• Dividing issues quantified in local election results

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer


    The voters’ decisions marked in the outcomes of recent elections is evidence of our citizens’ true views on local hot-topic issues.

    The term “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” seems to be an acceptable summary of a few recent letters submitted to the News. Amid the public outcries against new taxes, something contrary took place.

  • Wild turkey increasingly popular Thanksgiving treat

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales


    There is considerable difference between the wild turkey probably eaten at the first Thanksgiving meal and the tame bird found on most holiday tables these days.

    The bird most of us have with stuffing, potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie was once closely related to the wild bird, but now hardly represents a distant cousin.

  • Winter’s checklist part 1: Preparing gardens for winter

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    There are many gardening tasks that must be done or are better done in the fall of the year; things like cleaning up old plant material; fertilizing trees, shrubs and lawns; and protecting tender plants like hybrid tea roses and French hydrangeas.

    These chores are all a part of garden maintenance and taking care of them now will improve the quality of your garden later. Here’s a checklist to remind you of what needs to be done to get the garden ready for winter.

  • Houchin reports on Organization Day at the Indiana Statehouse

    Erin Houchin

    State Senate District 47


    On Tuesday, Nov. 17, the Indiana General Assembly will convene at the Statehouse for the ceremonial start of the 2016 legislative session. “Organization Day,” as it’s commonly referred to, provides legislators an opportunity to meet with fellow lawmakers and staff, and begin discussing legislative topics.

  • Sisters of St. Benedict to welcome Christkindlmarkt guests

    FERDINAND – The Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand have announced their Monastery Event Hall is an official Christkindlmarkt site for 2015. Nearly 40 vendors will have their hand-made creations and foods on display and St. Ferdinand Knights of Columbus will serve food. Christkindlmarkt is Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All times are Eastern.

  • Businesses warned against new telephone scams

    Lloyd Arnold

    District 74 State Rep.


    All utility customers should be on alert. Posing as customer-service representatives from Duke Energy, scammers are calling businesses to warn them that their electric service will be disconnected unless they make immediate payment.

  • OK at times to be scooped

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    No journalist likes being scooped, especially this one. I used to moan and groan when another TV station or newspaper ran a story I was already working on. In the old days, weekly and twice-weekly newspapers like ours couldn’t do much between issues. We occasionally held the paper for big events and once or twice printed early to get big stories in the public’s hands sooner.

  • Thinking of spring? Cool start best for bulbs

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    Don’t jump the gun when it comes to planting spring flowering bulbs this fall. Spring bulbs are best planted once soil temperatures cool to about 55 degrees, so wait until we have had at least two weeks of sweater weather.  If it is too cool outside without a jacket then it’s just right for planting bulbs.

  • Grant funds benefit Tell City

    Lloyd Arnold

    Rep. District 74


    Indiana continues to work towards improving the safety of Hoosiers as well as raising the quality of life for all its residents. In order to do so, we must maintain the current housing stock in our communities and make sure those residents are in homes that are safe and easily accessible.

    The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority helps to ensure we preserve Indiana’s housing through partnerships and grants.

  • Throw the bums out




    “Throw the bums out!” - a term commonly used in American politics when a group of elected officials is so bad that the damage they cause can only be stopped by replacing the entire group.

    On Aug. 12 the Perry County Council held a public meeting to discuss the possibility of levying a public safety tax of up to .25 percent of taxable income on Perry County residents.  I was one of about 50 citizens that attended, and one of a dozen or or more that spoke.