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Opinion

  • 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.

  • It is summer time and your teens may have had more free time on their hands. Most of our teens are making healthy choices this summer – like not drinking alcohol. Unfortunately, there are many who choose to drink. Most young people who start drinking before age 21 do so when they are about 13-14 years old. That is why parents and all adults should send a strong message that underage drinking is not okay.

  • Guy Clark had it right. There’s nothing in the world better than a home grown tomato. Nothing.

    We have in our office a wonderful tomato fairy. She brings us bags of tomatoes throughout the summer. Tomatoes of all types find their way into our office, and our tummies, thanks to the hard work of an employee and her family, and their tomato plants’ generous over production.

    I don’t know how far back my love of tomatoes goes, but I can remember eating tomato and mayo sandwiches before I was 10.

  • We the New Castle Lions Club, the Henry County Fair Committee and the Henry County Fair Pageant Committee, all become one large group the weeks before the fair and fair week. We as a group would like to thank all of our generous sponsors for your donations this year. For those of you who thought that we could not put this all together, we succeeded! For those of you who didn’t think we could put on a pageant in a livestock arena, we did it very successfully.

  • Since Kentucky’s students have made significant strides academically over the years, it only makes sense that the schools themselves are also among the nation’s leaders – in this case, when it comes to the cost of operating them.

  • The pickup truck with a bed full of watermelons and cantaloupes was backed up to the curb at the Henry County Farmers Market last Saturday. Its bumper sticker read “Born to Farm.”

    It was Kids Day at the Farmers Market and the children representing local farms indeed seemed born to farm.

  • Staff writer/photographer

    Eminence will host a city-wide yard sale from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, to coincide with National Garage/Yard Sale Day.

    This is the first time Eminence has held a city-wide event of this kind.

    Reverend Sharon Fields of the Eminence Christian Church presented the concept to the Eminence City Council after reading a magazine article publicizing the nationwide event. The council unanimously approved the idea and requested that she spearhead the effort.

  • We have received numerous questions regarding bank safety and insurance coverage on deposits. These consumer concerns are warranted; given the highly publicized meltdown of the sub prime mortgage market, housing market crisis, IndyMac Bank issues, state of the overall banking industry, etc. I want to take this opportunity to address some of the more frequently asked questions.

  • Wednesday, July 30

    Karate classes will be held at the Community Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

    Children’s Story and Craft hour every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Pleasureville Christian Church. Also, the community library at the church is open to the public from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

    Thursday, July 31

    TOPS 298 will meet at Orville Baptist Church. Weigh in 4:30 p.m. and meeting at 5 p.m. New members welcome.

    Friday, August 1

  • Last month’s special legislative session may have been a major step forward in strengthening Kentucky’s public retirement systems, but it was never intended to be the only step. My legislative colleagues and I, and many others with ties to these systems, realize there is more work to be done.

  • Your recent article “pain in the wallet” accurately enumerated the problems high fuel prices cause for the residents of Henry County; we now need to discuss why.

  • In the current tight economic climate, I think it’s important to know that a few things in life are still free. Mostly.

    A walk through the neighborhood is a great way to enjoy some free entertainment, get a little sunshine and exercise not just yourself, but any dogs you might have. Sitting out in the backyard looking up at the stars? Free, as long as you don’t count what you might spend on insect repellent or anti-itch cream for the bug bites you might endure.

  • Although Relay 2008 was cut short by stormy weather on June 27, it didn’t come to a screeching halt. On Saturday evening, July 19 more than 60 people including team members, team captains, survivors and Relay supporters met at the Henry County Fairgrounds for a special three hour Relay Finale ending with a moving Luminary Ceremony.