• I
     have recently started on another bit of history in the county that continues to interest me: the Civil War. The farther I look into the history of the county the more intriguing history I find.
    In last week’s edition, I wrote about Capt. I. N. Johnston of Pleasureville. Johnston was one of the officers who was instrumental in carrying out the great escape from Libby Prison. More than 100 people escaped through a tunnel dug in the company of rats that regularly climbed over the freedom seekers as they worked in shifts digging.

  • Eminence Independent School District recently received an award along with three other school districts for their academic success by the Bluegrass Institute as ‘Diamonds in the Rough’. Any school district that is recognized for their work and success given the lack of state and federal funding should be congratulated.

    EIS and Henry County both should be commended for what they have done in creating opportunity for the students in the county.

  • By Candy Clarke

    We will remember this trip back to Alaska as the year of the bear. We have seen more bear this time than in all the previous trips combined!

  • My hat goes off to Joe Yates. He definitely poked a certain constituency in the eye with his letter on July 25 and again last week.

    The letters we’ve received since Yates’ initial letter have been, overwhelmingly, in support of Geoff Davis and against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    Each letter has had, to some degree, a “fact” that has been resoundingly debunked by the major fact checking services.

  • By Candy Clarke


  • Remember Michael as the first grader who stood out from all the others at Campbellsburg Elementary School. I was a nervous, inexperienced new teacher of elementary P.E. and all those little faces just blended in as they gathered expectantly around me for their first day of P. E. Michael stood out. He was taller, he looked you in the eye and talked like a little adult. He seemed very self-assured even then.

  • In this week’s issue, I have written several profile stories, which show off our local talent.
    Whether it is a local musician, sound engineer and actor Jeff Downey or global agriculture missionary, FFA advisor and Henry County High School’s Vocational Agriculture teacher Lindsey Davie, Henry County continues to reveal hidden jewels within its hills and hollers.

  • By Candy Clarke

    Years ago, my 14-year-old daughter, Katherine, approached me for a loan. She had been babysitting and saving her money, but she still needed more. We agreed to the terms of the loan and then, I asked if I might know the reason. She announced that I had always told her if she had an idea not to give up on it. Whereupon she proceeded to tell me what her idea was and why she wanted a loan.


  • by Candy Clarke


  • By Candy Clarke


    Remember when you were in grade school and the bell rang for recess? Do you remember how happy you were to escape the classroom and play outside with your friends? Well, folks, that’s exactly the way it feels to be retired and live in Alaska during the summer months. Alaska, also known as the land of the midnight sun, becomes one gigantic playground with perfectly sane adults reverting back to childhood; our toys  are just different from the toys of earlier years.

  • In this week’s issue of the Henry County Local, I met with several business owners that were expanding their business or pursuing new avenues of revenue.

    I also attended the Forecastle Festival in Louisville where more than 30,000 people attended for three days of music, art and activism. Not preachy activism, but practical means for sustainability in regards to local economies and the environment as a whole. I  attended the Henry County Public School Board meeting where they are pursuing a program that integrates the Internet as a learning tool.

  • Sometimes I’m convinced that technology is more difficult that it’s worth.

    As reliant as we are on technology, particularly at the Local, to get the paper out each week, technology  slaps us in the face a little.

    Unfortunately, when technology quirks happen, it often shows in our finished product. And for that, we apologize to you, our readers.

  • In my job, I enjoy telling everyone’s story. I consider storytelling to be a part of my responsibility — honoring the residents of the county.

    Another necessary evil of my job is acting as a watchdog for the community: getting the correct facts and asking the tough questions. In my experience as your county reporter, I don’t considerate that part of my job to be hard but an honor.

    The most difficult part of my job is getting the city, county and publicly appointed state officials to return my phone calls.

  • As the Supreme Court prepares to rule on the health care law’s constitutionality, the House continues to roll back provisions that hit health care consumers, companies and providers the hardest, while advancing new ideas to make health care options more flexible.

    Last week, a bipartisan majority in the House approved the Health Care Cost Reduction Act of 2012.  This bill strikes two harmful components of the health care law and adds a new provision to improve Flexible Spending Accounts.

  • 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.



    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.