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Today's News

  • The 2009-10 season tips off this week

    Christian Laettner reminds me each year that basketball season is here. It never fails.

    Each November I get fired up because the NBA is in full swing and men’s college basketball is just beginning. So I make a trip to the basement to paw my way through dozens of old basketball tapes to spike my excitement.

    Of course I have to watch the 1996 Kentucky team win the national title. I have to watch an old game of Michael Jordan playing for the Bulls. And I have to watch, gulp, that Kentucky-Duke game from 1992. I can’t help it!

  • A look at the upcoming EHS boys' basketball season

    Playing more games during the off-season than ever before and growing physically, the Eminence boys’ basketball team has matured from the final game in February to this week’s season opener.

    In his second season as the head coach after taking over the program from Keith Blackburn, Chris Nethery has been very pleased with his team’s progression. The Warriors, who never before played a full summer schedule, played around 35 games during the summer and a majority of the players added around 15 more games with AAU basketball.

  • Teddy Bear Tree still taking donations

    Staff writer/photographer

    Just one week remains to adopt a Tri-County Community Action Agency Teddy Bear Tree recipient.

    Teddy bears will be available through Friday, Dec. 9, at Cook’s in Eminence. A table is set up at the front of the store by the pharmacy.

    Family Services Coordinator Margaret Mullins said there are still at least 25 children who need the community’s help.

  • A look at the upcoming HCHS girls' basketball season

    With no seniors on last year’s 10-15 squad, the Henry County girls’ basketball team returns all of its key players for another go around. Todd Gilley, who returns to the sideline as the team’s head coach, can already see a difference.

    The Ladycats have four seniors, four juniors, six sophomores and five freshmen on the roster. They have more depth, more experience and have improved in most areas of their play, Gilley said.

  • Prison population poses problems

    One of the most challenging problems facing state government these days is our sky-rocketing prison population.

    This decade alone, the number of inmates has risen nearly 50 percent, while costs have gone up by more than half.  In the last fiscal year, we spent $450 million to house more than 21,000 prisoners, a population roughly the same size as our 17th largest city.

    In January, the legislature’s Program Review and Investigations Committee began taking a closer look at the reasons behind this surge.

  • Jesus was a liberal

    Jesus did not ask the blind man or the leper, “give me your silver pieces and THEN I will heal you.”  Health care in this country is bought and sold at the marketplace for profit like any other private consumption good at the expense of human lives. Yet, we claim to be a Christian nation.  122 people die each day in the US due to lack of access to health care; that number is far greater than those who died on 911 and the death toll continues to rise. Where is the memorial to these fellow Americans?

  • Gaines gets unique opportunity in D.C.

    General Manager

    It was a trip he might not have taken without some help from his community.

    In October, Sulphur teen Kenneth Gaines took part in the National Youth Leadership Congress in Washington, D.C. It was the experience of a lifetime.

    While at the conference, Gaines took part in a variety of scenarios. In two of those, Gaines played the part of key leaders — the chief justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the U.S. Secretary of Defense.

  • A season to be proud of

    When the Wildcats took the field at Central High School in the quarterfinals of the Class 3-A state playoffs, the Henry County football program looked destined to do what no football team at HCHS has ever done before.

  • Trying terrorists in NYC is a mistake

    The White House says it has good reasons to bring the terrorists who planned the 9/11 attacks to New York City to try them in a federal courtroom instead of at the secure detention facility at Guantanamo. But I can’t think of any.

    The reasons why that decision is a mistake, however, are easy to list. It puts the tools we use to fight terror at risk. And it is a needless risk to America’s security. And it gives these terrorists a worldwide platform to spread their hateful propaganda.

  • Better safe than sorry

    Staff writer/photographer

    Emergency responders played it safe last week as they responded to a call at Hussey Copper in Eminence.

    A 911 call received by Shelby County dispatchers last Thursday night at 10 p.m. was placed from a cell phone, but operators quickly realized it came from inside the Hussey Copper facility in Eminence.

    Henry County Emergency Management Director Bruce Owens said the call was directed to Shelby County because it was the closest 911 to the cell phone’s location.