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Columns

  • Teacher pay is the key

    Michael Hicks

    Guest Columnist

     

    For many school corporations, finding and keeping the teachers those schools need is very difficult.

    Indiana’s General Assembly is working through some details on the final education budget, and there are issues that merit discussion. Be warned, this column is likely to leave most folks a bit flustered. Facts are unfriendly to badly informed opinions.

  • Parachuting Dogs

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    My last article was about my dog and since it was well received, I thought I would continue in that vein and tell about a little known aspect of how dogs helped the U.S. war effort during World War Two.

  • Dust to dust

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Lent is just about here and while not everyone’s religious tradition observes the 40-days before Easter, I suspect most people at least acknowledge its arrival. If  nothing else, the plethora of fish fries should be a sign.

    Easter, and Lent, arrives late this year. Ash Wednesday arrives Wednesday, March 6, almost a month later than last year. Easter Sunday is April 21.

  • Cool season weeds waiting in the wings

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    I was just thinking about spring but then I realized I should just live in the moment and be thankful that I do not have to battle weeds this time of the year. Spring and cool season weeds will be here soon enough.

    The most common cool-season annual and perennial weeds will be germinating once our soils warm a bit, it is amazing how quickly it can happen as our days get longer and the sun shines more frequently.

  • Surviving a journey to Walmart

    PAUL SANDERS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    You are never more alone than when standing by yourself in front of the Wal-Mart Enter sign. I took a deep breath, and said to myself, I’m going in.

    Grabbed one of those filthy carts, and took a right to the drug area. Held my breath as I passed the pharmacy; there were people on the benches, coughing, red blotches on their faces, some blood, and bandages on their arms, legs, and faces. Some people were passed out on the floor near the pharmacy counter. I had to look away.

  • The devil down below

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I was dropping green bean seeds in a garden furrow. I was 7 or 8 years old, deeply religious and a bit gullible.

    My grandma had just told me that the big cistern behind our farmhouse held the most horrible of inhabitants.

    “The devil lives down there,” she said.

  • Preserve your family traditions

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    My visit three years ago to the Tempel farm just outside of Dale brought back plenty of memories from childhood. Each year, more than 50 members of that family gathered to butcher hogs. Other neighbors plan to butcher hogs in a few weeks. I hope to watch and maybe help a bit.

  • Film revisits the ‘Great War’

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

     

    The flickering of the silver screen has a way of mobilizing ideas into action for viewers. This came to fruition for myself this past weekend while watching “They Shall Not Grow Old,” a World War I documentary so well done that it’s a feature film.

    A compilation of century-old silent war archives that made it home from the front lines of The Western Front, the decaying film was remastered, colorized and put to sound.

  • Hold your noses ... skunks are on the move

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    It is that time of year again and I am reminded because of the smell and road kill left behind. Plus, a strong scent of skunk has been lingering this past week.

    We used to get them circling the house on winter evenings but our livestock guardian dogs’ presence has kept them at bay the last few years. Their presence is not surprising, however, because it is mating season for skunks and they are on the move!

  • Valentine’s Day jitters

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Valentine’s Day was one of those holidays that gave sweaty palms to 1970s third-graders. Back then, it was custom for every student to give each classmate a valentine. That might still be the practice. I should ask my nephews.