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Opinion

  • For several months, members of the Campbellsburg Fire Department have attended the city’s commission meetings, voicing their concerns about the state of the reconstruction of the fire station that burned in March 2009.

    It’s clear that their attendance is no longer sufficient — residents need to demand accountability for completion of the fire station project.

  • In the age of dollar value menus, dollar stores and 99-cent sodas, we often forget the real value of one dollar.

    Too often, we associate it with something cheap; something that, to be quite honest, probably isn't worth a buck.

    What if that $1 represented the amount of personal energy you have to spend every day?

    Last week, my soul sister shared something she overheard at a Rotary meeting.

    It came up as we talked about the various things people spend their energy on, or, as we were discussing — waste their energy on.

  • It seems as if the political witch-hunt of 2010 is underway and P&Z Commissioner Roger Hartlage is in the crosshairs.  While I’m not in support of any person running an illegal commercial landfill, what is underlying here is the rights of a property owner to do personally with their property what they choose, without the government interfering.

  • Butch Banta, New Castle Baptist Church Relay Team, said it right when he wrote: RECIPE FOR A CURE: Take one big caring community and; A group of dedicated medical professionals and scientists; With one healthy dose of charitable contributions; In one great common place; Mix together for 12 hours.; Take this mixture along with; All others from around the country and; You take ONE GIANT STEP; Toward a cure for one terrible disease.

     

  • I just wanted to comment on the touching story I “got” to read and enjoy about Ben Coomes and the return of his wife’s class ring from Eminence High School, circa 1962 — go Warriors (Class of 1986), loud and proud!

  • Many of us sometimes have a hard time throwing things out. Clearly, in the back of our minds lurks the fear that we may need those objects some day.

    Or we hang onto things for sentimental reasons knowing that even the most trivial of trinkets can elicit fond memories of a favorite person, place, or trip. A cheap souvenir from a trip taken years ago can unleash a torrent of vivid recollections.

  • Please mark your calendars for this year’s Harvest Showcase on July 31. The Showcase committee has a mix of new events and old favorites that should prove to make this 11th annual event one of our best ever. As always there will be a farmer’s breakfast held by the Chamber of Commerce starting at 7:30.  This will be followed by Lunch at the Farmer’s Market with locally grown beef, pork, vegetables and homemade cantaloupe ice cream on the menu.

  • Memorial Day is a day of remembrance unlike any other.  To some, it marks the beginning of summer festivities.  However, for service members, veterans and the loved ones of the fallen, it recognizes the ultimate sacrifice brave men and women have made to protect our freedom.

  • The three lines in the state’s 283-page budget may have taken up little space, but the study they authorized on Kentucky’s corrections system could have a big impact in the years ahead.

    My colleagues in the General Assembly and I set this in motion because it will give us a chance to work with the Pew Center on the States, an independent and highly reputable non-profit organization that has undertaken in-depth looks at various government programs across the nation.

  • Crack, meth, runaway kids, missing persons, sexual assaults and increase in crime. These have all been put out there as possible excuses for not having cruising in Eminence. (Shawn) Bright said gas stations and restaurant managers remember that cruising was good for business and are saying yes to cruising. Mr. (Jim) Pettit says it wasn’t good for business at his Dairy Mart, it sounds like sour grapes.

  • The school year ends and a new one is right around the corner!

  • To the soon to be contestants in Henry County’s Biggest Loser contest — you CAN do it.

    Some time in mid-January, I stepped on my trusty bathroom scale, like many of you do, and didn’t like what I saw.

     

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

  • When I was newly married and in charge of a household for the first time, I considered shopping for groceries a lot of fun and I looked forward to the novelty of my weekly trip.  Pears?  Apples?  Grapes? Hamburger?  Pork Chops?  Roast?  Having the responsibility of making choices about which foods to buy for my husband and me was exhilarating, and I eagerly met the challenge.

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

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.