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  • Tax amnesty 2015

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    Now through Nov. 16, Indiana residents and businesses that owe past-due taxes to the Indiana Department of Revenue may be eligible to take advantage of Tax Amnesty 2015, a limited-time opportunity during which taxpayers can pay their overdue taxes free of penalties, interest and collection fees.

  • A thief and a bad apple

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Lola Mae James hoped to fill her freezer this week with apples from her backyard. But one or more thieves took care of those plans. They stole the apples!

    Lola Mae and her husband, Delbert, live along Indiana 545 between Troy and New Boston and have three semi-dwarf trees near their home, two producing red apples and one a yellow variety.

  • It’s time to plant garlic, dig sweet potatoes

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    There are two categories of garlic to consider:  Allium sativum, or softneck garlic, and Allium ophioscordon, or hardneck garlic. Softneck garlic is the easiest and most widely cultivated because the bulbs are large and the cloves and skin are tight which prevent moisture loss and allows for longer storage.

  • Millennials aren’t bad, give us a chance

    Zane Clodfelter

    Spencer County Journal-Democrat

     

    As I was watching the season premiere of NBC’s Saturday Night Live over the weekend, I laughed at myself.

    Obviously I’m not famous enough to have a skit parody about me on the longstanding live show, instead it was my generation known in today’s society as “millennials.”

  • Now is the time to address debt, deficit problems

    SEN. DAN COATS GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    During the most recent Republican presidential debate, topics of discussion ranged from the important, like the crisis in Syria, to the unimportant, such as potential Secret Service codenames.

    One topic that barely registered during the debate? Our nation’s debt and deficit problems. 
During the three hour debate, the word deficit was used just twice, and only one candidate discussed why we need to reduce federal spending.

  • Out of session, Rep. Arnold seeks public input, concerns

    Lloyd Arnold

    State Representative District 74

     

    The Indiana General Assembly only passes laws for a few months out of the year since it is a part-time legislature. This allows legislators additional time to connect with constituents during the interim so we are able to accomplish more during the legislative session. 


  • ‘The Martian’ is the most exhilarating space movie in years

    Director Ridley Scott’s recent return to sci-fi, “Prometheus,” was not very well-received, although I really enjoyed it, partially because it did not live up to the expectations created from Scott’s early sci-fi classic, “Alien.” Scott returns to science fiction again with “The Martian,” a film that could be called the anti-“Alien.”

  • Are you nuts … squirrels are busy this year

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    The odd thing about living in the country is that squirrels are rarely the nuisance they can be to urban folk. I think country squirrels are wilder than city ones but it also turns out we are likely experiencing two different squirrel species all together. 

  • State Senate internships available

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    Are you a student or recent graduate who is looking to build your resume with hands-on experience? If so, consider interning with the Indiana Senate Republicans.

    During the 2016 session of the General Assembly, there are a variety of paid internship opportunities in the Senate’s legislative, information technology, legal, communications and policy offices. Here is more information about each internship opportunity and its duties:

  • Thank you, firefighters

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    National Fire Prevention Week, observed Oct. 4-10 this year, is fast approaching, making it an opportune time to salute  volunteer firefighters who protect our lives and property.

    Fire Prevention Week has been around decades and has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire of Oct. 7-8, 1871, that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 people homeless and destroyed more than 17,000 structures.