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Columns and Editorials

  • 1862: James Cureton buys 65 acres on Drennon Creek for $1,007.50

    200 Years Ago

    Hugh Baker, constable of Henry County, presented a bill to the February 1812 term of County Court for $10.75.  The bill was for arresting Lawson Moore, Margaret Hammon, and Ann, James and Amos Kelly on charges of committing a felony (unspecified) in March and April of 1811.  Part of the bill was for summoning witnesses at the rate of 12.5-cents each.

  • February 1952: Halcyon Hotel Owner found dead

    Hotel Owner found dead

    Charles W. Bauer, 76, owner and operator of the Halcycon Hotel, farmer, and extensive property owner at Eminence, died suddenly Wednesday afternoon. He had been to the Henry County Clinic in the morning and returned to the hotel.

    He went to the furnace room and while upstairs evidently suffered a heart attack and fell. He was dead on the stairway when found by Mayor A.N. Miles.

  • Date violence prevalent among teens

    When asked about problems facing young people today, you might think about drug use, teen pregnancy, depression, or cyber bullying. These are all important issues, but did you know that dating violence is one of the most prevalent issues affecting “tweens” and teens between ages 11 and 19? One study shows 1.5 million high school students have experienced some type of physical abuse by a dating partner in the past year.

  • An Opportunity to Create Jobs: Will the President Act?

    At a time when more than 13 million Americans are unemployed, we should be doing everything it can to create a stable atmosphere for our economy and encourage job creation. 

  • Relishing the pleasure of snow

    I am one happy camper this week; we have snow! I am one of those people who love the snow. Do I sound like an overgrown kid? That’s probably because I revert to being a child again when it snows.    

    The rest of the adult world may see snow as being problematic, but I see it through a child’s eyes, and I light up brighter than a Christmas tree when I see the white fluffy stuff falling from the sky.

    Nature’s white blanket has always delighted me. As a child, snow meant we might have a day off from school.

  • The Bible: Breath of life or smothering weight?

    After all these years, the Bible remains a best-selling book.  For many, it is a source of life and inspiration.  For some, it is a window through which the revelation of God shines. For others, it can be a smothering weight.

    I can’t remember a time when I did not read the Bible.  I still have my first Bible, which I received as a Christmas present when I was 5 years old. My name is written on the presentation page, in pencil, in my father’s handwriting.  It is the only example I have of his handwriting.  I cherish that Bible.  

  • Understanding 'Couponese' – the language of couponing

    If you’ve ever overheard couponers conversing about their deals, it’s likely to have gone something like this:
    “So, I went to WM, Pm’d BL’s ad on the games, used two IP’s on them, used two IP’s on the razors which was a MM, used an IP on the wipes and the butter, used Cats from Wags and Kroger on the tweezers and floss, more MM’s and got it all for $2.85.”

  • Beginning Farmer Academy gets under way Jan. 20

    The Beginning Farmer Class will get under way Jan. 20, with plans for weekly sessions each Friday through February and into March, with further sessions later in the year. Most sessions will be 9 a.m. through lunch, rotating between Henry, Shelby and Oldham County Extension Offices.  The first two sessions will be held at the Shelby County Extension Office.

  • Sewing teaches practical skills

    Sewing is a skill that complements the total development of the individual. It teaches concrete, measurable skills and provides an incremental learning curve, in which each success allows for the next project to be attempted. The new sewing project year will begin meeting two days a week. 

    The first year participants will meet on Mondays from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Henry County Extension office on Jan. 23. Those that have sewn in the past will begin on Thursdays starting Jan. 19.

  • Preventing teen suicide

    According to a report released by the Surgeon General two years ago a young person commits suicide every two hours in our country.  In fact suicide now claims the lives of more adolescents than any disease or natural cause.

    It should also be noted that adolescents commit suicide at a higher rate than that of any other age group.  What is even more alarming is there are even more suicidal attempts and gestures than there are actual completed suicides.