• New generation demands gun reform

    Kelly Hawes

    Guest Columnist


    Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior Emma Gonzalez revved up the crowd at a rally just days after a teenager’s reign of terror.

  • Collective approach needed to combat social issues impacting children

    Tami SIlverman

    Indiana Youth  Institute


    Urgent, complex challenges affect children across Indiana, including high infant mortality rates, persistent achievement gaps, and the soaring impact of parental opioid use. There are successful prevention and intervention programs throughout the state, many of which engage government, philanthropic and corporate partners. A growing body of evidence shows the key to lasting improvements will be the proliferation of prolonged cross-sector partnerships. 

  • On the silver screen: a 2018 Oscars preview

    Eric Harris

    Film Critic


  • Gardeners, it’s potato planting time

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    Spring break from teaching at U of L falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day; which is also my target date for planting onions and potatoes. I typically manage a mid-March planting but the condition of the soil is my primary concern.  I will not start digging until the soil dries out and is considered workable.

  • Some pipers carry bad news

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    A friend of mine was quite the vision to see on Fat Tuesday, with a red, green and gold checkered suit to go with her naturally red hair. She wore a black top hat and had Mardi Gras beads swinging around her neck.  I told her she looked like the Pied Piper.

    Who? she asked.

  • Seed starting basics for spring

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    I have my orders placed for onion sets and seed potatoes along with some of my favorite summer crops that will be directly seeded in the garden once the temperatures really warm. I can barely stand the wait!

    I have just seeded out several trays of early season vegetables that like a cool start to the season.  Kale, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are just beginning to push through the light potting mix.

  • Love is in the air and skunks are on the move

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    It is that time of year again, and I am reminded because of the smell and road kill left behind. Plus, a strong scent of skunk has been lingering in the pasture this past week; and I got an Instagram video from my niece as she was clearly backing away from a lumbering black and white rodent down by the river!

  • Treating opioid addiction responsibly

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47


    As our state faces an increasing drug epidemic that is nearing crisis levels, we must take action. We must combat drug abuse on all fronts, including prevention, treatment, and enforcement. However, we must do so responsibly.

  • Gun violence’s modern cause

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer



    Finding ways to combat youth gun violence needs a coming together of the minds, from politicians, the health sector and general public. It stems from a combination of problems: an anti-gun control preference in our nation that puts a high value on its Second Amendment rights, along with a mental-health issue that expounds from a cultural polarity that has put weapons in the mainstream and violence on a pedestal for impressionable youths.

  • Cool season weeds waiting in the wings

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    I was just thinking about spring, but then I realized I should just live in the moment and be thankful that I do not have to battle weeds this time of the year! Spring and cool- season weeds will be here soon enough.

    The most common cool-season annual and perennial weeds will be germinating once our soils warm a bit. It is amazing how quickly it can happen as our days get longer and the sun shines more frequently.