• LETTER: Winter has come early and some people need help with paying high heating bills

    Winter has come early this year and along with that will be higher heating bills for all of us. Several years ago, Ohio Valley Gas Corp. established a “gas help fund” to help struggling families pay their gas bills. This fund is owned by the Ohio Valley Gas and is administered by Catholic Charities.

    Currently, this fund is perilously low on funds. Any donation made to the gas help fund will be matched by the board of directors of Ohio Valley Gas. This, in effect, doubles the amount of money that can be donated to this fund.

  • LETTER: United Way supports area Girl Scout programs

    Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana would like to thank the United Way of Perry County, its staff and board members and the Perry County community for their continued support of our programs in Perry County.

    Each year, nearly 200 Perry County girls participate in troops, camps and Girl Scout events. Perry County is very special to area Girl Scouts because it is home to Camp Koch, a beautiful space loved by girls and adults across the region since 1942.

  • LETTER: United Way a strong partner with Council on Aging

    I would like to take this time to thank the United Way of Perry County for its continued support to the Perry County Council on Aging. Our organization was founded March of 1974 and this marks our 40th year of continued service.

    Without the support of our local community and the United Way, our services would not be available to the Perry County residents.

    Our services of transportation is available to all Perry County residents, regardless of age or disabilities and whether it be for medical or personal needs.

  • LETTER: Community gave its support to 2014 Ladies Day Out

    Thank you to everyone who participated in Ladies Day Out, held during October each year. We appreciate that you shop locally.

    Thanks to Burris, LeClere, Labhart Eye Center, Celebrations, Domestic Goddess Salon & Boutique, EverBody’s Fun & Fitness, Gatherings, Now & Then, Perry County Chamber of Commerce, Skinsations and the Tell City Depot

  • LETTER: Find ways to be of service to others this season

    Thanksgiving is a time of giving thanks. We express gratitude and love for our families and for blessings. Or, do we just take for granted what we have? You know, a warm house to come home to, food to eat, family and good friends. Are we grateful to live in this country and to have a job, a means to support our family?

    Our country is experiencing a very poor economy. Unemployment is up, even though data and statistics may show it is dropping.

  • LETTER: Annexation support evident at Nov. 20 hearing

    We would like to thank everyone who showed up in Jasper at the annexation hearing Nov. 20. The turnout was great. It let us know where we stand and how the process works. In my opinion, we are looking good but we can’t sit idly by and forget about the work we have put into this.

    It is a long process, but we have to keep motivated. I think the turnout let the city and their attorneys know how organized we are.

  • LETTER: Don’t be afraid to speak up for what you feel is right

    Now that the elections are over and the community has chosen our leadership, I would like to share thoughts from an article I read some time ago concerning public involvement and community issues.

    The article was titled “5 reasons you should speak up” in which best-selling author Kevin Daum listed reasons citizens should be frank and contribute to public issues. He provided permission to use his article in the News.

    I believe our community will benefit by embracing the “bring it up” core value Daum mentions.

  • LETTER: EPA directive will hit Hoosier pocketbooks

    Indiana’s environment is cleaner than it’s been in our lifetimes. But such substantial progress here and in other parts of the country is not enough for the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Smart, necessary regulations make sense. However, that’s the opposite of what we have with the new directive to strictly limit carbon emissions from the nation’s existing coal-fired power plants.

  • LETTER: School strives for a healthier community

    If you attend Tell City Junior-Senior High School sporting events this winter, you’ll notice some changes. The school was awarded a three-year, $75,000 grant through the Welborn Foundation Heroes Program.

    According to the foundation, their purpose is to “... provide financial and guiding support to elementary, middle and high schools so they can commit, implement, and evaluate their own schools’ health…”

  • LETTER: Consider helping United Way’s mission

    United Way of Perry Coun-ty provides services, programs, and resources to fund agencies, nonprofit organizations and community programs.

    They do this with the help of people and businesses that invest in the mission of helping the people of Perry County to live their best possible lives.

    During this holiday season, consider the benefit in giving back to a local organization.