Today's Opinions

  • Take time to observe the spirit of Memorial Day

    Memorial Day is approaching and we hope Perry Countians will commit a portion of the upcoming long weekend to recalling the heroism of the men and women who gave their lives in service to our land.

    Unfortunately, Memorial Day risks being crowded out by so many other activities: graduations, vacations, even auto racing. We know the first summer holiday is a busy time for everyone, but we encourage individuals and families to honor fallen and living veterans.

  • As summer nears, some plants savor the shade

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    It is strange, but true ... people often refer to shade as a problem.  How many times have you heard of people desperately searching for that one magic thing they can do to get grass to grow underneath a pin oak?

    Why can’t we just accept the fact that it just isn’t possible and move on to better things?

  • Did you buy a pool from a Siberia-area sale?

    I want to say a big thank you to everyone who came and supported my yard sale for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

    We had a oblong swimming pool for sale and someone bought it. Later I found one of the plugs and would like to get it to the person who bought it. Please call me at (812) 357-2400.  

    The yard sale was at 1980 State Road 62, Siberia or 3 1/2 miles east of St. Meinrad.  We are planning another yard sale for Oct. 2-4.  

    We hope you can help us again.  

  • TC lip-sync competition was oh, so cool

    The Tell City Junior-Senior High School Renaissance Leadership Class held its eighth annual lip sync competition April 18. The event was a huge success and the class would like to thank the many people who made this event happen.

    First of all, the class would like to thank all of the students and teachers who participated in the event. We would like to especially thank Nick Weyer, Josh Teague, Jennifer Chestnut, Blair Linn, Kelly Hollinden and Amy Hollinden for participating in teacher groups.

  • Learning about bees

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    Want to learn more about bees? Not the birds and the bees, but real bees, the kind that pollinate our crops and produce the honey we love to slather on bread and other  tasty edibles.

    Purdue Extension Perry County and the Perry County Beekeepers organization are holding a beekeeping workshop Tuesday, May 26. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a hive-opening demonstration near Bandon.

  • Our View: Let’s get safer routes so more can ride bicycles to work

    This Thursday, May 14, is National Ride Your Bicycle to Work Day. We know several people who work in Tell City who occasionally ride their bikes to work, including three who work at the Perry County News – with one of them living more than six miles from the office.

    The advantages of riding a bicycle to work instead of driving include getting more exercise, saving money on gasoline, reducing wear and tear on cars – for which short trips are hardest, and reducing pollution.

  • A poem for Mother’s Day

    Editor’s note: Mary Sommer, who is the News’ Gerald correspondent, provided this poem to mark Sunday’s observance of Mother’s Day. The poem was written in 1932 by her mother, Allie Glodeane Thomas.

    She was born in Hancock County, Ky., in 1909, and started writing poetry while she was still in school. When she was 14 years old, her family moved to southern Indiana. She married there, and with her husband, Urban, worked and raised five sons and a daughter. Thomas died in 2004.



  • Sweet potatoes need 150 days to reach maturity

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    Once again, we enjoyed sweet potatoes all winter long from a fantastic harvest last fall. I planted out about 25 organic slips purchased from Country Corner Greenhouse in Shepherdsville in late May, and by early November, we had four nursery crates full of one of nature’s perfect foods.

    Seven months and counting in storage with no spoilage is impressive. We are down to about a dozen sweet potatoes; just in time for a transition to other summer vegetable.