• Congress’s problems are deep-seated but fixable

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress


    A lot of ink is being spilled about the speakership drama in the U.S. House, the demands by members of the conservative Freedom Caucus, and the turmoil besetting the Republicans who run Capitol Hill. There is a pervasive sense in Washington that Congress has gone, at least temporarily, off the rails.

  • Helping Hoosier employers

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74


    During the interim I am able to better communicate with all of you in the district and learn about issues affecting our community.

    Recently, after talking to small business owners there was a reoccurring concern regarding unemployment insurance taxes. Over the past 15 years, Indiana’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund has undergone financial challenges.

  • Election Day excitement

    Vince Luecke Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com


    Next Tuesday, Nov. 3, will be one of those exciting days sure to bring extra work to the newsroom but guaranteed to be one to remember. Of course, it’s Election Day and while many folks who live where elections are taking place already know who they will vote for, others have yet to decide.

  • Tax amnesty 2015

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47


    Now through Nov. 16, Indiana residents and businesses that owe past-due taxes to the Indiana Department of Revenue may be eligible to take advantage of Tax Amnesty 2015, a limited-time opportunity during which taxpayers can pay their overdue taxes free of penalties, interest and collection fees.

  • A thief and a bad apple

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    Lola Mae James hoped to fill her freezer this week with apples from her backyard. But one or more thieves took care of those plans. They stole the apples!

    Lola Mae and her husband, Delbert, live along Indiana 545 between Troy and New Boston and have three semi-dwarf trees near their home, two producing red apples and one a yellow variety.

  • It’s time to plant garlic, dig sweet potatoes

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    There are two categories of garlic to consider:  Allium sativum, or softneck garlic, and Allium ophioscordon, or hardneck garlic. Softneck garlic is the easiest and most widely cultivated because the bulbs are large and the cloves and skin are tight which prevent moisture loss and allows for longer storage.

  • Millennials aren’t bad, give us a chance

    Zane Clodfelter

    Spencer County Journal-Democrat


    As I was watching the season premiere of NBC’s Saturday Night Live over the weekend, I laughed at myself.

    Obviously I’m not famous enough to have a skit parody about me on the longstanding live show, instead it was my generation known in today’s society as “millennials.”

  • Now is the time to address debt, deficit problems



    During the most recent Republican presidential debate, topics of discussion ranged from the important, like the crisis in Syria, to the unimportant, such as potential Secret Service codenames.

    One topic that barely registered during the debate? Our nation’s debt and deficit problems. 
During the three hour debate, the word deficit was used just twice, and only one candidate discussed why we need to reduce federal spending.

  • Out of session, Rep. Arnold seeks public input, concerns

    Lloyd Arnold

    State Representative District 74


    The Indiana General Assembly only passes laws for a few months out of the year since it is a part-time legislature. This allows legislators additional time to connect with constituents during the interim so we are able to accomplish more during the legislative session. 

  • ‘The Martian’ is the most exhilarating space movie in years

    Director Ridley Scott’s recent return to sci-fi, “Prometheus,” was not very well-received, although I really enjoyed it, partially because it did not live up to the expectations created from Scott’s early sci-fi classic, “Alien.” Scott returns to science fiction again with “The Martian,” a film that could be called the anti-“Alien.”