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Columns

  • Thank you, foster parents

    LLOYD ARNOLD

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    May is National Foster Care Month and it gives us the opportunity to show how much we appreciate the work foster families do for so many children in Indiana.

    There are currently more than 6,300 Hoosier children living in non-relative foster homes due to child abuse or neglect.

    I cannot emphasize enough the impact that foster parents have on the lives of children.

  • Sweet potatoes need 150 frost-free days to mature

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Once again, we enjoyed sweet potatoes all winter long from a fantastic harvest last fall. I planted out about 25 organic slips purchased from Country Corner Greenhouse in Shepherdsville in late May. By early November, we had four nursery crates full of one of nature’s perfect foods. Seven months and counting in storage with no spoilage is impressive.

    We are down to about a dozen sweet potatoes, just in time for a transition to other summer vegetables. 

  • Crankbaits catch big crappie ... yes crankbaits

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales

     

    When most anglers think of attracting crappie to a hook, they think minnows or jigs, or maybe a combination of both. They don’t think crankbaits.

    This old writer is in that group. Crankbaits never crossed my mind. I never heard of using a sizable bait like a crankbait to troll for crappie until a couple years ago while fishing with several outdoor writer friends prior to a crappie tournament at Kentucky Lake.

  • Local communities receive road and bridge funding

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    As the crossroads of America, Indiana relies on first-class roads and bridges to continue to grow our economy and keep drivers safe. This year, the General Assembly worked with Gov. Pence to pass $1 billion in new road funding without raising taxes or acquiring new debt. This money is in addition to the $2.6 billion the state already projected to spend on roads over the next two years.

  • Honor the spirit of Memorial Day

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Memorial Day is approaching and with it, high-school graduations, summer vacations and even a well-known auto race.

    But we hope Perry Countians will devote some of the upcoming holiday to observing Memorial Day. Doing so will respect the heroism and selfless service shown by the men and women who gave their lives in service to our land.

  • Those who know Congress are shaking their heads

    Lee Hamilton

    Guest Columnist

     

    I had the good fortune last week to spend some time in Washington, D.C. with about a dozen former members of Congress. As you’d expect, we got to talking about the current Congress. Very quickly, it turned out that the same question was troubling all of us: Why is it held in such low public esteem?

  • Bicentennial preparations

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    It’s time to start giving serious thought to how you will mark Indiana’s bicentennial this year. A lot of activities are already planned locally and more will take shape in coming weeks. There are also ways you can get involved right now in your flower garden and along sidewalks.

  • When is enough, enough?

    JOE MEYER

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    The city’s annexation of 1,776 acres and 157 homes is going on its third year. Since that time, we, the remonstrators, have obtained enough signatures to fight this.

    Many of these signatures were kicked out for ridiculous reasons. No middle initial, putting in a middle initial, abbreviating William to Wm., which the judge did with his signature on court documents. We have court cases, which are included at the end of this letter, proving our signatures are acceptable.

  • What’s in your backyard stream?

    Len Kring

    Fisheries Biologist

     

    Most people who fish and enjoy our local aquatic resources are familiar with fish species such as bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth bass and black crappie.  Now, what if I said we have fantail darters, southern redbelly dace, pirate perch or creek chubsuckers? 

  • Plant propagation: It’s not as hard as you think

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    The most common form of plant propagation is digging and dividing, which is best done in early spring before new growth or in the fall before plants go dormant. Digging and dividing is great for herbaceous plants, but those plants that are considered woody ornamentals do not divide as easily with a spade. In this case, we can look to the technique of rooting out softwood cuttings from the mother plant.