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Today's Opinions

  • Thanks to local support, exercise was a success

    The full scale exercise at Safety-Kleen on Oct. 4 was very successful and involved all emergency personnel including Fire/Rescue departments, EMS, Sheriff’s Office, KSP and Coroner’s office with employees of the plant acting as victims of an explosion. We also had an excellent exercise at Homestead Nursing Center on June 21 which simulated a boiler explosion and also involved Fire/Rescue, EMS and Henry County Sheriff’s office in the evacuation of residents and staff of that facility. Both events had good media coverage by the Henry County Local.

  • Celebrate Thanksgiving with Harvest Community Church

    President Abraham Lincoln wrote in part of his Thanksgiving Proclamation   “…I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

  • I’m thankful for ... tofu pumpkin pie?

    It started kind of innocently.

    I was rolling right along in the kitchen one Thanksgiving a couple of years ago, and was working on the pumpkin pie.

    I was putting the filling and a special ingredient in the blender when Derek walked in.

    “Why are you putting tofu in the pumpkin pie???” he asked, more than a little repulsed by the concept. You see, he doesn’t care much for tofu, while I love it.

    “Trust me.”

    You see, as a sufferer of IBS (I’ll let you look that up), I have trouble with dairy products - sometimes.

  • Thanks to the teams that helped clean up Henry County roadways

    Approximately 400 people turned out Saturday morning, Nov. 1, to assist with Henry County’s annual roadside litter clean up. Working under the direction of Henry County Solid Waste Department, residents cleaned more than 200 miles of Henry County roads. Throughout the day, the teams worked diligently, picking up over 1,339 bags of trash and overflowing two large dumpsters.

  • New General Assembly session is just around the corner

    In less than seven weeks, the General Assembly will meet for what will be the fifth odd-year regular session since voters made them possible in 2000.

  • Light up New Castle is just around the corner

    The holiday season is just around the corner.  We are currently working on the annual Light Up New Castle.  The date is Friday, Dec. 5, from 5-8 p.m.  We will have a dulcimer group performing, twilight parade, tree lighting ceremony, free pictures with Santa, merchant open houses, and more.

  • Park work is progressing

    Next month will mark the second anniversary of Fiscal Court purchasing the land for our new Recreational and Services Park.  About that same time a group of 20 dedicated citizens representing various interests including youth sports, our schools, our seniors, service agencies, and local government formulated a plan for which to develop the park.  It is my pleasure to report to you that a significant portion of that plan has been implemented or is in progress.

  • So much to be thankful for

    The first snowflake of the season silently hit my windshield this morning. It was randomly floating on a cold hard wind kept at bay by the glass around me. With my heater on high I drove to church with my wife and two kids. We have much to be thankful for.