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Columns and Editorials

  • A Henry County holiday

    By Holly Kinderman, executive director of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

    Our little towns in Henry County have had their holiday kick off festivities and the towns are all starting to light up. It’s so pretty to see all the lights and decorations.

    We have had some wonderful community programs and events going on.

  • My recipe for a happy holiday season

    The holidays provide us with a great excuse to eat, drink and be merry as though we’re fattening up our friends, our family and ourselves like the Christmas goose.

    I have not yet taken the plunge, but I’ve long been curious about the proverbial wassail and figgy pudding of traditional carols. 

  • Steadfast presence in the community since 1876

    You hold in your hands an early Christmas present. 

    This is a free sample of the “Henry County Local,” delivered to everyone in the county this week as a way to introduce you to the product if you’ve never read it, or to remind you of what our pages contain each week, if you haven’t read it lately.

    I consider it an honor to work here, continuing a tradition of service to the community that began in the late 1800s. 

  • Shop local for Kentucky gifts, entertainment

    With only about two-and-a-half weeks left before Christmas, time is drawing short for those looking for the perfect gift or a holiday event to attend.

    Fortunately, there is help available, beginning with the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and the Kentucky Arts Council.  The websites for both (Kentuckytourism.com and artscouncil.ky.gov) have collected long lists of available businesses and attractions that are doing their part to make the season special.

  • Be a community that comforts the hurting

    By Mona Huff

  • State enjoys academic success

    It may not have generated much publicity, but Kentucky’s economy hit a high-water mark in October, when our civilian labor force saw its biggest one-month gain in at least 40 years.  It grew by almost 15,000 during those 31 days, putting us just shy of two million people who are either working or actively looking for a job.

  • Be a community that welcomes the prodigal son

    The Surgeon General’s recently released report Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health (https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/surgeon-generals-report.pdf) has me thinking about the story Jesus told of a parent losing and receiving back a child (Luke 15:11-32).  

  • Talking turkey in Kentucky

    This week, our families and friends will sit down at the dinner table to celebrate Thanksgiving, the oldest of the American-based holidays.

    Nearly 400 years have passed since the most famous of these harvest feasts was held by the Pilgrims and Native Americans.  It didn’t become the holiday we recognize today, though, until President Washington and then President Lincoln helped solidify its place on the calendar, which Congress finalized in the 1940s by declaring it to always be on the fourth Thursday of November.

  • Welcoming a new member of the family

    This year in time for the holidays, Beth and I decided to give ourselves a present. We adopted. 

    Perhaps it’s not the greatest outcome of all time for our new little one — he’s consigned to a small box for several hours most days; he eats like a pig, has already doubled in size and chews like a fiend; and strangers may well point and laugh at his antics.

  • A great day for Kentucky and America

    By Governor Matt Bevin

    History was made last Tuesday in both the Commonwealth and the nation. A political outsider won the presidency and did so while ignoring conventional political wisdom regarding campaign tactics. More importantly for the Commonwealth, a seismic political shockwave was felt across our state.