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Columns

  • Indiana’s first paper published in Vincennes

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perrycountynews.com

     

    Ever since the News was named this year’s Schweizer Fest business of the year, I’ve been trying to research as much as a can about the history of the paper. We pat ourselves on the back with our editorial on this page.

    Jess Cohen with the Vincennes Sun-Commercial penned this story on Indiana’s first paper,  published in Vincennes in 1804 by an enterprising business owner named Elihu Stout.

  • Keeping our students safe

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    Guest Columnist

     

    Another school year is underway for students, parents and educators across Indiana. Our house is now quieter with our sixth-grader, two high school sophomores and college freshman all heading back to the classroom.

    My wife also returned to school as the librarian, which I always admire, even if it does leave me feeling a bit left out.

    We can all take extra steps to ensure our students are safe throughout the school year.

  • Cicadas … music to your ears

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    One of my favorite things about summer is my front row seat at the orchestra. The orchestra of insects, that is. Late summer, when temperatures cool down enough to turn the air conditioner off and open the windows, we fall asleep to the sounds of katydids, crickets and cicadas. I sometimes cheat in the heat of the summer and crack the window in my office so I can hear the insects and the birds as I work at the computer or in the kitchen.

  • Uneven corn due to poor pollination

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Corn has been a staple food for centuries. It was first cultivated by Indian peoples in Central America; in fact, the adoption of agriculture and the art of cultivating gave way to the grand cities of the Aztec and Mayans. What would the world be without corn and potatoes, both of which were first cultivated in Central America?

  • Schweizer Fest traditions

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    For me, this week’s Schweizer Fest is a lot like some holidays. There is plenty of extra work, so much in fact that finding time to enjoy the actual festivities can be a challenge. 

    The weeks before Schweizer Fest have our staff working on the combined program guide and Zeitung.  It was included in the paper a couple of weeks ago. We also publish a pre-Schweizer Fest sample edition. That’s the issue you’re holding now.

  • 17 days of Hoosier food and fun at the state fair

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    It’s that time of year again here in Indiana. Fried foods, 4-H shows, concerts and so much more come together for the Indiana State Fair, which runs Aug. 5-21.

    Visitors will have the opportunity to experience one of the best state fairs yet, as Indiana celebrates its 200th birthday. Our state’s history, art, folklore and traditions will be highlighted through new exhibits that display what it means to be a Hoosier, both past and present.

  • A final response to Lafayette’s tale of a fateful trip

    STEPHEN SAALMAN

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

  • Is lunch or dinner at noon?

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Do you call your noon meal lunch or dinner?

    Thinking about many of the old farmers I used to work for had me thinking last week about the words we describe our noon meal.

    In fact, a man well into his 80s recently said he had to get home and fix dinner for a lady friend. It was 11 a.m.

    Most of us refer to dinner as an evening meal and many of us simply call it “supper.”

  • Helping fish more fun than catching

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales

     

    About the only thing more fun for an angler than catching fish is helping a youngster catch fish. Last weekend, again I had that fun.

    Granddaughters, Molly and Kennedy, were visiting for several days. They had announced in advance they wanted to fish. I was prepared with red worms and nightcrawlers.

  • Mysterious Ark Encounter

    Jake Bethel

    Feature Writer

    lifestyles@perry countynews.com

     

    Secluded in the middle of a vast clearing in Grant County, Ky., stands a rather conspicuously majestic structure. The Ark Encounter was built to be a historically and Biblically accurate replica of Noah’s Ark, in case you’ve missed the headlines regarding the financial aspects and hiring practices of the project.