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Opinion

  • The ninth annual New Castle Fall Fling will be held this Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be located around the historic Henry County Courthouse. East Cross Main Street will be closed starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, until approximately 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4.

  • With just five weeks to go, the 2008 general election is creeping up on us.

    I don’t think anyone really needs me to say just how important this election is.

    As a nation, we’re in a scary place. The financial crisis weighs heavy, or should, on everyone’s mind. Whoever wins in November — for president, Senate or House — will have some serious work to do.

    We have a unique right that, even in this historic year, only about half of all Americans are likely to exercise.

  • In 40 years of marriage, my husband and I and our children – all now grown – have lived in five states and about twice that many houses, beginning with a mobile home in Kansas. On three occasions we lived in subdivisions, most recently on the east side of Louisville. That was never our ‘cup of tea.’

  • Words can’t express our thanks and appreciation for our great neighbors, the Rogers’ family, the Worford family for helping us open our road. We all worked together to clear eight to 10 downed trees on Flatrock and Mt. Glead Roads. A big thanks to the Shelby Rural Electric men, who worked endlessly to get our light lines back up and running. Neighbors and friends like Shelby Rural Electric, working together, in the time of need gives us all hope for the future.

    Wendell and Barbara Parks

    New Castle

  • I hope and pray everybody who will be 18 by Nov. 4 is registered to vote at their present address. Everyone needs to vote for their choice.

    My little ads in the paper last week about my McCain/Palin signs were terrific. The calls are still coming.

    Thank you for being our Henry County Local.

    Rose Barmore

  • My name is Richard Thomas. I am a member of the Eminence City Council. I want the residents to know that on Sept. 8, I officially withdrew my name as candidate for reelection to Eminence City Council.

    When I took office, I told the residents that I would do the best job for them that I could. But when I stood up for what is right, I was voted down 5-1, often. Numerous threats have been made against me. I took my concerns to several government agencies, including the FBI. Only time will tell what will happen.

  • When school is called off, everyone knows before their first cup of coffee.

    As a customer of the Henry County Water District, I am upset with the way the recent water outage was handled. I completely understand the problems that can arise when dealing with broken infrastructure in a large area. I can even maintain patience when those problems cause me to conserve water over a long period of time. However, I am outraged at the lack of communication the water district had, not only to me, but also to the children of our community.

  • I’m sure most of us will remember where we were when hurricane force winds ripped through the midwest, knocking out power for hundreds of thousands, just in our little neck of the woods.

    In fact, I was in the woods when the winds hit.

    I gave in to what has become a regular weekend urge, and went for a hike Sunday morning. I laced up my now well worn boots, tossed the backpack in the truck and made for Clifty Falls State Park.

  • I am writing today on the topic of the Eminence public pool. The Making Waves Foundation has raised several thousand dollars from the community in an effort to restore our city pool. Shawn Bright said in the newspaper article regarding the restoring of the pool “that was a lot of money for one group of kids.” Since the estimates kept rising out of control, the city pulled the plug on the pool project and now we are left with thousands of dollars and still nothing for the kids to do.

  • Submitted by Deanna Felts

    Prevention Specialist, Seven Counties Services, Inc. Regional Prevention Center

  • When my husband and I first moved to Henry County about ten years ago, we agreed that our little century-old farmhouse, while badly in need of serious upgrading, was nonetheless charming and felt immediately like home. We both loved our mix of woods and pastures, our long winding driveway, and the ponds scattered here and there. What we did not share feelings about was an old barn that stood just sixty yards from a shiny new metal one and directly in view from the house.

  • September 7 through September 13 is Suicide Prevention Week. This is the one topic that many would love not to talk about. It’s one of the elephants in the living room. Why is it that we can talk about alcohol/drugs, breast cancer, heart, diabetes or any other medical problem, yet suicide is one that we can’t or won’t talk about?

    Every 16 minutes someone completes suicide, every 17 minutes someone is left behind to ask, “Why?”

    In Kentucky here are some of the facts about suicide:

  • Over the years, as the number of counties offering alcohol has increased, there has been a greater push by the state to ensure that underage drinkers are being protected.

    It’s been a largely successful effort so far, according to information from the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), which has two main programs that ensure those serving alcohol know the law, and know that they are being watched.

  • In recent months there have been a series of reports from state and national organizations that have given us a much clearer picture of Kentucky’s collective health. Unfortunately, their overall assessment is not positive, due largely to problems that are preventable.

    Perhaps the most alarming statistic of all comes from the Kentucky Institute of Medicine, which found that no other state has a higher mortality rate. None of our 120 counties, in fact, is below the national average.

  • “Thanks” to the Eminence City Council for giving its approval for a city-wide yard and garage sale that was held in our community on August 9. This was the first time Eminence had held an event of this nature. In conjunction with the National Garage/Yard Sale Day, things worked well. The NGYSD, is a time when communities work together to reduce, reuse and recycle merchandise that would otherwise be thrown away.

  • When I was growing up on our farm in New York State, my mother called them “blackcaps.” Here in Henry County, we call them “blackberries,” and, while no expert, I am pretty sure they are the same thing.

  • Don’t bother calling it swimming anymore. You might as well call it Phelpsing.

    Many of us, by now, might be tired of hearing Michael Phelps’ name, or seeing him up on the gold medal platform, or hearing that yes, yet again, he’s broken another world record.

    If you blinked the other night, you missed an incredible end to a good race (better even than the 4X100-meter freestyle relay).

  • This is just a note of appreciation for the good job done by the fire departments that responded to the recent fire in New Castle. I would also like to say thanks to the La Grange Fire Department for helping out with preventing the devastating loss of the whole block of buildings.

    Bruce Owens, Director, Henry County Emergency Management

  • For several days I observed a beautiful female ruby-throated hummingbird. She sat just outside my dining room window. I watched as she perched on the branch of an old Mock Orange bush.