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Columns

  • Powdery mildew in the garden

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Powdery mildew is probably the most common garden fungus around. It is not too terribly picky about where it spreads, it likes humid weather, thrives in the heat of the summer and is hard to control once it has started. The trick here is to prevent it from happening by proper plant selection, spacing, pruning and treatment before it spreads.

  • Hay loft memories

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    This column first appeared in 1998.

     

    Some people know they’re getting older and out of shape when they can’t hit the golf ball as far or as straight as they once did, or when once-comfortable pants no longer fit with as much ease.

    For me, the realization of my age and less-than-ideal physical condition comes with knowing I’m too out of shape to do some farm chores, including picking up hay.

  • Treat drug abuse as medical issue, not crime

    John Pickerill

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    We see it in the news constantly: The drug abuse epidemic. Sometimes it’s heroin. Sometimes it’s methamphetamine. Sometimes it’s prescription-drug abuse.

    The results seem to be the same, though. Those addicted tend to neglect their job, their family and themselves. Emergency rooms and emergency medical responders are seeing more and more of these people overdose.

  • Insignificant stories steal more and more attention

    Jake Bethel

    Feature Writer

    Lifestyles@perry countynews.com

     

    Trivial turmoil fills more of our nightly newscasts and Facebook news feeds all the time, slowly becoming the main content of each medium.

    One example is Kathy Griffin’s recently posted video to social media in which she held a bloodied mask of President Donald Trump, apparently simulating his severed head.

  • Summers are too fleeting

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I sorely miss the summers of my teens and 20s. The older I get, the more I want them back.

    A long time ago, when my summers arrived without jobs, mortgages or other real-world responsibilities, the summer months seemed to be heaven-sent. There were, admittedly, farm chores to shoulder, hay to haul and a lawn to mow, but those were minor interruptions in what seemed to be an endless string of carefree days and weeks.

  • It’s mid-May ... sweet potato planting time

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Once again, we enjoyed sweet potatoes all winter long from a fantastic harvest last fall. I planted out about 25 organic slips purchased from Country Corner Greenhouse in Shepherdsville, Ky., in late May and, by early November, we had four nursery crates full of one of nature’s perfect foods.

  • Bits of wisdom at age 50

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I turn 50 tomorrow. Instead of a column attempting to offer some reflection on the milestone, I’m sharing a few thoughts garnered over 50 years of life.

  • Supporting our veterans

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    Our military service members sacrifice so much to ensure that the freedoms we enjoy each day are preserved and protected both at home and abroad.

    Once these service members retire or are honorably discharged to pursue the next chapter of their career, many of them face challenges adapting back to civilian life. Unfortunately, some veterans also face obstacles from injuries they sustained while serving our country.

  • Seattle Slew and Me

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    Years ago, when I was in my twenties, young and naïve, I was known to take a drink or two. I’m not saying that I was a drunk, but I sure seemed to know a lot of them.

    One Saturday afternoon, I was sitting at a table in an ancient bar that was full of character, you know, grimy windows set into an exposed red brick interior and creaky wooden floors that my grandfather might have walked across, when the bartender came by and said, “last chance.”

  • Farm moms are special

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Mother’s Day is less than a week away and each year I’m reminded that I’m not the most appreciative of sons. I usually try to give Mom a card and either cash or gift card to buy her something. But I don’t put a lot of thought into the day and, for that, I’m sorry.

    My siblings are far better at treating Mom to flowers, a home-cooked breakfast or dinner (cooked by someone other than her) and even a porch swing or rose bushes.