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Columns

  • Plants grow in soil and, it’s true, dirt gets under your nails

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    With spring just around the corner I thought it was time to brush up on some garden nomenclature. I have long been convinced in the value of understanding more about plants then the mere fact that they need sun, soil and water.

  • Sadly, Indiana pioneered eugenics

    By Andrea Neal

    Guest Columnist

     

    Long before Adolf Hitler espoused his ideas about a master race, Hoosier scientists advocated selective reproduction to improve the gene pool.

    Indiana Gov. J. Frank Hanly signed the nation’s first eugenics law in 1907, mandating sterilization of certain “criminals, idiots, rapists and imbeciles” in state custody. Thirty states followed suit.

  • A simple eulogy for an old friend

    RAYMOND CARVER

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    In the early morning hours of February 27, I lost a dear and close friend to the Next World. At that time, William Nathan Hintzen departed this world and entered the Great Unknown accompanied by his faithful canine companions.

  • Elagabalus and second chances

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

     

    editor@perry countynews.com

    A professor teaching a college classics class once asked his students to research a person or event from Roman history that took place on their birthdays.

  • Classified forest tax increase unfair

    With the ink barely dry on the latest tax increase in Perry County, the March 7 edition of the Perry County News reported on yet another proposal to increase taxes. This time, through, its the reassessment of the value of land kept in Indiana’s Classified Forest Program.

  • Potato planting time nears

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Spring break from teaching at the University of Louisville falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day; which is also my target date for planting onions and potatoes. 

    I typically manage a mid-March planting but the condition of the soil is my primary concern.  I will not start digging until the soil dries out and is considered workable.

  • When it’s your time ...

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the News in 2003.

     

    The 8-year-old boy stood up from his seat, turned around and lifted the cushion he had been sitting on. He apparently found what he was looking for, because he quickly put the cushion back in its place and sat back down. Still, he looked worried.

  • Working for Hoosier veterans

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    As a veteran of the Iraq War, I have always felt an obligation to bring attention and support to our state’s veterans.

    Working to ensure that those Hoosiers who honorably served our country are taken care of is a responsibility all of us as state representatives have. I co-authored two bills this session that would combat challenges our veterans face here in Indiana.

  • News marks milestones

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    It’s been a season of celebrations at the News with two employees marking milestones in recent weeks. It’s also been a time to reflect on the life of a newspaper pioneer who guided the business for more than half a century.

    Joyce Dauby, our circulation manager, is marking 45 years with the company. Not only does she have the honor of being the most veteran staff member here, she is our parent company, Landmark Media Enterprises’, longest-serving employee.

  • Plenty of deserving movies vie for Oscar gold

    Eric Harris

    Film Review

     

    At this point, it doesn’t make sense to refer to this annual article as my Oscar “predictions.” I’ve been so far off the mark in recent years that I might as well flip a coin (and for some of these, I just might). It is more apt to simply call this my Academy Awards article. I’ll still make predictions, but my focus will be more on my personal favorites in each category instead of who I think will win.