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Columns

  • COLUMN: Chapel open house Saturday

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    After two years of labor, a family chapel coming ever closer to completion will see a dedication of sorts Saturday. Let this column serve as your invitation to attend an open house that afternoon.

    Alas, all of the small details won’t be done, but I’ll be working hard these final days to get the project as close to finished as possible.

  • COLUMN: Hoosier graduations

    By BILL STANCZYKIEWICZ, Guest Columnist

    Indiana’s rising high-school graduation rate, which increased from 76 percent in 2006 to 85 percent in 2010, is tempered by the fact that some students are not making the grade.

    Two communities with the best improvement are Richmond and Mishawaka. In both school districts, the high-school graduation rate increased from 52 percent to 78 percent during that five-year period.

  • COLUMN: Democrats took on radical agenda

    PATRICK BAUER, Guest Columnist

    Now that the dust has settled from the tumultuous 2011 session of the Indiana General Assembly, we can begin to assess the damage inflicted upon thousands of Hoosiers by one-party rule.

  • COLUMN: A wild five-second ride

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    When does five seconds seem like an eternity? When you have a police officer pulling the trigger on a stun gun fired into your back.

    Such was the experience Sunday morning as I joined other reserve police officers and jailers in becoming certified in electronic control devices, better known as Tasers.

  • COLUMN: A freshman legislator’s experience

    By SUE ELLSPERMANN, District 74 State Representative

    Editor’s Note: State Rep. Sue Ellspermann looks back at her first legislative session. Part 1 of her column appeared in Thursday’s edition.

  • COLUMN: Peony patience pays off

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I’m no green thumb but two years of hard work paid off handsomely this month with three peony blossoms. That may not sound like much, but it’s a success considering the plant’s sorry state when we first met.

    The peony plant came with the house in New Boston. I first noticed it the next spring when I was mowing. Only a few sprigs of green poked out of the grass overlooking the highway. A fan of peonies, I worked hard that spring and summer to bring the plant back to life.

  • 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.