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Opinion

  • By Candy Clarke

    When we ran out of excuses not to leave, we finally had to say goodbye to Henry County for another six months and head north to Alaska.

    It was especially difficult to leave this year. Gardens were coming on, the fruit trees were bearing, and the fish in the Kentucky River kept calling our names. After being delayed two weeks due to automobile problems; we loaded up the vehicle and began our 4500 mile trip to North Pole, Alaska.

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    Last week, New Castle attorney, and preservationist, Joe Yates told us “Human beings need community. Small towns and neighborhoods in a big city provide a sense of that community.

  • A few years ago, my mother gave me one of my most prized possessions.

    It wasn’t a huge flat screen television or the latest iPhone. She gave me my grandparents’ kitchen table.

    It has a worn quartered ash top; two insertable leaves; thick scrolling legs. They had a dining room table that seemed much more elegant and contemporary, but it was only used for the overflow of family that was there on Christmas night. Otherwise, it sat in a separate room like a dainty showroom piece from the 70s.

  • By Candy Clarke

    Charm is defined as “attractiveness; the power to delight or attract people.” In my opinion, that equates to a place called Henry County.

  • A couple of months ago my truck needed some mechanical repairs. I found an experienced mechanic to do the work. Following Ike I needed a new roof on my house. I sought out a qualified roofer to install the new roof.

    That is the way most of us think. We want the most qualified doctor, lawyer, or electrician to do the things we need performed. We appreciate experience.

  • One of the major issues least talked about in the Henry County Circuit Court Clerk’s race is our courthouse.

    The Administrative Office of the Courts has declared that the Henry County courthouse is one of two in the state most in need of replacement. Our courthouse is also one of the oldest and most beautiful, built in 1877, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • As a resident of Henry County, it is my pleasure to support Nick Hawkins as our next Circuit Court Clerk.

    Nick is not only a great family man, but one the most active Henry County residents. He is very involved with our youth and extremely knowledgeable about the resources available. I am impressed with how quickly this young man has been able to establish himself in Henry County.

  • On behalf of Bill and his family, we want to thank everyone for helping make the benefit a success.

    We would like to thank all of you who donated food, items for the silent auction and monetary contributions.

    A very special thanks goes out to Fred Porter and Cropper Baptist Church for the use of their facility.

    Last, but by no means least, to the Better Daze Band, Thomas Hood, and Shades of Pink for their awesome music, which was enjoyed by all.

    The money raised was much needed and greatly appreciated by the Downey family.

  • Thank you for all of your support for the Henry County Senior Citizens Derby Eve Fundraiser.

    To everyone who worked, came, or donated items, a big thank you. We had another successful year because of you.

    Henry County Senior Citizens

  • In my profession, you never know where the thread of a story will take you.

    I recently wrote stories on the lead mine in Lockport and the history of Defoe each with a fascinating legacy. In this week’s issue, I looked into the origins of a sign that has been on a barn for more than 30 years.

  • By Candy Clarke

    For nine years, I have belonged to a dog named Gunner. Most people will tell you what type of dog they own, but I can say with absolute certainty that my dog, Gunner, rules my world. He is a 10-year-old rescued Alaskan Husky. At first, he was trembling and shaking so badly, it was hard for him to stand. He responded to touch by maintaining the classic cowed position. It was heartbreaking to see such a beautiful animal so afraid.

  • Last week I met and talked with a few local farmers. I interviewed tobacco and corn farmer Mark Roberts who works on a large production scale; and people on the smaller scale like Ed Nelson, who sell at local farmers markets. Nelson considers being called a farmer a compliment.

    Paul Tokosh is in between the large and small production scale. He works 16 acres growing pears, apples and asparagus. He also grows blackberries, strawberries and blue berries. He sells to Hilltop produce in Shelbyville and goes to several other counties before also selling here.

  • Submitted by Lance Minnis

  • The recent Christmas in New Castle was a huge success. We had the biggest crowd ever. I want to start out by thanking everyone who came out to support Christmas in New Castle.

  • While in New Castle last week I ran into Voltaire and his friend Dr Pangloss.   The following conversation took place between myself and Dr Pangloss;  Voltaire seemed quite drowsy.

    Myself: “So what brings you to our county?”

    Dr. Pangloss: “We heard that your county, during this recession and falling property values and tax base, is still so optimistic that you have gone on a building spree.”

    Myself: “Yes, our wise leaders seem to be very optimistic.”

  • With the holidays right around the corner, struggling families and American workers face uncertain budgets in the New Year because the payroll tax holiday and unemployment insurance benefits are set to expire at the end of this month.

    As President Obama said and Speaker John Boehner has echoed, Congress should not adjourn for the holidays until it finishes the pending work on these items.  

  • As we approach the final days of the year and literally wrap up a hectic month of shopping, it’s good to take a moment to reflect on what the past dozen months have brought.

    While the times have been tough for far too long now, there have been some encouraging signs that the Commonwealth is getting back on its feet.

  • Are you ready for fun, friendly competition, fresh new ideas and most importantly, ready to help fight back against cancer?

    Then… On your mark, get set, go!

    We are about to kick off our annual event in Henry County and anxiously waiting to share in the excitement with all of you!

    Our annual kick off celebration is slated for 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at the Henry County 4-H building.

  • With the end of the year approaching, I thought it might be fitting to share a few of the county’s accomplishments for the year, as well as a few facts about county government you might not know.  

  • It was clear from the beginning of last week’s Pleasureville City Commission meeting that there was tension.
    At one point, the “discussion” truly had the feel of a spat between sisters, more than a reasoned and rational commission meeting.