Columns and Editorials

  • Cancer continues to touch too many lives

    I was 16 years old when I first experienced how cruel cancer can be.

    My Nana was less than five feet tall but she had a big personality. She wore rouge on her cheeks, smelled of Jergens original almond scent lotion and loved to talk. My earliest memory of reading the newspaper was reading the “funnies” with her. She always read the cartoons first in the paper so she could start her day with a laugh.

    She was diagnosed with colon cancer and hospitalized just before my 16th birthday. I spent a lot of hours by her bedside.

  • Note from the Editor: Goodbyes are never easy

    I’m just going to come right out and say it. I’m not sugar coating it, and I’m going to be straight with you.

    I have some bad news.

    As of this next week, I will no longer be the editor of the Henry County Local.

    I know, I know; it’s only been a little over a year since I made the announcement that I would be coming to your community to take on the role of the leader of the editorial staff of the 160-plus-year-old paper.

  • 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.

  • Henry County Review of Books

    We here in Henry County are all too familiar with the opioid epidemic ravaging communities like ours across the country. Opiates were involved in most of the 70,000 drug overdose deaths in 2017.

  • A healthier you: Get off the couch!

    BY Mark Brockman

    Guest Columnist

    Are you a pretender? That doesn’t sound good, does it? But pretending can be a great thing when used correctly.

    Here’s what I’m talking about: motivating oneself by using one’s imagination.

    Snoopy did it. Remember? “Here’s the World War I flying ace in his Sopwith Camel flying at 2,000 feet searching for a dog fight with the Red Baron . . .”

  • Henry County Review of Books

    By Carden Willis

    What makes a hero a hero? Hollywood movies and comic books present us with larger-than-life figures who can swoop in and rescue us from crisis with their formidable strength and bravery. In reality, however, heroes are more often like David, humble and unassuming in stature, armed with simple, underestimated weapons.

  • A busy summer for the Henry County Chamber

    Holly Kinderman
    Henry County Chamber of Commerce
    It has sure been a busy summer in Henry County and fall is getting closer. The kids have started back to school and it won’t be long until all of the fall festivals will be starting.
    Just a reminder: The Henry County Farmers Market is still open and going strong on Wednesdays and Saturdays on the courthouse lawn in New Castle.

  • County and state road update

    By John Logan Brent
    County Judge-Executive
    Our office has taken more calls about roads in the last six months than in any other full year I can remember. This stands to reason since there are many roads in need of attention. The causes for these worsening road conditions are numerous: heavy rains and floods are more frequent, the volume of heavy truck traffic and traffic in general is increasing, and gas taxes are down while costs of maintenance are rising. The state gas tax that funds road maintenance is down 4 cents a gallon or 13% from 2013.