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Columns

  • COLUMN: 2011 legislative session: A freshman’s reflections, part one

    By SUE ELLSPERMANN, District 74 State Representative

    The 2011 Legislative Session was action packed. The Republican led agenda was strong: no new taxes and a balanced budget, promote job creation, increase educational opportunities and standing up to Washington D.C. On all accounts, this was accomplished. The following is a summary of the budget we adopted and job-creation bills we passed this session. Next week I will discuss the end of our plan including education and standing up to D.C.

    The Budget

  • COLUMN: ‘Thor’ is an awesome start for an action-filled summer

    By ERIC HARRIS, Film Review

    The flood of comic-book movies has begun with “Thor,” a surprisingly entertaining film from director Kenneth Branaugh.

    Branaugh, known for his work with Shakespearean material, may seem like an odd choice for a “summer” action movie. But it turns out that a serious director can really elevate the lighter fare of the comic-book world.

  • COLUMN: Four courageous chaplains

    By JIM ADKINS, Guest Columnist

    Plying their way through the wintry North Atlantic waters, the little fleet trailed white wakes from their bows as they cut through the icy sea.

    Consisting of three overcrowded troopships guarded by three Coast Guard Cutters, they were bound for the war in Europe. It was just after midnight on Feb. 3, 1943, in the sea-lane off the frozen coast of Greenland.

  • COLUMN: Giving thanks where it’s due

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    The News is sometimes accused of trumpeting the arrests of people on drug charges while overlooking the times when those men and women get their lives back on track and beat their addictions. A recent courthouse reception honored four people who have done that.

    Patrick and Whitney Keown, Randy Leinenbach Jr. and Matthew Scott Fortwendel completed the requirements of the county’s drug-court program, overseen by Perry Circuit Court, court staff and community volunteers.

  • COLUMN: Memories of Magic Mountain

    By MAUREEN HOULE, Guest Columnist

    Looking over the little town of Cannelton I think of it as Magic Mountain. You will say, “no,” but my brothers and I lived on that mountain and we know the truth.

    Now that I am old, I just might say, “yep, it is a hill.” But, then again, I might not.
    The hill above our house was covered with honeysuckle and a variety of young hardwood trees. It had many hiding places for us to explore and play around.

  • COLUMN: Hopes for kinder seasons

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Rain, rain and flooded fields, covered roads and sandbags. It’s been a spring to remember, though a lot of us would rather forget the aggravation and, in some cases, damage caused by flooding.

    The Ohio River, as of Friday, was continuing its retreat, but there were plenty of roads still covered. I’ve heard reports of people having to take boats to either get to work or to shorten what would be long commutes. A woman who lives in the Tobinsport area said last week her commute to Tell City is right at an hour!

  • COLUMN: Crazy action (and The Rock) keeps ‘Fast Five’ running

    By ERIC HARRIS, Film Review

  • 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.