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Columns

  • Waiting on Eclipse 2024

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Like a lot of people, I expected a bit more darkness when last Monday’s moon covered about 97 percent of the sun. The remaining 3 percent carried quite the punch.

  • An eclipse story worth remembering

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    Now that much of the hoopla and ado concerning the solar eclipse is behind us, I’d like to tell you about the time that a solar eclipse actually saved a lot of lives and ended a war. It was awhile back and most of you won’t remember it so buckle up and let’s go.

    It was in 535 B.C., during the war between the Medes and the Lydians. I know, not one of the most famous altercations. During that six-year war, the two sides were fighting for control of Anatolia, an area near modern day Turkey.

  • Tree species saved and lost on the Hoosier National Forest

    Editor’s Note: This article was provided by the Hoosier National Forest and was penned by Chris Thornton, a silviculturist with the U.S. Forest Service.

     

    Every time I get out in the forests of southern Indiana; I’m reminded of the tree species that were once numerous here in the past. American chestnut, American elm, and butternut all come to mind.

  • Late summer goldenrod not the allergen you think it is

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    I am allergic to many things and it is not just seasonal pollen … so trust me when I say don’t blame your late summer sneezes on this lovely perennial. There are about 100 species of goldenrod in North America, 20 of which can be found in our area.  So, it is no surprise that Solidago, or goldenrod, is Kentucky’s official state flower.

  • It’s Eclipse Day

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Today’s eclipse will be an event to remember and we’re not even in the zone of totality. All but 2 percent of the sun will be covered by the moon this afternoon and I’d suggest most Perry Countians will be watching, either through solar eclipse glasses or on TV or online.

  • A case study in school performance and enrollment

    Michael Hicks

    Ball State University

     

    A few months ago, my local paper ran a story on a local school corporation that is struggling with enrollment and budgets. This is a familiar problem in maybe half of Indiana’s school corporations. After all, 54 of 92 Hoosier counties saw population declines last year, so shrinking school enrollment is not merely common but ubiquitous across much of the state.

  • Farewell, Perry County

    Jake Bethel

    Staff Writer

     

    Well, my run here at Perry County News has come to an end. On to the next chapter of my journalistic and professional life I go. But I won’t soon forget all of the fantastic people I’ve met and interacted with here in Perry County.

    Through all of the meetings I’ve covered, citizens interviewed for stories and events attended, I’ve met many of those who make Perry County run. That includes civic groups, at the city level and school boards.

  • Helping Hoosier job creators

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    Indiana is consistently ranked as a state with one of the best business climates in the nation. Policies enacted in recent years are creating an environment where businesses and hardworking Hoosiers have an opportunity to succeed. While this is a notable accomplishment, further cutting red tape for Indiana’s job creators is key to making our state an even better place for small businesses to expand and hire more Hoosier workers.

  • Nine presidents

    Lee Hamilton

    Guest Columnist

     

    One reason I consider myself fortunate to have led a life in politics is that, over time, I’ve had a chance to work with nine presidents. From Lyndon Johnson through Barack Obama, I’ve talked policy, politics and, sometimes, the trivial details of daily life with them.

    I met JFK twice for brief conversations. I don’t know our current President, but I’ve gained valuable perspective from his predecessors.

  • Do unto others ...

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The Golden Rule isn’t just a religious directive but a simple guide many of us try to live by.

    Treating others like we want to be treated. I try to live by this concept, though I’ve certainly not followed it perfectly. I break it when I judge people before I know them, when I let my temper get the best of me without a just cause and by taking advantage of others for my own gain.