Today's Opinions

  • Keeping our students safe

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    Guest Columnist


    Another school year is underway for students, parents and educators across Indiana. Our house is now quieter with our sixth-grader, two high school sophomores and college freshman all heading back to the classroom.

    My wife also returned to school as the librarian, which I always admire, even if it does leave me feeling a bit left out.

    We can all take extra steps to ensure our students are safe throughout the school year.

  • Thank you, Perry County Chamber of Commerce

    I want to publicly thank the Perry County Chamber of Commerce and its board of directors for selecting me as the first recipient of their Outstanding Citizenship Award. It was a surprise and I am deeply humbled by the receipt of this prestigious award.

    My philosophy has always been to be involved in my community. I will continue doing that until I can no longer provide any services or help to my county.

    Thanks again, Chamber, and also a big thanks to its executive director, Lagina Gogel.



  • Events kicked off school year in style


    On behalf of the Cannelton, Perry Central and Tell City-Troy Township Schools, we would like to thank all the individuals, organizations and businesses that contributed to the success of this year’s back to school cookouts.  The turnouts were greatly supported countywide by thousands of students and families.

    Everyone enjoyed getting together with their friends, teachers and other Perry County families to kick off the new school year during these annual fun events.  

  • Kids Fest a success in Cannelton

    On behalf of Cannelton Elementary School, I would like to personally thank everyone involved in the success of our Kids Fest on Aug. 2.

  • Staff deserves credit for making News successful

    We don’t normally toot our own horn on these pages, but since the Perry County News was named the Perry County Business of the Year by the Perry County Chamber of Commerce at the Schweizer Fest last week, we think this is an appropriate time to salute some of the people who helped us earn this award.

    We have a mix of longtime and fairly new employees on our staff, but nearly all of them live in and are active in the Perry County community.

  • Cicadas … music to your ears

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    One of my favorite things about summer is my front row seat at the orchestra. The orchestra of insects, that is. Late summer, when temperatures cool down enough to turn the air conditioner off and open the windows, we fall asleep to the sounds of katydids, crickets and cicadas. I sometimes cheat in the heat of the summer and crack the window in my office so I can hear the insects and the birds as I work at the computer or in the kitchen.

  • Uneven corn due to poor pollination

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    Corn has been a staple food for centuries. It was first cultivated by Indian peoples in Central America; in fact, the adoption of agriculture and the art of cultivating gave way to the grand cities of the Aztec and Mayans. What would the world be without corn and potatoes, both of which were first cultivated in Central America?

  • An eyesore unworthy of Tell City’s Swiss spirit

    It was a showdown of sorts on Seventh Street a few weeks ago. Carolyn Barr stood in the front yard of the dilapidated Obrecht House, barring city officials from looking inside.

    Her attorney had already said the News couldn’t go inside. Though disappointed, we acknowledged the house is private property. City employees, among them the police chief, had no warrant so they milled around a little and went back to City Hall for their meeting on what to do with Barr and her home.