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Opinion

  • 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.

  • Eminence Politics are what is wrong with Eminence. Take for instance, the swimming pool. The people that spoke against the pool were all over 40 and had no children that could benefit from the use of the pool. There were two previous mayors and three previous council members who spoke against the pool. Those were the ones in charge when the pool was mismanaged and caused it to close. Those were the people that let it set for six years and never did anything about it.

  • The Judy Lea Memorial Henry County Children’s Fund committee would like to thank all who helped make this year’s benefit a success. Our 22nd benefit for the children of Henry County raised over $13,000.

    In particular we would like to thank those individuals, businesses and organizations who donated goods and services for the theme baskets, auction items, homemade desserts and for the monetary gifts we received.

  • Updating Kentucky’s laws may be the primary job of the General Assembly each legislative session, but it is not the only task legislators undertake. We also enact numerous resolutions that, in many cases, direct state government to focus on areas we feel are important.

    There are three types of resolutions, with the most common being known as “simple.” These only take a vote by either the House or the Senate, and generally they are used to honor Kentuckians or to pay tribute to those who may have passed away.

  • As gas and food prices continue to climb, it is critical that we effectively manage our budgets and personal finances to make ends meet. Juggling investments, tax returns and credit card bills can be difficult, so it is important to educate yourself on the best ways to save and invest in your future. Since April is Financial Literacy Month, I wanted to share with you some tools that will help you better understand your finances and protect yourself against identity theft.

  • Concerning the fundraiser we held at Vive Salon & Spa April 12 for my little brother Tommie Tingle - many thanks to all the good people that helped make our fundraiser a huge success! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

    From the many people with donations to all the hard workers - I hesitate to mention you one by one because I don't want to leave anyone out.We had so many wonderful donations for our raffle baskets & our bake sale - and I can't even begin to thank the many people that patiently waited (hours) for a haircut!

  • On April 8 and 9, General David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker testified before Congress about the current political and security situation in Iraq. According to both officials, progress in Iraq is significant, but reversible. As a senior Army commander told me recently, "We simply cannot walk out of the Middle East now."

  • The past five years or so have been very difficult watching from the sidelines as my father's name is tarnished in newsprint and court proceedings. My father's voice was silenced allowing for no comment because of legalities. Though I can't speak on his behalf, I feel it is imperative that those in Henry County understand the positive contribution and sacrifice he brought to this small community.