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Opinion

  • By Joe Yates

    I don’t have the time to do this, but I have to.  That’s what kept going through my mind as I was debating whether to commit to the challenge of a regular newspaper column. For aspiring writers of any age, an opportunity like this is exciting as well as intimidating.

  • In 2002, a coffee shop opened up in Owensboro, Ky. The shop, Beyond the Brim, was a first for the city, and at the time, the only coffee shop.

    In addition to coffee and tea, the shop also served food. The service was great, the food fantastic and the coffee was pretty darn good. The owners, a local couple, regularly gave back to their community, supporting youth sports, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, church groups and much more.

  • I just celebrated a year at the Henry County Local last week.

    It’s such a cliché for one to say time has just flown by so I won’t say it. I feel like I have been on a tilt-a-whirl with a rewarding amount of pleasure and occasionally someone has thrown their cotton candy in my face.

    I consider myself equally as fortunate to cover news in a county where I grew up as it is difficult.

  • Perhaps you’ve seen it by now — the “diyet list” a 7-year-old wrote that was found by her mother.

    “17 pooshups 2 times a day.”

    “3 appals”

    “1 per”

    “5 glases of water”

    “jog up and down the driv way 3 times”

    Wow. The list, found by Australian Amy Cheney, hit news sites and fitness blogs with a collective gasp.

  • Last week I participated in Henry County High School’s Operation Preparation.

    Lawyers, detectives, farmers and other professionals sat down and discussed with high school and 8th grade students about their respective occupations. We gave out salary ranges, academic requirements, the skills needed for our job and answered student questions.

    I was asked what disciplines my occupation required such as oral or written skills, math or science.

  • By Candy Clarke

     

    Recently, I decided it would be fun to take a drive for a few hours - without any given destination in mind.

    No shopping, just driving around the local areas and enjoying the sights along with the changing topography. It was a warm sunny day and it would give me a chance to perhaps take some more photos of Henry County and the surrounding counties.

  • I would never pretend to possess any of the sacred knowledge reserved for the inner sanctum of modern medicine.
    Nor would I ever fool myself into believing I have the stamina for the pressure doctors experience on a daily basis.
    I will however critique my latest doctor visit with an educated amount of violent declamation.

  • The citizens of Eminence, members of the Eminence City Council, the Eminence Mayor, and any and all interested parties are invited to a public forum to be held today, Wednesday Feb. 20, in the meeting room of the public library in Eminence. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m.

  • I can’t stand some of the things my tax money gets spent on.

    After talking to our local state legislators about the issues in the upcoming session, I am equally optimistic and equally ruffled about the feathers on who gets my money and where it goes.

    Taxes ruffle everyone’s feathers except for the ducks.

    Despite my ongoing negotiations with my boss and the corporation that owns us, they still don’t see my reasoning for a six-figure salary. For that reason, I am not the richest writer in the world and spend modestly.

  •  By Candy Clarke

    Just when you thought you had the holidays behind you! Having survived the sometimes frantic activities and financial expenses of three major holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years; you probably feel like you can begin to breathe calmly for a change. Not so fast! The game of life isn’t going to let us off the hook that easily. So, take a big deep breath and steel yourself for Feb. 14, otherwise known as Valentine’s Day in  western cultures.

  • The saying goes a little like this: Change is inevitable.

    Earlier this month, we had a big, big change: Landmark Webpress — the plant that printed our paper for almost 30 years — closed. That meant we would print at a new location.

    As with all transitions, there have been some growing pains.

    The paper looked a little off the first week at our new plant, but we think we’ve gotten a pretty good handle on that one.

    But the other issues have been more difficult.

  • I need your DNA!

    I have had the most exciting story for a history fan land on my news desk and all you history buffs can help!

    John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard Command Historian, told me about a story that puts Henry County in the spotlight of a History Detectives-type show.

  • The General Assembly returns to the Capitol this week, kicking off another legislative session.

    As is always the case during odd-numbered years, the House and Senate are scheduled to meet for 30 working days, with the first four set aside to elect leaders of both chambers and establish committee assignments for the next two years.  We will then return in early February to begin voting on bills, wrapping up our work by the end of March.

  • When I was growing up, church offering envelopes had check-off boxes.  One of them was “Daily Bible Reading.”  My generation was encouraged to do it all: check all the boxes, and score 100 percent for the week.
    I was  normally a 100 percent guy each week.  I may have struggled with some of those boxes, but I got the Bible reading done. Though I confess that on some days I was so busy that the best I could do was a hurried glance, a fast read... but better fast than not at all, right?

  • If I ever found myself foolish enough to think I would stick with a resolution for a year, I would steal my dogs’ wisdom.

    We have a weimaraner and labrador mixed dog her name is Tilly and a beagle mixed with what we think is a blue healer named Henry. Henry looks very much like Snoopy and makes similar sounds as the Peanuts character with a custom for snorting when you directly ask him questions.

    These two beasts are mentally superior and I have a lot to learn from them.

  • By Candy Clarke

     

    Here we go. Another year is about to begin and it’s time to decide if we are going to commit ourselves to a particular course of action or not. Do we really want to be bothered with making New Year’s Resolutions yet again? How about the old ones? Could we just recycle them? Or maybe, we could just take one year off without doing any new resolutions.

  • With another Christmas behind us and a new year fast approaching, I thought I might share my sports wish list for 2013.

    1. A Warrior-Wildcat district final. This season it may be more likely than at any time in recent memory. The Warriors are rolling right now, while the Wildcats are struggling, but the young Wildcats will improve as the season goes on and I believe they will be playing their best ball down the stretch when it counts the most.

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    I have some stories and people that I can’t shake.

    One story involved a woman, Ms. Anna Marie Davis, who at 103 years old still had a lucid mind and sharp memory. I interviewed her while working as the roving reporter for Landmark Community Newspaper in Bardstown. She turned 103 last year and had a sister who lived to 105.

  • By Candy Clarke

     

    It’s that time of year, again: the time of year when young children begin to gather information and plague everyone with  questions. Is there really a Santa Claus? Does Santa really live at North Pole? Is there really a Santa Claus house? These questions and more seem to occupy their little minds from just after Thanksgiving all the way to Christmas morning.

  • My parents and grandparents ingrained a sense of thankfulness in all of us in my family.

     I am past due, since the holidays approach more rapidly every year, on giving my thanks in the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday.

    First and foremost, I must thank local historian Hammer Smith for allowing me to divert his attention every few weeks from important research.