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Today's Opinions

  • Prayers are with families who lost homes

    When I got the news that a house in Eminence had been flattened, possibly by a tornado, Monday morning, my heart leapt into my throat.
    There’s never a good time to have a tornado, but 5 a.m., when most folks are still asleep, certainly is among the worst times it could happen.

    And when I arrived on the scene and saw the devastation for myself, I was stunned that there were as few injuries as there were. That Gregg Williams and his family escaped their home mostly unscathed is simply incredible.

    Likewise for Janet Spies and her family.

  • CSBG funding is critical

    President Obama is faced with a budget that is spiraling out of control and we all agree that spending has to be cut. But where and whom do we hurt in the process? The President’s recent State of the Union address specifically targeted the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) as a program for which he would cut funding by 50%. Few people know what CSBG is and how it impacts their community.

  • Sticker shock with electric bill

    As I opened my Shelby Energy bill for the month of January I nearly hit the floor. I had anticipated somewhat of an increase due to the new digital meters that were installed to provide us with better service.

  • Local switching to paid website

    In recent weeks, we’ve instituted a few relatively small changes to our content that we hope you have enjoyed.

    But another change, that might not be as welcome, is coming.
    On March 23, the Local’s website, www.hclocal.com will become a subscription-based news and information source.

    We will still print our weekly edition, which you still can subscribe to and pick up at multiple locations in the county.

  • Irresponsibility at heart of animal control

    Animal control can be a large expense to county and metropolitan taxpayers, and there is one central reason why: irresponsible pet ownership.

    Basically, overcrowded animal shelters and overwhelmed animal-welfare groups are cleaning up messes made by people who refuse to do the right thing when it comes to their pets. Trust me, I know exactly how expensive this can be.

    Over the past eight years or so, Trimble and Henry counties had been paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Kentucky Humane Society to handle local animal control.

  • Thanks for help in difficult time

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all the support you have given us since Austin became ill.  There is not room in this letter to name everyone who has touched our lives these past few months, but you all know who you are. To those who worked so hard on the two benefits we are eternally grateful. To all the businesses that donated items for the benefits we Thank You so much. To everyone who has called, sent a card, brought food, visited, came to the benefits, or just said a prayer for Austin, we will never forget your thoughtfulness.

  • Regulatory reform will open the door to job creation

    At a time when our economy is struggling to recover, Congress has the responsibility to do everything in its power to reduce the costs added by government to doing business and thereby encourage the investment that will lead to economic growth and more American jobs. 

  • Patrick Henry Award winner chosen

    Submitted by Pat Wallace
    Henry County Chamber of Commerce

    One of the criteria for a person to receive the Patrick Henry Award, the most prestigious given in the county, is that the person has made a tremendous contribution to the betterment of the county and that the overall involvement of this person be without fanfare.