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Today's Opinions

  • St. Jude Bike A Thon another success

    Cannelton Elementary recently hosted the 39th annual St. Jude’s Bike-A-Thon May 7, coordinated by Mrs. Charlene Hemmings.

    Students rode 10 miles escorted by Cannelton Street Commissioner David Marsh, showing their support for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Overall, the children raised $2,204.20 for the hospital by getting sponsors to donate to them to ride in the Bike-A-Thon.

    Each year, Waupaca donates a bike and safety helmet to the student that raises the most money for the charity. This year, we had three students very close.

  • Family thankful for caring community

    A recent diagnosis of prostate cancer and being uninsured left us with many questions and fears. Those fears were quickly changed to nothing but positivity. This small town we call home has shown us nothing but love and support. A benefit poker run was quickly organized by family and friends to offset the medical expenses.

    The enormous amount of prayers, encouragement and donations from most every local business large and small made the event a complete success.

    The entire community backed me and my family with a warm embrace.

  • Choice is clear: It’s Trump or bust

    TIM KLOEPPEL

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    The upcoming presidential election is, in my opinion, the most important in our nation’s history. It will essentially be a referendum on whether or not the United States is what our founders intended it to be.

  • Preparation key to combating summer powdery mildew

    JENEEN WICHE

    WEEKEND GARDENER

     

    Powdery mildew is probably the most common garden fungi around. It is not too terribly picky about where it spreads. It likes humid and dry weather, thrives in the heat of the summer and is hard to control once it has started. The trick here is to prevent it from happening by proper plant selection, spacing and treatment before it takes hold.

  • Give historical credit where credit is due

    STEPHEN SAALMAN

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    It is a historical fact that on the rainy night of May 8-9, 1825, the steamboat, Mechanic, sank in the Ohio River with the Marquis de Lafayette aboard. Several varying narratives of the shipwreck, have been recorded, and each makes separate claims to the authenticity.

    First, a brief sketch of the official legend, from Thomas De la Hunt’s “History of Perry County,” written in 1916, 91 years after the shipwreck.  

  • It’s time to safeguard the future of Rome’s courthouse

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I like the way newspaper editors wrote 50, 75 and even 100 years ago. There is a certain authoritative flair to their words, particularly in editorials. The opinion piece that follows my portion of this column ran in 1966 on the future of the Rome Courthouse. The building’s use as a school had ended with the construction of Perry Central and there were concerns on what would happen to the historic building.

  • River Sweep a success

    The 2016 Ohio River Sweep has come and gone!

    Now, we would like to thank the volunteers who participated in the River Sweep. We would also like to thank the following donors of food, money and supplies: Chicago’s Pizza, Subway, Noble’s IGA, Papa John’s Pizza, German American Bank, Franzman Insurance Agency, Tell City Junior-Senior High School, Domtar, Joseph and Marilyn Schoeppel, Larry Kleeman and Perry County Memorial Hospital.

  • Ku Klux Klan had short-lived but powerful history in Indiana

    Andrea Neal

    Guest Columnist

     

    Andrea Neal  is a teacher at St. Richard’s Episcopal School in Indianapolis and adjunct scholar with the Indiana Policy Review Foundation.  This is one of a series of articles leading up to the state’s bicentennial in December.

     

    During the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan took Indiana by storm. Ninety years later, Hoosiers still struggle to grasp why.