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Opinion

  • As a former teacher in Henry County, I was disappointed to learn that Steve Swank will no longer be the principal of Henry County Middle School. During my five years at the middle school I was able to witness many positives occurring under Mr. Swank’s leadership. Kentucky Core Content Test scores improved; portfolio writing scores increased to an all-time high of 64 percent proficiency; student technology use was visible throughout the school; and a no-bullying policy was instituted to improve the learning environment of all students.

  • We arrived in Shanghai Thursday night at 9 (9 a.m. Henry Co. time). The airport was not very crowded and we were able to get through customs fairly quickly. Finding my sister, Verna, was not hard. With her blonde hair and 5’10” frame she towered over most of the people waiting to greet arrivers.

  • Since I was the subject of the Wednesday, June 11, article “Ethics committee meets for first time,” I believe it is appropriate that I respond.

    The article stated, “Gingrich, who was not present at the meeting” and “he (Gingrich) is not here to defend himself” (YIKES, a resident must defend himself if he writes a letter to the board?) implies that I had a choice to attend or not attend.

  • Now that it is June (the month that the Eminence City Council voted to reopen the swimming pools), I thought it would be important for citizens (voters) to know the actual facts, not rumors, not politicians spin, about what happened to the pool project.

    • The four council members who voted to “pull the plug” on the pool project had previously campaigned to reopen the pool.

    • The council voted six different times to support reopening the pool. (Please see Eminence “minutes” online.)

  • I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to one of the Eminence City Council members. This member, in my opinion, is the type of person that understands his duty as a member of the Eminence City Council. I called him to see if he could help my family with a problem and he assured me that he would try and get it solved. When I hung up the phone I thought that he would get back with me in a few days but the very next day not only did he call me back, but he had already solved my problem. I know that this might seem small to some but it meant a lot to my family.

  • “I’m going to China.” I love the responses that simple sentence elicits whenever someone asks me what I’m doing this summer. The most common response is the raised eyebrow look of surprise followed by the crooked smile and sidelong glance which seems to say, “Come on. Quit pulling my leg!” The next most common response is the, “oh, I guess you are into the Olympics huh?” Finally there is a more recent response that I hadn’t heard before: “missionary work, huh?”

  • I’m writing this letter to the editor in hopes that many of your readers will see this and better appreciate the accomplishments of this year’s Henry County High School baseball team. As a parent and a fan I was anticipating a wonderful, positive and encouraging headline and a picture of “our” team in “our” Henry County Local after playing in the Regional baseball finals.

  • As a resident of Henry County, I never thought I would be the one facing a break in at my home. I am a single mother of four and trying to provide a decent living for my family when the unthinkable happened someone broke into my house taking several items that meant a lot to me and my children. I called the Eminence Police and they came right out and were very attentive to the situation. They came back several times checking on my family and gathering more information on my case.

  • The New Castle Spring Fling is right around the corner scheduled for Saturday, June 14. It will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., rain or shine! This year the parade will line up at New Castle Elementary School. There will be fire departments, police, floats, marchers, antique cars, antique tractors, beauty queens, ball teams, celebrities and much more! This year there will be two surprises in the parade. If you or your group want to participate in the parade please call the number below.

  • I am very excited at the prospect of joining the staff of the Henry County Local.

    The desire to be a contributing member of a close-knit community and my natural curiosity have happily coincided with an opportunity to report and write for this award-winning newspaper. I look forward to meeting the people who know and love the area and can give me insight into what makes Henry County such a special place. The newspaper staff has already welcomed me warmly.

  • Thank you for your coverage of the Henry County High School Senior project program.

    I was asked to help judge one night of the student presentations. I was impressed by the evidence of hard work by both the teachers involved and the students themselves. The respect the students showed the judges was complete.

    The school system should be applauded for their support of the senior project. I am grateful to have seen a bit of the results and hope more in the community will be so fortunate.

    Tanya Berry

    Port Royal

  • I have a confession to make. I cannot master the grill.

    But I have to start out by saying that, as many people know, I’m a fiercely independent person. I like to learn how to do things, and out of necessity have learned to fix toilets, do minor electrical work, change my own oil and so on.

    But this weekend, I learned one thing that truly stumps me. It must be that I’m just not built to do it.

    Grilling.

  • As we approach Memorial Day, National Military Appreciation Month is coming to a close. We shouldn’t need reminders to thank those who have given of themselves by joining the armed forces.

    And yet, it seems that year after year, we do need some sort of reminder.

    Kudos to Marlyn Browning and his employees. Last year, they started an event to thank veterans throughout the region for their service. The event started humbly with a parade, but continued to include food, music, a few speeches, and of course — honoring of the veterans who were there.

  • Driving down winding Kentucky backroads with the windows down while listening to music, laughing, the new $5 footlong deal at Subway restaurants, the smell of fresh cut grass, anxiously awaiting new episodes of Lost and Desperate Housewives, Espaol, meeting new people, writing...and these, Henry County, are just a few of my favorite things.

  • Each year, across the nation, one event brings together entire communities to take part in the fight against cancer. That event is the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. It’s a time and place where people come to celebrate those who have survived cancer, remember those we’ve lost and fight back against a disease that touches too many lives.

  • It’s hard for a reporter when a source doesn’t want to talk.

    Attempts to reach Larry Mahoney in recent weeks for an interview failed, which means the stories we have about the impact of the May 14, 1988, bus crash will be published with no quotes or information from the one man most people probably want to hear from.

  • The Henry County Seniors would like to thank each and every person that donated items or came to our 8th annual Derby Eve Breakfast. We truly appreciate this community so very much. For those who came and we had run out of food, we apologize. That makes us strive to be bigger and better next year. These last four years this county has come together to make the Senior Center and other project realities. We are truly blessed with good leadership and good people.

    Thank you.

    Henry County Seniors

  • Tragedies often occur without warning.

    A poor decision, a quirk of timing, a crash, flames, smoke, death: Suddenly, a tiring but exciting Saturday of amusement park fun endedon a dark,lonely stretch of interstate miles from home.

    For 27 people — 24 children — the moment of horror was brief.Survivors of that fateful collision that’s come to be known as the Carrollton bus crash still live with a mix of frightening memories and scars of mind and body.

  • In this week’s paper, you’ll find several stories focusing on the 20th anniversary of the Carrollton bus crash.

    The stories in this week’s paper represent just a fraction of those that were written for the event’s 20th anniversary, and we will make the rest available on our Web site, www.hclocal.com.

    Several papers took part in this effort, including the Carrollton and Elizabethtown papers who serve the communities most deeply affected by the accident.

  • Betty and Jerry Chilton and their children thank everyone who attended their 50th anniversary party or sent their blessings. I know my father especially enjoyed the occasion. Since his stroke in 1999, he has been unable to ambulate very well. I want to especially thank Barbara and Glen Gregory for attending. He too has had health issues in the last decade. Glen has been battling cancer and other ailments associated with this disease but thankfully is cancer free. I am glad he was well enough to attend. Our family received over $400 in cash gifts for Relay For Life.