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  • Bold blooming tropicals can be summertime hits

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    There is nothing like a tropical plant for bold, bright blooms in your summer outdoor living space. It is the perfect environment because most tropicals like the bright light and heat and humidity that summer brings.  We baby them through the winter months, waiting for the threat of frost to past so we can bring them outdoors for a breath of fresh, warm air. 

  • Hay loft memories

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    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. 

  • Railroads transformed the Indiana Landscape

    ANDREA NEAL

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Study a map from the late 19th century, and it’s easy to see how Indiana became known as the Crossroads of America. Like spokes on a bicycle wheel, railroad lines extended from Indianapolis in 12 directions. Tracks crossed the state from Lake Michigan to the Ohio River, Terre Haute to Richmond, and everywhere in between.

  • Fast tracking ‘Free trade’ agreements: A bad idea for America

    Editor’s Note: The legislation discussed in this letter was scheduled to be picked up by the House last Friday.

     

    Calvin Coolidge famously said “The business of America is business.”  That terse sentence summed up his rationale for minimizing government interference with American business, since, in his view, what was good for American business was good for American society as a whole. 

  • Reducing infant mortality

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    Protecting and supporting our state’s most vulnerable citizens is always a top priority for lawmakers. During the 2015 legislative session, the General Assembly approved legislation that takes an important step to combat infant mortality in our state.

    Recently, the governor signed House Enrolled Act 1004 into law, which creates the Safety PIN (Protecting Indiana’s Newborns) grant program that will be administered by the Indiana State Department of Health.

  • Reflections on my trip to the nation’s capital

    MEDORA ALLEN

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Editor’s note: Tell City Junior-Senior High School eighth-graders recently traveled to Washington, D.C. The News asked students to reflect on the experience and will publish two student essays. The third and last appears today. 

     

    At first I did not think I wanted to go to Washington, D.C., with the Tell City Junior-Senior High School eighth grade class. I thought that it would be boring and that some of my friends would get on my nerves.

  • Is it time for the entrepreneur in you to step forward?

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Several weeks ago, at the annual meeting of Leadership Perry County, Tom McCart said something worth writing about. He talked about the need for the community to generate more entrepreneurs to create new businesses and to guide existing ones forward.

  • Learning and exploring in the nation’s capital

    ELIZABETH KEHL

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Editor’s Note: Tell City Junior-High School eighth-graders recently traveled to Washington, D.C. The News asked students to reflect on the experience and will publish two student essays. The second appears today. 

     

  • Something special about Perry County

    KEVIN TEAGUE

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Over the past years, my work has given my wife, Elaine, and I the opportunity to live in a number of states and in cities with varying populations.

    It was always understood that the four or five years we were living somewhere was just a temporary stop to whenever we decided to retire, probably back in our home state of California. In 2011, we moved to Tell City and that entire temporary attitude changed in very short order.

  • Perennial hardy geraniums hard not to love

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    My interest in hardy geraniums started in about 1996. In European gardens they were as commonplace as phlox was in American perennial gardens.  Twenty years later and hardy geraniums are available in all their glory at most garden center. Experience has taught us which ones are suited to our warm summer climate.

    Most of us think of geraniums as an annual that we plant in our yards or in pots to add color to our patios during the summer months.  Well, this plant is actually a Pelargonium.