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Today's Opinions

  • United Way deserves our renewed support

    United Way of Perry County’s yearly campaign is in full swing and your help is needed to make it a success. This year’s campaign hopes to raise $130,000 for support groups that provide important services in our community. Our combined gifts to United Way will help build our community and make Perry County a better place to live and work.

  • Where does the money go?

    Judy Perez
    Hoosier National Forest
     
    National forests belong to the American public. They are yours, mine and ours. So, you might ask, “Why can’t I do what I want when I am visiting the Hoosier National Forest?”

  • LETTER - Work of many made St. Meinrad Rocks! a hit

    I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported the fourth annual St. Meinrad Rocks! Fest.

    The actual event was far from the original plan. Intense heat and major storms controlled the day and due to the weather, the decision was made to shut down the show around 6 p.m. Saturday. The safety of my performers and guests, as well as the protection of the stage and sound equipment were all taken into consideration. Even after the major storm had passed, lightning was intense and rain came and went.

  • LETTER - SF Fitness Throwdown had long list of helpers

    Organizers of the second annual Schweizer Fest Fitness Throwdown, sponsored by Perry-Spencer Communications, would like to thank its sponsors:

    New Directions Health and Fitness Club, the event host; Perry-Spencer Communications, the main sponsor; SICFitness; Gladish Chiropractic; Bower Construction; Werner Drug Store; Thomas Glass and More; Dr. Rothrauff Foot and Ankle; Domestic Goddess Boutique; Powers MMA; Alvey Cleaners; Carriage Inn; Conner Floor Covering and Perry County Wellness.

  • COLUMN - EPA efforts miss the mark

    By DONALD NEWELL
    Guest Columnist

    I recently moved to Perry County and as a Southern Indiana Power Co-op member received a request from Steve Seibert, the cooperative’s chief executive officer, to comment on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to regulate carbon-dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.

  • COLUMN - A visit by fairies?

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I’ve heard of crop circles but Friday’s discovery of a mushroom circle on the family farm took me by surprise. I’d seen mushroom rings before but didn’t know much about the natural process that creates them or the sometimes eerie traditions associated with them.

    In fact, the rings are sometimes called fairy rings or elf circles. A little research turned up all kinds of interesting bits of history and lore.

  • EDITORIAL - Together we can lessen impact of suicide

    September is Suicide Prevention Month and today begins National Suicide Prevention Week. This year’s theme is “Suicide Prevention: One World Connected.”

    The Perry County News joins others across the nation this week in supporting suicide prevention.

    According to the most recent statistics (2011) released by the Center for Disease Control, Indiana ranks 29th in the country for suicide rates and rankings among all age groups combined; 34th for people 65 and older and 39th for 15- to 24-year-olds.

  • As growing season nears end, cover crops prove multi-purpose

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardner

    While I will admit that half of my vegetable garden looks dreadful, the other half is holding steady because we mulched paths with a heavy layer of wood chips, filled unplanted beds with cover crops and have weeded the rest by hand and hoe.  I started using cover crops about 5 years ago and I am sold on the multi-purpose usefulness.  

    While many disease pathogens winter over on plant debris and an equal amount remain viable in the soil it means we need to strategize to keep the garden relatively clean.