• Property-tax relief for farmers

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47


    Agriculture is the backbone of Indiana’s economy, providing nearly 245,000 Hoosier jobs and $4.7 billion in exports each year.

    In order to support this vital industry and the jobs it provides, the General Assembly enacted Senate Enrolled Act 436, a new law that freezes the assessment of property taxes on farmland.

  • ‘Are we there yet?’

    Brittany Overstreet

    Staff Writer


    It’s not a family vacation without the four words, “are we there yet” a few dozen times. When on my way to Panama City Beach though, I just put in my headphones, think happy thoughts and it’s not so bad.

    Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending seven amazing days vacationing with my boyfriend and his family. When a lot of people hear PCB, spring break and crazy high school kids usually seems to be the first thing that comes to mind.

  • A home of your own

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    Perry County needs more homeowners and there are resources available to help people purchase a home of their own. It’s also a good time to purchase a first home.

    Gov. Mike Pence issued a proclamation last week marking June Home Homeownership Month. The proclamation was delivered by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, who was joined by members of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Indiana Builders Association and Habitat for Humanity of Indiana.

  • ‘Jurassic World’ is a perfect blend of old and new

    Eric Harris



    The “Jurassic Park” franchise has always had an interesting relationship with the concept of time. The basic premise, dinosaurs from millions of years ago recreated for modern times, is definitely about time and whether or not certain things belong in different eras. Now the franchise itself faces that question after two lackluster sequels. Does “Jurassic World” have a place in the movie world? After a historic box office weekend, the answer is definitely “Yes.”

  • Bold blooming tropicals can be summertime hits

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    There is nothing like a tropical plant for bold, bright blooms in your summer outdoor living space. It is the perfect environment because most tropicals like the bright light and heat and humidity that summer brings.  We baby them through the winter months, waiting for the threat of frost to past so we can bring them outdoors for a breath of fresh, warm air. 

  • Hay loft memories

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    Some people know they’re getting older and out of shape when they can’t hit the golf ball as far or as straight as they once did, or when once-comfortable pants no longer fit with as much ease.

    For me, the realization of my age and less-than-ideal physical condition comes with knowing I’m too out of shape to do some farm chores, including picking up hay. 

  • Railroads transformed the Indiana Landscape




    Study a map from the late 19th century, and it’s easy to see how Indiana became known as the Crossroads of America. Like spokes on a bicycle wheel, railroad lines extended from Indianapolis in 12 directions. Tracks crossed the state from Lake Michigan to the Ohio River, Terre Haute to Richmond, and everywhere in between.

  • Fast tracking ‘Free trade’ agreements: A bad idea for America

    Editor’s Note: The legislation discussed in this letter was scheduled to be picked up by the House last Friday.


    Calvin Coolidge famously said “The business of America is business.”  That terse sentence summed up his rationale for minimizing government interference with American business, since, in his view, what was good for American business was good for American society as a whole. 

  • Reducing infant mortality

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47


    Protecting and supporting our state’s most vulnerable citizens is always a top priority for lawmakers. During the 2015 legislative session, the General Assembly approved legislation that takes an important step to combat infant mortality in our state.

    Recently, the governor signed House Enrolled Act 1004 into law, which creates the Safety PIN (Protecting Indiana’s Newborns) grant program that will be administered by the Indiana State Department of Health.

  • Reflections on my trip to the nation’s capital




    Editor’s note: Tell City Junior-Senior High School eighth-graders recently traveled to Washington, D.C. The News asked students to reflect on the experience and will publish two student essays. The third and last appears today. 


    At first I did not think I wanted to go to Washington, D.C., with the Tell City Junior-Senior High School eighth grade class. I thought that it would be boring and that some of my friends would get on my nerves.