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Opinion

  • One might argue that Henry County’s role in the Civil War was relatively minor. It is recorded that, in 1862, Union soldiers under Col. Reuben Buckley of New Castle took over the “fairgrounds…just across from the [Eminence] cemetery” and camped there for three years.

  • The recent events in Cleveland at first left me perplexed.

    Ariel Castro held three women captive, one for at least 10 years, and his neighbors never knew it nor suspected it.

    Castro allegedly fathered a child with one of his captives, made the woman give birth in a kiddie pool and not one neighbor heard a thing.

    Residents who lived in the neighborhood never suspected a thing from the bus driver/musician who played baseball with children at local parks.

  • The makeover of Eminence seems to be on everyone’s minds these days.

    This paper has provided a good deal of coverage on the demolition of the old buildings and the coming of the new.

    It is, as it should be, a big deal—these changes will drastically affect the appearance of the town as well as its economy. Some folks are fine with what’s going on. Some are not.

  • Occasionally, one must relearn things.

    I don’t mean material involving geometry, geography or units of measure. I mean the things in life which not just add to and enhance your life but sometimes provide a perspective that divides you from people in it.

    See, I have this terrible, tortuous almost self-indulgent obsession with philosophy. I carried that interest from early childhood over into college. So much, that I decided it should be one of my minors. 

  • Economic development seems to be in the air of late.

    By way of a letter to the editor in our local paper a few issues back, a concerned resident from Pleasureville asked that the folks around town get together to discuss ways to revitalize the city. Apparently, they did exactly that at their last city meeting, and I say good for them.

  • I just wanted to thank yourself and the city council for their support of the planned CVS Pharmacy.  Too many times government gives into the wishes of a few at the cost of the many.  Many residents including myself cannot wait for the added convenience a CVS pharmacy will bring.  Currently I have to drive all the way to La Grange to fill a prescription because I am not happy with the service that the one pharmacy in Henry County provides.

  • Thank you for your coverage of the beginning of the re-beautification program at the Eminence Cemetery. This was made possible by many people who responded to letters and calls.

    The Eminence Cemetery Board was elected in 2011 with the express goal to address the needs of the cemetery.

  • 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.