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Columns

  • It’s been a good long ride

    Jack Pate

    Guest Columnist

     

    My father was fond of the saying, “he didn’t lick it off the grass, he came by it honestly,” and so it is that I came to spend the last 34-1/2 years as a fourth-generation newspaperman. It was in my genes, hence I didn’t lick it off the grass. My great-grandfather actually hauled a printing press by covered wagon from Tennessee to Oklahoma in the 1800s.

  • An ode to the Battle of New Orleans

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    On Jan. 8, an anniversary in American history will arrive. On that date in 1815, the final act of the Battle of New Orleans occurred. That battle made Andrew Jackson a national hero and thrust him toward the presidency.

  • Why do phantom memories seem so real?

    Jake Bethel

    Feature Writer

     

    Dozens of blockbuster movies release every year, but only one in very many have a line quite as iconic as the first “Star Wars” movie, “A New Hope.” You may remember it as “Luke, I am your father,” but upon review of the dialogue in this scene, James Earl Jones as Darth Vader actually said “No, I am your father.”

  • High hopes for 2017

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Though these words took shape the day before Christmas Eve, I find myself with feelings of anticipation and even tinges of excitement as 2017 nears.

  • Developing agreements for the Hoosier National Forest

    December’s Hoosier National Highlights article was written by Marjorie Tweedale, grants management specialist for the U.S. Forest Service.

     

    As a Grants Management Specialist for the Southern Tier Zone in Region 9, I work with the Wayne (Ohio) and Hoosier National Forests and the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Illinois on many different types of agreements. 

  • Finally, a ‘Star Wars’ movie for adults

    Eric Harris

    Film Review

     

    A funny thing happened after I purchased “The Force Awakens” on video: I didn’t immediately watch it. (I also never felt motivated enough to even officially review it.)

  • Indiana’s future teachers

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    Many of us can remember a particular teacher who had a positive impact on our education. Through critical areas of growth such as academics or leadership, teachers make a difference in every one of our lives. Indiana’s educators are preparing the next generation of Hoosier leaders for their careers.

  • Tracking Santa Claus

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Want to track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve? The North American Aerospace Defense Command, better known as NORAD, is on the job and more than 1,000 service members will be working Saturday to track the jolly old elf.

  • Hopes that good defeats evil for real

    By the side of the Road

     

    Now that our long, hot summer and the warm temperatures of autumn are history, I look forward to one of my favorite preoccupations, spending the cold and frosty days ahead in the vicarious world of good books.

    Call it what you will, an escape from the maddening world that surrounds us, or a thoughtful journey into the literary realms which feed our intellectual, spiritual and emotional hunger.

  • General Washington’s Christmas surprise

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    The year 1776 was a pivotal one for the Continental Army under Gen. Washington. They had been defeated at Long Island and driven from New York.  The approaching New Year was filled with desperation, as the revolution appeared to be failing. Many of the men who made up the ranks of the army would soon fulfill their enlistments and were planning on going home. Most were homesick and demoralized. Washington needed a victory or the glorious cause for which he fought would fade into history.