• All-natural labels should mean just that

    It may be taking place halfway across the country, but a federal judge’s ruling on a milk-labeling issue could have impacts that reach Indiana.

    At the root of the debate is the argument that a natural product can’t be labeled as such because it doesn’t have additives. If you’re scratching your head, it’s probably because the idea is udderly ridiculous. But that’s exactly what is happening to a creamery in Florida.

  • On voting ... and not

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress


    The campaigning for next year’s elections is starting to draw more attention, and with it comes a focus on voters and their mood. Which is all well and good, but it leaves out of the equation one large bloc of citizens: people who are eligible to vote, but don’t.

  • Promoting the safety of student athletes

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74


    With school in session, that means football season is right around the corner. As a father of four boys and a coach, I am constantly playing football.

    Whether it is in our backyard or at school, I always take the proper precautions while coaching to ensure the safety of every player on and off the field. With any sport, injuries can occur, so it is important we raise awareness about heat and other sports-related injuries affecting Hoosier athletes.

  • Ethanol increase could hurt boat motors

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales


    How you think and feel about ethanol in your gasoline probably varies depending on your perspective of the fuel additive.

    If you are a grain farmer, you likely have a different view than that of a boat owner, especially the perspective of  a boat owner with an older engine.

    The media relations folks at Yamaha recently put out information from their perspective about the current use of ethanol in gas and the desire of the feds to add even more per gallon.

  • Legislators must answer for education policy failures




    The Aug. 13 Perry County News article on education issues facing Cannelton, Tell City, and Perry Central helped bring a local face to an Indiana policy problem that is gaining national attention. In the last two weeks, the Washington Post and the New York Times have profiled the serious and depressing public education policy failures that have plagued our state over the last several years.

  • It’s not too late to set out a fall garden

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    I am planting a fall garden for sure this year. The current one is a flop, so it is time to start over. The challenge with a fall garden is getting seed and seedlings to germinate and grow during the heat of the end of summer.

  • Facilitating dialogue

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74


    This legislative session, House Republicans worked to pass an honestly balanced budget, enhance public safety and expand educational opportunities for Hoosier students – all while maintaining accountability and transparency.

    These policy victories will foster a better quality of life for Hoosiers today and for future generations, but there is plenty of work yet ahead.

  • Summer has been fleeting

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    Where has summer gone? A lot of people have been asking that over the past week or so with the return of school and the arrival of Schweizer Fest in Tell City.

    Summer isn’t gone by any means but the free time the months of June and July affords many people is slipping away. OK, it’s basically gone.

  • Perry County had big role in state’s early coal history

    Andrea Neal

    Guest Columnist


    Coal is to Indiana what oil is to Texas. Since the mid 1800s, it’s been the fuel that powers the Hoosier economy. 

    “We get 85 percent of our energy from coal,” explained Indiana Coal Council President Bruce Stevens. “That’s huge because Indiana is the No. 1 manufacturing state in the nation.”    

  • Honoring a fallen hero

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    A man in the Netherlands is trying to locate relatives of a Troy man killed in World War II. With today’s issue of News going to every household, I hope someone will soon be sending an overseas email.

    I may have mentioned Nowy van Hedel’s request in a column some time ago, but the 30-year-old Dutch man recently sent another email explaining what he has learned about Clifford M. Mills, and the battle in which he and more than 8,000 other U.S. men were killed.