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Columns and Editorials

  • God, the flag and our money

    Michael Duncan

    I confess to having some “bad” thoughts. Facebook is the cause. I don’t spend a lot of time on Facebook. Mostly I scan through some time during the day to see if any of my friends have posted anything interesting.

    There are some interesting things on Facebook, including some photos I had rather not seen.  But more often than not, it is the comments that friends post that bother me.

  • The House wasted no time moving ahead

    Under the rules that govern odd-year legislative sessions, much of the General Assembly’s work doesn’t begin until February and it ends about a week before the start of March Madness.  With four days set aside in January for organizational matters and one or two days in late March used to consider any vetoes, that leaves about 25 days to cover what is often a long agenda.

  • The real gift of Christmas

    It’s December and Christmas is just around the corner!  Most folks are scrambling to get it all together before the big day arrives and praying that they can keep themselves together until torn wrapping paper is thrown out, the leftovers are distributed to guests and sent away, and they can fall peacefully into bed. It is such a wonderful, crazy time of the year.

  • The Matter of Two Thanksgivings

     

    By Candy Clarke

    Two Thanksgivings? Are you wondering if the government decided we need to celebrate life with two official Thanksgiving holidays? No, they haven’t, but maybe that might not be such a bad idea. Two thanksgiving dinners would certainly prove beneficial to the grocery industry.

  • Reach out and Read with your doctor’s office

    Ouch!  My big toe is red and hurts!  It was fine last night, but now it is very painful.  This description could fit an infection or an injury to the toe, but it is also the classic presentation of gout.  Gout is a painful condition caused by high levels of uric acid that cause urate crystals to form. 

  • Small businesses are a big deal

    By Lance Minnis

    When I was growing up, we lived in a large old farmhouse with a nice open wrap-around porch.

    I must have painted that house five times as a kid, because the weather boards were so old, paint would no longer stick, and years of accumulated paint would chip off between one summer and the next.

    Of course, my father would rouse me out of bed early on Saturday, and we would get a good start on some painting project or other. He would often leave me alone to complete it, and then check my work when I was finished.

  • Fall doesn’t mean a slow down in county activities

    The Henry County Chamber of Commerce is constantly looking for ways to make our chamber an association that businesses, churches, non-profits and individuals can look to for not just information, but also for support of our communities. 

  • It’s okay for children to be around funerals

    Michael Duncan

     

    I first saw the little boy about thirty minutes before the funeral was scheduled to begin. I guessed him to be six or seven years old. He was standing at the edge of the chapel, looking toward the open casket. As I watched, he slowly approached the casket where his mother stood looking at the body of her father.

    “I thought you were with your dad,” the mother said.

  • ROTARY CLUB SPONSORS YOUTH

    The Eminence Rotary club sponsored four ninth grade students from Henry County at a Rotary Youth Leadership Camp in Greenville. They participated with students from around the state in team and leadership skill building activities during the weekend camp. The students were honored at the Rotary meeting on Oct. 15. Pictured from left are Tatiana Perez (EIS) Izabelle Miller (HCHS) and  Jacob Watson (HCHS). Jeremy Beach (EIS) was not able to attend.

  • Making the trip back to Henry County

    By Candy Clarke

    Ahhh. It feels so good to be back in Henry County! After more than nine days on the road; our little place in Henry County could rival the Biltmore House. At least in my eyes. Even Gunner Puppy was happy not to ride any more — a rarity since he loves to ride in any type of vehicle. It’s a long trip from North Pole, Alaska, to Henry County, but well worth every minute of it.