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Columns

  • Potato planting time is here

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Spring break from teaching at U of L falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day; which is also my target date for planting onions and potatoes. I typically manage a mid-March planting but the condition of the soil is my primary concern. I will not start digging until the soil dries out and is considered workable.

  • Be ready for severe weather

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Perry Countians will mark the 43rd anniversary of the April 1974 outbreak of tornadoes that tore across several U.S. states. Nearly 150 tornadoes killed 319 people that day, including two citizens in Perry County.

    Those of us old enough still have vivid memories of that day. Just last week tornadoes struck in nearby counties, including Dubois and Posey counties.

  • Space debris and life

    Jake Bethel

    Feature Writer

    lifestyles@perry countynews.com

     

    Millions of pieces of man-made debris – space junk – orbit the Earth as I begin to type this column. As your eyes dart from word to word, there are a myriad of objects, from portions of abandoned spacecrafts to tiny paint chips, traveling at 17,500 miles per hour around the planet.

  • Looking ahead to St. Patty’s Day

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I’m not much into green beer and while I’m a fan of corned beef, I can do without cabbage.

    St. Patrick’s Day is still a few weeks away and while lots of us will be wearing green, a lack of Irish heritage doesn’t inspire me to truly celebrate the day like those whose family trees have roots in the Emerald Isle.

  • Communication is essential

    HANNAH HUBERT

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Editor’s Note: This article is the second in a series on workplace ethics. This one was written by Hannah Hubert, a Perry Central senior.

     

    The vast majority of all challenges we may attempt to overcome in life cannot be accomplished without communication.  Effective communication not only helps us achieve our goals and work toward success, but also characterizes our ability to get along with others, and the amount of confidence we hold in ourselves.

  • With their cacophony of sound, spring peepers return

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Absolutely nothing says spring more than the distant chorus of spring peepers. There is a wooded stream just off Conner Station that is home to a cacophonous band of peepers all competing for as many females as they can.

    On a warm March evening, especially after a shower, spring peepers remind me of how glorious rural life can be. Just by listening a whole other world can be imagined.

  • ‘La La Land’ likely to dance away with Oscar gold

    Eric Harris

    Film Critic

     

    The Oscars will be announced Sunday, Feb. 26, so you know what that means: it’s time for me to get a bunch of predictions wrong about the winners. Seriously, I’m getting worse and worse at picking the winners, so this year, I will not label them as “predictions,” but rather as “guesses.”

    That way, it makes me feel a little better when I’m wrong. Getting the guesses right has never been the point of this yearly article, anyway.

  • Offenses by incarcerated individuals examined at Statehouse

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    Keeping criminals off our streets, and continuing to make Indiana a safer place to live, work, and raise our families is a top priority for me in the state Senate.

    This session, I have authored several law enforcement bills which are at various stages in the legislative process.

    One of these bills, Senate Bill 405, deals with individuals who are already incarcerated.

  • Hoosiers and epilepsy

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    Over the past few sessions, I have fought to give more options to parents who have children with severe epilepsy. I co-authored legislation this year that aims to help parents who are desperate to find effective treatment for their son or daughter’s medical condition.

    The bill, which recently passed out of the House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code, would give Hoosiers the ability to obtain cannabidiol oil for medical purposes without fear of prosecution.

  • Activism is a good thing

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Over the past tumultuous year,  there have been plenty of opportunities for people to take a stance on local issues ... to voice their support of or opposition to various viewpoints when it comes to local, state or national debates:

    Here’s a short local list of examples:

    • Perry County adopts a public-safety tax, increasing income taxes to help pay for fire, EMS and police and increase courthouse security.