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Columns and Editorials

  • Kentucky depends on auto industry

    In 1913, when the automotive industry first set up shop in Kentucky, few then could have imagined just how much of an impact it would have on the commonwealth in the decades ahead.

    It all began on South Third Street in Louisville, where 17 employees could assemble up to 12 of Ford’s Model T vehicles on a good day.

  • Be who you are wherever God sends you

    “Holy, holy, holy,” cried the heavenly beings called Seraphim. With that clarion call to worship, Isaiah, not yet a prophet, sensed he was in trouble. “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips and I live among a people of unclean lips...” 

  • Farm-fresh egg for sale, $44

    I am not a chicken whisperer.

    I am slowly coming to terms with this realization.

    When we decided to add a few laying hens to our small farm, we got busy with preparations. We purchased a very nice kit coop and placed it in a fenced in chicken run. We purchased a waterer, feeder and quality feed. Then I did what I normally do when we embark on some new farming adventure.

  • Kentucky's budget projects revenue surplus

    After weathering several tough budget cycles, the state is on track to end the current fiscal year next month with much better news to report.

    Two weeks ago, the Office of State Budget Director said that April’s General Fund receipts – which drive the budget – brought in a little more than $1 billion, a high-water mark that had never happened in a single month before.

  • In honor of John Hoffman

    In honor and in memory of John Hoffman, an outdoors enthusiast, writer and former contributor to the Henry County Local, we’d like to re-run one of his columns, printed in the early fall of 1999. 

    While Hoffman wrote about all things outdoors from hunting and fishing to ammo and gun recommendations, he seemed to have a special affinity for bird hunting and fishing. And he relished sharing his knowledge and experiences with others.

  • A Memorial Day message for those who serve

    It may not be the official start of the season, but for most of us, the upcoming three-day weekend is when summer arrives.

    This time is about much more than that, of course.  More importantly, it’s when our nation pays tribute to those who died defending our country.

    That list now has more than 1.2 million names, about half of which were added during the four years of the Civil War.

  • A call for Congress to repeal the Patriot Act

    By U.S. Representative Thomas Massie

    Congress faces a critical deadline, and time is running out.  On June 1, 2015, three provisions of the USA Patriot Act will expire.  The actions of the United States Congress between today and June 1 will affect the privacy and liberty of millions of innocent Americans.

  • Celebrating one year in Henry County

    This spring, my wife Beth and I have enjoyed several anniversaries that highlight our growing bonds with our new communities.

    With our transition eased by extended family long established in the region, we uprooted ourselves about 14 months ago from the mountains of Virginia, a place where we lived 17 years, to pursue great new opportunities here in Kentucky.

  • A brighter future is just a phone call away

    Henry County Adult Education Program is helping change lives.  Do you or someone you know need a GED or want to go to college, but are not sure how to get started?  Let Henry County Adult Education help you.  There are two centers, conveniently located in Eminence (502-686-0724) and Campbellsburg (502-686-0719).  They offer flexible hours and highly trained instructors that are happy to work with you.  All of their services are free to you!

  • Turning into my mother is not a bad thing

    I find that the older I get, the more I resemble my mother – in appearance, in speech and mannerisms. That used to bum me out.

    Not any more.

    As a young woman, the last thing you want to hear is “you’re acting just like your mother.” We have friends who claim that very statement led them into one of the biggest fights of their marriage.