Today's Opinions

  • Teachers deserve more respect

    Recently released Indiana Statewide Testing For Educational Progress scores saw the dire predictions of many educators come to pass. The 2015 test, plagued by technical issues, more rigid standards and a truncated timetable for preparation saw just more than half of Hoosier students pass this year’s test, down from 74 percent last year.

  • As winter settles in, its either a warm fire or smoky chimney

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    The fire season has finally started – in the fireplace, that is. Early winter was so mild I wasn’t sure if we would be in need of some extra warmth. Last week’s frigid temperatures changed all that and we have the wood stacked and sorted for easy access as we lay a fire for the evening.

    However, not all wood is created equal if you plan to use it for warmth in the fireplace.

  • Things are booming and life is good in Derby

    As we roll into 2016, I’m going to take a minute to reflect on our past year here in Derby.

    Our small community continues to grow in astonishing ways. A new housing development was done by Rural Land Inc., named Derby Heights, that offers unrivaled views of the Ohio River and wonderful lots that adjoin USFS providing more great opportunities for families to build their future in Derby.

  • Blue Collar bargain - A victim of bad policy




    I fully expected to write an article about the Paris Agreement on controlling greenhouse gas emissions to reduce climate change. I didn’t, not because there was no agreement (there was, for any of you that missed the participants’ self-congratulatory press releases), but rather because it was meaningless. It contains no binding commitments, no agreement on verification or enforcement, and no penalties for non-compliance.

  • 2016 legislative priorities

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    Indiana House District 74


    As a new year begins so does a new legislative session. In 2016, we will tackle many issues and challenges to keep Indiana growing and on the right track.

  • Silvsternacht a hit for fourth year

    On behalf of the members of the Perry County Quality of Life Committee, we would like to extend our thanks to the numerous partners who assisted us in the fourth annual Silversternacht celebration on New Year’s Eve.

    This year’s event resulted in even larger crowds that were able to take part in the memorable activities of the evening thanks to the cooperative spirit from local businesses, organizations, and school corporation.

  • Community brightened holidays for hundreds

    The United Way of Perry County would like to thank all the members of our community who helped make Christmas brighter for over 550 children through the Holiday Helpers United Christmas Assistance program. It was truly a community wide effort.

    Special thanks go to the following:

  • Preserve, pass on your family traditions

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    My visit over the weekend of Jan. 2-3 to the Tempel farm just outside of Dale brought back plenty of memories from childhood. More than 50 members of that family gathered to butcher hogs. The Journal-Democrat published a story and photos in last week’s issue.