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Columns

  • 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.

  • COLUMN: The rural charm of Perry County

    IRV RUEGER, Guest Columnist

    Editor’s Note: This is one of an occasional series of guest columns by people who have chosen to move to Perry County or who have chosen to remain here. Columns are provided by the Perry County Quality of Life Committee, a subgroup of the Perry County Development Corp.

    My wife, Susan, and I always wanted to raise our children in the country, so in about 1975 we started looking for land within a federal forest.

  • COLUMN: A lenten message of peace

    By JIM ADKINS, Guest Columnist

    The autumn and winter of 1944 was a time of some of the bloodiest battles in human history as the allies fought Nazi Germany in France and Belgium. Oftentimes during the battles, German and American lines would be so close that they would actually cross each other.

    American units would be behind German lines and the Germans would be intertwined next to U.S. Army outfits.

  • COLUMN: Springtime adventures

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Spring may not be fully here, but spring break has come and gone and a few of my friends have already complained of spring fever. I’ve had friends head to the Smoky Mountains and South Carolina over the past week. A lot of us don’t have the time for that big of a spring fling, but here are a few ideas for an upcoming sunny afternoon, or if you’re really lucky, a day off.

    Hit the Road