• Valentine’s Day drama

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    Valentine’s Day was one of those holidays that gave sweaty palms to 1970s third-graders. Back then, it was custom for every student to give each classmate a valentine. That might still be the practice. I should ask my nephews.

  • Tax law and rural hospitals




    One of the selling points for the tax bill President Trump signed into law a few weeks ago is that it will spur job growth because corporations will use money they otherwise would have paid in taxes to hire more workers.

    But for rural areas and small towns, one provision of the new law may result in the closure of one of their biggest employers – their hospital.

  • Late February an ideal time for pruning

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    In a fit of gratitude, I made a list of the things I loved about my life the other day. I managed eight solid things, none were frivolous; and one prompted the whole exercise: I love warm February days.

    This beautiful February day set into motion a very productive weekend. It felt so good to get some good old-fashioned garden clean up done with my husband by my side and the sheep grazing freely about. It makes you feel optimistic about the rest of your life.

  • Guessing the weather

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    I was in freshman German class at Heritage Hills High School and on one Saturday morning in a 1980s hog barn, I practiced my toddler-level language skills on a couple of old farmers.

    I was learning that their German dialect, passed on from the mid-1880s hadn’t kept up with the modern German I was studying in school. The pronunciation was especially different. One farmer grabbed his suspenders and frowned in disappointment as a I counted to 20 in German.

  • Advocating for at-risk children in foster care

    State Rep. Stephen Bartels

    District 74


    Substance abuse is affecting Hoosier families, communities and lives statewide, and the stories are gut-wrenching. The opioid epidemic in our state is significantly impacting those who are most vulnerable, and we must find a way to support the children suffering by no fault of their own.

  • Closing the dyslexia gap

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47


    Studies estimate that approximately 20 percent of the population is affected at some level with dyslexia. Chances are, you may have a child with this learning disability, or know someone who does.

  • Groundhog Day betting


    Phil Junker

    Guest Columnist


    Editor’s Note: Phil Junker is a retired outdoors writer who wrote this column a few years ago about Groundhog Day. The annual observance falls this Friday.


    If you have a coin in your pocket, you have a predictor of spring about as accurate as Friday’s observance of the ground, which is looked upon for a forecast each Feb. 2.

  • ‘Death with Dignity’ worthy of consideration

    Jerry Davich



    In November, Don Poore turned to his wife Dreana to ask a desperate question.

    “Indiana doesn’t have assisted suicide,” he said. “What am I to do?”

    For months, Poore suffered from intense back pain that only got worse.

  • Snow gets to us all

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    Snow has a love-hate relationship with those on whom it falls. Many of us cringe at the very word. We hate snow for what it creates and leaves behind: slick roads, fender benders, sidewalks to shovel, wet shoes and cold toes. That’s certainly been the case the past two weeks.

    Many of us have had enough of winter already and it’s not even Groundhog’s Day yet.

  • Trump’s ironic call for tougher libel laws

    Kelly Hawes

    Guest Columnist


    Donald J. Trump is the master of irony. Take his promise to toughen this nation’s libel laws.

    “We want fairness,” the president said. “Can’t say things that are false, knowingly false, and be able to smile as money pours into your bank account.”

    Really? You can’t say things that are false? This from the man who claimed Barack Obama was born in Africa and that the father of Sen. Ted Cruz had been involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.