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Opinion

  • You are reading an excellent newspaper.

    Each year, the Kentucky Press Association (KPA) hosts a statewide contest, Excellence in Newspapers, that honors reporters, editors, photographers and graphic designers in several categories. Newspapers are grouped by size into different divisions, then each entry is judged by out-of-state professionals who name the winners.

    In our division, the Henry County Local won third place overall in General Excellence, thanks to the individual awards earned by the editorial staff.

  • By Joe Yates

    Gather ‘round, folks, it’s time for birthday trivia!

    Who said, “Labor is prior to and independent of capital…capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration,” ?

    Karl Marx, you say? Nope. Lenin? Wrong again. Try our birthday boy, Abraham Lincoln, in his first state of the union address.

  • By State Sen. Paul Hornback

    After observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, the legislature went back to work.

    Tuesday was a significant day as Senate President Pro Tem Katie Stine became the first female legislator to preside over the joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly during which Gov. Beshear presented his proposed budget.

  • By Joseph Yates

  • By Jon Park

    I recently read a post on Facebook that basically said there are those who are willing to sit out the election next November, if their candidate does not win the primary.

    And that is how we ended up with four more years of Barack ‘I have a pen and a phone’ Obama, and ‘Get Over It’ Beshear.

    In the last gubernatorial elections, there were those who did not care for, then, Sen. David Williams’ demeanor, and sat home.

  • I have an affection for Henry County and most know it.

    Growing up here and having family here, I have enjoyed the trust and confidence from many in the county that an outsider may not immediately get.

  • By Nick Hawkins

    Next to being a husband and a father, serving our county as a Magistrate has been one of the great honors of my life. I have strived to make decisions based upon my faith, solid principles and the belief that an elected official should always vote for what they feel in their heart is right; even in the face of strong opposition.

  • By Joe Yates

    Those of us that have grandchildren are lucky. Those of us that have grandchildren and write a column for our local newspaper are doubly lucky. Why? Because we not only get to bore our friends, and sometimes complete strangers in person with stories of how smart and funny our grandchildren are, I get to tell you about mine in the newspaper. Ha!

  • By Jon Park

    There is no doubt the campaign season is under way in Henry County.

    Back in November, the Henry County Local ran two stories on page one regarding the Henry County Sheriff. One on a “contentious” meeting regarding the sheriff’s budget, and the second regarding a questionable audit from the state auditor’s office. Interestingly, the similarly minor dings the Democrat-led judge-executive’s office received in the June 2012 audit were not reported.

  • I don’t always act my age, but this recent cold snap sure has me feeling my age.

    I have been reluctantly edging closer and closer to middle age, much to my chagrin. Proof of that is beginning to be irrefutable.

    It is too loud.

    I would really like for you to go back inside and put on some decent clothes, young lady.

    I have no desire to see your underwear. Please pull up your pants.

    When leaving the house for any reason, I have an overwhelming urge to get home before dark.

  • By Joe Yates

    My predictions starting with January 2014 will include ‘Duck Dynasty’ patriarch Phil Robertson, in an episode that was recorded before his infamous GQ interview, announces that he is converting to Islam. Before anyone could say “Allah Akbar!” the folks who had signed the petition demanding that Phil not be suspended from the show lit up the switchboards at the A&E television network to say that, on second thought, never mind, we’re cool with A & E’s initial decision. Facebook immediately goes dark.

  • By Jon Parks

    Did you see the video of the airline that set up a kiosk for their boarding passengers, and asked them what they wanted for Christmas? The airline took note and then ran out to buy those gifts: everything from socks and underwear to big screen televisions. When the passengers arrived at their designation, presents with their names came out on the carousel as they were waiting for their baggage. The airline gave them what they had asked for.

    As I look back on my favorite Christmas memories, I have discovered something.

  • I have to admit, I’ve had a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this year.

    Typically I am that annoying person who starts playing Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving while I put up the tree and decorate the house. Usually, I’ve started Christmas shopping in October and would be pretty much done before Dec. 1. By now my coworkers and friends would be tired of the baked goods and yummy snacks I would have inundated them with on a daily basis.

    But this year is not typical for a number of reasons.

  • By Joe Yates

  • By Joe Yates

    Today everything is dark gray. It is the time of year when the sun, mostly veiled by clouds, attends to us for a few short hours each day and quickly disappears. The snow and the frozen stuff came, as predicted; winter’s first pall covered the ground a bit early.

  • By John Logan Brent

    Today’s article will be the last in the series of county updates. Hopefully you have learned a few things about county government that you might not have known.

    For this final article, I want to talk about the county budget. As far as I am concerned, putting the budget together and then monitoring it is the most important responsibility that my office and the magistrates have. There aremore than 210 line items in this year’s $5.9-million budget.

  • By Jon Park

    Tuesday was the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

    During the first few days of July 1863, Union and Confederate soldiers converged on Gettysburg, Pa., and fought a horrific, bloody battle that saw more than 50,000 deaths in just three days. That is almost as many deaths as in the entire Vietnam War. The Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point of the Civil War. This war tore the nation and its families apart.

  • By 'Average' Joe Yates

    Our small community is losing the publisher of its weekly paper and I, for one, think it’s a big loss. That, and because a recent column in which I blamed local TV news for taking the kids from our streets is fresh in my mind, has caused me to reflect on the state of today’s media.

  •  By Joe Yates

    It seems odd to write about baseball at Thanksgiving, but I blame the proximity of that holiday to the end of the modern baseball season. When I was a kid if your team had the best regular season record in its league it went to the World Series, and it was all over by early October.

  • By Jon Park

    Memorial Day is the day we honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Those, who paid for our freedom with their lives. On Veterans Day, we honor those courageous men and women, willing to give all, who have stepped up when called, who have served our nation, protected our freedom, and returned home to their families, as Ronald Reagan said, “Champions of a noble cause.”