• Community owes Officer Micah Jackson a big thank you


    Lots of people volunteer their time to worthwhile causes, but I can’t think of anyone I know who has devoted more of his time than Micah Jackson has to the Cannelton Police Department.

    Jackson has worked as a police reserve patrolman there for close to a decade and has given literally thousands of hours to the city and its residents. He’s also been a proud supporter of law enforcement across the county.

  • Where does the money go?

    Judy Perez
    Hoosier National Forest
    National forests belong to the American public. They are yours, mine and ours. So, you might ask, “Why can’t I do what I want when I am visiting the Hoosier National Forest?”

  • COLUMN - EPA efforts miss the mark

    Guest Columnist

    I recently moved to Perry County and as a Southern Indiana Power Co-op member received a request from Steve Seibert, the cooperative’s chief executive officer, to comment on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to regulate carbon-dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.

  • COLUMN - A visit by fairies?


    I’ve heard of crop circles but Friday’s discovery of a mushroom circle on the family farm took me by surprise. I’d seen mushroom rings before but didn’t know much about the natural process that creates them or the sometimes eerie traditions associated with them.

    In fact, the rings are sometimes called fairy rings or elf circles. A little research turned up all kinds of interesting bits of history and lore.

  • As growing season nears end, cover crops prove multi-purpose

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardner

    While I will admit that half of my vegetable garden looks dreadful, the other half is holding steady because we mulched paths with a heavy layer of wood chips, filled unplanted beds with cover crops and have weeded the rest by hand and hoe.  I started using cover crops about 5 years ago and I am sold on the multi-purpose usefulness.  

    While many disease pathogens winter over on plant debris and an equal amount remain viable in the soil it means we need to strategize to keep the garden relatively clean.  

  • COLUMN: To kill the cricket (or not)


    I have a cricket in my house but I’m not sure whether to feel grateful or resentful.

  • COLUMN: Newspaper degrades itself, students in Cannelton coverage

    Guest Columnist

    I am on my third year as principal in Cannelton City Schools and I have worked in three schools prior to coming to Cannelton, at Mitchell, Paoli and Springs Valley.

  • COLUMN: Why openness matters

    Guest Columnist

    One of the fundamental lessons of the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedy was that our government carried a share of blame for the failure to stop the attacks. Not because it was asleep at the switch or ignorant of the dangers that Al Qaeda posed, but because the agencies charged with our safety did not share what they knew, either up and down the chain of command or with each other. The attacks were preventable with shared information.

  • COLUMN: A northern beercation


    It wasn’t that grand of a vacation in terms of time away from work, but a few days in southwest Michigan last week served to recharge my batteries and unlocked some of the often-overlooked attractions just to our north. It certainly whetted my appetite to return. My last week off was a self-planned “staycation.” I called it a brief but much-needed “beercation.”

  • Groups support limits on power-plants carbon pollution

    Guest Columnists

    Few things are more frightening for a parent than racing to the hospital with a child who can’t breathe. Few things are more difficult for a physician than telling a family that a loved one will not recover from an asthma attack. We work with people who know those experiences far too well and – because of those experiences – support reducing carbon pollution.