• November brings cooler temperatures and the first hints that winter is just around the corner. The month also contains my favorite holiday —Thanksgiving. It has been my favorite holiday since I was a child; and I had fully intended for this article to focus on my joy of Thanksgiving.

    As I wrote this, my primary emotion was not thanksgiving. I’m not sure there was a primary emotion. Instead of one emotion, I was experiencing several—anger, fear, anxiety, sadness and disgust, to name a few.

  • Information provided by news publishers is essential to our democracy. And now more than ever, it’s important to remind our political leaders of the critical role we play in society.

     In the upcoming mid-term elections, much is at stake. News consumption skyrockets, yet newspapers have experienced years of revenue decline. We need leaders in Congress who will aid us in not only supporting our editorial independence, but our financial independence – we cannot continue to be the voice of the people if we can no longer invest in delivering high-quality news.

  • I’m not a big fan of politics.
    Yes, I’m a newspaper reporter, whose job is to inform the public about what’s happening in this county, but here’s why I dislike the political process.
    The political stance taken by voters (and non-voters for that matter) is a belief, not to be confused with the verifiable, fact-based truth. It’s a gut feeling supported by partisan voices, as politicians get into she-said, he-said circular arguments.
    If you’ve ever tried to sway a family member or friend to your specific political point of view, you know how stubborn people get. Most have stopped trying.

  •  FRANKFORT – With fall finally feeling like it has arrived, farmers across the country are in full swing as they wind down another growing season.  Although we are surrounded by farmland, we may sometimes forget that, as a profession, farmers are an elite group.


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    What are you going to do when Jesus doesn’t play by the rules . . . when he doesn’t behave as a good Christian should? Well, the safest thing to do is to reshape Jesus in our image.  

  •  Since 1920, all Americans–despite race or gender–have been given arguably the most important right as citizens: the ability to vote.

    On Nov. 6, Henry Countians will have the ability to vote in state and county elections. 

    OK, so who should you vote for in the state and county election?


  • My earliest memories of reading a newspaper were with my Nana. She always read the “funnies,” as she called the comics first in the paper because she said she liked to start her day with a laugh. 


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    The Steak ‘n Shake on South Hurstbourne Parkway in Louisville was crowded as Donna and I arrived for a Sunday lunch before heading to a children’s quilt show in Jeffersontown. We were given the option of a table by a window or one in the center of the restaurant. We opted for the window.

  • By Mary Berry and Debby Barker

    Originally published in "Civil Eats"

    In 1978, Wendell Berry sounded the alarm about what was happening in farm communities all around the country in the now classic “The Unsettling of America:  Culture and Agriculture.” Unfortunately, the state of agriculture is even worse today.

  • FRANKFORT – There are several holidays each year that are distinctly American – from Memorial Day and the Fourth of July to Thanksgiving – but only one celebrates the hard work that made us who we are: Labor Day.
    It is often seen as the unofficial end to the summer, but it’s important to look beyond that as we celebrate the upcoming three-day weekend.

  • Summer has escaped us.
    Your kiddos are trying to soak up the last bit of pool time after a day of classes. You’re weaving through the Jack-o-lantern-covered aisles of Kroger. And your husband is spending the last of his summer Sunday nights sweating cutting the grass.
    Myself, I’m trying to wrap my head around the fact that my first season in Henry County has already come to an end.
    I started here in May, when the drive along Hwy. 22 to get to our Eminence office was bright at 7:30 a.m. Soon, the same 30-minute commute will be in the dark.

  • Regardless of the subject, it seems we always want to know how we stack up. 
    It happens on the playing field and in places like the classroom.  It also takes place among the states as they try to gain any kind of competitive edge.
    Each year, an annual publication known as “State Rankings” gives us a scorecard, so to speak, by compiling more than 500 lists that cover a variety of areas, from agriculture and education to health and the economy.  This provides a much clearer picture of what appears to be working and where improvement may be needed.

  • The young bird dropped from the tree. I’m sure the bird would claim that he had flown from the tree. I will admit that he was flapping his wings as he plummeted toward the ground; but to me, it looked more like a fall than a flight. Whether flight or fall, he seemed happy to be on solid ground.

  • Not a day goes by, and usually not even an hour, when we don’t face the considerable challenge of waiting for something or somebody. Waiting in a checkout line. Waiting for everyone to gather for a meeting or a lunch appointment. Waiting at a traffic light. Waiting in a doctor’s office. The list could go on and on, and those are just the relatively harmless forms of waiting. I’m sure you can think of other instances that are much more challenging and even frightening.

  • By John Logan Brent
    Henry County Judge-Executive

    Fiscal Court recently approved two option agreements that would move the county owned Commerce Park toward my personal vision of an Ag Commerce Park.

    The two businesses with plans to locate are The Milkhouse Creamery and Rabbit Hole Distillery. They will join Trackside Butcher Shoppe as an occupant and be a neighbor to Victory Hemp which is located next to the park.

    One thing that all of these businesses have in common is that they support local farms and add value to their crops and livestock.

  • By Michael R. Duncan
    Pastor Emeritus

    Life keeps surprising me. It started early. When I was in the second grade, I sat behind Vinus “Bo” Kelly, who was a big boy. Our teacher regularly used the blackboard (a slate board on which she wrote with chalk). Because Bo was big, I had trouble seeing the board. When I asked to be moved to a different seat so that I could better see the board, the teacher thought I had a vision problem. She sent a note home to my parents telling them I needed to have my eyes checked. I was surprised. Bo was my problem, not my eyes.

  • By John Logan Brent

    Henry County Judge-Executive

    Monday night Fiscal Court entered into an option agreement to sell land at the Henry County Commerce Park to Rabbit Hole Distilling for the purpose of building a barrel warehouse.

    This is a significant formal step toward Rabbit Hole making Henry County their home. Discussions about Rabbit Hole and distilleries have been the buzz in the county for the last month. It has been a long time since I have had so many calls from so many passionate people about a single subject.

  • Recently, a local business owner I’ve never met offered to buy my staff’s lunch last Friday to show support for their local newspaper after what happened in Annapolis. I was completely taken aback by her kind gesture. We can’t accept gifts or meals but the call alone meant the world to us.

  • By Carilynn Coombs

    A Modern Milkmaid, LLC

    Editor’s note: This column originally appeared on www.amodernmilkmaid.com.

    Last night, the Milkman, along with his parents, went to a town meeting to discuss a distillery potentially coming to our area. Now, if you aren’t familiar with Kentucky....we have a whole lot of bourbon.