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Columns

  • COLUMN: The truth about elected officials

    By BETH HAUSER
    Guest Columnist

    To the constituents of Perry County, I am writing in regard to the lengthy article that was written in Thursday, Aug. 30, issue of The News regarding Ron Crawford’s bid to forgo the insurance for the elected officials.

  • COLUMN: An old-timer’s critique of books and tobacco

    By DICK HEDRICK
    Guest Columnist

    In this electronic day and age, we are inundated with highly technical critiques and comparisons of various electronic gadgets, such as smart phones, iPods, iPads and other works of wizardry. My beef is that they use language with which I am largely unfamiliar. Personally, I fear some of these technology writers may be suffering from a short circuit in their brain wiring.

  • COLUMN: More than a mustard seed

    By JIM ADKINS
    Guest Columnist

    It was in central Nebraska in the year 1900. There hadn’t been a decent rain since May and it was nearly August. The crops were withering and it was looking like a bust year for the farmers in the county. As folks walked about in their daily routines they looked at the skies in hope of a cloud or two, but there was none to be seen.

  • COLUMN: Ironman triathlon quite a thrill

    By JOYCE STATH
    Guest Columnist

    On Sunday, my family had the privilege of witnessing our friend Chris Hollinden complete the Ironman Triathlon in Louisville, Ky. We had never been to an Ironman competition, and thought it would be fun to watch, and we wanted to support Chris in his effort. Well, let me tell you, fun does not begin to describe the day. And as hard as I try to put our experience in words, I can assure you, I will not be able to do it justice.

  • COLUMN: Behind-the-scenes labor

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Some of us have jobs that are visible to the public. Mine, for example, as well as police officers, politicians, doctors, etc.

    With another Labor Day upon us, perhaps it’s a good time to reflect on the jobs of people whose work isn’t always so easily seen or appreciated. Here’s a short litany of thank yous.

  • Transplant Games call attention to need for more organ donors

    By ROB GLADISH

    Guest Columnist

    My son, Joe Gladish, received an invitation to join Team Indiana to compete in the Transplant Games of America back in early spring. Joe had a kidney transplant in March 2007.

    He joined the team and represented the state at the 2012 Transplant Games in Grand Rapids, Mich., July 28-31. He competed in the men’s 400-meter race and coed 400 relay and played on the three-on-three basketball team.

  • COLUMN: Perry County a hidden gem

    TERRY THRIFT
    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s Note: This letter was penned by Terry Thrift after a visit to Perry County. The letter was sent to Bev Minto, director of the Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

    Hello, Bev Minto. I wanted to let you know about my recent visit to Tell City to see my long-time friends Pat and Jerry Cooper this past May. I met them back in 1988 and, of course, always enjoyed their company.

  • COLUMN: Time to get serious

    I cringed when I stepped on the bathroom scales Wednesday morning. So did the scales.

    310 pounds. Yikes.

    I’ve never been a slender fellow. Well at least not since the early years of elementary school. I knew I had put on extra pounds the last couple of months. Tight pants and snugger-than-usual shirts told me that. Still, I never expected to be that heavy.

    I’ve always been healthy. Never hospitalized. Other than mild high blood pressure and cholesterol, I’ve never faced chronic health issues.

  • County faces feral-cat problem

    JERMIE FARMER

    GUEST COLUMNIST

    Like many cities, towns and communities around the country, Perry County is experiencing an explosion in the stray and feral cat population. 

    The dramatic increase in such numbers are understandable when you consider a single breeding pair will raise two litters per year and can have as many as 420,000 offspring in their lifetime.

    That is why immediate measures are required at this time in an effort to control and curtail this ever-increasing population. 

  • Grief support a priceless service

    Grieving is a process that everyone goes through at some point in their life. Betty and Jeff Jones experienced the tragic loss of their daughter, Jennifer, Jan. 16, 2003, just 12 days before her 21st birthday. A car accident took her life and the Jones’ lives have never been the same.