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Today's Opinions

  • Easier access to alcohol will compound problem

    As spiritual leaders, we desire to offer help with the issues that most people try to mask with alcohol and drugs, and with the upcoming local option election on Dec. 15, we want to convey that our hearts are concerned for the people of our county in which we serve.

  • Budget deadline looming

    By Thomas Massie, U.S. Representative

    Will Dec. 11 mark another déjà vu moment for Congress?  This looming deadline is the day by which Congress must once again fund the federal government for the upcoming fiscal year. 

  • Have you read the Local lately?

    If for some crazy reason you haven’t read a Henry County Local in a while, here’s your chance. 

    Welcome to a free sample issue of your weekly community newspaper. Consider it our gift to you to introduce you to or remind you of what you could be getting each week.

  • When faith is not enough, invest in hope

    We invest a lot in Christmas, and I don’t mean the dollars we spend...though many do invest a lot of those. 

    We invest emotions. We want our celebrations — family, church, and community — to be perfect. We want everyone present, the food to be perfect, and everyone to be of good cheer the whole day long. It seldom works out that way.

  • Legislators are preparing for the 2016 General Assembly

    With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas and New Year’s Eve fast approaching, the General Assembly is winding down what it calls the interim and is preparing for the 2016 legislative session, which will start on Jan. 5 and last for 60 working days.
    Although it is impossible to predict what ultimately will become law, we are getting a clearer idea of the major topics that will be debated.

  • Every day provides opportunities to be thankful

    Thanksgiving definitely provided the warming glow of visiting with family, while nestled in my in-laws’ new home. It was more than cozy.
    Beth and I switched up holiday travel this year with the destination of Asheboro, N.C., as our goal to carve turkey and ham with extended family.
    A fairly typical southern city, Asheboro built itself up through a cluster of furniture and textile mills, but now is mainly known to outsiders as the official home of the North Carolina Zoo.

  • Thanks for cleanup efforts

    On Saturday, Nov. 7, nearly 500 Henry County citizens put on their safety gear and assisted with Henry County’s annual roadside litter clean up. 

    Working under the direction of Henry County Planning and Zoning and Henry County Solid Waste Department, these citizens cleaned 200 miles of Henry County roads. Through the efforts of 34 teams, over 1,200 bags of trash were collected.

  • Talking turkey trivia for Thanksgiving day

    This week, our family and friends will gather around the dinner table as they have for generations to celebrate a holiday that is nearing its 400th anniversary.

    As even some of our youngest students can tell us, what is widely considered to be America’s first Thanksgiving took place in 1621, when the Pilgrims and a tribe of Native Americans came together for a three-day feast to give thanks for a successful harvest.