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  • Young professionals group forming

    Vince Luecke
    Editor
    editor@perrycountynews.com

    Do you consider yourself a young – or a young-at-heart – man or woman interested in networking with others about your community? Are you looking for ways to get involved in local issues, carry out service projects and have fun in the process? Then a  currently forming group of young professionals is just for you.

  • COLUMN: Annexation will help Tell City grow, prosper

    MARLOW SMETHURST
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    I am the chairman of the Tell City Annexation Committee. I attended the annexation public hearing March 3. I did not speak at the meeting as I wanted any affected property owner to have time to speak.

    The annexation committee decided that it would be best for the city to have one large annexation instead of several smaller annexations. An annexation process is very expensive for a city or town to complete, so the committee decided to do one and save money.

  • Reliving the automotive age of days gone by

    Richard Hedrick
    By the Side
    of the Road

    During recent trips to St. Louis and Atlanta, I found myself ruminating about the changes that have taken place in the field of vehicular conveyance in the past 60 years or so.

    I usually try to catch a few winks on these long forays, but the corrugated strip running along the sides of today’s four lane highways provides an instant warning of any ill-advised trajectory.

    A half century ago, people behind the wheel would fall asleep and, if they were lucky, wake up in the hospital. 

  • Illegal dumping, litterbugs deserve public’s disgust

    Vince Luecke
    Editor
    editor@perrycountynews.com

    I found an empty fast-food bag lying alongside the county road leading to the farm a couple of weeks ago. I pulled over and picked it up. There was nothing inside but I’m sure the empty wrappers and the curly-fries container were lying nearby or further down the road.

    Other than the stray beer can, there isn’t much littering on the county road. I guess the litterbug traveling by was just too busy to find a trash can the next time he or she stopped for gas or made it home.

  • Tell City annexation and situational politics

    JACK JOYCE
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    What we have here is “situational politics,” a belief that the end justifies the means. For two or perhaps three decades, Tell City politicians have discussed the imperative of annexation but the dominant political party has never gained the political courage to actually vote for an annexation ordinance.

    There is basically one reason. The local rural electrification cooperative, currently known as Southern Indiana Power.

  • Senate continues its work

    Joe Donnelly
    U.S. Senate

    Fellow Hoosiers, I want to take a moment to give you an update on my Indiana-focused efforts in the U.S. Senate. In January, my office released a 2013 annual report that provides a look at my legislative efforts, an over-view of my work on behalf of Hoosiers, and a snapshot of my travels around Indiana in 2013.

    You can view the report on my website at www.donnelly.senate.gov. I’d like to fill you in on the progress we’ve made so far in 2014 on some of the priorities detailed in this report.

  • 2014 legislative session comes to a close

    State Rep.
    Lloyd Arnold
    District 74

    The Indiana General Assembly has reached the end of their legislative session and has adjourned.

    This session has been packed from start to finish with compelling debate, and I believe we have great legislation to show for it. Chief among that legislation are the House Republican’s agenda bills, which stand out as the biggest goals the House chose to focus on this session. I’m pleased to say that after 10 weeks of the legislative session, the House was able to accomplish all of these goals.

  • A little bit of really good job news

    Larry DeBoer
    Purdue University

    The unemployment rate fell again in January, now at 6.6 percent. It’s down from 7.9 percent a year ago and from 10 percent in October 2009. This would seem to be good news, but we’re uncomfortable.

    The expansion since the Great Recession has been weak. The economy is not nearly where we want it to be. Just possibly, though, the drop in the unemployment rate in January was a sign of a stronger expansion.

  • COLUMN: In the bull’s eye

    By JIM ADKINS
    Guest Columnist

    I was born in Gary and spent the first 11 years of my life as a city boy, dodging traffic and the many street gangs. My mother had relatives in Perry County fortunately, so we moved to Tell City to get away from the crime and grime of the big city.

    Saddened upon leaving my friends and neighborhood, I tried to man-up, or boy-up as was the case, but upon arriving in Perry County I soon became a victim of culture shock.

  • COLUMN: Rules in scannerland

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Have a police scanner at home? A lot of people do. I’ve been reminded of just how many on several occasions in the last several months while watching scanner owners navigate around the scenes of accidents I’ve covered.

    As a wrote several years ago, my thinking process has uncovered an idea for a new board game, perfect for those lazy afternoons when nothing is going on. You’ve heard of Candyland, but just wait until you play Scannerland.