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Columns

  • Cheers for St. Blaise

    Vince Luecke
    Editor
    editor@perrycountynews.com

    Today is the feast of St. Blaise and I suspect many Perry Countians had their throats blessed at church this past weekend. I planned to attend church so hopefully I was among the faithful lining up to have a pair of candles placed under my double chin while a priest offered a simple prayer.

  • Sen. Young: Propane shortage demands action

    Richard Young
    District 47
    State Senator

    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, more than 7 percent of Indiana households use liquefied petroleum gases, LPG or propane, to heat their home. In southern Indiana, the vast majority of homes and businesses use propane, especially in rural areas.

    This winter has been exceptionally cold, highlighting the importance of keeping the flow of propane uninterrupted.

  • Generation gap: Gene Lyons

    WHITAKER LYONS
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    Editor’s note: The Perry County News is publishing a series of interviews conducted by eighth-graders in Joyce Stath’s English class at Tell City Junior-Senior High School. The interviews are of people one or two generations older than students. Today’s column is by Whitaker Lyons, who profiles her grandfather, Gene Lyons.

  • Staring at old(er) age

    Vince Luecke
    Editor
    editor@perry countynews.com

    I was able to put food in my mouth and drive myself around but anyone paying close attention to me last week may have diagnosed me with some neurological disease. Or perhaps judged me a bit tipsy.

    I climbed and descended stairs with trepidation, misjudged distances slightly when opening doors and stared at my computer screen and the newspaper with my head tilted at odd angles.

    Blame the bifocals I began wearing Monday.

  • The story of John Franklin Brown

    By Molly Hall
    Guest Columnist

    John Franklin Brown was born Dec. 3, 1858,  in Perry County. He was born to Andrew Jackson Brown, a native of Rhode Island, and his wife, Anna Elizabeth Farris, whose grandparents, John and Anna Farris, came to Perry County when Indiana was still a territory.

  • The rule of law is too-often underappreciated

    Greg Zoeller
    Indiana Attorney General

    made famous in the series of “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, established some rules in order to avoid the heightened opportunity for chaos among 18th century pirates.

    In some respects all laws are established by societies to bring about some level of certainty in an otherwise uncertain world.

    The United States is preeminent in our adherence to the rule of law, where everyone is given equal protection under law and no one is above the law.

  • The outdoors beckons

    Vince Luecke
    Editor
    editor@perry countynews.com

    I found myself mighty jealous a couple of weeks ago.
    En route to work one morning, I saw a group of kids scaling a snow-covered hillside, sleds in hand.

    I haven’t been on a sled in 20 years and I longed to park my car, grab my camera and join them for a ride. But I didn’t. I just didn’t have the time and once again work trumped fun.

  • New legislative agenda has the solutions we need

    Lloyd Arnold
    District 74
    State Representative

    I hope you are all keeping warm this week as the temperatures, at least as of last week, were starting to rise. The winter storm that dumped over a foot of snow in parts of Indiana, and subzero temperatures that soon followed, put a lot of strain on Hoosiers and brought schools, commerce and even the legislature to a standstill.

  • Ice, motels and silver linings

    Trina Severson
    Feature Writer
    lifestyles@perrycountynews.com

    Normally, it takes about eight hours to travel between Perry County and my hometown of Rockford, Ill., a sprawling, industrial city built along the Rock River near the Wisconsin border. It’s an easy route of interstates, so I frequently travel north to visit family and friends.

  • Simple steps in 2014

    Vince Luecke
    Editor
    editor@perrycountynews.com

    I used to be big into New Year’s resolutions and charted major goals for the coming 12 months. I was occasionally successful but inevitably the big plans I set: losing weight, exercising more and working less, never lasted beyond early February.

    A couple of years ago I did succeed in a goal of writing hand-written letters, as opposed to text messages, Facebook posts or emails to people I no longer see often but try to stay in contact with.