• ‘The Martian’ is the most exhilarating space movie in years

    Director Ridley Scott’s recent return to sci-fi, “Prometheus,” was not very well-received, although I really enjoyed it, partially because it did not live up to the expectations created from Scott’s early sci-fi classic, “Alien.” Scott returns to science fiction again with “The Martian,” a film that could be called the anti-“Alien.”

  • Are you nuts … squirrels are busy this year

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    The odd thing about living in the country is that squirrels are rarely the nuisance they can be to urban folk. I think country squirrels are wilder than city ones but it also turns out we are likely experiencing two different squirrel species all together. 

  • Thank you, firefighters

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    National Fire Prevention Week, observed Oct. 4-10 this year, is fast approaching, making it an opportune time to salute  volunteer firefighters who protect our lives and property.

    Fire Prevention Week has been around decades and has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire of Oct. 7-8, 1871, that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 people homeless and destroyed more than 17,000 structures.

  • State Senate internships available

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47


    Are you a student or recent graduate who is looking to build your resume with hands-on experience? If so, consider interning with the Indiana Senate Republicans.

    During the 2016 session of the General Assembly, there are a variety of paid internship opportunities in the Senate’s legislative, information technology, legal, communications and policy offices. Here is more information about each internship opportunity and its duties:

  • Persimmons dropping early this year

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    The apple orchard has been picked clean, some are stowed in the refrigerator, some are applesauce, some frozen and the rest are dried and sitting patiently on the shelf until the dead of winter (we are not allowed to eat them until all fresh are eaten!)

  • We face real challenges to representative democracy

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress


    People who care about the United States’ place in the world often fret about challenges to representative democracy from other countries. I’d contend that the more formidable challenge comes not from abroad, but from within.

  • Know your limits: Learn to ride, ride to live

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74


    During the fall season, my family loves to spend time riding ATV’s. As parents, Jodi and I want to ensure the safety of our boys at all times, and while we understand there are risks involved with this activity, by staying educated and getting certified we can mitigate those risks significantly.

  • Hoosier farmers and families need senate to stand up for science

    By Dave Lowe, Indiana Soybean Alliance and Herb Ringel, Indiana Corn Growers Association


    Indiana families will be hurt with higher costs if a group of anti-science activists get mandatory “warning” labeling laws on foods with genetically modified organisms passed in states around the country.

  • Why I love living in Perry County

    Chris Thornton



    Editor’s Note: The Quality of Life Committee, sponsored by the Perry County Development Corp., is partnering with the News to present the stories of people who have moved to Perry County or who have returned here after several years away.


  • Hollinden Shares Annexation Views

    Editor’s note: This report was prepared by freelance journalist Kevin Koelling from a recording Joe Meyer made of the interview he conducted with Councilman Tony Hollinden.


    Joe Meyer, one of the leaders of an effort to prevent the annexation of 1,776 acres by Tell City, invited candidates in the upcoming election to give their views on the border expansion.

    The Tell City Common Council adopted an annexation ordinance in April 2014 despite strong resistance at meetings then and a month earlier.