• Don’t let regulations cripple finances

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer



    The local community deserves more say in the upkeep of its infrastructure; especially at the hand of regulatory agencies that don’t fully understand the financial limitations of residents.

  • Keeping Hoosier homes warm this winter

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74


    As the winter months and cold temperatures approach, this time serves as a reminder that some Hoosiers may be eligible for energy assistance through the Low Income Heating Assistance Program. Our state offers low-income households financial assistance to keep their utilities connected during the winter months through this program.

  • A dirty kid? Yes, I was

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    I grew up ankle-deep in hog manure. Well, I had boots on, but I got plenty of pig and cow poo on me and when I had to clean out the chicken house, I breathed in my share of dried chicken poo, too.

    Other than obesity (which genes and my overactive appetite are to blame) I’m healthy and don’t have allergies or asthma. So are my siblings and as I’ve thought about it the past couple of weeks, so are most of the one-time farm kids I know.

  • What about orchids?

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


  • Lawmakers gear up for budget session

    Mark Messmer

    Guest Columnist


    On Tuesday, Nov. 22, the Indiana General Assembly will meet at the Statehouse for the ceremonial start of the 2017 legislative session.

    This meeting is also known as “Organization Day,” which allows new senators and representatives to meet those returning for another term and is the day legislators are sworn into office.

    As the session gets ready to kick off, it’s important to understand how the General Assembly operates.

  • Save those leaves for composting and mulching

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    Leaf raking is an autumn chore that only children enjoy because they get to undo it in one fell swoop! We rake and pile and they jump.

    I propose a new approach that just may make us all happy: adults can still rake a little, children can still play and trees will benefit from some mulch and fertilizer. At the, farm raking leaves is passé; we let them stay where they fall (with reason, of course) which is usually beneath their canopy.

  • Make animal control a priority




    This letter intends to clear up some confusion concerning an article published in the Perry County News Oct. 24 (“Animal control officer needed?”).

  • Fall means turtle soup

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    It’s still the middle of autumn, Halloween is still a few days away and there’s not been a serious frost on the pumpkin. I love this time of the year.

    Even though I spend too much of it stuck indoors, it’s the best season to feel thankful and enjoy the great outdoors without the heat of summer. Thanksgiving comes a couple of weeks late in my mental calendar. Put it in early to mid November, when the harvest is wrapping up.

  • Why United Way is important to our community




    This community deserves a huge round of applause for last year’s United Way fundraising results. Because of your donations last year, we were able to raise $120,000 for the United Way of Perry County.

    As a second year campaign co-chair, I want to thank all our donors for their generous contributions. Let us make 2016 even greater!

  • Democracy’s Primer: Our two-party system

    Editor’s note: A Democracy’s Primer is a collaboration between the journalism and legal communities to aid the public’s understanding of how government works with citizen engagement. Volunteers for the Indiana Bar Foundation (Bar Foundation) will write the articles for distribution by the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation. More about the both organizations may be found at www.inbf.org/ and www.hspafoundation.org/.This article was written by Scott L. Barnhart.



    How did we end up with a Two-Party System?