• ISTEP failures unfair to schools, students


    At Perry Central and in school districts across the state, educators believe that assessment is an essential tool to inform instruction.  High stakes tests such as ISTEP, have long been a concern for educators because of inherent problems, including delayed results and comparing students to other students instead of tracking growth.  This year the problems with ISTEP testing and scores are even more extreme.

  • Election column strikes out on several fronts;many issues impacted Tell City election

    I’m having a problem with Stuart Cassidy’s article (Nov. 19 column titled “Dividing issues quantified in local election results”) in which he states the election results confirm the people of Tell City want the annexation to go through.

    In his article, he stated that council members were voted back into office based upon the annexation issue. The facts are:

    Councilman Chris Cail ran unopposed.

    Strike one.

  • United Way supports 4-H

    The Perry County 4-H Council would like to thank the Perry County United Way for its support of our  program.   4-H continues to  help many young people gain the leadership skills needed to mature into responsible adults. 

    Through the 4-H clubs, members spend many hours helping with community service projects.

    These can include playing bingo at the local nursing homes, cleaning parks, planting flowers and making cards for the men and women serving in the Armed Forces.

  • United Way’s Youth Day of Caring another big success


    United Way of Perry County would like to take this opportunity to thank the youth, youth group leaders, and various businesses and agencies of the community for taking part in this year’s successful “Youth Day of Caring” Sunday, Nov. 1.

    Youth groups joined forces to paint, wash windows, rake, clean, weed, clean out landscaping and clear trails at designated locations across the county. The free labor provided by our volunteers saved our local non-profits many maintenance dollars and numerous hours of valuable time.  

  • Anderson Woods thankful for United Way

    We at Anderson Woods would like to thank United Way of Perry County and the many individuals and businesses who donate to them for their part in helping us further our mission of serving those with special needs in our community.

    For many years now, United Way has provided substantial financial support to our summer camp located near Bristow.

    That support goes a long way toward allowing us to provide a unique, quality camp experience for children and adults with developmental disabilities, many of whom are directly from our local Perry County community.

  • County leaders can’t live within their means

    I must ask, when will our county leaders’ dreams of being kings of bigger castles end?

    We are a small, mostly woods county with little industry. And I love it. If I desired all of the high-dollar big-city amenities, I would move there. But not our leaders.

    They rammed that 0.5 percent down my throat for the jail and now another 0.25 of a percent. Is there no end?

  • Throw the bums out, No. 2

    Have you read the Nov. 9 article in the Perry County News by Donald Newell titled “Throw the bums out”? If not, do it now. It’s a very good piece that explains what irresponsible elected officials can do.

    This is the same thing that’s going on in our country now – taking the U.S. apart while being led by what could be the worst president and his cohorts we’ve ever had.

  • Let presidential candidates ask the questions

    So, it seems the Republican presidential candidates are unhappy with their most recent debate.

    Televised presidential debates aren’t really debates at all. They’re a weird combination of a group interview and a panel discussion.

    Candidates use them to push a pre-cooked message. The journalists asking the questions use them to try to cut through the fog.

    The net result is that no one wins. And the biggest loser is the voter.

    Here’s a modest suggestion.

  • 70th fall festival a hit

    On Thursday, Oct. 22, the Cannelton Elementary enjoyed their 70th annual Parent-Teacher Organization Fall Festival.

    We had a tremendous turnout and a very successful Festival. The Cannelton Elementary School PTO would like to thank the entire faculty, staff, students, parents, grandparents, guardians, community, volunteers and the following individuals and businesses.

  • Church grateful for street-fair support

    Evangelical United Church of Christ members and church council wish to thank everyone who came to our first 10th Street Fall Fair Sept. 19. We were blessed with a beautiful day to benefit four great organizations, Crisis Connection, Perry County Food Coalition, Weekend Backpack program and the Perry County Council on Aging.

    Many thanks to these organizations and the Fostering Hope group that had information booths to help educate the community on the amazing work they do.