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Columns

  • COLUMN: Here in the real world

    By KASSI ROGERS, Guest Columnist

    Editor’s Note: This is one of an occasional series of guest columns from readers who have returned to Perry County after time away or who moved here.

    There is something to be said for life in a smaller town. When I was a kid growing up, I couldn’t wait to venture out in to the “real world.”

  • COLUMN: A night with St. Walburga

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    My friends think I’m bordering on paganism, but I planned to join with a couple of friends Saturday night for Walpurgis Night, or Walpurgisnacht in German.

    The April 30 occasion may be one few readers have heard of, but it’s a tradition I’ve been wanting to start since taking part in a Walpurgisnacht celebration a few years ago.

  • COLUMN: Women and Social Security

    By KEN CORDER, Guest Columnist

    While the Social Security program treats all workers – men and women – exactly the same in terms of benefits they can receive, women need to know what the program means to them in their particular circumstances. Understanding the benefits to which they may be entitled may mean the difference between living more comfortably versus just getting by in their retirement years.

  • COLUMN: Become a child’s advocate

    By BILL STANCZYKIEWICZ, Guest Columnist

    A serious problem is rising for vulnerable Hoosier children, but so is the opportunity to help.

    The child abuse and neglect rate in Indiana increased 24 percent in one year to 15.6 confirmed cases per 1,000 children under the age of 18. In most cases, parents are the perpetrators, meaning most victimized children cannot rely on their primary care-givers as the cases go to court.

  • COLUMN: Storm-damaged trees

    BY B. ROSIE LERNER, Guest Columnist

    Homeowners assessing tree damage caused by recent storms will want to make a few important decisions soon. Small trees with minor damage can probably be taken care of by the homeowner, but large mature trees likely will need the help of professional tree services.

  • COLUMN: With all of us working together, we can prevent child abuse

    By KELLI WILGUS, Guest Columnist

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time dedicated to child-abuse education, awareness and prevention activities.

    The solution is getting to the root of the cause through education and changing behaviors and attitudes and loving and nurturing children. Stopping Violence before it starts helps create happy and healthy children.

  • COLUMN: Sheriff offers department update

    By LEE CHESTNUT, Guest Columnist

    I wanted to take this time to let you know how things are going within the sheriff’s department. A transition period is always the busiest and several changes are being made and the staff is working extremely hard.

    I would like to provide you with an update of how things are going with the jail. There have been a few changes made to provide for better security and safety for the public, the jail staff and the inmates.

  • COLUMN: Advice for grandparents

    By DICK HEDRICK, By the Side of the Road

    Here’s the deal, grandparents. Your grandchildren are planning to spend a weekend with you.  This normally happens when their parents have been invited to do something with other grownups and having little kids around would be a liability.  

  • COLUMN: ‘Source Code’ is an entertaining sci-fi mystery film

    By ERIC HARRIS, Film Review

    Writer-director Duncan Jones made a splash with his 2009 debut feature, “Moon.” It made my Top 10 that year. It was an interesting and entertaining sci-fi film and made many people eager to see what project Jones would make next. Thankfully, Jones stuck with the sci-fi genre with “Source Code” and while he didn’t share a writing credit on this one – it was written by Ben Ripley – it is still an engrossing film with a bit of visual flair.

  • COLUMN: Protecting crime victims’ rights

    BY KELLI WILGUS, Guest Columnist

    Every 60 seconds, 10 Americans will be harmed by violent crime. That’s one victim every six seconds. And violent crime can strike anyone. Some victims recover quickly, but others suffer for years – or even a lifetime – from the physical, psychological and financial impact of crime. All victims should receive the help they need.