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  •  “Country Roads,” written by John Denver, is a song frequently heard at Anderson Woods. Whether hiking through the woods, sitting around the campfire or washing the mealtime dishes, campers and staff alike can be heard filling the woods with the song’s reminiscent lyrics.

  • By JAKE BETHEL

    Feature Writer

     

    TELL CITY – Having found a love for music as a child, the spotlight came naturally as Perry County native Gage Otto now plays in one of the few Evansville bands that frequently makes trips out of town to perform. 

    Otto was not a founding member of Torn Confidence, but found a spot in their lineup playing bass last November, within a year of their founding.

  • By JAKE BETHEL

    Feature Writer

     

    TELL CITY – Perry County native Carly Jarboe has developed an original style of painting, inspired by her family.

    Jarboe attends Indiana University Southeast in New Albany. She has been accepted into the bachelor of fine arts program, in which she will major in painting and minor in ceramics. She was awarded the Martha Stem Fine Arts Scholarship, worth $3,000, after only one year at the school.

  • By JAKE BETHEL

    Feature Writer

     

    PERRY COUNTY – Perry County native Callie Poehlein has seen success as an art student, evolving in her creativity like one of her award-winning pieces.

    She wasn’t always set on art for a career path. In high school, she was set on going into a science field, but upon taking a class as a senior, art became her pursuit. “I realized I was pretty good at it,” she said.

    She is now majoring in studio art with a 2-dimensional emphasis.

  • By JAKE BETHEL

    Feature Writer

     

    ROCKPORT – After performing his signature folk style for a few years in Indianapolis, South Spencer High School graduate Andrew S. Burden has returned to Spencer County with a professionally recorded six-song album.

  • Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    The 18th of this month marks the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid against Japan during World War Two. It was an attempt to strike back at Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor and to buoy American morale in the home front.

    Placing his left boot against the metal rib just above the aircraft’s deck, Lt. Miller braced himself. The bomber was pitching up and down wildly with the ship, as he looked out at the Navy men scurrying about the deck of the carrier preparing for the launch.

  • By JAKE BETHEL

    Feature Writer

     

    PERRY COUNTY – Perry County musician Ryan Pfeifer is no stranger to the stage, having been in the local cover band, Carter Valley Boys, for a few years with friends before striking out on his own in recent years. 

  • TELL CITY – The annual Tell City Art Show will be open today and Friday for viewing. The art show will also be highlighted by the second annual Fine Arts Night and Empty Bowls Event Friday.

    The art show will open their doors in the library/media center at 3 p.m. Empty Bowls will be open in the Red Apple Inn at 4 p.m.

    Displays include paintings, clay and ceramic sculptures, paper mache, digital photography, graphic design, wood burning and charcoal.

  • By JAKE BETHEL

    Feature Writer

     

    GRANDVIEW – Pulling from his experiences playing to rowdy crowds in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Bobby Clark’s “Grandview” provides a glimpse of the town through the eyes of an ambitious musician.

    His cousin, John Mellencamp, has recorded his own version of the tune Clark penned, with Martina McBride lending her vocal talents to the song’s refrain. The song is an ode to Grandview, eliciting a hometown feeling of fondness for the historied community on Indiana 66.

  • By JAKE BETHEL

    Feature Writer

     

    Building a lifetime of work upon a spark set off in his childhood home, drummer Kelly Clark recounts nearly a half-century of marching in his own line to his own beat.

    Having been playing for crowds since the age of seven, Clark has had a long time to refine his craft. He said he heard his father, Don Clark, playing various instruments around the house as a young child, and even though it was the one thing it seemed his father didn’t play, Clark took up drums as his instrument.

  • ‘Old Farmer’s Almanac’ still offering quirky tales, insights after 225 years

    Editor’s note: this story by Mark Bennett first appeared in the Terre Haute Tribune-Star

     

    It’s hard to define the mystique of The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

    That charm comes partly from its age, 225 years now and counting. Sea turtles and lobsters don’t live that long. The paperback’s contents conjure a homespun mystical feel, from astronomical tables to charts on ocean tides and humorous proverbs.

  • After raising three girls she adopted out of foster care, Mary Jane Malone wanted a way to honor them while helping Perry County. She also wanted to memorialize one daughter, whose life was taken by a tragic event. Mary Jane created the Mary Jane Malone Endowment Fund through the Perry County Community Foundation that will give back forever while remembering her and her family. Read Mary Jane’s story, written herself, about her life, her family’s life, and why she recently created this fund.

  • For the past few years, the Perry County News has published letters from county residents who have moved here or returned after years living elsewhere. These articles are submitted through the Perry County Quality of Life Committee, which operates under the Perry County Development Corp. We are presenting two letters today, from Adrien Dannemiller and Steve Berkhouse.

     

    A warm welcome from Perry Countians

     

  • Perry County native Jennifer Niswonger has seen a considerable amount of local success as an artist at only 24 years old, and it’s not just the quality of her paintings, but the content, that has garnered attention.

    When Niswonger begins the process of a new painting, she does so in a way that is not common among her colleagues.

    She will begin with a vague idea and take photos of her intended subject. That subject often changes once she begins seeing the images outside of her mind, though.

  • Even if your team isn’t playing in the big game, you can still come out a winner with a tasty viewing party recipe. Plan your menu ahead of time so you can be confident you’ll score big with a spread that leaves guests cheering long after the game has ended.

    These tips will help you get started with a lineup that gets your guests’ taste buds running into overtime: