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Today's Opinions

  • Story was not ‘news’

    I could not believe it when I flipped the Henry County Local paper over and read the bold headline about the unfortunate death of a local businessman and friend.

  • Death was a tragedy, but headline offensive

    I fully understand that the business of journalism relies on sensationalist headlines and scandal. But I’d like to take this small space to remind you of where it is you are trying to do business. Henry County is a (sometimes unfortunately) place where most people know the story long before this paper is printed. For you, it is sometimes difficult to realize your place here, but it was no more apparent than when I read your article concerning Michael Wells on the front page of the Dec. 17 paper.

  • Local resources make good on New Year’s resolutions

    Well, here we go again…a new year…a fresh start with more good intentions and the pledge to spend more time with the family, begin healthier habits, get organized or begin that “read the Bible in a year program.” Don’t worry, this is not another one of those motivational columns that promises to help you reach all those lofty goals you have set for yourself. This is, however, a column written by your community anti-drug coalition that is dedicated to strengthening the families of Henry County.

  • Dear Santa letters take me back

    For several years now, I’ve had the distinct pleasure of helping type Santa letters.

    And I don’t say that tongue in cheek — I do enjoy them. Though some can be hard to read, and typing the letters exactly as the children have written them can be tough, more often than not they are entertaining and in some cases quite touching.

    Several years ago, I remember when the Pokeman craze hit — there were about as many spelling options for Pokeman as you can imagine — and none of them quite right.

  • Headline, story were insensitive

    It was with dismay that this week’s Local had a front page headline about the death of a Henry County man. Death anytime is so sad, but at this time of year, it is worse. The family will never celebrate another Christmas season without remembering the loss of that loved one, and it will be a bittersweet memory for them.

  • In search of the perfect Christmas treed

    In December of 1970 when our first child was a baby, my husband and I lived in a tiny house overlooking miles of prairie near Auburn, Kansas. Given my fascination with pioneers, I decided that, like Kansans of long ago, we should use a tumbleweed for a Christmas tree. I was excited to relive this tradition, and so we bundled up our baby and hiked onto a pasture in search of a suitable tumbleweed from among the many that piled up on the barbed wire fences along the north side.

  • Need information

    Need information

    I am writing in hopes that someone in the county can help me locate some information.  I am looking for any information on a Charles Dorman Powell.

    He married an Ann Coghill of New Castle in the mid to late 1940s.  I know he had a sister by the name of Barbara and one, maybe two brothers.  I am also looking for any information on a William or Albert Rudd that lived/owned farms on Fallen Timber Road in the 50’s.

  • Get a personal touch with the Christmas Cachet

    Bethlehem Postmaster

    In this fast paced, hurry up and get it done kind of world we live in, you can do just about anything without having to acknowledge another human being. Humor me, if you will, as I demonstrate a typical scenario: