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Columns

  • Propagating trees from seeds can be a challenge

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Some plants are prolific; some are not. Dandelion seed floats through the air and disperses far and wide in spring or summer; hundreds of tiny seeds burst from the spent blooms of cleome as a sphinx moth feeds at dusk.

    Woody plants can be a bit more elusive. I have never seen a Serbian spruce spring forth from a fallen cone nor an apple tree emerge from rotten fruit beneath its canopy. Starting woody plants from seed can be tricky.            

  • A time for everything

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

     

    editor@perry countynews.com

    Sadly, I won’t be able to travel far for a vacation anytime soon. Recent days (or the occasional week)  away from work have meant working somewhere else.

    I used to not mind the lack of real down time but the approach of upper middle age – I turn 50 next year – has made me realize I need to find better balance in my life and with that realization comes the dream of just getting away from everything, maybe for a few weeks or maybe for longer.

  • Calling all fourth-graders

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    Guest Columnist

     

    Throughout this bicentennial year, we are celebrating Indiana’s rich history through events, festivals and a statewide torch relay. Hoosiers of all ages have helped commemorate our state’s 200th birthday.

    Another way our young ones can get involved this historic year is by taking part in the Statehood Day essay contest.

  • Serving our veterans

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

     

    District 74

     

    The summer and fall months provide legislators the opportunity to study issues facing. Later this month, the Interim Study Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs will meet to examine and review ways to better serve our veterans.

  • Cornfield memories

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    The dry weather of the last few weeks has helped local corn crops mature and dry fairly quickly. Some farmers have begun their harvest and, at least in Spencer County, it’s easy to find freshly gleaned fields.

  • Small-town life

    Ashley Williams Edge

    Guest Columnist

     

    Editor’s Note: This column was submitted after an accident that injured Mark Williams, a Tell City Water Department employee. Williams continues to recover from his injuries. 

     

  • Safety, success can coexist for student athletes

    State Rep.

    Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    Football is back in full swing for our local schools. With it comes the excitement of another season for student athletes and communities.

    I always enjoy this time of year because it usually means I am back on the sidelines on Friday nights coaching one of my boys and the rest of the team in the sport we love so much. Every weeknight at practice, we always work to improve our play on the field but it’s important we remember the safety of our kids should be a top priority.

  • As fall nears, consider benefits of ‘green manure’

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    While I will admit that half of my vegetable garden looks dreadful, the other half is holding steady because we mulched paths with a heavy layer of wood chips, filled unplanted beds with cover crops and have weeded the rest by hand, and hoe. I started using cover crops about eight years ago and I am sold on the multi-purpose usefulness. 

  • Action needed to curb growing national debt

    Sen. Dan Coats

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Over the summer, I was cleaning out some old documents, and I came across a press release from 1982, when I was a Member of the House for the 4th District of Indiana.

    Thirty-four years ago, I wrote about how we need to balance the federal budget, and how that cannot be done without slowing the growth of mandatory spending. I was alarmed at the rate of growth in mandatory programs and how Washington’s autopilot-spending had allowed Medicare to grow to the point where it reached $46 billion.

  • Spotlighting enviro issues

    Maureen Hayden

    Guest Column

     

    When three candidates for governor agreed to a trio of debates, all signed onto a list of issues to be discussed. Education, jobs and the economy will take center stage, along with health, social matters and “other issues as warranted.

    Jesse Kharbanda hopes that last category includes the environment.