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Opinion

  • 5th Quarter is a great activity if you enjoy hanging out with your friends, meeting new friends, eating pizza, and being encouraged to do better.   I’ve attended most of the 5th Quarter gatherings in the past and found them to be a good way to have fun with my friends following a Friday night home basketball game.  There were several activities for Henry County and Eminence high school students to participate in.  Those of us who enjoy playing basketball would divide up into teams and play against one another.  Others who were not into playing basketball took

  • I have lived in this community for many years and have seen how people here pull together to help their neighbors and friends in times of need. I have also been witness to strangers taking time out of their day to lend a hand where a hand is needed. Henry Countians are blessed to be part of such a giving community. There are so many organizations, churches, and county services that are designed to help anyone in need. Tri-County Community Action Agency is one of those organizations designed to help individuals in need of assistance and we also service senior citizens in the county.

  • Seafoam Green. I’ll probably remember the name of that color until I’m old and grey.

    It was the color of yarn I used when my mother first taught me how to knit. That was somewhere in my formative years, probably before I hit the big 1-0.

    Over the years, I’ve remembered, and then forgotten, all she ever taught me, and inevitably, when she visits I ask the same question. “Okay, how do you cast on again?”

    But it was that first lesson that would result in a lifetime love for needlework.

  • Christmas in New Castle, formerly Light Up New Castle, is this Friday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.

    The twilight parade will begin lining up at New Castle Elementary School at 5:30 p.m. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. and the route of the parade will come Church Street to Main Street, through town to East College Street to North Property Road and back to the elementary school.  All floats, cars, horses, etc. will be decorated for Christmas with decorations and lights. There is still room in the parade for you to participate.

  • Six weeks after Congress passed an unprecedented $700 billion bailout bill to help stabilize American financial institutions and the economy, another industry appeared before Congress in hopes of receiving a cash infusion from the U.S. government.  During the week of November 17th, General Motors, Chrysler and Ford testified in the House and Senate about their joint request for $25 billion in loans to help meet operating expenses, payroll and settle accounts with suppliers.

  • int, Kentucky’s judicial branch is the same age as the executive and legislative branches, all of which were officially formed when our Constitution was adopted in 1891.

    In reality, however, the judiciary as we know it is only little more than three decades old.  Voters created it in 1975 when they did away with an often confusing variety of courts and replaced them with the orderly system we have today.

  • On behalf of Eminence Speaker LLC and its Amazing Race Committee members, Sherry Watts, Charlotte Barnett, Shannon Rose, Kara Olson, Chad Potts, and Chris Rose, we want to express our sincere thanks to everyone who participated or played a role in our first annual Amazing Race event on Friday, Nov. 14.   For 42 years, Eminence Speaker LLC has always been extremely proud to call Eminence its home.  With community leaders, citizens and business owners such as yourselves, surely there are few communities anywhere that rival the City of Eminence.

  • I was relaxing over coffee the other morning, fondly gazing at the pictures of our five children that sit on top of my kitchen cabinets when suddenly, for no obvious reason, my attention shifted. Delicate little cobwebs lacing from picture to picture came into my focus.  I hadn’t noticed them before, but like an optical illusion, the pictures receded and the little filaments draping the frames - and, yes, also hanging from the ceiling - jumped out at me.  Thus can one’s peace of mind be so easily disturbed.

  • Over the last several years, the General Assembly has re-doubled its efforts to make Kentucky a leader in energy production and conservation.

    This process has evolved with the successful passage of House Bill 1 and House Bill 2, which include new rounds of tax incentives to boost alternative fuel sources and to encourage homes and businesses alike to curb their power needs. Legislators have also invested millions of dollars to further clean-coal research, and we have pushed to make state government’s buildings and automotive fleet more environmentally friendly.

  • The full scale exercise at Safety-Kleen on Oct. 4 was very successful and involved all emergency personnel including Fire/Rescue departments, EMS, Sheriff’s Office, KSP and Coroner’s office with employees of the plant acting as victims of an explosion. We also had an excellent exercise at Homestead Nursing Center on June 21 which simulated a boiler explosion and also involved Fire/Rescue, EMS and Henry County Sheriff’s office in the evacuation of residents and staff of that facility. Both events had good media coverage by the Henry County Local.

  • President Abraham Lincoln wrote in part of his Thanksgiving Proclamation   “…I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

  • It started kind of innocently.

    I was rolling right along in the kitchen one Thanksgiving a couple of years ago, and was working on the pumpkin pie.

    I was putting the filling and a special ingredient in the blender when Derek walked in.

    “Why are you putting tofu in the pumpkin pie???” he asked, more than a little repulsed by the concept. You see, he doesn’t care much for tofu, while I love it.

    “Trust me.”

    You see, as a sufferer of IBS (I’ll let you look that up), I have trouble with dairy products - sometimes.

  • Approximately 400 people turned out Saturday morning, Nov. 1, to assist with Henry County’s annual roadside litter clean up. Working under the direction of Henry County Solid Waste Department, residents cleaned more than 200 miles of Henry County roads. Throughout the day, the teams worked diligently, picking up over 1,339 bags of trash and overflowing two large dumpsters.

  • In less than seven weeks, the General Assembly will meet for what will be the fifth odd-year regular session since voters made them possible in 2000.

  • The holiday season is just around the corner.  We are currently working on the annual Light Up New Castle.  The date is Friday, Dec. 5, from 5-8 p.m.  We will have a dulcimer group performing, twilight parade, tree lighting ceremony, free pictures with Santa, merchant open houses, and more.

  • Next month will mark the second anniversary of Fiscal Court purchasing the land for our new Recreational and Services Park.  About that same time a group of 20 dedicated citizens representing various interests including youth sports, our schools, our seniors, service agencies, and local government formulated a plan for which to develop the park.  It is my pleasure to report to you that a significant portion of that plan has been implemented or is in progress.

  • The first snowflake of the season silently hit my windshield this morning. It was randomly floating on a cold hard wind kept at bay by the glass around me. With my heater on high I drove to church with my wife and two kids. We have much to be thankful for.

  • Recently I was in the checkout line at Kohl’s when I overheard the salesgirl ask a woman ahead of me if she would like to be put on their e-mail list. “Sorry,” the lady said. “I’m computer illiterate.” With a vague hint of superiority, I thought, “Aha! Someone lower on the old totem pole than me!” The truth is, while I can e-mail –I am not much more advanced on the computer than this woman. About all I can do is log on and off.

  • A few days ago, someone called my office and left an anonymous message that indicated that I should practice the separation of church and state. While, when I wrote my article, I did not have the luxury of writing under the cloak of anonymity, I did so as a concerned citizen, not as the “Good Reverend,” as I have been dubbed. The church had nothing to do with my personal opinion. I had not discussed local politics over the pulpit. Therefore, my congregants had no inkling what I was thinking or, even the fact, that I was writing an article.

  • To the resident District One — on Nov. 5, Governor Steve Beshear appointed me as Magistrate for District 1 in Henry County. This appointment is for the remaining term of Wayne Gunnell, who resigned as magistrate to take a new position with state government in Frankfort. I would like to thank Mr. Gunnell for his decades of public service to Henry County, and wish him the best in his new position.