• Options bound when it comes to French green beans

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    I have loved green beans ever since I grew Tenderette in the fifth grade for my 4-H project at Simpsonville Elementary. 

    Now, I primarily grow the filet types of green beans, or what many call French beans or haricots verts (green bean in French). Why the European designation? Benjamin Watson explains, “Americans prefer those varieties of snap beans that remain stringless for a long time on the bush or remain fresh in the refrigerator for a long time after picking.

  • Lost and found in the Hoosier National Forest

    Vicki Gullang-Harris

    Hoosier National Forest


    Spring is a wonderful time to spend outdoors. Unfortunately, for some adventurous folks who venture off trail, a day of fun exploration could turn to fear as they realize they have become lost.

    With a bit of preparation, becoming lost can be avoided. Proper planning helps ensure your safety. It will also increase your ability to deal with unexpected situations should they arise. 

  • Touched by a tornado




    ThePerry County News recently had a story recalling the April 1974 outbreak of tornadoes that rampaged across our region. After reading about and remembering that episode from years ago, I thought I’d write a personal account about a more recent occurrence of deadly winds that tore through southern Indiana. April is tornado season here, and as the News suggested, we should all be prepared for the capricious nature of the weather.

  • A silly dare and a nun

    Vince Luecke



    editor@perry countynews.com

    I don’t have a lot of time to attend auctions but I suspect quite a few people will be interested in one coming up April 30. A variety of items, including school desks, from St. Mark Church’s rectory and former school will hit the auction block at 5 p.m. at Dixon’s Auction Service in Tell City. Several folks from the parish showed me a few of the desks that will be auctioned.

  • For the media, traditional values still matter

    Lee Hamilton

    Center for Congress


    I have been involved in politics and policy-making for more than 50 years, and as you can imagine I hold strong feelings about reporters and the media. They’re not what you might think, however.

  • We enforce the laws to save lives




    If there is one thing I could urge all motorists – drivers, passengers, front seat, back seat, all ages – to do every time you get in a vehicle, it’s buckle up.

    It is the single-most effective way to avoid being killed in a crash. Would you ever ride a roller coaster without the harness down? Would you ever skydive without a parachute? When you ride in a motor vehicle without a seat belt, you are taking a huge risk. One you can’t afford.

  • Small towns still matter




    In slightly over a year, Indiana will celebrate its bicentennial with fireworks, parades and plenty of speeches in small towns across the state that are quickly emptying and nearly forgotten as a generation or two rushes to fill up larger cities and their adjacent suburbs.

  • Do you need a simple photo?

    Vince Luecke Editor



    This Saturday, April 18, is the Great Day of Service. Sponsored by several local church congregations, the project was the idea of Pastor Dan Hopkins of First Baptist Church in Tell City.

    A story on today’s front page lists some of the specific activities and services planned. One of them will be provided by the Perry County News and I’d like to share a few ideas I have about what we are doing.

  • The importance of air temperature and soil moisture

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    So how do precipitation and temperature affect plants? Well, in just about every way possible. Excessive precipitation, especially in poorly drained soils, can restrict oxygen intake by roots.

    Oxygen is vital for all other processes to occur that impact growth and vigor.  In years where we have experienced excessively wet springs, we typically see stunting and yellowing in herbaceous plants. 

  • One controversy shouldn’t alter nation’s view of Hoosiers




    As Indiana’s attorney general, I have legal obligations as the lawyer to state government that do not permit me to provide specific legal analysis or advice to the public, but only to my government clients. But as attorney general, I want to reassure all Hoosiers that our Constitution provides strong protections for both religious liberties and protections against discrimination.

    The current issues involving state statutes can in no way lessen any constitutional rights.