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Columns

  • Grubs not always to blame for brown spots in the lawn

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Whenever brown patches or dead spots appear in the lawn, we are quick to suspect a grub infestation. This is not always the case, though. In fact, contemporary lawn care routines may be more to blame then you realize.  Some lawn care habits encourage disease or make your lawn more desirable to Japanese beetles and masked chafer beetles, both of which deposit the eggs that grow into grubs.

  • AG Zoeller: Jared Fogle’s story serves as wake-up call

    Greg Zoeller

    Indiana Attorney General

     

    The arrest of one of Indiana’s celebrities forces us to acknowledge what many still don’t want to believe –  the underground business of sex trafficking exists and is thriving.

    When the Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficking Humans Task Force, which I co-chair, first started talking about human trafficking in our state, we were met with skeptics.

  • The chicken project

    JIM ADKINS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    So, one day Leonna came to me and said she was thinking of getting some chickens to live in our large enclosed back yard. I’ve been married to her long enough to know that nothing is off the table when it comes to animals. She is a certified vet tech and has worked in the field for years. I don’t think I have ever met anyone who loves animals as much as my wife.

  • The joys of doing it yourself

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    A friend of mine recently installed a small wind turbine on his rural farm. He lives in Nebraska and such systems are more common in the Great Plains than they are here. Those states have more wind and that means wind-generating turbines, both the large ones owned by utilities, and smaller ones for home or business use, make more economic sense. 

    My buddy’s turbine probably turns most of the time. That wouldn’t be the case in southern Indiana.

  • Deposit bottle nostalgia should be common practice today

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

     

    news@perry countynews.com Oh those trips of yesteryear, when kids rode in the back of station wagons or under the protection of the windowed spaceship that was in fact the family car’s hatchback.

    On select days, such short trips to the grocery often meant playing a make-shift musical number with the glass bottles destined for the store’s deposit racks.

  • Helping students with dyslexia

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    Supporting and improving Indiana’s education system was a top priority for lawmakers during the 2015 legislative session. One part of this effort was crafting legislation aimed at supporting students with dyslexia.

    Dyslexia is a reading and learning disorder that affects 20 percent of American students. It primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent reading and spelling.

  • The buzz over rattlesnakes

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I have never been a real fan of snakes of any size, shape or color. But I have learned to coexist with them and to leave them alone as long as I’m left alone.

    That’s why I cringe when going through back issues of the News, mostly from the 1940s, 50s and 60s, and come across photos of people holding dead timber rattlesnakes.

  • All-natural labels should mean just that

    It may be taking place halfway across the country, but a federal judge’s ruling on a milk-labeling issue could have impacts that reach Indiana.

    At the root of the debate is the argument that a natural product can’t be labeled as such because it doesn’t have additives. If you’re scratching your head, it’s probably because the idea is udderly ridiculous. But that’s exactly what is happening to a creamery in Florida.

  • On voting ... and not

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress

     

    The campaigning for next year’s elections is starting to draw more attention, and with it comes a focus on voters and their mood. Which is all well and good, but it leaves out of the equation one large bloc of citizens: people who are eligible to vote, but don’t.

  • Promoting the safety of student athletes

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    With school in session, that means football season is right around the corner. As a father of four boys and a coach, I am constantly playing football.

    Whether it is in our backyard or at school, I always take the proper precautions while coaching to ensure the safety of every player on and off the field. With any sport, injuries can occur, so it is important we raise awareness about heat and other sports-related injuries affecting Hoosier athletes.