• The power of commitment




    Editor’s Note: This article is the first in a series on work ethics. It was written by Gary Greubel of Waupaca Foundry.


    As the New Year arrives, it is common practice for everyone to establish commitments to improve themselves, their place of employment, or provide service to their community to enrich the lives of those around them.

  • Prayers and candles

    Vince Luecke



    editor@perry countynews.com

    Friday is the feast of St. Blaise, and I suspect a good many Perry Countians either had their throats blessed at church this past weekend or will this weekend.

    I plan to attend church, so hopefully I am among the faithful lining up to have a pair of candles placed under my double chin while a priest offered a simple prayer.

  • Once again, violence is never the answer

    Jake Bethel

    Staff Writer


    Violent actions cannot be tolerated, even when they occur against those who invoke ideas of hate. A video floating around social media sites shows well-known alt-right personality Richard Spencer being struck in the face with a dissenter’s fist during a video interview with a member of the press. As it turns out, this was the second time that day he was punched in the face, though there are only photos of that instance.

  • Be kind to your colon

    Vince Luecke



    editor@perry countynews.com           

    There’s a long list of things we aren’t supposed to talk about in polite conversation. I like to think this column has been more-or-less polite for most of its existence, but there have been some exceptions.

  • Memories of a Main Street beacon

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

    news@perry countynews.com


    Hallmarking a new beginning, with memories for many in Tell City, social media was abuzz in recent weeks to express both sadness and understating as a presumed demolition began on an old storefront along the 500 Black of Main Street. And as information now indicates not a razing but a rehab of the structure which is taking place just a stones throw from the News office, it causes pause for me thinking about the countless hours I spent there.

  • Can the media hold politicians accountable?

    Lee Hamilton

    Guest Columnist


    If you watched Donald Trump’s recent press conference, you may have overlooked a telling and worrisome moment. A CNN reporter tried to ask the president-elect about the extent of his ties to Russian officials. “No! Not you. No! Your organization is terrible,” responded Mr. Trump, and moved on to the next question.

  • Don’t forget what’s in the root cellar

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    Perhaps this can be a reminder of the payoff of “putting up” the garden in spring, summer and fall: we have extended our homegrown eating pleasure into the winter months with some basic preservation methods.

    If you froze, dried, canned or otherwise preserved fresh fruits and vegetables in 2016, do not forget about them (or horde them for some unreasonable amount of time.)

  • Abolishing Obamacare rewards wealthy, punishes working families

    Guest Column by Frank Clemente and Ron Pollack


    Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) threaten the health care of 30 million Americans and would erode some rare progress made recently to reverse America’s growing economic inequality.

  • Trump’s unsettled start reflective in Lincoln’s rocky rise

    Dick Hedrick

    By the Side of the Road


    I doubt that anyone would dispute the fact that the election of Donald Trump as our 45th president has been a wildly contentious and in many ways a unique episode in the life of our nation. It has certainly been the most offbeat and bizarre electoral contest in my 53 years as a voting member of society. However, a reading of history oftentimes helps put today’s chaotic nature of things in perspective.

  • Specialty seed catalogs deliver quality

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    I have learned to be discerning when it comes to catalog shopping. I steer clear of outrageous or cheap deals.  I prefer the specialty catalog where expertise reigns, providing us with both a good product and the information to grow it well.