Columns and Editorials

  • Remember and care for the fallen

    Memorial Day.

    We mourn, we remember, we celebrate the lives lost to illness, accident and all the ways human beings can harm themselves and one another.

    It’s easy to mourn loved ones and neighbors, to remember the good in their lives.

    But, we also honor people we’ve never met, faceless strangers who died in our names – soldiers, sailors, marines.

    World War I, is a war most of us don’t have any personal connection to.

    Veterans from WWII are dying at alarming rates.

  • A long, thin line of personal anguish

    Editor’s Note: This is part two of a three-week series in honor of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day on June 6.

    By Ernie Pyle

    Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist

    NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 17, 1944 – In the preceding column we told about the D-Day wreckage among our machines of war that were expended in taking one of the Normandy beaches.

  • From corn, hay and tobacco: My journey

    By D. Wayne Martin


    With some creative folks I reckon they can’t stop a-thinkin’ about their next project or of something long ago they would have or should have completed.

    This is where I find myself in May, 2019.

    I remember the rhythmic sound of my hoe cutting through the soil of our Henry County garden as my dad and I “tickle” the corn, beans and other vegetables, removing the creepers, Johnson grass and numerous other weeds, which could thrive in the fine soil of this garden spot.

  • Meet the new editor of the Henry County Local

    “I became a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world,” said American publisher Henry Luce.
    That’s exactly why I wanted to become a journalist, too, way back when I was five years old. At that age, I was reading dozens of books a week, and while others were playing outside, I was observing and literally taking notes.
    Perhaps I was always meant to have this title: I am now the editor of your local news source, the Henry County Local.

  • Reckoning with Addiction: An ounce of prevention

    By John Inscore Essick

    Port Royal Baptist Church 

    Benjamin Franklin famously wrote that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  

    Franklin used this axiom in the early 1700s when pushing the city of Philadelphia to invest in fire safety and prevention.  

  • No more Eminence Days or Ren Fair

    After today, I will no longer earn my living by attending jousts at the Ren Fair, high school dances or graduation or Campbellsburg Day.
    To echo Rev. Michael Duncan’s recent column on retirement, my exit within approximately four years of Melissa Blankenship hiring me was a foregone conclusion as soon as I accepted the position.
    Beth and I knew an extremely slim chance of being able to stay existed after she completed her medical school requirements at the University of Louisville.

  • Reckoning with addiction: Deciding to name the elephant

    By John Inscore Essick

  • Henry County’s charm immediately became apparent

    By Jane Ashley Pace


    You had me at hello. I appreciate the charm, the delicious food and the warm welcome.

  • Reckoning with Addiction: Insuring your health

    By John Inscore Essick

    Towards the end of each calendar year my wife and I sit down to assess our health insurance options for the upcoming year.
    As a cancer survivor with no employer-based health insurance option, the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, has made health insurance both possible and relatively affordable for my family. But simply having health insurance doesn’t solve everything.

  • Bevin explains the rationale behind his veto decisions

    By Gov. Matt Bevin