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Columns

  • Love of Place: Thoughts on Perry County

    Editor’s Note: The Quality of Life Committee sponsored by the Perry County Development Corp. is partnering with The News to present the stories of people who have moved to Perry County or who have returned here after several years away. This column was written by Brad Faith.

    “You have roots in a place, or you don’t. You can’t force them.”  So writes southern Indiana author James Alexander Thom. “It helps if you are born there, but that’s not your choice to make.”

  • Solve our border crisis

    By SEN. DAN COATS
    Guest Columnist

    More than 60,000 unaccompanied alien children – mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – have been apprehended on America’s southern border during this fiscal year. Another 40,000 family members – one or both parents traveling with their children – have been apprehended during the same time period.

    To put these numbers in perspective, just three years ago our Border Patrol apprehended 16,000 unaccompanied alien children. In fiscal year 2008, the number was 8,000.

  • No naked dates for local bachelor farmers

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

  • Bill’s intent is stopping EPA regs

    By LARRY BUCSHON
    Guest Columnist

    I recently signed on as an original cosponsor to a bipartisan bill led by one of my Democrat colleagues from West Virginia that would stop the newly released Environmental Protection Agency regulations on existing coal-generated power plants.

    Here is why.

  • Camp fosters sense of independence, self-worth

    BY MEGAN GATWOOD
    Guest Columnist

    At Anderson Woods, a not-for-profit summer camp for those with special needs, new experiences are an everyday occurrence.

    Campers who make their way to the camp are met with an array of challenges and life-lasting lessons that enhance the experience of camping while nurturing an increased sense of independence and self-worth.

  • Parvo outbreak hits county

    By DEANNA LIMA

    Perry County has a good possibility of a parvovirus epidemic looming on the horizon. It has been brought to the attention of the Animal Welfare, Control and Education Board by several other animal organizations at their June 3 meeting that nine known cases have recently occurred. The outbreaks are county-wide and include Tell City, Cannelton, Troy and German Ridge areas.

  • Hoping for bingo on high

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Life is at lot like a Sunday afternoon of bingo. Sooner or later everybody’s number is bound to come up.

    Bingo comes into my life only once a year. Every July, my home church, St. John Chrysostom in New Boston, throws its picnic. And like just about every church picnic everywhere, bingo is on the schedule.

    Church picnics take a lot of help to pull off, and everyone gets a job.

  • Each year, Anderson Woods touches campers, staff

    By NOAH GATWOOD
    Guest Columnist

    There are lots of activities that campers can look forward to at Anderson Woods. A not-for-profit summer camp for those with special needs, Anderson Woods is a summer staple for many local kids and adults who are looking for some quality time in the great outdoors.

    For others, however, summer camp is a new experience and it can be an anxious time.

  • The decline of youth sports leagues

    By BILL STANCZYKIEWICZ
    Guest Columnist

    Participation in organized youth sports leagues for baseball, football, basketball and soccer declined by 4 percent between 2008-12, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. National experts speculate on several reasons for this decline, including a squeeze on family finances caused by the Great Recession, increased concern about injury and too many kids playing video games instead of the real thing.

  • Discover your family history

    By MOLLY HALL
    Guest Columnist

    To celebrate Perry County’s 200th year, a certificate and pin will be given at a pinning ceremony Nov. 1 to individuals who fill out a First Family of Perry County application.

    This program was set up to honor our Perry County ancestors who braved the virgin Indiana Territory through the end of the Civil War.
    For many, this program has brought awareness of whom their Perry County ancestors were, how they lived and believed and, for some, answered questions about their family’s folklore.