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  • By MOLLY HALL
    Guest Columnist

    In the beginning of the Civil War, our Perry County citizens were excited and full of enthusiasm for the war. Rallies, speeches and fiery discussions were held in almost every township and the call for patriotism was heard as our country and her people prepared for war.

  • Four generations of the Rhodes-Patrick family gathered for a photo recently.

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  • Members of the Dykes family gathered Memorial Day for a five-generation photo.

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  • BY TRINA SEVERSON
    Staff Writer

    I am not usually one to hike in a group, opting instead for the quiet, meditative state that comes with making my way through woods in solitude.

    But last weekend, my two daughters, my husband and I, piled into our van and drove to the Patoka Lake visitor center for a guided group hike to Totem Rock.

    It was our first visit to the area, and we joined about a dozen other hikers and two guides at the head of our 3.5-mile trail.

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  • TELL CITY – Brothers Will and Beau Goffinet of Tell City recently got a chance to take their love of the Mario Brothers video game to the next level.

    This Friday, the two will appear on the PBS children’s show “The Friday Zone” dressed as their favorite characters, Mario and Luigi.

    The Mario Brothers video game features two sibling plumbers, Mario and Luigi, whose jobs are to investigate the strange creatures inhabiting the sewers of New York City.

  • By STUART CASSIDY
    Staff Writer

    When it comes to opening a restaurant that will feature its own microbrewery and 36 beers on tap within its pub, it’s about more than just suds and good food to the owners.

    According to Pour Haus co-owner Derek Cronin, 42, the development is meant to be a unifying establishment for a community rich in history.

  • Editor’s Note: This Mother’s Day tribute was provided by Randy Lindauer of Troy for his mother, Shirley Ann Lindauer.

    Dear Mom,

    I’ve wanted to write a letter to you for some time, and I figure Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to stop procrastinating. While the words are long overdue, the sentiments are not new to my mind or heart.

  • ... was the instruction emblazoned across T-shirts of the 81 participants of a 4-H color run by the same name Sunday at Tell City’s Sunset Park.

    Another 20 volunteers were also involved, and among them were members of 4-H Junior Leaders who worked to comply with the instruction by throwing colored powder.

    Admission to the two-mile walk-run event cost a canned-food or cash donation. Cathy Boerste, Purdue extension director and 4-H youth development educator, said four big boxes of food and $61 were collected.

  • One soldier’s role in helping secure the freedom of American colonies – one of countless stories in two centuries of Perry County history – was celebrated in grand style Saturday in Rome.

    A grave-marker dedication in the town’s United Methodist Church honored the life of Revolutionary War patriot Jacob Kepler.

  • TELL CITY –  Friends of Ed Whitcomb, a committee formed to honor the former governor of Indiana, has announced its future plans.

    Donations are being solicited in order to commemorate Ed and his wife, Evelyn’s, lives and time spent in Perry County. The money will be used to purchase a bust of Whitcomb identical to one that resides in the Statehouse in Indianapolis and was sculpted by Greg Harris of Cannelton.

    The bust will reside at the Tell City Depot, home of the Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

  • Text and photos by Larry Goffinet

    It was a book that brought Ed Whitcomb to Perry County.

    But it wasn’t one extolling the virtues of the county – it was one he was trying to write about his sailing solo around the world.

    “I was writing a book, living in Hayden (in Jennings County, where he grew up), and I had so many interruptions trying to do it,” the former Indiana governor said last Thursday.

  • By KEVIN KOELLING
    Managing Editor

    Now under construction behind its courthouse, the county’s new jail will move the county from having a Mayberry-level facility to one that is state-of-the-art, County Sheriff Lee Chestnut said March 13, making reference to a television show broadcast from 1960 to ’68.

    The current jail in Cannelton was built in 1965.

    The sheriff provided the News a tour March 13 of what some are calling the Perry County sheriff’s office and detention center.

  • Our community is safe and friendly
    Elizabeth Thomas

    What I like most about my community is feeling safe. My community is also friendly. I run cross country and I don’t think there has ever been a time when I felt in danger.

    People on the streets who I don’t even know greet me with a smile. Just one little smile can make someone’s day.

  • Saint Patrick’s Day is a beloved holiday regardless of a person’s ethnic background. Whether you or your ancestors hail from the Emerald Isle, everyone is Irish come Saint Patrick’s Day, when celebrations that offer music, food and beverages combine to make for a festive event.

  • By DANNY BOLIN
    Guest Columnist

    While Chuck’s intent was to chronicle Louie’s history as a young printer, I came back with different reminiscing entirely. I fully appreciate his story of the hand-cranked printer which eventually led Louie into the publishing business. Also the significance of valuable mentoring from his father, “Jolly,” and newspaper legend Edgar Schergens. But while taking photos of Louie, my mind was reeling about the great days and times we once had at The News.

  • By CHUCK POEHLEIN
    Guest Columnist

    Successful people are always looking for an opportunity to help others. And for some that can start at an early age. For Tell City resident B.L. “Louie” Heitkemper, it started at the age of 12 dabbling with a hand-cranked printing press his father bought him. Plunging himself into that endless vat of printer’s ink, Heitkemper learned the printing art through experience, followed his patriotic instincts and later served his community beyond the call of duty.

  • PERRY COUNTY – The Perry County Public Library’s annual teen writing contest will wrap up Wednesday. This year’s theme, “Poetry Madness @ Perry County Public Library,” began Jan. 8.

    The contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is organized by the Teen Advisory Group. Guidelines for Poetry Madness are: Any resident of Perry County currently in grades seven through 12; original, unpublished poems in any style, on any subject, will be accepted.