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Opinion

  • As (teachers, students and families) ready for another year of homeroom and homework, it is worth taking a step back to see just how far Kentucky has come in educating our children – and how far the Commonwealth still has to go.

  • By John Logan Brent

    Henry County Judge/Executive and Showcase Committee Member

  • Summer has always had a special place in my heart for a number of reasons.

    Primarily, I yearn for summer because the thought of sleeping in until my eyes open sounds like bliss every time I hear my alarm clock screech the other months of the year.

    My internship with the Henry County Local was not only a job, but it was a learning experience that a classroom setting simply can not offer.

  • It has been nearly 60 years since Kentucky undertook its first comprehensive assessment of what is easily the Commonwealth’s most abundant natural resource: Our forests.

    Since then, four other surveys have taken place, with the most recent completed in 2004. Last spring, state and federal forestry officials publicly unveiled what they found.

  • As I sit here at home on Sunday morning, I am still somewhat frazzled by the jet lag incurred from flying east for nearly 20 hours. I want to wrap up this series of articles about our trip to China by writing about the lasting impressions that China made on our family. There is no way to write it all in detail. The patient and generous editor of the Local could not possibly give me that much space!

  • On April 19, 2006, an explosion destroyed the Campbellsburg United Methodist Church building. During our despair, everyone was so kind and caring. We were offered alternate facilities in which to hold our services. Many people kept us in their prayers and sent donations to speed us on our way toward construction of a new building. It is through all this Christian generosity that the building is now complete.

  • After our incredibly busy week in Beijing and Xi’an we returned to Shanghai and had a couple of rest days. On Sunday afternoon I got a special treat. Tom and I went downtown to explore Shanghai’s famous Yu Gardens. This was a special treat for a couple of reasons, but mainly because I got to spend time in the presence of another man. I think Verna and Kelley were afraid I was scarred for life after being with seven females for five days without any respite!

  • I want to thank the Smithfield Garden Club for the hard work they expend in keeping the beautiful pots of flowers maintained at the four-way stop in Smithfield. Someone from this group comes faithfully each day with jugs of water to keep the flowers looking their best. Also, this group of ladies maintains pots of flowers at the cemetery and they too, have to be watered almost daily.

  • Allright American Idol fans and aspiring singers, listen up. You could get your chance for your 15 minutes of fame ... or infamy.

    The latest round of audition sites and times has been announced. Big cities like San Francisco, Kansas City, Salt Lake City and more will host auditions in July and August.

    But we learned last week that the popular talent contest will hold a round of tryouts in Louisville this year.

    On July 19 and 20, prospective auditioners can gather at a location, which has yet to be announced, to get armbands for the auditions.

  • I would like to thank everyone for coming to the 26th Annual New Castle Spring Fling on Sat., June 14. The Spring Fling was another success!

  • I tried something new a few weeks ago: carpooling to work. It was a new experience for me, especially since my passenger was a complete stranger.

    The night before my carpooling escapade, I had been driving around Louisville with friends. It was so relieving that the weather finally felt like summer and we rolled down the windows, opened the sunroof and enjoyed the warm wind against our faces.

  • We three Kentucky Pearl Harbor survivors and many more veterans would like to thank the citizens of Eminence for a great Veterans Day Parade on May 17. Many thanks to the merchants who donated items to this event. A lot of organization and work made this a great day. Even the little dog in the driveway wagging its tail greeted us as we drove by. To us, Eminence demonstrated what America is all about.

    Lee Ebner

    Kentucky Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Chairman

  • 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.