state entomologist.