• 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.

  • At a press conference before the Notre Dame Fighting Irish competed against the Connecticut Huskies at the Women’s Final Four a couple weeks ago, Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw responded to a reporter’s question about women’s equality and leadership. McGraw spoke at length about her frustration that an Equal Rights Amendment still hasn’t passed in the United States and that female leadership in higher political offices and Fortune 500 companies remains an exception rather than the norm.

  • 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.