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Opinion

  • On behalf of the citizens of Henry County I would like to express our appreciation to the following businesses and individuals that gave up their time and donated food and supplies for the Community Center and other shelters during the recent ice storm: Dairy Queen, Cook’s Pharmacy, Norm’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Chat-N-Nibble, Dollar General Store, Family Dollar Store, Cowboy’s, Five-Star B.P., Scribers Station, Hometown Pizza, New Castle Café, Eminence City Council Members, Eminence Police, Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Red Cross, North Central Health

  • When times are tough, the last thing a family would ever do is jeopardize the money it knows it can count on.

    I believe the same should hold true for Kentucky as well.

    That is why I have filed legislation during the current legislative session that would allow video lottery terminals (VLTs) at our horse tracks.  If we don’t protect and promote an industry that has a $4 billion economic impact on our state, we will lose far more in the years ahead than our reputation as the horse capital of the world.

  • With all due respect to Mother Nature, please, turn off the snow machine. Well, okay, more accurately, don’t turn on the ice machine again.

    While some of our residents may still be without power, I count my blessings that we were only out for about half a day.

    When our power conked out just after 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, Derek and I huddled up with extra blankets, and the cats, and read. All day.

    We were a little stir crazy — not being able to check e-mail, or Facebook, or play a video game or two.

  • This past summer, the Henry County athletic field house became a reality for athletes of the Henry County Public Schools. The indoor turf, weight equipment, lockers, training room equipment and various other items are top of the line, but would not have been possible without the tremendous outpouring of support from our community. A special thanks goes to the fundraising committee comprised of Mark Vaughn, Steve Williams and Lyndon Johnson. These gentlemen set and met the goal of raising $70,000 to fully equip the facility.

  • Monday night into Tuesday morning, Henry County received a winter storm that practically shut it down.  Residents lost power all over and police officers in Eminence set out to check on everyone, especially the elderly. The Fire Department opened their doors and was called on almost immediately. City workers had already started working overtime trying to make our streets passable. The Eminence City Council was opening the Community Center insuring that residents from all over had shelter.

  • A recent movie called “The Bucket List” tells about two men, one terminally ill, who decide to take on a list of things they’ve always wanted to do before they ‘kicked the bucket” – hence the name. I am not terminally ill, thank goodness, but I have a ‘bucket list’ of my own. Unlike the goals in the film, mine are modest and inexpensive, even trivial, but then I never claimed that my life would be a blockbuster movie.

  • Henry County is blessed with many generous hearts.  We’ve had so many people ask us what they could do to help the community.  Everyone knows that times are hard with this economy.  It has only made the kindness in the hearts of the community come together and want to help those less fortunate.  To the pastors, church groups, work groups, teachers and staff, students, families:  thank you!  We thank you for the food and supplies that many have brought in for our community pantry.  We thank you for the monetary donations and providing “Santa&rdq

  • The 2008 election season has come and gone.  It is now time to start focusing on future elections, specifically those involving our local government offices.  We are less than a year away from the filing deadline for county judge-executive, magistrates, sheriff, county clerk, prosecuting attorney and many other county and city-elected positions.  The filing period is between Nov. 4, 2009, and 4 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2010.  Now is the time to get involved for anyone considering candidacy in any of these local government offices,

  • I do not understand the recent actions (or, better, inactions) of the Henry County Local. The Local promises to strive “for accuracy, fairness, and clarity in its coverage’ but recently has been failing to provide any of its promises.   A few  weeks ago the Local published the official notification of the audit of the Henry County Fiscal Court performed by state auditor Crit Luallen.

  • One of the more welcoming trends in Kentucky in recent years has been our declining highway fatalities.  Though one is too many, there is greater evidence that increased seatbelt usage and the relatively new graduated driver’s license for teenagers is having the effect we in the General Assembly had hoped.

    In 2005, there were 985 people who died in automobile accidents on Kentucky’s roads, the highest total since the early 1970s. Fortunately, we have seen a steady drop since then, with last year’s listed at 822 – a nearly 17 percent reduction.

  • I thought I had an odd and unique hobby, but after reading the article about the man visiting Sligo, I realize there are others doing what I enjoy doing.

  • On Thursday night, Jan. 15, 16 mailboxes on Bates Lane were vandalized – most were smashed on one side by some object and several were knocked completely off their pedestal! I would guess that this vandalism was perpetrated by young people, who were out driving around and thought this would be fun. Someone (or a group) who would do this must have a perverted sense of what is fun. Obviously, they have no respect for other’s property; but, vandalizing U.S. Postal Service mailboxes is a Federal offense!

  • I know that by now, what I’m about to say is no great secret. The Henry County Local is moving.

    Next month, we will move from our current location at 1378 Eminence Road, pleasantly located between Eminence and New Castle, to 18 South Penn in Eminence.

    We will remain open for business in our current location until Feb. 25. On Feb. 26 and 27, we’ll move and settle in to our new home.

    Our name will not change, nor our committment to cover the news and community of Henry County. We simply are moving to a building that better suits our needs.

  • Late last month, for the eighth time since 1994, the Kentucky Long-Term Policy Research Center issued a far-reaching report that provides perhaps the best overall snapshot of the Commonwealth.

    The report comes out at the end of every even-numbered year, and is designed to give more information to policy makers and citizens alike on five broad areas: communities, education, economy, environment and the government.

  • I know that by now, what I’m about to say is no great secret. The Henry County Local is moving.

    Next month, we will move from our current location at 1378 Eminence Road, pleasantly located between Eminence and New Castle, to 18 South Penn in Eminence.

    We will remain open for business in our current location until Feb. 25. On Feb. 26 and 27, we’ll move and settle in to our new home.

    Our name will not change, nor our committment to cover the news and community of Henry County. We simply are moving to a building that better suits our needs.

  • President Obama has promised to usher in an era of politics that transcends partisan divisions.  He has encouraged Congress to focus on cooperation and debate so that we can craft the best solutions to our nation’s challenges.  Unfortunately, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s record does not reflect that bipartisan spirit.  While I am hopeful that President Obama will lead Congressional Democrats in a new direction, early indications have not been positive.

  • January is National Mentoring Month.  National Mentoring Month (NMM) is the time each year when our nation officially puts a spotlight on the importance of mentors and the need for every child to have a caring adult in his or her life. When you serve as a mentor, you enrich your own life as much as you do the life of a child. Mentoring leads to new experiences, new connections, new insights, and new satisfactions.

  • In difficult economic times like these, a community’s elected officials face incredible challenges. Often, they are required to make choices and decisions that they never dreamed they might face when agreeing to offer themselves up for public service. It’s called being a leader and our community is fortunate to have ten such individuals on the Henry County Schools’ Board of Education and the Eminence Independent Schools’ Board of Education.

  • At the end of the year, just before the start of another legislative session, the General Assembly’s various committees report on the issues they have reviewed since the last legislative session.

    Not surprisingly, with 14 joint House and Senate committees, numerous subcommittees and eight others focusing on specific areas of state government, there is a wide ranging amount of information covered.

  • Back in 1959, a group of church members from the three churches in the Bethlehem community met to discuss the possibility of a joint project. The idea of a living nativity was presented and all enthusiastically agreed. Now 50 years later, this ministry has been portrayed over and over each Christmas season. This would not have been possible if so many dedicated people had not had the faith to keep it going. To all who helped in any way, we say thank you so much for your support and willingness to serve.