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Columns

  • Wyandotte Caves a hidden gem

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    For the first time since 2009, both the little and big Wyandotte Caves in O’Bannon Woods State Park are open to the public.

    This past weekend, I joined several folks from the Department of Natural Resources and the lieutenant governor for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially reopen the caves.

    These caves, located in Leavenworth, have been a part of our history for thousands of years. The very first guided tours were conducted in 1851.

  • Presidential politics and Donald Trump

    BRETT SANDERS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Dear fellow citizens and potential Trump voters: In this appeal to your reason and your civic conscience,

    I will address two basic concerns: 1) the contempt directed at Hillary Clinton, which pushes some of you in Donald Trump’s direction; and, 2) the reasons that Trump’s election this November would be a mistake of epic proportions.

  • Harvest time key to curing onions, garlic and potatoes

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    We harvested some fantastic looking potatoes and garlic over the weekend. I am so excited about the garden this year because it is performing so well.

    We need to wait a few more weeks on the onions as we wait for their “tops to flop” which allows them to store better. We have enjoyed some fresh green onion and bulbs, but for the bulk of the crop, we want to harvest and cure them properly so they will store well.

  • Don’t forget past wars

    BRIAN GRAY

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    What would America do today? The Fourth of July, our nation’s birthday has just passed and it got me wondering, since I’m such a history buff, what would today’s public and media think of these wars our fore fathers fought ...

  • A busy summer on the HNF

    ChrisZimmer

    GuestColumnist

     

    Although summer temperatures have been hot, work involving management of the Hoosier National Forest has been going well.

    Annual breeding bird surveys were completed in June on the Hoosier under an agreement with Purdue University. About 500 selected plots were visited to document all birds seen or heard there. For the first time, survey sites include non-forested areas, such as grasslands and openings managed as early-successional habitats for wildlife. A few areas also include wetlands.

  • Killers’ lives don’t matter

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Like a lot of people, I stayed up late in front of my television Thursday night and early Friday watching the aftermath of the police shootings in Dallas.

    “Police shooting” in the context we normally  hear those words means an officer has shot someone. This time, snipers shot and killed five officers. Several others were injured.

  • Automobile companies thrived in Indiana until the Great Depression struck

    Andrea Neal

    Guest

    Columnist

     

    Two decades after Elwood Haynes drove his newfangled horseless buggy down a Kokomo street, cars had become all the rage in Indiana.

    “From the beginning, Hoosiers loved cars,” historian James H. Madison writes in “Hoosiers – A New History of Indiana.” They loved driving them, and they loved making them.

  • Little trees, big future

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Saint Meinrad Archabbey might be home someday to some of the largest trees on the planet … in about 2,000 years.

    Several small seedings of giant sequoia trees were recently planted on the grounds, and while the trees are very small now, they hopefully have big futures awaiting them.

  • Choice is clear: It’s Trump or bust

    TIM KLOEPPEL

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    The upcoming presidential election is, in my opinion, the most important in our nation’s history. It will essentially be a referendum on whether or not the United States is what our founders intended it to be.

  • Preparation key to combating summer powdery mildew

    JENEEN WICHE

    WEEKEND GARDENER

     

    Powdery mildew is probably the most common garden fungi around. It is not too terribly picky about where it spreads. It likes humid and dry weather, thrives in the heat of the summer and is hard to control once it has started. The trick here is to prevent it from happening by proper plant selection, spacing and treatment before it takes hold.