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Columns

  • Labor Day has passed, but summer still here

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales

     

    As youngsters, it seemed time crawled. It seem-ed like the clock was in slow motion as kids awaited Christmas, for school to be out or a scheduled birthday party.

    Now, after the years have pilled up, one on top of another, decade on top of decade, it seems the clock is spinning to set a new land speed record.

    Time races by. It seems like we should just be planting flowers and tomato plants, not digging them up with the arrival of fall and the end of the growing season.

  • Moss needs consistent moisture and shade

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Moss no longer carries the stigma of being an undesirable plant. Some still refer to it as a problem but largely, folks are accepting of this somewhat opportunistic plant.

    Moss like it shady and moist and we don’t always have the moisture to maintain a nice lush garden of it. This year is certainly the exception.

  • The value of work

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    With the arrival of Labor Day, I wonder if there is as much emphasis placed on the value of work as there once was.

    I speak as someone raised on hard work and for whom labor is a big part of my life.

  • Where were you that day?

    Lloyd Arnold

    State Rep. District 74

     

    Sitting in a classroom? Starting the work day at a factory, school, farm or business? On the morning commute to work? Each of us have a distinct memory of that September morning 15 years ago. That vivid memory creeps into our minds each year around this time.

    Our lives were forever changed and it’s important we remember what America lost on Sept. 11, 2001. We can also learn lessons about service, sacrifice and faith, which stay with us for years to come.

  • Kelcie Davis and faith in recovery

     

     

     

    By Kevin Davis

    Guest Columnist

     

    June 17, 2015, started much like any other Wednesday. I awoke early and went to St. Isidore Church where I met with the other members of our prayer group. While awaiting their arrival, I stood outside the church and marveled at the morning sky and the promise of the day to come. Like most of my days off from my job, my mind focused on the many tasks that lay ahead of me that day. Little did I know of the events that would transpire later that afternoon.

  • Faith and community

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    It’s good to see Perry County’s churches working together and supporting one another There were two good examples of that recently.

  • Federal funds and fairness

    LARRY KLEEMAN

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Federal funds known as Community Development Block Grants are distributed by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development to Indiana in two methods. First they are awarded to 17 HUD Entitlement Communities and secondly as a Block Grant to the State of Indiana for use throughout the state in the “Non-Entitlement” areas.

  • Indiana’s first paper published in Vincennes

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perrycountynews.com

     

    Ever since the News was named this year’s Schweizer Fest business of the year, I’ve been trying to research as much as a can about the history of the paper. We pat ourselves on the back with our editorial on this page.

    Jess Cohen with the Vincennes Sun-Commercial penned this story on Indiana’s first paper,  published in Vincennes in 1804 by an enterprising business owner named Elihu Stout.

  • Keeping our students safe

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    Guest Columnist

     

    Another school year is underway for students, parents and educators across Indiana. Our house is now quieter with our sixth-grader, two high school sophomores and college freshman all heading back to the classroom.

    My wife also returned to school as the librarian, which I always admire, even if it does leave me feeling a bit left out.

    We can all take extra steps to ensure our students are safe throughout the school year.

  • Cicadas … music to your ears

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    One of my favorite things about summer is my front row seat at the orchestra. The orchestra of insects, that is. Late summer, when temperatures cool down enough to turn the air conditioner off and open the windows, we fall asleep to the sounds of katydids, crickets and cicadas. I sometimes cheat in the heat of the summer and crack the window in my office so I can hear the insects and the birds as I work at the computer or in the kitchen.