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Opinion

  • 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.

  • In last week’s perspective regarding the legalization of alcohol by drink, the story mentioned that no voice or opinion either for or against the vote had been heard, leaving the assumption that no one had an opinion. I do have an opinion, and after voicing it to each pastor and congregation in a personal letter on two separate occasions, I have found that not every clergy and congregation shares my opinion. 

    With little response, it appears that I am left standing alone; however, according to my convictions, I am willing to do so.

  • As you may be aware, on Dec. 13, Henry Countians will cast their vote on whether to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages in restaurants that have seating for 50 people or more.

    It is my opinion, voting yes would drastically increase the job opportunities available in our county. As owner of Country Collectibles, I believe that within three to four months I would double my work force in order to properly staff the food-service end of my business.

  • I’m so glad that Henry County is finally getting smart in putting the moist law to the vote.  It will put us on an even playing field with surrounding counties to attract more businesses which could bring in more money for us.  

    If a person chooses to have a drink with their meal, they won’t have to drive to La Grange, Louisville or Carrollton to have one.

    Kenny Hayes
    Smithfield

  • Looking back at my 2010 magistrate brochure leads me to believe the people of Henry County are ready to move Henry County forward. Recently, 1,931 registered voters signed a petition allowing it’s registered voters to decide the direction of our county.

    Voting yes on Dec. 13 will directly help our county. Restaurants will arrive, hotels will follow, jobs will be offered. Economic development helps everything in the county.

    Vote yes for jobs.

    Vote yes for a balance of country living.

  • Henry County residents have a unique opportunity facing them at the polls on Dec. 13. When you go to the voting booths on that day, voters will have the chance to vote yes or no on whether the county will go moist and allow our county to move forward with economic development.

  • The holiday season is now underway and for many this means spending time with our family and friends. 

    Sadly, over 450,000 children are in foster care nationwide and do not have a permanent home this holiday season.  November is National Adoption Month, making this a great time to raise awareness about the importance of and need for finding permanent and loving homes for these children.

    While many of these children are temporarily separated from their families, about 115,000 are eligible for adoption.  

  • One of the country’s most persistent challenges is finding ways to help those struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues beyond their control.
    Federal figures show the number to be significant.  In 2008, it was estimated that 30 million Americans had received treatment for a mental health issue in the previous year, and about 22 million were believed to be addicted to drugs or alcohol.

  • One of the country’s most persistent challenges is finding ways to help those struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues beyond their control.
    Federal figures show the number to be significant.  In 2008, it was estimated that 30 million Americans had received treatment for a mental health issue in the previous year, and about 22 million were believed to be addicted to drugs or alcohol.

  • If it weren’t for our front page, you might not know there’s a wet/dry vote coming up.

    There’s been little discussion, very few phone calls and no letters to the editor about the local option votes to be held Dec. 13 countywide and for New Castle.

    Even the referendum on the Henry County Country Club vote in June generated two letters. And that involved just one precinct.

    Several years ago, when Eminence was considering by-the-drink liquor sales, there was plenty of public discussion for or against.