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Columns

  • It’s mid-May ... sweet potato planting time

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Once again, we enjoyed sweet potatoes all winter long from a fantastic harvest last fall. I planted out about 25 organic slips purchased from Country Corner Greenhouse in Shepherdsville, Ky., in late May and, by early November, we had four nursery crates full of one of nature’s perfect foods.

  • Bits of wisdom at age 50

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I turn 50 tomorrow. Instead of a column attempting to offer some reflection on the milestone, I’m sharing a few thoughts garnered over 50 years of life.

  • Supporting our veterans

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    Our military service members sacrifice so much to ensure that the freedoms we enjoy each day are preserved and protected both at home and abroad.

    Once these service members retire or are honorably discharged to pursue the next chapter of their career, many of them face challenges adapting back to civilian life. Unfortunately, some veterans also face obstacles from injuries they sustained while serving our country.

  • Seattle Slew and Me

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    Years ago, when I was in my twenties, young and naïve, I was known to take a drink or two. I’m not saying that I was a drunk, but I sure seemed to know a lot of them.

    One Saturday afternoon, I was sitting at a table in an ancient bar that was full of character, you know, grimy windows set into an exposed red brick interior and creaky wooden floors that my grandfather might have walked across, when the bartender came by and said, “last chance.”

  • Farm moms are special

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Mother’s Day is less than a week away and each year I’m reminded that I’m not the most appreciative of sons. I usually try to give Mom a card and either cash or gift card to buy her something. But I don’t put a lot of thought into the day and, for that, I’m sorry.

    My siblings are far better at treating Mom to flowers, a home-cooked breakfast or dinner (cooked by someone other than her) and even a porch swing or rose bushes.

  • Dependability: Why it’s important

    NATALIE SANDERS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Editor’s Note: This is the latest of a series on work-ethics articles. Written by adults and students, they reflect the growing importance of personal workplace skills and attributes. This one was written by Tell City High School senior Natalie Sanders.

     

  • Mayapple digs were memorable

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

  • Climate change: A look at problems and possibilities

    BRETT SANDERS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Why has humanity done so little over the past four decades to rein in carbon emissions?

    The main reason, Naomi Klein argues in “This Changes Everything,” is that the necessary actions “fundamentally conflict with deregulated capitalism, the reigning ideology for the entire period we have been struggling to find a way out of this crisis.”

  • Fire restores prairie

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Back in 2007 we installed a 5-acre, tall-grass prairie with assistance from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Habitat Improvement Program.  Each year they assist a number of landowners in various ways that improve habitat, prevent erosion and protect waterways. Basically, you do the work but they supply you with the materials needed to get the job done. 

  • Eclipse buzz growing

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Before you read any further, grab a pen and paper and jot down the following date and event: “Aug. 21, 2017. Eclipse of the sun.”

    The big event, the buzz is just beginning to stir, is just a few months off. But big events deserve pre-planning, and the first major solar eclipse for many of us will be a milestone event to remember.

    Lots of people will be hosting eclipse parties. I’ve heard about four already in Perry and Spencer counties alone.