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Opinion

  • Bro. Glenn Johnson stood at the base of the steps leading up to the baptistery of the First Southern Baptist Church of Tallapoosa, Missouri. He was about to baptize three young believers.

    Prior to this baptism, he had conducted most of his baptisms in nearby streams or in baptisteries of nearby churches. The First Southern Baptist Church of Tallapoosa, Missouri, had a long name, but it didn’t have its own baptismal pool. Some older members may have wondered if the church really needed one. After all, if a stream was good enough for Jesus . . .

  • FRANKFORT – It just takes two words to sum up this year’s legislative session through the end of last week: “Stay tuned.”

    I say that because, with only four working days remaining, the General Assembly has a long list of bills still awaiting a final decision.

  • Editor’s note: All information written in this column was as of our print deadline on Tuesday.

    There are some weeks at my job that are so stressful, I feel as if I’m drowning; it’s just the name of the game––news moves quickly and doesn’t take a rest.

    Some weeks, though, I know that this is exactly what I’m meant to do with my life. And a couple of weeks ago, was one of those times.

  • By John Logan Brent

    Henry County Judge-Executive

    Now or never––that is where I believe we are, seeing any road re-construction take place on Highway 146 in Henry County.

  • There is something soothing and peaceful about the sight of moss on rock walls, along creek banks or blanketing logs. Bright patches of moss are especially visible this time of year, when our woods and forests are doing the work of winter.

  • By Amy Tapp

    There is a lot of talk lately about abortion. For example, New York has passed the “Reproductive Health Act,” and some in Virginia wanted to roll back a number of requirements on abortion restrictions. What many people don’t realize is that late-term abortion is already legal nationwide.

  • BY Holly Kinderman

    Executive Director Chamber of Commerce

    Hello 2019! We are ready for the New Year.

    Twenty-eighteen was a wonderfully busy year for us at the Chamber, we have had some great programs, dinners, networking opportunities, ribbon cuttings, Ag Week and more. We have truly enjoyed getting out in the community and being a positive voice for Henry County.

  • BY Stuart W. Sanders

    Kentucky Historical Society

    Citizens mired in apathy. International money and foreign agents influencing domestic politics. Americans ensconced in a bubble of prosperity and isolationism, unconcerned about other nations. Greed and self-interest dividing us, damaging our reputation abroad and superseding a love of country.

     Sound familiar? 

     Although these charges could appear in today’s headlines, a Kentucky newspaper editor wrote about them a century ago.

  • BY D WAYNE MARTIN

    COLUMNIST

    He stood in front of the class repeating over and over: “A. A. A. A. A.”

    With the utterance of “A” we as a class pressed the typewriter key “A” with our left pinky finger. The click-clack of typewriter keys struck in unison resounding throughout the room.

    The ring of the “end of line” bells sounded and the carriages returned as the paper advanced for the next line of text.

    Welcome to typing class 1970 style.

  • Each legislative session may be different, but nearly all share a common trait: They spend a considerable amount of time focused on education.

     This year’s meeting of the General Assembly is certainly no different, with nearly a fifth of all bills filed so far falling into this category. Many more will almost certainly be added when my fellow legislators and I return to the Capitol on Feb. 5.

  • As the editor of this news organization, and a longtime journalist in my own right, I have to admit I’ve been feeling really anxious lately.

     No, it wasn’t because of the demanding deadlines I have — not only every week for the paper, but in my graduate program I took on simultaneously. And no, it wasn’t the day-to-day anxiety I feel due to my diagnosed anxiety disorder.

  • The Henry County Local recently received an unsigned note with no return address.

    Its contents?

    Three quarters–as in 75 cents– taped to heart stationery with this note:

    “I am sending the 75 cents because I bought a paper at the box at Smithfield post office. I thought I only picked up one, but when I got to the car and went to look at the paper I had two. Sorry for the mistake.”

    The P.S. read: “God is watching us.”

  • “BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Away in a manger on Bethlehem’s public square, a woman approached a statue of the baby Jesus one dark, December night. Then she stole it.”

  • Every New Year’s Eve when the clock strikes midnight “Auld Lang Syne” is heard around the world.

    “Auld Lang Syne,” which means “times gone by,” is a Scottish tune written by poet Robert Burns in 1788. It’s a song that reflects on the past and looks to the future at the same time.

    As we begin a new year, it’s good to look back at times gone by.

    The year 2018 was a time of growth for the Henry County Local. We’ve grown the number of readers, advertisers, social media followers and as a team.

  • BY D Wayne Martin

    columnist

    This is a new, monthly column about Henry County’s past, present and future. D Wayne Martin recently retired from UPS Freight in Lexington after 38 1/2 years of work and is now a writer. He is a 1973 grauate of Eminence High School.

    During this time of year many folks–as I do¬think of holidays past. It is my wish that those memories will be of pleasant times.

  • BY Carden Willis and John Inscore Essick

    The Henry County Local is beginning a monthly column we are calling the Henry County Review of Books. Authors Carden Willis and John Inscore Essick will take turns highlighting a book that has happened into their hands and challenged us, inspired us or gotten us talking to each other.

  • The Christmas story most of us learned in church is a combination of stories recorded in the Gospels according to Luke and Matthew. We take what they recorded, which occurred over several months, and neatly package it into one spectacular night.

    Mary and Joseph arrive in Bethlehem . . . Mary gives birth to Jesus . . . Angels sing to shepherds and shepherds come to the manger to see Jesus . . . From far, far away, three Magi (or kings) show up with expensive gifts for Jesus, only to disappear as quickly as they came.

  • One of our country’s great success stories over the past 50 years is the steep decline in deadly auto accidents. Highway fatalities that exceeded 50,000 a year in the early 1970s have since dropped below 40,000, even with significant growth in the number of drivers on the road.

     Kentucky has taken full advantage of this welcome trend. In fact, 2013’s total was the lowest we’ve seen in the commonwealth since the late 1940s.

  • Henry County is beautiful. Residents and visitors alike are amazed by the vistas at every bend in the road—and there are a lot of curves to go around.

    However, many, including me and some leadership classmates who have lived here all their lives, have never seen the entire county.

    I had the privilege to take part in Henry County Chamber of Commerce Leadership 2018, led by Executive Director and eternal optimist Holly Kinderman.

  • With blustery winds and snow flurries sweeping the commonwealth, it’s clear that the holiday season is upon us.  Meanwhile, the members of the General Assembly continue to be hard at work holding Interim Joint Committee meetings in Frankfort and throughout the state as we approach the start of the 2019 Regular Session in January.