• By Mark Brockman


    Finally! A sunny day to get out and allow my pasty white winter skin to soak up some vitamin D. 

    I’ve been looking forward to warmer, drier days to enjoy the sun while I train. The outdoor thermometer has needed a trampoline over the last few weeks to keep up with rapid swings in tempature. Let’s hope the temperatures and the precipitation levels out a bit in the upcoming weeks.

  •  When I began the journey toward my ministry as a pastor, no one told me there would be so many funerals.  It seems that the majority of the folks to whom I’ve provided ministry have died.  

    Rumor has it that those who haven’t, will. I’m even beginning to suspect that I will someday be among the dead rather than among the living.

  • When the General Assembly returned to the Capitol on Thursday to complete this year’s legislative session, one unresolved issue towered over the rest. Regrettably, the solution now set to become law is not the one we need, and the very way it was approved – late at night, before the bill could even be read – was a near-repeat of last year’s controversial and ultimately unconstitutional public-pension bill.

  • By D Wayne Martin


  • BY Carden Willis


    Our world is consumed with progress and innovation. 

    In just a few generations, as our farms and technology have gotten more massive, we have moved from an agrarian society of small farmers to a land where less than 1 percent of the population farms. 

    We still eat, of course, but our relationship with food grows ever more distant.  We nearly never look it in the eyes.  For those of us who find great meaning in farming, it is impossible to not mourn the loss of the old ways.

  • 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.



    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


    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.