• Renegades ... till the shooting starts




    For my folks, raising nine kids on the farm was an uninterrupted joust with poverty, leaving more bills to pay than hogs to sell. While I never heard Dad brag on pork prices, hogs would mature and be of some value, however paltry.

    In the spring when pigs were weaned, they were moved to a partially wooded lot to be “fattened out” and contained by an electric fence … of sorts.

  • Members of Congress need to spend more time on Capitol Hill

    Lee Hamilton

    Guest Columnist


    When Paul Ryan became House Speaker a few weeks ago, he made it clear that he has no intention of spending too much time in Washington. His wife and children are in Wisconsin, he pointed out, and he plans to commute. “I just work here,” he told CNN, “I don’t live here.”

  • Why I’m leaving public education




    This is the first of three columns about my decision to quit teaching. Part one is mainly about my reasons regarding the opinions of educators and state policy regarding education. Part two will be about my decision to go from teaching to factory work. Part three will be about my experience at Cannelton and general thoughts on teaching practices.

    I’ll try my best (and fail) to keep these articles focused.

  • Still time to help United Way




    My name is Mallory Gee and I am co-chairperson of the 2015 United Way of Perry County annual fundraising drive along with Andy Hollinden.

    We just wanted to take some time to thank everyone in the community for not only your hard work, but your support as well.

    To be part of a community like Perry County, is such an honor. One desire we all share at United Way, is growing our community and making it a better place for our children and future generations to live in.

  • Leave your shoes out for St. Nick

    Vince Luecke



    editor@perry countynews.com

    I haven’t yet decided which old shoe I am going to put out for St. Nicholas’ visit Saturday night. With any luck, I will find a few pieces of chocolate tucked inside Sunday morning.

    Last year I put the shoe outside my Tell City office and enjoyed several chocolate bars and assorted sweets.

  • Sisters of St. Benedict to welcome Christkindlmarkt guests

    FERDINAND – The Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand have announced their Monastery Event Hall is an official Christkindlmarkt site for 2015. Nearly 40 vendors will have their hand-made creations and foods on display and St. Ferdinand Knights of Columbus will serve food. Christkindlmarkt is Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All times are Eastern.

  • Wild turkey increasingly popular Thanksgiving treat

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales


    There is considerable difference between the wild turkey probably eaten at the first Thanksgiving meal and the tame bird found on most holiday tables these days.

    The bird most of us have with stuffing, potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie was once closely related to the wild bird, but now hardly represents a distant cousin.

  • Dividing issues quantified in local election results

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer


    The voters’ decisions marked in the outcomes of recent elections is evidence of our citizens’ true views on local hot-topic issues.

    The term “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” seems to be an acceptable summary of a few recent letters submitted to the News. Amid the public outcries against new taxes, something contrary took place.

  • Winter’s checklist part 1: Preparing gardens for winter

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    There are many gardening tasks that must be done or are better done in the fall of the year; things like cleaning up old plant material; fertilizing trees, shrubs and lawns; and protecting tender plants like hybrid tea roses and French hydrangeas.

    These chores are all a part of garden maintenance and taking care of them now will improve the quality of your garden later. Here’s a checklist to remind you of what needs to be done to get the garden ready for winter.

  • Houchin reports on Organization Day at the Indiana Statehouse

    Erin Houchin

    State Senate District 47


    On Tuesday, Nov. 17, the Indiana General Assembly will convene at the Statehouse for the ceremonial start of the 2016 legislative session. “Organization Day,” as it’s commonly referred to, provides legislators an opportunity to meet with fellow lawmakers and staff, and begin discussing legislative topics.