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Columns

  • Farewell, Perry County

    Jake Bethel

    Staff Writer

     

    Well, my run here at Perry County News has come to an end. On to the next chapter of my journalistic and professional life I go. But I won’t soon forget all of the fantastic people I’ve met and interacted with here in Perry County.

    Through all of the meetings I’ve covered, citizens interviewed for stories and events attended, I’ve met many of those who make Perry County run. That includes civic groups, at the city level and school boards.

  • Helping Hoosier job creators

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    Indiana is consistently ranked as a state with one of the best business climates in the nation. Policies enacted in recent years are creating an environment where businesses and hardworking Hoosiers have an opportunity to succeed. While this is a notable accomplishment, further cutting red tape for Indiana’s job creators is key to making our state an even better place for small businesses to expand and hire more Hoosier workers.

  • Nine presidents

    Lee Hamilton

    Guest Columnist

     

    One reason I consider myself fortunate to have led a life in politics is that, over time, I’ve had a chance to work with nine presidents. From Lyndon Johnson through Barack Obama, I’ve talked policy, politics and, sometimes, the trivial details of daily life with them.

    I met JFK twice for brief conversations. I don’t know our current President, but I’ve gained valuable perspective from his predecessors.

  • Do unto others ...

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The Golden Rule isn’t just a religious directive but a simple guide many of us try to live by.

    Treating others like we want to be treated. I try to live by this concept, though I’ve certainly not followed it perfectly. I break it when I judge people before I know them, when I let my temper get the best of me without a just cause and by taking advantage of others for my own gain.

  • Indiana education at new heights

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

     

    A strong education provides students with the tools they need to become college and career-ready. Providing Hoosier students with opportunities to excel can lead to a robust workforce who is prepared to take Indiana to the next level.

    It is encouraging to see Indiana education making headlines for a number of positive reasons this summer, including more young Hoosiers taking challenging courses in high school and completing college.

  • Too soon to head back to school?

    State Rep. Ron Bacon

    District 75

     

    The new school year is upon us, although it seems like yesterday that my grandkids were just getting off of the bus for summer break. While some may feel ready to get their kids back to school, others may think the break was a bit short. The topic of school start dates is one that has and continues to be discussed by policymakers.

  • Bagworms on the move

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Who among us is guilty of not noticing something until it’s too late? Yes, all of a sudden there is nothing left of your blue spruce or arborvitae. Bagworms have been munching on the needles for weeks and we wonder how it all happened.  Well, they are at work right now so go outside and take inventory of your evergreens because that’s what the bagworm likes the most. Now is the time they do their damage unless we put a stop to it.

  • There is crying in baseball ... and spit-up too

    Eric Harris

    Guest Columnist

     

    Before my daughter was born, whenever I saw people with a baby in a non-baby setting like a movie theater (I’ve been at an R-rated movie and heard a baby crying, which is insane) or a professional baseball game, I would think, “Why would you do that? Find a sitter!”

    Now that I’m a parent, I understand why I saw babies at events like that: you cannot allow a baby to make you a shut-in, and you can’t pass your baby off to someone else every time you want to do something fun.

  • Harvest vegetables daily for continued garden productivity

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    One day missed in the vegetable garden can mean a big harvest, literally.  All of a sudden, or so it seems, your zucchini is the size of a torpedo and beans are bulging beneath the pod. 

    Some vegetables need attention daily; others can be picked every couple of days. Summer squash and zucchini definitely need to be checked each day because their growth rate is rather fast. 

  • School supply memories

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Our coverage this year of United Way’s Stuff the Bus brought back memories for me of school supplies and the first day of school. It’s funny how those images, perhaps seared into brain cells by excitement, apprehension and dread, are so easily recalled each year as we witness others doing what we did so many years ago. This column about school supplies was first written a decade ago and may stir your own back-to-school days memories.