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Columns and Editorials

  • Kentucky slammed the brakes on the loss of transportation revenues

    Kentucky’s Road Fund isn’t growing as fast as some would like. But it’s doing much better than it was two years ago. 

  • What could make the quality of life better here?

    Thinking about what Henry County needs reminded me of a lot of community listening events I’ve attended over the years. Usually those listening sessions involved getting feedback from people about how they view their community and what could be done to make it better.

  • Lack of sewer is the reason for lack of variety

    Whenever the “Henry County Local” reports on the proposal Thorntons made to invest more than $8 million here by building a travel center at Pendleton’s Interstate 71 exit, people always wonder why put in another gas station when four already operate there.

  • Adding new voices to the addiction discussion

    The community’s ongoing response to the opioid addiction crisis became the theme of this edition of the “Henry County Local.” That wasn’t exactly planned.

  • Reckoning with addiction in Henry County

    By John Inscore Essick

    Port Royal Baptist Church

    Readers of this newspaper know by now that Henry County is in the midst of an addiction crisis.  Like so many communities in Kentucky and beyond, the people of Henry County are working to comprehend addiction and respond wisely, effectively and sustainably.  

  • An introduction is in order. Meet Kristen...

    By Kristen Lowry

    I’m not from around here.

    In fact, before I moved here, the entirety of what I knew about Henry County came from Wendell Berry novels. Before I had ever heard of Port Royal, I had spent many hours with my nose in a book, exploring Port William.

    Then, in 2015, true love, via eHarmony, brought me to New Castle to marry the pastor of the Baptist church.

  • We make going viral our constant goal

     Last Friday served as a fairly routine day around the “Henry County Local” office as I typed up notes, answered phone calls and sent e-mails, despite the fact the newspaper could celebrate another unsurpassed online achievement.

  • Help others find their way to Recovery

    By Denise Perry 

    Henry County Deputy Judge-Executive

    As communities confront the addiction crisis running through them, everyone realizes that multiple and varied approaches are necessary. 

    Pastors and concerned citizens have been meeting for over a year.  One of the results of their efforts was Celebrate Recovery, which is now supporting individuals dealing with the struggles of rescuing themselves or someone they love.

  • Time well spent in my years at the Local

    When I first joined the staff of the “Henry County Local” back in 1999, I had never written a single newspaper article or managed a staff. I did come with a master’s degree in English and a good head on my shoulders, and the person who hired me must have seen some potential there.

    I came knowing next to nothing about running a newspaper.

  • Efforts to combat substance abuse

    Someone abuses drugs every hour in Kentucky. But just how people are addicted to drugs in Kentucky is hard to quantify. 

    The reason for that is not every addict seeks treatment and many die as a result. A record number of 1,248 people died from overdoses in 2015 alone, according to the state.