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Columns

  • 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.

  • Mary Busam, former News reporter, will be missed

    In 34 years at The News I have worked with many reporters, editors and publishers. Some have stayed a few years and some less than six months. There have been only two that I worked with more than 15 years, and one of them died recently.

    Mary Busam was with the News when I came here in 1978 and she stayed until retiring in 1994.

    Having worked near her that long – for a while our desks faced each other with no wall and virtually no space between them — I have a lot of memories of her.

  • COLUMN: School lunches made at home can be tasty and nutritious

    By BRENDA HAGEDORN
    Purdue Extension

    Even though schools provide nutritious hot meals daily for students, you may have a child who prefers to take their lunch from home. Planning and packing a lunch several times a week can become tedious and often the temptation is to pack anything convenient.

    The lunch you pack for your child should be safe, nutritious and something he or she will eat.

  • COLUMN: Things to look forward to

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Now that Schweizer fest has come and gone – and what a successful celebration it was – Perry Countians will turn their attention toward late-summer and fall activities. There are plenty of fun events coming up, old favorites as well as one-time celebrations.

    Shooting Matches

  • COLUMN: Comedies slow, forced, like life

    By ERIC HARRIS
    Film Review