• Morel mushroom season arrives

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales


    With warmer weather this March, reports of morel mushroom finds are coming in early this year. Hopefully, it will be a good morel hunting season.

    One Indiana hunter posted on the internet that he already found more black morels than he had all of last year, and called the 2015 season “pitiful”. In a few Midwest locations, hunters had limited success last spring, but in most areas, it was a poor year.

  • Proud to call Perry County home




    Editor’s Note: The Quality of Life Committee, sponsored by the Perry County Development Corp., continues to partner with the News to present the stories of people who have chosen to live in Perry County.


    I am a life-long resident of Perry County, except for the years that I lived away during college. During my teenage and early adult years, I was not 100 percent sure that I wanted to come back to Perry County upon graduation.

  • A role model for us all




    My favorite comic strip growing up was Calvin and Hobbes, the story of a 6-year-old boy and his best friend, a stuffed tiger. 

    There’s an early Calvin and Hobbes Sunday strip in which Hobbes asks, “How come we play war and not peace?” Calvin, dressed in a military helmet and holding a dart gun, responds after a moment, “Too few role models.”

  • Be a green consumer around house and garden

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    What can we do to impact the environment less? Be a green consumer. Walk or ride a bike, when you can; reuse things and if you can’t at least recycle them. Buy less stuff that you don’t need? All are easily done, really. But what about in our gardens, as we struggle to keep things beautiful during the growing season?

  • March Mayhem

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist


    Natural disasters have been a part of man’s existence since the beginning. Earthquakes, hurricanes, lightning strikes, volcanoes and floods are all a part of human history. While they are all horrific, man has learned to live with them as part of his reality.

  • Keeping the lights on and protecting our environment

    Paul Chodak

    Guest Columnist

    Continuously improving the reliability, affordability and the environmental footprint of electricity is at the heart of what we do every day at Indiana Michigan Power. I&M already generates over half the power consumed by our customers with zero emissions, and we remain focused on further improving environmental performance. However, we must reduce emissions in a way that our customers can afford.

  • American consumers lose their ‘Cool’




    Until a few months ago, beef, pork and poultry products from any of the 35 countries currently eligible to export meat to the United States were identified by the label as being either born, raised, slaughtered or processed in a particular country.

    This identification was called Country-of-Origin Labeling.  COOL made it easy for consumers to choose whether or not they wished to purchase and consume meat or meat projects imported from other countries.

  • Hey, Donald: You almost had me

    Luke Thomas

    Guest Columnist


    I’ll admit it, Donald, you had me. Well, you almost had me.

    You’re a successful businessman. You tell it like it is. You’re anti-establishment. Plus, you’ve got great hair. Oh yeah, and you’re really rich. I mean, what’s not to like about that?

  • Fond Holy Week memories

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    Editor’s Note: This Easter column was first published in March 2005.


    For a young altar boy worn out by a two-hour service in a packed parish church, the woman’s words were as refreshing as the nighttime air flowing around his black cassock.

  • Plants grow in soil and, it’s true, dirt gets under your nails

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    With spring just around the corner I thought it was time to brush up on some garden nomenclature. I have long been convinced in the value of understanding more about plants then the mere fact that they need sun, soil and water.