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Columns

  • Life’s a lot like a bingo game

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Life is a lot like a game of Sunday bingo. Sooner or later everyone’s number comes up.

    I’ve come across several bingo games in the past few weeks, at St. Paul’s church picnic in City Hall Park and at a few other community events. I didn’t have time to play but I would have liked to.

  • Although devious, poison ivy can be controlled

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    I’ve noticed more poison ivy this year then I recall in previous years.  Maybe I am more observant or maybe the farm is just weedier.  Either way, it makes people nervous.  I am not particularly allergic to this devious vine but Andy, my husband, will blister like being burned by fire whenever he comes into contact with it. 

  • We need both insiders and outsiders in Congress

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress

     

    Members of Congress get categorized in all sorts of ways. They’re liberal or conservative; Republican or Democrat; interested in domestic affairs or specialists in foreign policy.

    There’s one very important category, though, that I never hear discussed: whether a member wants to be an inside player or an outside player. Yet where members fall on the continuum helps to shape the institution of Congress.

  • Property-tax relief for farmers

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    Agriculture is the backbone of Indiana’s economy, providing nearly 245,000 Hoosier jobs and $4.7 billion in exports each year.

    In order to support this vital industry and the jobs it provides, the General Assembly enacted Senate Enrolled Act 436, a new law that freezes the assessment of property taxes on farmland.

  • ‘Are we there yet?’

    Brittany Overstreet

    Staff Writer

     

    It’s not a family vacation without the four words, “are we there yet” a few dozen times. When on my way to Panama City Beach though, I just put in my headphones, think happy thoughts and it’s not so bad.

    Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending seven amazing days vacationing with my boyfriend and his family. When a lot of people hear PCB, spring break and crazy high school kids usually seems to be the first thing that comes to mind.

  • A home of your own

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Perry County needs more homeowners and there are resources available to help people purchase a home of their own. It’s also a good time to purchase a first home.

    Gov. Mike Pence issued a proclamation last week marking June Home Homeownership Month. The proclamation was delivered by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, who was joined by members of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Indiana Builders Association and Habitat for Humanity of Indiana.

  • ‘Jurassic World’ is a perfect blend of old and new

    Eric Harris

    FilmReview

     

    The “Jurassic Park” franchise has always had an interesting relationship with the concept of time. The basic premise, dinosaurs from millions of years ago recreated for modern times, is definitely about time and whether or not certain things belong in different eras. Now the franchise itself faces that question after two lackluster sequels. Does “Jurassic World” have a place in the movie world? After a historic box office weekend, the answer is definitely “Yes.”

  • Bold blooming tropicals can be summertime hits

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    There is nothing like a tropical plant for bold, bright blooms in your summer outdoor living space. It is the perfect environment because most tropicals like the bright light and heat and humidity that summer brings.  We baby them through the winter months, waiting for the threat of frost to past so we can bring them outdoors for a breath of fresh, warm air. 

  • Hay loft memories

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Some people know they’re getting older and out of shape when they can’t hit the golf ball as far or as straight as they once did, or when once-comfortable pants no longer fit with as much ease.

    For me, the realization of my age and less-than-ideal physical condition comes with knowing I’m too out of shape to do some farm chores, including picking up hay. 

  • Railroads transformed the Indiana Landscape

    ANDREA NEAL

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Study a map from the late 19th century, and it’s easy to see how Indiana became known as the Crossroads of America. Like spokes on a bicycle wheel, railroad lines extended from Indianapolis in 12 directions. Tracks crossed the state from Lake Michigan to the Ohio River, Terre Haute to Richmond, and everywhere in between.