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Columns

  • COLUMN: We can all use more prayers

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    A small act of kindness I tried to keep secret didn’t stay that way a couple of weeks ago. I wasn’t upset and actually walked away feeling lucky for the blessings I’ve been given.

    Sitting down for lunch at King Chef, I spied a nun a few tables away. I have a soft spot in my heart for nuns and decided that I was going to buy her lunch. So I went to the checkout counter, paid for my meal and hers and asked that the sister not be told who bought her lunch.

  • COLUMN: Chromebooks are part of Tell City students’ daily routine

    By GAGE OTTO
    News Intern

    More than 600 Google Chromebooks were handed out a few weeks ago at Tell City Junior-Senior High School and so far have been a good success and asset to the classroom. If the wireless Internet service at school is working well it certainly seems to make class simpler.

    As the Perry County News has reported, board members approved the purchase of the books to ensure all students are on as equal footing as possible when it comes to technology-based learning.

  • COLUMN: Congress should create jobs

    By JOE DONELLY
    U.S Senator

    My top priorities have always been to strengthen Indiana’s economy and to help  create Hoosier jobs. We can all agree – Democrats and Republicans – that the recent government shutdown and the threat of failing to pay our nation’s bills were a significant setback to this seemingly simple goal.

  • COLUMN: Industrial hemp potential cash crop

    By RICHARD YOUNG
    State Senator

    Indiana’s agriculture sector has long been the backbone of the Hoosier economy. In 2011 alone, the Indiana Business Research Center estimates Indiana ag contributed $37.9 billion in economic output and supported 190,000 jobs. To ensure agriculture remains a vital driver of economic activity, it’s imperative lawmakers consider common sense options to improving and diversifying yields.

  • COLUMN: Director turns ‘Gravity’ into an amazing experience

    By ERIC HARRIS
    Film Reviewer

  • COLUMN: What’s new with homeowners’ property-tax bills for 2013?

    By LARRY DeBOER
    Guest Columnist

    We’ve got most of the property-tax numbers for 2013 now. Let’s look at what happened to homeowner tax bills.

    Why homeowners and not farmers, landlords or business owners? Because there are more homeowners than any other kind of property owner. Besides, I’m a homeowner and I want to know.

    The Legislative Services Agency is posting its annual reports on the property tax by county for 2013.

    Disclaimer: I helped.

  • COLUMN: Disability Cheats:

    FRANK SANDAGE
    Guest Columnist

    Mr. Luecke, I also watched the “60 Minutes” story Oct. 6 by CBS journalist Steve Kroft. I want to offer a few points from my personal experiences about disability claims and why they have reached the $12 million level of payments.

  • COLUMN: Fond memories of Capers

    By TONY SCHAEFER
    Guest Columnist

    I was fortunate enough to work for Chris Watts at Pony Express Pizza when he purchased the old Odd Fellows Lodge building at 701 Main St. in Tell City. No doubt I was a cheap source of labor for the two years of demolition and renovation.

    There is no shortage of stories resulting from the adventure that was its creation.

    Sadly, these have mostly remained inside jokes, recalled only in private over a round of drinks. I hope to share a glimpse into what made Capers so unique.

  • COLUMN: Cheers for SMV signs

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    There was no collision and I wouldn’t even label it a close call but a driver in a bit of a hurry had to slow quickly in front of me last week as he rounded a curve on a state road. In front of him was a large grain cart, being pulled by a tractor. Obviously, the tractor was traveling a lot slower than the vehicles it was sharing the roadway with.

  • COLUMN: Generations: Chuck Poehlein

    By LUCAS KLEEMAN
    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The Perry County News is publishing a series of interviews conducted by eighth-graders in Joyce Stath’s English class at Tell City Junior-Senior High School.

    The interviews are of people one or two generations older than students.

    Today’s column is by Lucas Kleeman, who profiles the life of Chuck Poehlein.