• Ellspermann move would be great for Ivy Tech, blow to Pence’s re-election chances

    Like most Hoosiers, we were surprised to learn late last year that Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann is giving serious consideration to becoming Ivy Tech Community College’s next president.

    As was reported across the state before the holidays, Ellspermann has expressed an interest in the position and would likely be a strong candidate. A selection task force will choose a successor to the retiring Tom Snyder in a few months.

  • Ewing deserves credit for transforming Tell City

    Mayor Barbara Ewing’s retirement has made its share of news lately and the newspaper has thoroughly covered her departure with stories and photos. But we would be remiss if we did not offer a final gesture of thanks in this space to a city leader who has done so much.

    Ewing’s eight years as mayor have truly been transformative and while she took the keys to the city after two effective predecessors, Bill Goffinet and Gayle Strassell, Ewing improved her community in just about every way imaginable. 

  • The right prescription for meth

    Indiana has the unfortunate distinction of leading the nation in meth lab seizures. Since 2013, law enforcement has dismantled 4,477 meth labs, rescued 1,104 children living in a meth lab environment and arrested 3,766 people connected to manufacturing meth.

    Perry County has long had a major meth problem, with hundreds of clandestine labs discovered in homes, moving vehicles, campsites and abandoned buildings.

  • Knocking on heaven’s door

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    I got into a fairly heated disagreement with a friend a few weeks ago about a woman coming to the area who claims to be able to contact people who have died. My view is that no one can contact the spirits of dead people. My friend believes some people can. We agreed to disagree.

  • Another time of infamy

    Pearl Harbor, the anniversary of which fell last Monday, still seems ghastly, horrific and evidence of a time when evil became totally unchained across the globe.

  • Workforce development grant good news all around

    The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ awarding a $250,000 workforce development grant to the City of Tell City, along with the Perry County Business and Industrial Development Corp., last week is good news for our community for several reasons.

  • ISTEP flunks trust test

    Administration of ISTEP tests in Indiana have been problematic since 2011, when the state signed a new contract for computerized testing.

    Finally, this year, local school officials throughout the state have had their fill as they await public release of test results they don’t trust.

  • Children need permanent families

    Thousands of Hoosier children live in some type of foster care setting. In time, many will be reunited with their biological parents. Some, however, never will. Adoption can give these children lasting new families.

    At the same time, there are women in Perry County today struggling with unplanned or crisis pregnancies. Sadly, some will turn to abortion. Adoption, however, offers them an alternative. Too few consider it, however. It’s our responsibility to change that.

  • Know what’s going on in your community; read the newspaper regularly

    Being informed about the community we live in should be a goal of everyone. While we may be biased, we believe the best way to do that is to read the newspaper currently in your hands.

    While all of us have a myriad of opportunities to stay informed – television, online, radio and social media – no other mode of news compares to your community newspaper in its ability to share relevant and local news, features and sports.

  • A war on bullies

    October is a month for awareness targeting a lot of problems we deal with as a community and individually.

    It turns out that one of the matters we ask folks to think about and address in their personal lives is the presence of bullying, especially at school. We are fortunate that all three of our county schools have adopted anti-bullying programs. Still, we all need to be conscious of how bullying can affect the learning process and the quality of life for children and parents.