• Has SNAP changed?

    On Aug. 29, I was in line at [a local convenience store] in Eminence and I was shocked at what I saw. 

    The lady in front of me bought 12, 16-ounce beers and a pack of cigarettes and nothing else with her SNAP card. They took her card and okayed the purchase. 

    So, now the government supports your alcohol and tobacco habit? This costs our taxpayers untold amounts of money in health care and alcohol-related care and deaths.

  • National POW/MIA Recognition Day is Sept. 16

    The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. Many Americans take the time to remember those who were prisoners of war (POW) and those who are missing in action (MIA), as well as their families. Let us pray that we never forget those who have never returned home to their families.

  • To promote better awareness

    Sept. 26 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day in Kentucky and the nation. The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation selected this date and encourages Congress, states and cities to acknowledge it. We cooperate with the Meso Foundation in memory of our younger son, Todd Hall (1967-2006), who was a victim of this rare and deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure.

  • Upset with officiating

    Although Henry County [Middle School] played a great game against the Oldham County Colonels on Aug. 25, the officials on the other hand did not.  

    There was a sideline injury of a player on the Oldham team. The coach asked the officials to throw a flag so they could tend to the child but they continued the game. The child laid on the ground being tended to by parents of the players.  

    This is unacceptable behavior by anyone, let alone an official.

  • Credit for hard work

    Hats off to Deborah Fisher — she’s been a busy lady lately. First off, she had an idea to honor the Odd Fellows for their 144 years of service with a float in the annual New Castle Homecoming  parade. But she was also on the committee for the Friday evening block party, before the homecoming parade. She decided to get all the little children that wanted to ride on the float, that she was going to organize and let them wear costumes around a big birthday cake.  

  • Disappointed with picnic pricing

    My family and I rode over to New Castle [for the Homecoming] picnic Saturday evening, as we have for years, because both of my grandfathers were Odd Fellows. We were charged $20 for four adults, which would have been fine, but it was 9:35 p.m.

    My mom, who is in her 80s, just wanted to ride through. We tried to explain that to Mr. R. Smith, but he insisted on our money at the gate. We weren’t going to be there no time, and it was pouring down like crazy. It never did let up.

  • Recovery program to begin

    On April 28, a public forum was held at Henry Christian Church.  The purpose of this forum was to create awareness and inform the public of the impeding addiction crisis in our county.  Our county Judge-Executive, John Logan Brent, spearheaded this meeting and invited many speakers to weigh-in on the topic with insight and logic.

  • Announcing candidacy

    After much prayer, discussions with my wife Debby, other family members and friends, and with the encouragement of many people in the community, I have decided to seek the office of family court judge for Henry, Oldham and Trimble counties.

    As many of you know, becoming family court judge has been a 10-year effort for me. 

    I believe that my background in sociology and my many years of practice in family law uniquely qualify me for this position.

  • Vote for my dad

    My name is Austin Bright, I go to Eminence Middle School and I am 11 years old. My dad is Shawn Bright. 

    I know a lot of you know my dad, but I want to tell you more about him. I believe he is the best dad because he always has been there for me when I needed him. 

    He and I have done a lot together. He taught me how to ride my bike, shoot my BB gun, go fishing and how to be a good kid. I know no matter what he will always love me. 

  • Women in leadership

    If Hillary Clinton is sworn in as president of the United States in January 2017, she will join Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, and Theresa May, prime minister of the United Kingdom, as one of the leaders of three of the most powerful nations on earth. 

    We could then proudly say that Thomas Sankara’s statement, “women hold up the other half of the sky,” has literally come true.