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Today's Opinions

  • Leave your shoes out for St. Nick

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

     

    editor@perry countynews.com

    I haven’t yet decided which old shoe I am going to put out for St. Nicholas’ visit Saturday night. With any luck, I will find a few pieces of chocolate tucked inside Sunday morning.

    Last year I put the shoe outside my Tell City office and enjoyed several chocolate bars and assorted sweets.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • Sisters of St. Benedict to welcome Christkindlmarkt guests

    FERDINAND – The Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand have announced their Monastery Event Hall is an official Christkindlmarkt site for 2015. Nearly 40 vendors will have their hand-made creations and foods on display and St. Ferdinand Knights of Columbus will serve food. Christkindlmarkt is Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All times are Eastern.

  • Wild turkey increasingly popular Thanksgiving treat

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales

     

    There is considerable difference between the wild turkey probably eaten at the first Thanksgiving meal and the tame bird found on most holiday tables these days.

    The bird most of us have with stuffing, potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie was once closely related to the wild bird, but now hardly represents a distant cousin.

  • Dividing issues quantified in local election results

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

     

    The voters’ decisions marked in the outcomes of recent elections is evidence of our citizens’ true views on local hot-topic issues.

    The term “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” seems to be an acceptable summary of a few recent letters submitted to the News. Amid the public outcries against new taxes, something contrary took place.

  • Winter’s checklist part 1: Preparing gardens for winter

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    There are many gardening tasks that must be done or are better done in the fall of the year; things like cleaning up old plant material; fertilizing trees, shrubs and lawns; and protecting tender plants like hybrid tea roses and French hydrangeas.

    These chores are all a part of garden maintenance and taking care of them now will improve the quality of your garden later. Here’s a checklist to remind you of what needs to be done to get the garden ready for winter.

  • Houchin reports on Organization Day at the Indiana Statehouse

    Erin Houchin

    State Senate District 47

     

    On Tuesday, Nov. 17, the Indiana General Assembly will convene at the Statehouse for the ceremonial start of the 2016 legislative session. “Organization Day,” as it’s commonly referred to, provides legislators an opportunity to meet with fellow lawmakers and staff, and begin discussing legislative topics.