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Opinion

  • It’s almost that time. Yard signs are populating yards like bunny rabbits.

    That can only mean one thing — it’s election time. The big day is less than 60 days away. Are you ready?

    At that time, we’ll cast our votes for nearly all of our county offices as well as for U.S. Senator.

    I consider it an honor, privilege and a duty to go to the polls.

  • Last week, I had the honor and privilege of participating in the dedication ceremony for the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East in Greenup County, the Commonwealth’s fourth State veterans cemetery.  The new cemetery, which will serve veterans and their families in northeastern Kentucky, demonstrates the Commonwealth’s profound appreciation for the sacrifices made by brave men and women to protect our freedom.

  • Society has always been interested in police work and finds the issue of crime a fascinating topic. Television programming has included shows about crime and police work from every angle and context throughout its history. The Kentucky State Police have developed a new program which taps into that same fascination and curiosity that people have with crime and police work. This new initiative, dubbed the Citizens’ Police Academy, will provide an opportunity for community members to feed their interest with reality.

  • Throughout August, I have had the opportunity to travel throughout Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District to talk with neighbors, families and small businesses about the direction our country is headed.  As we talk about the bills that have been passed by President Obama and Speaker Pelosi, I hear a great deal of frustration in particular about the new health care law.

  • When I first told Ricky Doyle that I would consider working for him if he won the Judge Executive’s race, there were two things that I needed: a good clean race with no mud-slinging and to be able to have fun while we campaigned.

  • Here at the Local, we already knew we were blessed with a unique and wonderful sports editor.

    Having worked with a variety of sports editors and writers over the years, I can honestly say Tommie is one in a million — not only does he cover every sport with unbridled enthusiasm, he’s tried just about every sport he covers.

    I think we all gained a new level of respect for him this weekend after he added a new sport to his list, and with it, a new title: Ironman.

  • We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for your continued support in helping make our parade a success. A special thanks to the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, the Henry County Band, Henry County JROTC, Browning Pontiac, Safety Kleen, Norms, Longs Auto Sales, Richie Adler and drivers, Eddie Sparks, Pastor Gary Polston, Pastor Doris Harris, Charlie Sevier, Kim Goodloe, Willie Payton, Waymon Thompson, Morris Payton, the Kentucky State University band, and to all those who drove or rode, we say thank you!

  • With Labor Day in our rear-view mirror, and hopefully the brutally hot weather as well, most of us are understandably looking forward to fall.

    Interests may range from football to festivals, but getting ready for hunting season or casting a line in the nearest lake or river ranks high on the list for many.  Native Americans called Kentucky the Happy Hunting Ground for a reason, and now more than ever, there is no shortage of people who love getting outdoors.

  • When it comes to obesity in America, the numbers on the scale are only the start.

    We produce enough food, for example, to feed each person 3,800 calories a day, when all we need is 2,350. 

  • The 11 th Annual New Castle Fall Fling is Saturday, October 2 from 10 am til 4 pm.  We will have arts & crafts, flea markets, exhibits, food booths, live entertainment, children’s activities, farmer’s market, citywide yard sales, quilt show, car, truck and tractor show, and much more. 

  • Our country celebrated a major milestone: the 90th anniversary of the day when women were granted the right to vote.

    In the push for equality, Kentucky has been a pioneer in many ways.  We became the first state to grant voting rights of any kind to women when, in 1838, those who were single and owned property began voting on matters involving schools.

  • The latest kurfuffle in Campbellsburg centers around a seemingly simple, though rediculous concept — whether or not the city;s fire department should pay the city $52,000.

    Last week, the Campbellsburg City Attorney Graham Whatley said he had been asked by Mayor Jan Fletcher to draft a legal opinion regarding the city’s relationship with its fire department.

    As a result, Whatley cranked out a 20-page, rambling opinion — that could well have been condensed to less than 5 pages — that levels some hefty allegations.

  • It has been another great year for the Hussey Relay team.  We raised $13,000.00 this year and hope to keep increasing every year.  We could not have done it without the help from this community.  What a great community it is!!  I would like to thank the following individuals and businesses.

  • For nearly a quarter-century, the Kentucky State Police has taken an annual in-depth look at crime in the Commonwealth, drawing from a database that brings together reports compiled by state and local law enforcement.

    Each crime worthy of the police’s attention serves as a dot that helps to paint a pretty good picture of the year faced by our 10,000 officers and their civilian support.  Historically, these reports show some definite trends, indicating where we are doing well and where we could do better.

  • Last week, Speaker Pelosi convened an “emergency” session of the House to vote on a bill that managed to combine three major reoccurring and disturbing themes from Washington Democrats’ agenda – spending money we do not have, authorizing another taxpayer-funded bailout and implementing job killing tax increases – into one $26 billion bill.  The Senate amendment to H.R. 1586, the Democrats’ State Bailout Bill, which I opposed, ultimately passed the House by a vote of 247-161.

  • Hooboy has it been hot lately. Sure, July and August are supposed to be scorchers, but we’re approaching 50 days so far this summer that have charted 90-degree days or higher.

    As I said to my husband last week, it’s wicked hot out there. Hades himself surely is looking for some cool air right now.

    No doubt ice cream sales are up right now, as are electric bills as we struggle to stay cool. Box fans, stand fans and oscillating fans probably are working overtime.

  • It takes months to plan Eminence Day! A handful of dedicated people are working to provide a memorable experience for all of those that are looking for some fun. People like Sandi Hayden, Shelley Summerlin, Tomi Scriber, Brian Golden and Glenn Simpson, along with the festival board. As it gets closer for the City of Eminence, the employees kick into high gear, trying to meet all the requests needed along with their daily responsibilities. Let’s not forget how the businesses come together to make sure that the visitors have a good time.

  • Most would consider it out of the ordinary, to say the least, for a woman like me, who was having children 40 years ago, to be pregnant today. But someone, or someone’s database, is convinced that I am expecting.

  • The Henry County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its fifth annual car show at the Harry Hill Park on Saturday. 

  • Kentucky’s oldest highway system – our 1,100 miles of navigable rivers – has been getting a closer look in recent months by the General Assembly.

    A year ago, a permanent legislative committee dedicated solely to waterways held its first meeting; and earlier this year, during the legislative session, my colleagues and I voted to create a new water transportation advisory board, to give us and others in state government a ready resource of information from those whose job is tied to that industry.