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Columns and Editorials

  • Recapping 14 years of roadside cleanups

    By John Logan Brent, Henry County Judge-Executive

    On Saturday, Nov. 5, more than 40 non-profit and school groups came together in a coordinated effort to pick up our county’s roadways. 

    The result was 210 miles of roadway cleaned and 1,215 bags of trash picked-up. 

  • Kentucky's Forests

    Over the last 50 years, usually around the time fall colors are in full bloom, state and federal officials dedicate a week to highlight all of the products our forests provide.

    Kentucky, of course, has been blessed more than most states.  Trees cover nearly half of our 25 million acres, and we are among the nation’s leaders – and first in the South – when it comes to hardwood production. 

  • The best protection against a rigged election

    Major newspapers across the country have made their endorsements in the Nov. 8 presidential election, and now the Henry County Local wants to offer its own recommendation to all the registered voters out there.

    About 150 newspapers with a circulation of 20,000 or more have declared their support for the Democrat, Hillary Clinton, in the race for the highest office in the land over her Republican rival, Donald Trump, according to articles posted on the “Business Insider” website.

  • Community lost a good man in Norm

    I only met Norman Wood once, nearly 40 years after he created and launched the pre-eminent local grocery store. But it only took that one encounter to understand the most important parts of his life.

    He loved his wife Sally — the Pleasureville girl that he first met at the lunch counter in Cincinnati. Her mother Peggy Jones, who also worked at the lunch counter, evidently suspected that Sally would like the up-and-coming A&P manager who had a good job and income with a large corporation.

  • Hope I live long enough to be called feisty

    I recently had a delightful visit with Mrs. Aline Stivers, a resident of Twin Oaks Assisted Living. Aline welcomed me into her apartment, which was neat as a pin by the way, and we talked for about an hour on a subject Mrs. Stivers found a little uncomfortable – herself!

    Aline will turn 100 years old this Friday, and with 365,000 days under her belt, she has lived a lifetime and then some. So settling on which details of her life to share with me might have proved daunting. 

  • Improvements in education

    Not long after the start of each school year, Kentucky begins getting report cards on the overall progress our students are making.  These annual updates give the public the chance to learn if we are still heading in the right direction academically.

  • News about the flu vaccine

    by Jennifer Grove, Bluegrass Pharmacy

    It’s really tough to stay on top of all the health news these days. Since the flu season is right around the corner, here’s a snapshot of recent news stories about the flu vaccine. 

     

    Flu shot helps people with diabetes 

  • County needs more Odd Fellows, not less

    You wouldn’t necessarily know it now without being a local history buff, but by the accounts I’ve seen and heard, the Eminence Lodge 140 of the International Order of the Odd Fellows used to be a real local powerhouse.

    I’ve written about the Eminence lodge a couple times recently as they’ve had the misfortune to be the victim of a theft of a big part of their financial assets, which prompted the closing of the long-established fraternal order.

  • Turning lies into truth

    “I’m not sure what to do,” my friend lamented to me.  “If I respond, I may just stir things up even more.  On the other hand, if I remain quiet, people are likely to think I have something to hide.”

    My friend is a public servant, working in one of those jobs that, no matter what he does, he creates detractors, if not out-right enemies. I asked him once why he did it.  He looked at me like I had just arrived from an alien world and then told me.  

  • 9/11 - One day with lots of meaning

    On Sunday morning, our nation will pause to remember and reflect upon the tragedy known primarily by its date: 9/11.

    Those of us old enough to remember that Tuesday in 2001 will never forget where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news.  It had the same impact as such other pivotal moments in history, from the attack on Pearl Harbor and President Kennedy’s assassination to Neil Armstrong’s walking on the moon.