• It’s time to plant garlic, dig sweet potatoes

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    There are two categories of garlic to consider:  Allium sativum, or softneck garlic, and Allium ophioscordon, or hardneck garlic. Softneck garlic is the easiest and most widely cultivated because the bulbs are large and the cloves and skin are tight which prevent moisture loss and allows for longer storage.

  • Millennials aren’t bad, give us a chance

    Zane Clodfelter

    Spencer County Journal-Democrat


    As I was watching the season premiere of NBC’s Saturday Night Live over the weekend, I laughed at myself.

    Obviously I’m not famous enough to have a skit parody about me on the longstanding live show, instead it was my generation known in today’s society as “millennials.”

  • Now is the time to address debt, deficit problems



    During the most recent Republican presidential debate, topics of discussion ranged from the important, like the crisis in Syria, to the unimportant, such as potential Secret Service codenames.

    One topic that barely registered during the debate? Our nation’s debt and deficit problems. 
During the three hour debate, the word deficit was used just twice, and only one candidate discussed why we need to reduce federal spending.

  • Out of session, Rep. Arnold seeks public input, concerns

    Lloyd Arnold

    State Representative District 74


    The Indiana General Assembly only passes laws for a few months out of the year since it is a part-time legislature. This allows legislators additional time to connect with constituents during the interim so we are able to accomplish more during the legislative session. 

  • ‘The Martian’ is the most exhilarating space movie in years

    Director Ridley Scott’s recent return to sci-fi, “Prometheus,” was not very well-received, although I really enjoyed it, partially because it did not live up to the expectations created from Scott’s early sci-fi classic, “Alien.” Scott returns to science fiction again with “The Martian,” a film that could be called the anti-“Alien.”

  • Are you nuts … squirrels are busy this year

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    The odd thing about living in the country is that squirrels are rarely the nuisance they can be to urban folk. I think country squirrels are wilder than city ones but it also turns out we are likely experiencing two different squirrel species all together. 

  • State Senate internships available

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47


    Are you a student or recent graduate who is looking to build your resume with hands-on experience? If so, consider interning with the Indiana Senate Republicans.

    During the 2016 session of the General Assembly, there are a variety of paid internship opportunities in the Senate’s legislative, information technology, legal, communications and policy offices. Here is more information about each internship opportunity and its duties:

  • Thank you, firefighters

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    National Fire Prevention Week, observed Oct. 4-10 this year, is fast approaching, making it an opportune time to salute  volunteer firefighters who protect our lives and property.

    Fire Prevention Week has been around decades and has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire of Oct. 7-8, 1871, that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 people homeless and destroyed more than 17,000 structures.

  • We face real challenges to representative democracy

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress


    People who care about the United States’ place in the world often fret about challenges to representative democracy from other countries. I’d contend that the more formidable challenge comes not from abroad, but from within.

  • Persimmons dropping early this year

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    The apple orchard has been picked clean, some are stowed in the refrigerator, some are applesauce, some frozen and the rest are dried and sitting patiently on the shelf until the dead of winter (we are not allowed to eat them until all fresh are eaten!)