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Columns

  • Ethanol increase could hurt boat motors

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales

     

    How you think and feel about ethanol in your gasoline probably varies depending on your perspective of the fuel additive.

    If you are a grain farmer, you likely have a different view than that of a boat owner, especially the perspective of  a boat owner with an older engine.

    The media relations folks at Yamaha recently put out information from their perspective about the current use of ethanol in gas and the desire of the feds to add even more per gallon.

  • Legislators must answer for education policy failures

    CHRIS COYLE

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    The Aug. 13 Perry County News article on education issues facing Cannelton, Tell City, and Perry Central helped bring a local face to an Indiana policy problem that is gaining national attention. In the last two weeks, the Washington Post and the New York Times have profiled the serious and depressing public education policy failures that have plagued our state over the last several years.

  • It’s not too late to set out a fall garden

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    I am planting a fall garden for sure this year. The current one is a flop, so it is time to start over. The challenge with a fall garden is getting seed and seedlings to germinate and grow during the heat of the end of summer.

  • Facilitating dialogue

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    This legislative session, House Republicans worked to pass an honestly balanced budget, enhance public safety and expand educational opportunities for Hoosier students – all while maintaining accountability and transparency.

    These policy victories will foster a better quality of life for Hoosiers today and for future generations, but there is plenty of work yet ahead.

  • Summer has been fleeting

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Where has summer gone? A lot of people have been asking that over the past week or so with the return of school and the arrival of Schweizer Fest in Tell City.

    Summer isn’t gone by any means but the free time the months of June and July affords many people is slipping away. OK, it’s basically gone.

  • Perry County had big role in state’s early coal history

    Andrea Neal

    Guest Columnist

     

    Coal is to Indiana what oil is to Texas. Since the mid 1800s, it’s been the fuel that powers the Hoosier economy. 

    “We get 85 percent of our energy from coal,” explained Indiana Coal Council President Bruce Stevens. “That’s huge because Indiana is the No. 1 manufacturing state in the nation.”    

  • Honoring a fallen hero

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    A man in the Netherlands is trying to locate relatives of a Troy man killed in World War II. With today’s issue of News going to every household, I hope someone will soon be sending an overseas email.

    I may have mentioned Nowy van Hedel’s request in a column some time ago, but the 30-year-old Dutch man recently sent another email explaining what he has learned about Clifford M. Mills, and the battle in which he and more than 8,000 other U.S. men were killed.

  • Road runs calling your name

    KATIE WEYER

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    If you have been through downtown Tell City the past few days, I am sure you have noticed the town readying itself for our annual Schweizer Fest celebration.

    I hope you have started to make a list of things that you would like for yourself and your family to experience these next few days.

  • Wilt caused by more than heat in vegetable patch

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    The garden is languishing this year but, ironically, there is one perennial problem that doesn’t seem to be bothering my squash and zucchini: the squash-vine borer.

    The early summer rains stunted my yellow squash; my Romanesco zucchini ‘Gadzukes’ is really the only variety producing and there seem to be no signs of wilt on the horizon.

  • Increased funding for community corrections

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    As your state senator, one of my goals is to make sure our communities stay safe. During the 2015 legislative session, the General Assembly prioritized funding for community corrections programs that emphasize rehabilitation for low-level offenders.