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Columns

  • In the legislative homestretch at last

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    With the Kentucky Derby right around the corner, as you know, a lot can happen before the horses cross the finish line. Like any race, the Kentucky Derby is very comparable to the legislative session, and we are officially in the homestretch.

  • Ohio’s ‘Little Perry County’

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I received a nice letter recently from Don Bouillon of Fostoria, Ohio, who thanked me for an Easter column about the late Brother Rene Bouillon OSB.

    Brother Rene, a cousin to Don Bouillon, was an assistant at St. John Chrysostom Church in New Boston during my childhood and teenage years. The column was about serving Mass for Brother Rene during Holy Week.

  • We must embrace our history

    Don Steen

    Staff Writer

    reporter@spencercounty journal.com

     

    I recently had an opportunity to sit down and talk with Father Cyprian Davis at St. Meinrad Archabbey about his experiences in Selma, Ala., and the civil-rights movement as a whole.

  • Options bound when it comes to French green beans

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    I have loved green beans ever since I grew Tenderette in the fifth grade for my 4-H project at Simpsonville Elementary. 

    Now, I primarily grow the filet types of green beans, or what many call French beans or haricots verts (green bean in French). Why the European designation? Benjamin Watson explains, “Americans prefer those varieties of snap beans that remain stringless for a long time on the bush or remain fresh in the refrigerator for a long time after picking.

  • Lost and found in the Hoosier National Forest

    Vicki Gullang-Harris

    Hoosier National Forest

     

    Spring is a wonderful time to spend outdoors. Unfortunately, for some adventurous folks who venture off trail, a day of fun exploration could turn to fear as they realize they have become lost.

    With a bit of preparation, becoming lost can be avoided. Proper planning helps ensure your safety. It will also increase your ability to deal with unexpected situations should they arise. 

  • Touched by a tornado

    JIM ADKINS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    ThePerry County News recently had a story recalling the April 1974 outbreak of tornadoes that rampaged across our region. After reading about and remembering that episode from years ago, I thought I’d write a personal account about a more recent occurrence of deadly winds that tore through southern Indiana. April is tornado season here, and as the News suggested, we should all be prepared for the capricious nature of the weather.

  • A silly dare and a nun

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

     

    editor@perry countynews.com

    I don’t have a lot of time to attend auctions but I suspect quite a few people will be interested in one coming up April 30. A variety of items, including school desks, from St. Mark Church’s rectory and former school will hit the auction block at 5 p.m. at Dixon’s Auction Service in Tell City. Several folks from the parish showed me a few of the desks that will be auctioned.

  • For the media, traditional values still matter

    Lee Hamilton

    Center for Congress

     

    I have been involved in politics and policy-making for more than 50 years, and as you can imagine I hold strong feelings about reporters and the media. They’re not what you might think, however.

  • We enforce the laws to save lives

    JOHN ALLEN

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    If there is one thing I could urge all motorists – drivers, passengers, front seat, back seat, all ages – to do every time you get in a vehicle, it’s buckle up.

    It is the single-most effective way to avoid being killed in a crash. Would you ever ride a roller coaster without the harness down? Would you ever skydive without a parachute? When you ride in a motor vehicle without a seat belt, you are taking a huge risk. One you can’t afford.

  • Small towns still matter

    CHRIS FLOOK

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    In slightly over a year, Indiana will celebrate its bicentennial with fireworks, parades and plenty of speeches in small towns across the state that are quickly emptying and nearly forgotten as a generation or two rushes to fill up larger cities and their adjacent suburbs.