Today's Opinions

  • We are on the right path

    Students may be settling into their summer break, but that doesn’t mean that it’s time to put away report cards just yet.  This is the time of year when we learn more about the progress our schools have been making.

    As it has been for some time now, the news is good.


    For the full story, see this week's Henry County Local, available on newsstands across the county.

  • Fire department is appreciated

    I had a chance on Saturday to go to the Fish Fry with my wife and kids at the New Castle Fire House. We had a very good time Everyone was just so friendly and helpful. You know they do a lot for our community with their volunteering and fund raising. They are always ready to do what needs to be done. We have a lot of fine folks, men and women in the local fire departments working to make Henry County a better and safer place. I cannot speak for others but as per the Cook family we are very proud of you guys and girls and we appreciate all that you do.

  • Thanks for support of Lions Club event

    On behalf of the New Castle Lions Club, I would like to thank everyone that came out to our fourth annual truck and tractor pull held at the fairgrounds May 14 and 15.

  • A ring lost, found and returned

    When the phone rang at Coomes Law Office, Earl “Hammer” Smith was calling from the Henry County History Center.  Mr. Smith was looking for old yearbooks from Eminence High School.  My husband, Ben, advised him to call the library.  Mr. Smith told him that he had tried both the school and Henry County libraries only to be told they didn’t have any Eminence yearbooks. 

    “What years are you looking for?” Ben asked. 


  • Unresolved bills remained at end of session

    When the General Assembly finished its legislative session in mid-April, there remained, as always, a number of unresolved bills, either because the House and Senate could not agree or time ran out before a compromise could be reached.

    Most of this legislation will have to wait until next year before it has another chance to become law.  Several other bills, however, will be debated again this week, as legislators return for a special session called last Thursday by Governor Beshear.

  • The soft effect of a human touch

    Every morning, as my husband passes by the couch where I normally sit with my coffee reading, he pats my head gently as he heads upstairs to shower and dress for the day.  He rarely says anything – just taps my hair and caresses it affectionately as he passes by. It is astounding what an effect this simple gesture has on me. It induces an indescribably relaxed feeling that my world is good and I am too. It’s a wonderful way to start my day.

  • Eminence is fortunate to have Berry

    I am proud to say I was raised in Eminence and was a 1966 graduate of Eminence High School.  I am very familiar with the town, the people and of course, Buddy Berry.

    Since I am Buddy’s uncle, I have known him all of his life and there is not another single person that I have met in my lifetime that I respect more than Buddy.  He was an outstanding student, athlete and citizen in his youth and has matured into a caring parent, educator and role model as an adult.

  • The problem of underage drinking

    We are nearing the time where many young people will celebrate a lifetime of accomplishments as they graduate from high school and move toward their life goals.  Family and friends will gather together for a festive occasion to commemorate this awesome milestone.

    Traditionally, this is also a time when alcohol enters into the mix and brings tragic results for all involved.  Alcohol is the most commonly used drug among American youth and it kills 5,000 teens every year.