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Opinion

  • Despite the doom and gloom predictions that print is dead, community newspapers like the Henry County Local are flourishing.
    But why?
    First and foremost, we are the only consistent local media presence in the county. While there are others who pop in and out when “big” news hits, we’re here with our readers week in and week out to bring you a variety of coverage, including the “big” story, and so much more.

  • The General Assembly may be at its busiest during the first several months of the year, when the House and Senate are focused on passing new laws, but the summer and fall months are important as well to the legislative process.

  • We were at a friend’s house over the weekend for a cookout. It was a beautiful day, although cloudy, but humidity was low and sitting outside was rather comfortable with a strong breeze carrying across the back patio.

    Despite the mild weather, the 3-year-old daughter of other friends who also came to the cookout immediately wanted to get in the above-ground pool just as soon as they arrived. She was warned that it was still early in the season and that it wasn’t a very warm day so the water would be pretty cold.

  • Since House and Senate leaders announced Thursday morning that budget talks had stalled, there have understandably been many questions from the public about what happened – and what is likely to happen next.
    If the conflict could be boiled down to a single word, it would be “education.”  
    The House believes that, in an era where there is money to meet our core needs and fully fund contributions to our two main public retirement systems, schools and universities should not be cut.

  • There have been several times in my life when I remember where I was or what I was doing when something monumental happened.
    Perhaps the event in history that has been most impactful and unforgettable in my lifetime was 9/11.
    On Monday, Sept. 10, 2001, I flew to Norfolk, Va., for a weeklong corporate leadership training for new managers.

  • Notice:

    The Henry County Local will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Early advertising and editorial deadlines of Friday, Jan. 15, by noon will apply for the Jan. 20 issue.

  • By U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie

  • Life coaches sometimes indicate that New Year’s resolutions are a bit toxic, because they typically set the resolvers up for quick failure. And, so, they should be avoided.
    I made a resolution over the holidays, but it isn’t all that difficult or complicated.

  • Henry County made national news last week after a Henry County High School student’s Facebook post about seeing another student refused lunch went viral, caught wind and sailed across local airwaves, across the country and even across the pond hitting the news in London.

    The student’s post expressed frustration with the school district for not allowing the other student to have a meal because her lunch account was overdue. 

  • In Aesop’s fable of the ant and the grasshopper, the ant works through the summer to create a store of food for the winter while the grasshopper laughs at him and spends his summer days playing. When winter comes, the ant has enough food to last through the cold months while the grasshopper dies of starvation. It is a cautionary tale of the importance of preparing for hard times even in times of plenty.

  • If it’s true that it takes years of preparation to be an overnight success, the same can also be said of many laws approved during a legislative session.
    This year is a prime example, with several high-profile measures having been considered by the General Assembly before.  That includes those addressing booster seats, dating violence and an update of the state’s telecommunications laws.

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     A Well-deserved ‘Thank you’

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    Thanks for gathering

    On Thursday, November 20, Providence New Castle had their Residents Family & Friends Thanksgiving meal. 

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    When it comes to the holiday where you’re supposed to be grateful, I’ve long picked up bad vibes from around the dinner table.

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    As I was driving to work last week on one of those particularly cold mornings, my car beeped at me and alerted me to the fact I only had enough gas to get ten more miles down the road.

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    First Class

    I would like to commend the faculty and students of Henry County High School for again honoring past and present veterans, for anyone who has served their country or is now serving their country.

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    After years of refusing to get drawn into arguments about pollution — many others refer to it as “global warming” — there’s been a breakthrough big enough to bring an end to my silence.

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    Thanks to Hometown Pizza

     

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    With seasonally cool temperatures blowing in from the north, it’d probably feel comforting to light a blaze in the fireplace and feel the warmth radiate into the living room.