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Columns

  • Preparing for Indiana’s unpredictable storm season

    State Rep. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    With changing seasons comes unpredictable and sometimes dangerous weather in the Hoosier State. Severe weather can develop quickly, which is why it is important to be prepared and know when to take necessary safety precautions.

    The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has developed a severe-weather- preparedness fact sheet to help families understand how to prepare before, during and after storms hit. Some key tips are listed below.

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  • Just as salsa season nears, pepper blight returns

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    About 40 years ago, a fungus was discovered in pepper crops in New York and has since spread as far as California and Florida. It’s in our midst, as well. The fungus in question causes phytophthora blight in peppers.

    Some refer to the sudden wilting of peppers as damping off, phytophthora root rot, crown rot or stem and fruit rot. Clearly, the fungus impacts the entire plant. I had a problem with this blight in my pepper patch and it seems as though it is back.

  • Cool It

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    Several years ago, I went to Indianapolis to visit my sister and her family. I don’t often have breaks during the summer because of the nature of my business. I own a lawn service and it is very difficult to get away during my busy season. It’s kind of like a schoolteacher’s job in reverse. I’m trapped in my county during the summer, but have the winters off.

  • A real dog and pony show

    Clarke Blackford

    Guest Columnist

     

    In the summer of 1970, after Kathy and I were married, we moved to Evansville. I was teaching there and we moved into an apartment near my school.

    Across the alley from our apartment lived Mr. and Mrs. Shephard, a couple with a 4- or 5-year-old little girl. In their backyard were two buildings.

  • Life’s a lot like a bingo game

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Life is a lot like a game of Sunday bingo. Sooner or later everyone’s number comes up.

    I’ve come across several bingo games in the past few weeks, at St. Paul’s church picnic in City Hall Park and at a few other community events. I didn’t have time to play but I would have liked to.

  • Although devious, poison ivy can be controlled

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    I’ve noticed more poison ivy this year then I recall in previous years.  Maybe I am more observant or maybe the farm is just weedier.  Either way, it makes people nervous.  I am not particularly allergic to this devious vine but Andy, my husband, will blister like being burned by fire whenever he comes into contact with it. 

  • We need both insiders and outsiders in Congress

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress

     

    Members of Congress get categorized in all sorts of ways. They’re liberal or conservative; Republican or Democrat; interested in domestic affairs or specialists in foreign policy.

    There’s one very important category, though, that I never hear discussed: whether a member wants to be an inside player or an outside player. Yet where members fall on the continuum helps to shape the institution of Congress.

  • Property-tax relief for farmers

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    Agriculture is the backbone of Indiana’s economy, providing nearly 245,000 Hoosier jobs and $4.7 billion in exports each year.

    In order to support this vital industry and the jobs it provides, the General Assembly enacted Senate Enrolled Act 436, a new law that freezes the assessment of property taxes on farmland.

  • ‘Are we there yet?’

    Brittany Overstreet

    Staff Writer

     

    It’s not a family vacation without the four words, “are we there yet” a few dozen times. When on my way to Panama City Beach though, I just put in my headphones, think happy thoughts and it’s not so bad.

    Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending seven amazing days vacationing with my boyfriend and his family. When a lot of people hear PCB, spring break and crazy high school kids usually seems to be the first thing that comes to mind.

  • A home of your own

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Perry County needs more homeowners and there are resources available to help people purchase a home of their own. It’s also a good time to purchase a first home.

    Gov. Mike Pence issued a proclamation last week marking June Home Homeownership Month. The proclamation was delivered by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, who was joined by members of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Indiana Builders Association and Habitat for Humanity of Indiana.