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Columns

  • COLUMN: The naked woman in my shower

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    For someone accustomed to showering alone, the appearance of a naked stranger in the bathroom can be a bit alarming. I was bleary-eyed tired but sober and one-night stands have never been my style. Nevertheless, I climbed in a couple of weeks ago, more than willing to share my body wash with the long-legged lady.

    The lady was a spider, a daddy-long-legs that somehow found its way into my shower overnight.

  • COLUMN: ‘Captain America’ a bit plain, but is still entertaining

    By ERIC HARRIS, Film Reviewer

    The summer of superheroes is nearly over, but “Captain America: The First Avenger” has been one of the most anticipated films of the season. If you’re not suffering from comic book burnout at this point, “Captain America” makes for a fun, entertaining summer film that is a bit different than other movies of the genre because of the time period it takes place in. The film may not feature any largely memorable moments and doesn’t really have much in the way of style, but it is definitely worth a watch.

  • COLUMN: Why we like living in Perry County, Indiana

    By JONATHAN and GRETCHEN PORIER

    We moved here last summer from the northeast where we lived most of our lives. One of the biggest differences we have noticed is that neighbors take the time to stop by and introduce themselves when we moved into the neighborhood, some even bearing gifts such as cookies!

    Recently, I was unsuccessful with an attempt to start a lawn mower. Another neighbor, whom I hadn’t met yet, came over and offered the use of theirs. Another example occurred when we were raking up leaves during spring cleaning.

  • COLUMN: Dragging Main: A blast from the past

    By JEANENE CHAMPION, Guest Columnist

    Dragging Main! What a great idea. I am K. Jeanene Haynes Champion. In 1949, I had a 1936 Chevy with a whooptie, whoo, whoo, whistle on it.

    I moved from South Bend to Grandview after graduating in 1949. I started working at General Electric and met Mary Lou (Poehlein) Parker, Mary (Tabelman) Wilgus, Jessie (Young) Schroeder, Nita Meyers and Dot (Lasher) Kessner.

  • COLUMN: Stories I’d like to write

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Someone asked me not long ago about what stories I’d like to write if I had the time. I clicked off a few ideas but I’ve thought about the question since then.

    The list has grown longer and I’ll mention a few here in hopes readers can help contact me with feature stories. Most of these are outdoors related, a sign, perhaps, that I wish I could be outside more. If you or someone you know participates in any of these activities, call me at 547-3424 or drop me an e-mail at editor@perrycountynews.com.

  • COLUMN: Proposed transparency measure is ripe for abuse

    By THOMAS SCHATZ, Guest Columnist

    The lowest qualified bid by the most competent contestant traditionally wins the government contract. Unfortunately, the “change” gang now wants to fiddle with this decades-old, generally reliable formula.

  • COLUMN: Texting, driving and scraping

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    The offense took place before the July 1 new law making texting and driving a crime. However, the self-inflicted message to me was clear: It’s dangerous to do much of anything behind the wheel other than driving.

  • COLUMN: Why prescribed burning on forest works

    Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Jeremy Kolaks, an engine operator with the Hoosier National Forest.

  • COLUMN: Why I like Perry County

    By TOM KRUEGER, GUEST COLUMNIST

    Editor’s Note: This is one of a regular series of guest columns about Perry County submitted by residents who moved to the community or who returned here after living away for several years.
    To share your story, contact Editor Vince Luecke at 547-3424 or send him an e-mail at editor@perrycountynews.com.

  • COLUMN: Stabbed in the front by friends

    BY Vince Luecke, Editor

    I’ve been a little stressed lately, for a lot of reasons. Some of the causes were beyond my control, but the way I’ve handled the situations and the stress they’ve caused me was in my control. It still is.
    So, let this column serve as a public confession of sorts. I’ve done a lousy job recently of dealing with challenging times, including circumstances when I’ve felt mistreated or had my feelings hurt.