• By Carden Willis

    In spring, it is seen as stark brown farm fields amidst the great glowing green. In summer, it follows farm fencerows like a sickly shadow. We may not notice its lingering presence in the parks and playgrounds where our children play. It is not apparent in our waterways or the air that we breathe. We definitely do not taste it in our breads, honey, eggs, Cheerios and beer, nor do we suspect it in our infant formula or even our breastmilk.  But sure enough, Roundup is in and around all of us and present in practically everything we eat.

  • While the approval of new laws is a wintertime activity, their actual implementation doesn’t generally take place until the much-quieter days of summer.

    This follows a constitutional requirement that says new laws take effect 90 days after the General Assembly completes its regular session. The only exceptions are if the law is an emergency or has a specific enactment date.

    Even with several days set aside for organizational matters, the General Assembly was able to approve a wide array of laws during our 30 meeting days.

  • I’ve been around a long time; and in the time I’ve lived, I’ve been privileged to know a lot of old people. Over the years, I’ve come to appreciate their wisdom—wisdom born of experience, age and reflection. I am now one of those old people.

    In recent days, I’ve been reflecting on time—particularly the speed of time and the brevity of life.

  • By Stuart W. Sanders

    Kentucky Historical Society

    Technicians at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Madison County have started destroying chemical weapons stored at the site.

     The first munition neutralized this month was mustard gas, a blistering agent that was widely used during the First World War. During that conflict, Kentuckians knew the dangers posed by that weapon as local soldiers fell victim to it and other poisonous gases.

  • BY D Wayne Martin


    I attended Eminence, a small school compared to the mega schools of today. And to most all students, past, present and future, there will always be that one educator, that one special teacher. The teacher, though her schedule was full, would take the time to assist in your understanding.

    I write of a teacher who helped change my view of life.

  • In 1860, the schooner Clotilda sailed from what is today Benin (a West African nation) to the United States. The Clotilda’s contraband cargo was unloaded, and then, in an attempt to destroy all evidence of the ship’s voyage, the captain of the Clotilda set the ship on fire and sank it.

  • The following was sent in a letter addressed to the Local by Rep. Rick Rand.

    With the 2019 Regular Session now behind us, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for letting me know your views and concerns. This dialogue, both in person and by phone and email, is the foundation of the legislative process.

  • I’ve been reading the Bible since I learned to read, and I’ve been a disciple of Jesus for 61 years. While I was only nine years old when I professed my faith in Jesus and was baptized, I knew I believed in Jesus and Jesus believed in me.

    On that day long ago, I had no questions and no doubts about Jesus or my faith.

    That was to change.

  • By Bobby King

    New Castle Mayor

    Social media sites and broadcast news of animal abuse pictures and individuals being charged with animal cruelty are becoming the norm for today’s news.

  • By Ernie Pyle

    Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist

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

    NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 16, 1944 – I took a walk along the historic coast of Normandy in the country of France.

    It was a lovely day for strolling along the seashore. Men were sleeping on the sand, some of them sleeping forever. Men were floating in the water, but they didn’t know they were in the water, for they were dead.

  • As a great-granddaughter of a WWI veteran and Purple Heart recipient, and granddaughter of two WWII vets I grew up hearing stories of war.

  • Editor’s Note: This is part 1 of a three-week series in honor of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day on June 6.

    NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 12, 1944 – Due to a last-minute alteration in the arrangements, I didn’t arrive on the beachhead until the morning after D-day, after our first wave of assault troops had hit the shore.

  • HOPE is on the way.

    American Red Cross. Hope Health Clinic. Crossroads Pregnancy Resource Center. Centerstone. Kentucky Career Center. Goodwill Industries. These are all great service organizations that help to meet the needs of our area. The problem? None of these have a location inside Henry County. That means in order for those that are in need to get help they have to travel to a surrounding county. Fortunately, that is about to change.

  • Brothers Norman and Paul Carlton, better known as Moe and Curly, were sometimes easy and sometimes hard men to love.

    That is not so uncommon. If we’re honest, love is always sometimes easy and sometimes hard. It’s the nature of love.

    I met Moe in 2005. He was 58 years old but looked much older. He shared a house with Curly, his older and dying brother. The house sat on a hill a mile off the highway. Besides the steep climb on a less than well maintained road, getting from the highway to the house meant crossing two creeks, one of them twice.

  • By Bobby King

    Mayor of New Castle

    As Mayor of New Castle, I receive numerous amounts of calls each month by concerned citizens who are either scared to go walking through town, mad, alarmed or complaining about the surprising number of dogs that are roaming the streets and outlying subdivisions.

  • By Stuart Sanders

    Kentucky Historical Society

    When Notre Dame Cathedral burned on April 15, people across the world mourned the damage.

     They shared family photographs taken at the cathedral, worried about artifacts housed within the church and expressed concern about the building’s stained glass windows.

     While we mourn the fire because of the cathedral’s religious and cultural significance, we also connect to the building because of the power of authentic places.

  • Spring is here.

    Flowers and trees bloom, pastures broadcast kelly or emerald green, no more snow, hopefully … and tractors.

    I know many Henry Countians have been stuck behind snail-paced farm equipment at some point on a Henry County road.

    Yes, they’re slow. Yes, it’s frustrating if you’re late for a meeting.

    But stop to think about the farmers who need that equipment to make a living.

    They are your neighbors.

  • BY Mark Brockman


    I believe that what the Bible says is true. There is a passage in the apostle Paul’s first letter to his friend Timothy (chapter five if you want to follow along) in which Paul is writing to the church about taking care of each other. He is especially telling the church that they should take care of the older folks in the church.

    “Sounds great,” you say. “So what’s the problem with that?”

  • By D Wayne Martin

    “Now you make sure you don’t put them ‘aigs’ in the bottom of that sack and that there loaf of bread needs be a-put in last and on top, ‘cause last week my bread got mashed! And by the way, how’s your momma?” So said Ms. Blackaby to me as I stood at the bagging end of the purchasing counter and quickly placed her purchased items into multiple brown paper grocery sacks I have arranged in front of me.

  • Newspapers have a long tradition in Henry County, further back than many residents realize. 

    Research by Henry County Historical Society member Vernon Purvis uncovered at least a dozen newspapers in this county alone, including the one you’re reading now.

    Other newspapers may have existed, but Purvis found no sign before 1833.

    History was always a passion for the researcher, 49.

    “I was always good at history,” he said.