Columns and Editorials

  • A hidden gem - appreciating the sense of community

    Somehow I’ve managed to bypass Port Royal during my four years here in Henry County, and only made it out there finally just because a suspect recently declined to stop for a police officer and I wanted to take a photo of the smashed personal vehicle that resulted from that intransigence.
    What an idyllic place — to have at least two businesses with just a handful of residents nearby is quite a feat in this day and time.
    From my windshield survey, I believe Port Royal probably serves as an exemplar of what small towns across the country used to be like.

  • Teachers have enough to do in school without packing

    In years past, I was “one of those people” who didn’t like guns. I still don’t, but after meeting my husband — he grew up as an Indiana farm boy — I understand why people have them.
    Ron and his father used a rifle to shoot at “varmints” that got into the family garden and the crops.
    The rifle also served as protection against home invaders because they lived in an isolated area.
    Ron’s extended family also hunt deer, something I found appalling until I learned how many families use deer as their only meat for the year.

  • It’s too quiet now as the downtown continues to change

    Ever since Chat ’N’ Nibble closed, it’s been way too quiet here on South Penn Avenue.
    Unfortunately, the Henry County Local remains the last business standing where folks come to work every day on our block.
    After I came to Eminence in 2014, having enough space to park out front was still enough of an issue where people would remark on it regularly — that there were too many customers and workers vying for the same limited amount of parking.

  • Reckoning with Addiction: Shorter lives and other effects

    By John Inscore Essick

    Port Royal Baptist Church

    The average lifespan for Americans has been going up since the 1960s.

    The HIV/AIDS epidemic caused a brief drop in life expectancy in 1993, but the average age began to rise again as we learned how to help those with HIV/AIDS live longer with the virus.

    Similarly, public health researchers suggest that the recent spike in opioid overdoses is also lowering life expectancy projections in the United States.

  • Looking for courageous leaders to set the right tone

    Rep. Rick Rand (D-Bedford) told a story last Saturday during the Henry County town hall meeting that stuck with me.
    Rand explained that when he was first elected to the Kentucky legislature, he asked a mentor how to know when he was doing the right thing for his district. The advisor answered, “You already know what’s right. You just need the courage to do it.”
    Courage is lacking in the Kentucky legislature, Rand believes.

  • Social media fears cause a virtual nervous breakdown

    Is there any word more apt to describe the recent eruption of parental concern on social media over talk of violence at Henry County High School than hysteria?
    It’s unfortunate that instances of school shootings happen so often and that they come to our attention to spur so much fear, but that’s where we are.
    These factors apparently contributed to a breakdown of trust of the decision-making abilities of the educators who are charged with taking care of the students during the day.

  • The Local strives every day to bring you a quality paper

    Newspapers across Kentucky gathered in Lexington last week at the Kentucky Press Association’s convention to celebrate the best in the print industry. The Henry County Local received recognition, taking home a respectable 15 awards earned by individual members of the staff.
    The Local team also won second place overall in the Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers in the statewide contest for our size category as determined by our circulation numbers.
    Sports editor Greg Woods brought home four awards from the KPA contest.

  • Those who steal from their fellow citizens aren’t patriots

    Cliven Bundy, despite his claims of personal sovereignty, should recognize and show gratitude for just how well our democracy has worked for him.
    I mean, I know he won’t, because that would ruin his reputation with the radical fringe groups who supported him in his ongoing standoff with the Bureau of Land Management about cattle grazing rights in the western United States.

  • I resolve to improve by strictly observing the Golden Rule

    New Years resolutions. We’ve all made them. We’ve all broken them. So, why make them?
    The reason to create — and, hopefully, stick to — our plans is that repetition and persistence help develop muscle memory.
    This could become a reflex we use to reach our goals. And a new year is a great time for a fresh beginning to get rid of habits that either hold us back or harm others.
    I don’t usually make resolutions, but this year, I’ve created a laundry list of goals for 2018.

  • Reckoning with Addiction: The view with the EMS

    By John Iscore Essick

    Henry County Emergency Medical Services (HCEMS) personnel are trained and prepared to assist in some of the most difficult and frightening moments of our lives.  

    I rode along with HCEMS on three different occasions in recent months to hear their perspective on addiction in our county.