Columns and Editorials

  • Outdoor events always at mercy of Mother Nature

    A good event planner thinks of everything. After choosing a date, picking just the right venue, setting a schedule, lining up participants and volunteers, there are hundreds of emails and phone calls to confirm all the plans and be as ready as possible for the big day.

    Despite all efforts, there is one aspect of the day that even the best planner has absolutely no control over – the weather.

  • Men: It's okay to hug your dad on Father's Day

    Editor’s Note: The following column from Joe Yates, Average Joe, is reprinted by request.

  • Cruising the insect superhighway

    If there’s one interstate I regret not having easy access to, it’s the so-called bug superhighway meant to facilitate millions of monarchs migrating from wintering grounds in Mexico to patches of milkweed in the Midwest.

    Developing a long garden spot to shepherd these butterflies on their 3,000-mile round-trip journey to reproduce is the centerpiece of the new federal plan meant to curb the steep drop in monarch numbers.

  • 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.

  • The Local is your community newspaper

    Welcome to a free sample of the Henry County Local!

    As a courtesy to our residents and as a way to introduce or remind you about our newspaper, we’ve mailed a free Local to every residence in the county.

  • 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.