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Opinion

  • 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.”

  • Oh, Pleasureville.

    I can’t say after Monday night’s meeting that I’m surprised, really.

    Disappointed, but not surprised. And that, in itself, is a fairly sad commentary on what happened.

    You see, you had a chance to do something good. You had a chance to do something that really matters. You had a chance to lead the way in Henry County.

    But you sat on your hands, looking quietly and somewhat awkwardly at the table while the motion to approve a fairness ordinance died for lack of a second.

  • By John Logan Brent
    Henry County Judge-Executive

    Like most rural Kentucky communities, Henry County’s local economy is very diversified. Agriculture, construction, retail, and industry make up the bulk of our private sector economy. The state of Kentucky and a majority of counties, including ours, have economic development programs in some form. Though the state and counties use the term “economic development” in a broad sense, it almost always means the recruitment and expansion of industry.

  • This was written during the autumn of 1988.

    At times over the past several years, I’ve attempted to square up the rounded corners of my life, to clean up the accumulation of broken, dead limbs in the yard, the coating of dust on the top of the door that never gets wiped off.

  • On a typical day across the country, our domestic violence programs help more than 64,000 victims, 1,100 of whom live right here in Kentucky.

    But lack of funds, space and personnel mean another 10,000 have to wait for the services they need, including almost 90 here in the commonwealth.

  • I started to wonder if I would get a chance to write another column on here to you. There’s been so much politicking on this page I thought perhaps we should rename it ‘The Podium’ or ‘The Primary for The Primary’ instead of ‘Opinion.’

  • By Jon Park