Hey Henry - 12.14.16


Hey Henry, aw Miss Peggy! Congratulations. Did you say yes to last week’s proposal? I would like to see a continuance on what happened! And to the man writing the proposal, what a cute idea! I hope ya’ll are happy.

Hey Henry, so Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft and YouTube will be banding together to remove terrorist content. This should have happened a long time ago.

Hey Henry, it is a large stretch to turn who “lives” in your subdivision into who “belongs.” The former is a fact; the latter is a judgment. “Judge not lest ye be judged.”

Hey Henry, Henry County police will come out and issue a ticket if you call and report illegally parked vehicles. Shame on the person who parks daily in handicapped spaces at the Stockbridge Park-n-Ride and jumps off the bus in her workout gear and gallops to her vehicle.

Hey Henry, to make America great again, we need to make Americans great again.

Hey Henry, I was extremely disappointed that the Ole Country Church Cruisers were not in the parade this year. I heard that they hand-delivered their application in June of 2016 and it was evidently lost according to the staff. Ole Country Cruisers worked hard in the past to be active participants in the parade, both with their antique cars and many people riding on their float, plus the church family spectators and I hate that they were not allowed to participate. Just my two cents because I love watching the old cars!

Hey Henry, regarding school bus monitors. Please. They barely pay to be a bus driver and only special education gets monitors now. They are still looking for drivers because the conditions are so awful. Seatbelts: let’s think about this. If there are sixty kids on a bus and there is an accident, the bus driver may or may not be able to help get kids out quickly. The kids are now trapped on a bus. No thanks.

Hey Henry, petty and ugly? Are we talking NASCAR or the president-elect?

Hey Henry, since when is it okay for a county employee to bring a pet pig to work at a government facility everyday? This is just plain disgusting!

Hey Henry, I truly hope our 2017 group of Commissioners focuses on curbing crime and controlling our growth. If they do not, it won’t be long until all the law abiding, tax paying citizens flee the County. I love living here and don’t want to move, but if property values go down and the crime rate goes up, why stay? People say - stay and fix it. Well, community involvement can only go so far. Citizens have jobs and lives to lead and can’t spend all of our time “fixing” our community. I want a community I can enjoy and be proud of.

Hey Henry, could the city of McDonough please inspect their sidewalks and make a report on needed repairs so walking in town could be a safer experience for those of us that walk in town? This would be a good time to do as they do not have to cut grass in December.

Hey Henry, I would like to acknowledge Aamco and especially Jerry and Shane for their superior customer service. I took my van there for repairs and they exceeded my expectations.




Hey Henry - 12.07.16


Hey Henry, I work in McDonough and would like to know what is going on with Hwy 155? There are several warehouses being built, and the traffic on this two lane highway is awful. Am I missing something, or are there any plans to widen this highway to accommodate the influx of traffic. With the growing businesses on this stretch of road, did anyone think this would generate more traffic? I totally understand progress, but with the tractor trailers, and dump trucks that will be entering and exiting onto this highway, my question is, what is being done by the county to help those who travel on this road?

Hey Henry, I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to the community service crew that cleaned up the car tires dumped on Davis Road. There is no doubt that the tires were dumped by a heartless evildoer with careless disregard for the safety of wildlife and people.

Hey Henry, to the most certainly grumpy, scroogish person: then keep your lights off and save money. But trying to figure out who “belongs” in your subdivision is petty and ugly. Next year? Lights off.

Hey Henry, it would be really be nice if more citizens displayed support for our police and firefighters by flying the Thin Blue Line flag.

Hey Henry, you people with these loud, new, pea thrasher Mustangs, you’re not impressing any one by driving in first gear so that your car will be loud.

Hey Henry, does Henry County law enforcement issue tickets for illegally parking in handicapped spaces? Everywhere I go in Henry County I see cars illegally parked in handicapped spaces and I’ve never seen or heard of a ticket being issued? Please start issuing tickets. Those of us who are truly handicapped can never find a space.

Hey Henry, I sure do enjoy it when Georgia Tech beats the Bulldogs and silences their obnoxious fans.

Hey Henry, the Federal Government is going to ban smoking in public housing over the next 18 months. Yeah, that should go over well.

Hey Henry, in regards to the ideals of personalized learning and 21st century skills, as well as our CCRPI focus, why are principals allowed so much reign on what the legal term free and appropriate education means in the case of gifted students? Our kids are being put in heterogeneous classes in elementary school that are third-third-third. This does not help. Tons of research, both in-county, and national, shows this. Shame on you!

Hey Henry, I was told by a man who cleans vacated houses that when he goes into these homes, he will find cats and dogs left behind with no food or water. One house had dogs tied up and a few cats. One dog he thought was dead. It was skin and bones lying by the window. He walked up, the dog lifted it's head and wagged it’s tail. The pound came and got the animals. The sweet dog who was left to starve to death, died! I hope that these monsters get what they deserve. When you leave your homes because you cannot afford them anymore, take your pets to the pound! It is far kinder to have them put to sleep, than to let them starve!

Hey Henry, Peggy, will you marry me? I know I said I’d propose to you at the Highway 20 Waffle House, but I got cold feet. Please don’t go back to your ex-husband.




Hey Henry - 11.30.16


Hey Henry, let’s start rationing water now before we are forced to. Let’s use common sense on this!

Hey Henry, thank you to all the citizens that pulled over on the side of the road as the funeral procession that we rode in drove by. A special thanks to the HCSWA employee that noticeably stood in respect as the procession passed. Your kindness and respect were truly appreciated.

Hey Henry, people amaze me by paying high prices at Starbucks when you can make that stuff at home. They have all kinds of coffee machines for that.

Hey Henry, to the person expressing concern for runners on Kelleytown Road. You are absolutely right. I’ve witnessed near accidents, when the runner was oblivious to the danger he was causing. Runners, for your own safety and the safety of our families, please use Bud Kelley Park. It’s a safe and scenic place to run.

Hey Henry, I wish developers would quit clear cutting all of trees! I have driven down roads in my area where the roads are nicely shaded and cool. It makes for beautiful scenery and color in the fall also. Then the developer comes in, clear cuts all the trees and boom, sun baking down on the once beautiful shaded roads. It then becomes like an oven while driving and the beautiful fall color is history. Just like the human race will one day be when every square inch of space is barren and burning!

Hey Henry, so, Roddy White, you don’t think that you scared the other drivers around you, speeding like that, and with an expired tag. If you were in Henry County your vehicle would have been towed. The officer approached you cautiously, what do you expect, speeding with an expired tag? You should have been locked up for stupidity.

Hey Henry, I would just like to give a thumbs up for the new roundabout at East Lake Rd. and Hwy. 20. People are still getting the hang of it, and that extra turn lane off of Hwy. 20 onto East Lake is a bit confusing for folks. But overall I think it will help. I really appreciate having the street lights there. I hope they plan to install some nice landscaping to complete it.

Hey Henry, the neighborhood does not need to know that you missed the garbage pickup after Thanksgiving. Please remove your trash pile from the street until the next pickup date instead of leaving it there for days so it can scatter across the neighborhood.

Hey Henry, to the City Council of Stockbridge, Please don’t assume the people who live on Davis Rd. want a sidewalk that practically runs through the middle of their front yard. We don’t! We are prepared to go the distance to stop this. You need to go back to the drawing board, because no one has any answers for the questions asked. Who knows what is going on?

Hey Henry, to the guy at the Board of Commissioners meeting who wanted to build a school on the Cotton Fields property, I feel very sure parents don’t want a school on property located next to the jail.

Hey Henry, with regard to the recent incident of the bus accident in Tennessee, I think all buses should have a driver and a monitor on all buses. All buses should be equipped with seat belts from front to back. Our kids’ safety should be the main priority.




Hey Henry - 11.23.16


Hey Henry, my wife and I attended the recent Veteran’s Day ceremony at the Veteran’s Wall of Honor in McDonough. After that we went to Chick-Fil-A for lunch. A man came up to me and said his four-year-old son would like to ask me a question. I obliged and he asked if he could buy our lunch. Me being a NAVY veteran said it was not necessary, but he insisted. The cashier asked us what we wanted and I jokingly said since he was buying we would have one of each. We placed our order and he paid for it. Now how is that for a Veteran’s Day surprise. Thank you to four-year-old Hudson. God Bless America!

Hey Henry, it would be nice if the City or County would fix that huge pothole at the entrance of The Salvation Army facility in McDonough so drivers don’t risk breaking an axle trying to donate goods!

Hey Henry, Scrooge? Grump? Hardly. Just another retiree on a fixed income faced with rising costs. Since you apparently have unlimited funds, I will be happy to direct people to your houses next Halloween.

Hey Henry, maniacs on motorcycles. Hey, we call them organ donors.

Hey Henry, can the people that run everyday at rush hour in the Kelleytown area please use the park? That road is very narrow and often the runner can’t be seen until the last minute. If you are running on the pavement toward oncoming traffic and someone is coming toward the driver in the other lane where do you expect that person to go so they don’t run over you? Several times I have had to completely stop because I can’t swerve into the other lane to avoid you. The park is beautiful. Take advantage of it before you cause a serious accident.

Hey Henry, what’s going up between the Bojangles and Sherwin Williams on Jonesboro Road?

Hey Henry, there is a reason we have turn signals in cars. It’s so dangerous to just sit in the road with no signal, people can’t read your mind. Someone not paying close attention might just hit you.

Hey Henry, there are so many entitled, ignorant and selfish people out there. It makes me weep for the future. A lot of parents didn’t take the time to raise their children.

Hey Henry, do you think we can let Clayton County’s road crew borrow our road crew to get Anvil Block Road finished. They finished Orchard Hill Road and Rex Road while nothing was done to Anvil Block. ClayCo really needs the help.

Hey Henry, why did the HCWA make it harder on its customers by adding a service charge when you pay online? Another fee by a county agency when they charge the same for water coming into your home as it does for going out. Maybe people should say something about this!

Hey Henry, if you kill your clone, is the charge murder or suicide?

Hey Henry, I fly my American Flag proudly. I fly (lower) my Confederate Flag proudly and I fly my Thin Blue Line Flag proudly. No hate. No ill feelings. Just pride in America, my Southern Heritage and our Police that risk their lives every day.




Hey Henry - 11.16.16


Hey Henry, every year some scrooge has to complain about people coming into their neighborhood to trick-or-treat. What are you doing, carding people to check their addresses? Not everyone lives in a neighborhood with sidewalks. Some live in more rural areas and others are not lucky enough to live in areas where it’s safe to walk after dark. If you don’t want to participate, leave your lights off and lock the doors. It’s really that simple.

Hey Henry, how about adding a thumbs up or thumbs down button to each Hey Henry? Some I want to agree with and some I want to thump on the forehead.

Hey Henry, in order to make traffic better in Atlanta, do what Mayor Kasim Reed does. Get blue lights and a siren and you’ll have it made. If he can do it, why can’t anyone?

Hey Henry, the roundabout they are constructing on Hwy. 81 and Snapping Shoals Road will never work. The speed limit on Hwy. 81 is too fast. Driver error, not traffic control, is the cause of accidents. It is also a vast waste of tax money, like everything in Henry County.

Hey Henry, there is a suicidal/homicidal motorcyclist who flies down McGarity Road every afternoon between 2-5. Help us, police! Please park somewhere discreet and try to catch this maniac before he kills someone.

Hey Henry, one problem in Henry County, especially on the side roads, a lot of people seem to be living in the 1950’s and are used to going 25 miles per hour. You don’t have to speed, but just do the posted speed limit and you won’t be tailgated. Some of us don’t have the time to take a leisurely drive during the week. Save it for Sunday afternoon!

Hey Henry, why are more apartments being built in the Eagles Landing area off of Rock Quarry Road? No more apartments! We have enough in this county already. We must make better growth decisions! Our commissioners are all talk when it comes to controlled, quality growth. Commissioners, when are you going to update the FLUM as promised? Continuing to allow North Henry to become overgrown with apartment complexes and cheap housing only invites more crime and more voters who will support that kind of irresponsible, undesirable overgrowth. What happens in North Henry affects the whole county. Wake up people!

Hey Henry, yes, I would like some cheese to go with that wine. What kind do you have?

Hey Henry, I bet if Hillary the crook had won the election, not one single person would have been out all night protesting and destroying property. Nope, conservatives don’t do that!

Hey Henry, as a veteran, I want to thank the Henry County Times so much for honoring veterans in last week’s issue and especially the final page. In these times, it is so important to remember and thank those who’ve served. Our responsibility never ends. May God bless our country.

Hey Henry, can the powers that be revisit the idea of getting a hockey team and arena based here? And/or minor league basketball?

Hey Henry, to the grump complaining about trick-or-treaters: there have never been any rules about who comes to your door. Next year, keep your light off.




Hey Henry - 11.09.16


Hey Henry, when did it become acceptable to trick or treat in neighborhoods where everyone is a complete stranger to your family? Last night we had kids from subdivisions a half-mile or more away. No wonder we ran out of candy in about 90 minutes.

Hey Henry, regarding growth in the county, I remember back in the 60’s when the old families wanted more business and more growth. They even went as far as to get I-75 changed to come through Henry county. Well, they got what they wanted. How are you enjoying it?

Hey Henry, regarding the comment “Clayton County Crime is spreading like wildfire,” what proof do you have that crimes in Henry County are committed by people from Clayton County? It is very ignorant and rude to make such a comment. In one of the crimes you mentioned all of the suspects were from Henry County. Believe it or not, there are still good law abiding people living in Clayton County!

Hey Henry, to the person judging the motorcycle rider parked at Huddle House in the handicapped spot. Honestly, you people amaze me. My best friend rides his Harley, and sports a prosthesis on his right leg from the knee down. Get a life and mind your own business.

Hey Henry, whoever decided to move the McDonough polling place to a block off the Square should have their head examined. What a mess with traffic backed up onto Atlanta street and not enough parking for voters!

Hey Henry, for all the whiners in Henry county, do you want some cheese with that whine?

Hey Henry, yes, a motorcyclist can be handicapped and have a permit. I am one of those. I have limited mobility, but once I’m on, there is no pressure on my leg. The painful part is walking to and from my motorcycle.

Hey Henry, excuse me, but having a minimum wage job doesn’t automatically count as a bad choice in life. Some people may have to take care of sick family members, couldn’t afford to go to college or had other issues going on. Unlike some people, maybe yourself, they weren’t born with a silver spoon in their mouth or some family member to get them a high paying job.

Hey Henry, suck it up. When you and you alone pay for the construction and maintenance of the roads in your neighborhood, you can decide who gets to drive there. As long as my tax dollars are part of the funding, I’ll drive on any public road I see fit. Be sure to wave as I go by!

Hey Henry, the gas stations have something up on fast food restaurants. At some restaurants everything is constantly broken including drink machines, broilers, ice cream machines. You restaurants either need to get a grip on things or better management!

Hey Henry, to the person ranting about minimum wage ... well, not everyone who makes a low salary made bad life choices. I have a college degree in law and have not been able to find a job. What bad life choices did I make besides deciding to go to college and rack up student loans? Look at the economy that your generation messed up. It is easy to judge people on income but you don’t know where they have been. People are doing the best that they can do. That’s very ignorant to think that just because someone does not make a lot of money means they made a bad decision.




Hey Henry - 11.02.16


Hey Henry, thank you to Jim and the veteran’s that helped me at the Heritage Park Veterans’ museum last week to identify medals and emblems of my uncle’s from WWII. My thanks to all Veteran’s for their service.

Hey Henry, what is going on with people’s driving habits? Some people literally don’t care. I live in a 55 and over community and drivers run stop signs all day long. This is a community where people walk their animals daily.

Hey Henry, I wish everyone would stop complaining about growth in Henry County. Who wants to keep driving to the north end of town for everything! We need to keep the money here in the local economy. Growth is a good thing, believe it or not. Nothing stays the same!

Hey Henry, isn’t it way past time the police and sheriff's office got a handle on all the crime in Henry County (especially Stockbridge/McDonough)? The Walmart on Hudson Bridge Road is ripped off seemingly on a daily basis, an armed robbery off Walt Stephens Road, three killed, one critical in a shooting in McDonough; enough is enough! Clayton County crime is spreading like wildfire through Henry County.

Hey Henry, so who won the pumpkin contest?

Hey Henry, I think all cars that are being made now should be a stick shift. Maybe this would stop people from texting and putting make-up on while driving.

Hey Henry, when are the road crews who resurfaced and widened Airline Road coming to pick up their orange barrels and road work signs? By the way, you need to put a thick white line at the four way stop on Airline and McGarity Road.

Hey Henry, to the young lady wearing yoga pants that was standing in line in front of me at the Varsity truck, thank you!

Hey Henry, I saw something at Huddle House in McDonough that I’ve never seen before. A motorcycle parked in a handicapped parking space. Really, can you qualify as handicapped and ride a motorcycle? I wouldn’t have the gall!

Hey Henry, one of God’s beautiful creations met its date with destiny via an automobile on Coan Road. A special thank you to Henry County DOT for the quick removal. Just seeing the carnage on the roadside brought me great despair.

Hey Henry, minimum wage is for students, it was never intended as a living wage. If you are an adult making minimum wage you made some bad choices along the way.

Hey Henry, to the person responding about parents who drive their children to school rather than ride the bus. Sounds to me like your kids may be some of the ones who are throwing things at the bus driver’s, bullying other kids and cursing on the bus. This has nothing to do with toughening up a kid, they has to do with kids being brats and mean. I'll drive my kids to school up through high school rather than put them on the bus with these delinquents who have no respect for authority or other children who have no choice but to ride the school bus.

Hey Henry, please address the insane traffic on the side roads of Henry County. Everyone bails off of I-75 to avoid the mess there (and just out of habit) causing chaos on neighborhood roads with bumper to bumper traffic. Enough is enough!




Hey Henry - 10.26.16


Hey Henry, in single occupancy restrooms, the polite thing to do is lock the door behind you. (It’s that little button in the middle of the door knob). That way others don’t walk in on you.

Hey Henry, it’s trick or treat, not trunk or treat. Quit trying to cover up the trick to make it not sound so bad.

Hey Henry, I figured it out. People are not bad drivers, they are just majoring in Creative Driving.

Hey Henry, for those of you wondering how people drive new cars, buy groceries every week and take vacations. Well, it’s called not living beyond your means. We do all of those things every year and do not get welfare or food stamps. We just work very hard!

Hey Henry, I heard that all the coffee trees are dying in Brazil due to drought. How in the world am I going to wake up?

Hey Henry, I’m the first to say Henry County has very little going for it, but one thing very positive is the Board of Elections Office. Early voting was so fast and easy. It is set up in such an efficient way that it took about ten minutes total. Good job!

Hey Henry, the reason why custodial workers are no longer eligible for HERO awards in Henry County Schools is because they were all relieved of their jobs when custodial work went to a private company. Many had to apply for their jobs at a much lower rate of pay. They are no longer employees, and as such, aren’t eligible anymore for HERO awards.

Hey Henry, a wonderful Saturday evening on the historic McDonough Square enjoying the Scarecrows with my honey. What a great way to get in the Fall spirit. Thanks McDonough.

Hey Henry, to the person responding to how they are able to save and spend less, go on vacation, etc. I’m glad you’re able to save because you probably make a lot more money than we do and don’t have the medical bills we do so we can’t save like you.

Hey Henry, I thought utilities were required to restore private property back to its original condition after installing cables. I am still waiting for AT&T to water the sod and clean the clay off the sidewalks and streets before it stains them.

Hey Henry, great early voting experience at 40 Atlanta Street! Traffic directors are in full force and I got rapid assistance from the staff inside.

Hey Henry, to the person complaining about Harley Davidson motorcycles and the tattooed men who ride them. In this day and time is this all you can come up with to complain about? Have you ever heard to each his own? Many tattooed bikers give generously of their time and money to many charities. I feel sorry for you, looking down your self righteous nose and passing judgment on another. I have no tattoos, drive an 18 wheeler for a living, and a Yamaha Roadstar for pleasure. Best of all, I am a female. Now pass judgement on that, pretty sure you will. Who gives a rat’s behind what you think anyway.

Hey Henry, just a reminder, Georgia Code says that employers are required to give their employees up to two hours to use to vote. As they said when I was younger, “Choose or Lose.”




Hey Henry - 10.19.16


Hey Henry, I have decided that I am going to be a shining light in these troubled times. If I don't feel like giving a smile and kind word everywhere I go, I stay home. Being an introvert, there are many days I try to keep to myself. You never know what a kind word or glance may do to make this world a better place. Why don’t you join me?

Hey Henry, have you noticed how many posts are regarding the driving habits of others? It seems to me that drivers are getting more and more impatient, careless and selfish. And to the person complaining about someone taking too long to make a turn, I’m probably speaking about you. The few seconds you save driving carelessly are not more important than the lives you are risking.

Hey Henry, I’m thrilled that the Henry Promenade development is a no-go. Now, I wish the same fate on that Jodeco-Atlanta South fiasco. The majority of the people didn’t want either development! Are you listening, Henry County and Stockbridge officials?

Hey Henry, the woman on the news this summer who let her dog die in the summer heat without a shelter or water was let off without paying a fine. Shows how much the courts care about pets.

Hey Henry, to the person responding back about the HERO awards for teacher. I was talking about maintenance workers.

Hey Henry, what is the plan for Hwy. 155 at I-75 once the new warehouses are up and running? The traffic is bad now and there does not appear to be a plan in place to address future traffic issues. The new warehouses are sure to bring hundreds more trucks to supply these warehouses. I think they should keep them off the road between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. so those of us who commute can actually get to work on time!

Hey Henry, North Loop Road is also used as a dump. I recently saw a washer, dryer, and some other machine left in the edge of the woods. Can we get Henry County Code Enforcement to make the property owners clean up since no one is catching and reporting the dumpers in the act?

Hey Henry, please stop all the tractor trailer traffic on secondary roads because of the I-75 mess. The roads are already backed up with people who do not live in the area cutting through neighborhoods to avoid the interstate. Something needs to be done!

Hey Henry, let’s keep Henry County beautiful, let’s build another warehouse.

Hey Henry, to the person responding back to what I said about $7 or $8/hour jobs and people having to make a living. Hello, that is a job and that may be all that some people can do. You probably got your job because of a family member or a buddy.

Hey Henry, two intoxicated people leave a bar and have a terrible accident.The passenger knows they are riding with a drunk driver. Are they both at fault or just the one that is driving?

Hey Henry, I buy groceries, new cars, go on vacation and I’ve never taken a dime from anyone. Some of us actually spend less than we make and can save for the things we want. I assure you, you’ve never paid for anything I have.

Hey Henry, what is the protocol when you have morons tailgating you, even though I know I am doing the right thing by driving the speed limit. I am really getting frustrated, don’t know how long I can control this.




Hey Henry - 10.12.16


Hey Henry, to the biker who commented last week, I had to laugh when I saw your remark about stick figure family decals on minivans. They crack me up, especially when they have one for their dog or cat. I don’t ride motorcycles, but I can appreciate the freedom you must feel when riding.

Hey Henry, a big shout out to the McDonough Youth Association Softball for recognizing October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month by painting the bases pink on the field at Alexander Park.

Hey Henry, regarding the teacher of the year comment, we do have other school workers nominated and win in their category. They are in the “Hero” category. Our school’s cafe manager is currently a Hero. At a former school, the lead custodian was.

Hey Henry, to the person who wanted to know how people can afford to buy groceries and go on vacation and buy new cars, well think about it, we are paying for it. These people are getting food stamps and all kind of government assistance. I work too and I too can't go on vacations. I feel where you're coming from.

Hey Henry, in regards to the comment about Henry being on a crash course to being just as bad as Clayton County. Sorry, it’s too late. Clayton is turning around and Henry is taking its place.

Hey Henry, why are fast food places obsessed with creating two drive thru lanes? They still merge into one lane and do not speed things up because they still only have one pick up window. It only creates confusion for drivers trying to jockey for position and figure out who was first.

Hey Henry, bicyclists should obey all traffic laws. Stop at stop signs, don’t blow through them!

Hey Henry, what kind of rude, inconsiderate neighbor has a carpet cleaning van come at 9 p.m.? I’ll tell you who, it’s an absentee landlord in Connecticut. It is bad enough that you fail to maintain the property and bring down our home values. Do you have to disturb the peace, too? Thank you to the Henry County Police for quickly shutting them down.

Hey Henry, when are we going to get a traffic signal on Jonesboro Road at Mt. Olive Road? This is a very dangerous intersection!

Hey Henry, just wondering if Korans and hijabs will be banned from Henry County schools along with all of those Christian religious symbols. My guess is not!

Hey Henry, it was bad to hear of the fee increase at the Clayton County landfill since residents of Henry County have to use it. But the intersection of Nail Road and Nail Drive is not the local dump. Please respect our community and our county roads and put your garbage where it belongs.

Hey Henry, my name is Cody and I’m 8 years old. I went to Southern Bell Farms this weekend and had a great time!

Hey Henry, it’s fall ya’ll!

Hey Henry, I think it is amazing how much support was given to people who were affected by Hurricane Matthew. There are a lot of good and caring people out there!

Hey Henry, all of these people who act so shocked by locker room talk and say they don’t do it are a bunch of hypocrites.




Hey Henry - 10.05.16


Hey Henry, if I received $10 for every speeding vehicle on Westridge Parkway behind Publix, in six months I could move and pay cash for the house.

Hey Henry, to the person hating on bikers ... don’t be mad. Some people prefer freedom and doing what they want to do over driving a mini van with stick figure family decals. Merica.

Hey Henry, to the dark colored Toyota throwing your trash out on Hwy. 42, right in front of Kirby G’s, shame on you, disrespectful citizen. I could not get your tag number, hopefully someone did.

Hey Henry, I want to express my appreciation to the wonderful firefighters at the Fairview station for assisting me Tuesday night. I left the gym feeling ill and stopped by their station and explained my situation. They checked my blood pressure and made sure I was okay before returning home. Henry county please thank firefighters for their service when you see them. These people put their lives on the line for us every day. Thank you.

Hey Henry, I checked out usps.com for jobs on 9/29. They showed 13 jobs available in Georgia in Rabun Co., Alma, Macon, Manchester, Atlanta, Albany, Sugar Valley, Moultrie, and Augusta. Nothing in Henry County.

Hey Henry, it seems that right or wrong, 95% of the folks shot by police are not complying with an officer’s order. If a cop tells you to do something, do it, stupid. You can always sue later, everyone else does.

Hey Henry, why does the City of McDonough continue to block the placement of a sign on 81 East at Southern Crescent College? Enough with the politics. The roundabout excuse is lame.

Hey Henry, news flash: $8 and $9 an hour jobs were never meant to be a living wage.

Hey Henry, how about that nice speed trap on Iris Lake Road going north? It begins with a speed limit of 45 and drops down to 35 after a little while. I wonder how many have been caught by not paying attention?

Hey Henry, don’t think for a minute that the warehouses on Hwy. 155 are bringing jobs to the county. They will be fully automated and require minimal staff to operate. Not to mention the tax breaks that these big box stores will get, reducing the County operating budget by millions and raising our property taxes! Do you want to pay to have these big money-making businesses to stay in our county for free? Not me. Contact your local government!

Hey Henry, maybe it's me, I don’t know, but both my wife and I work full time jobs and overtime and still can’t make ends meet. I don’t see how people do it. New cars, buying groceries every week, going on vacations, etc. Where is the money tree that these people pick from?

Hey Henry, can the County DOT or someone please fix the light at Red Oak/Monarch Village on Walt Stephens Road? The light stops the traffic on the main road if a car pulls up on the side street, even if the car is turning right. One car stops all the traffic on the main road.

Hey Henry, if you didn’t attend Groovin’ in the Grove last Saturday you missed an awesome evening!




Hey Henry - 09.28.16


Hey Henry, to the one who is talking about “specialness” of children and their “Mommy” having to take them to school. Did you ever think the reason someone has to take their child to school is because they have equipment that is not allowed on a bus and that is why they cannot ride the bus!

Hey Henry, the Department of Driver Services in Locust Grove needs to have new lines painted in their parking lot.

Hey Henry, Henry County is on a crash course to being just as bad as Clayton County. Stop the corruption. Vote wisely in November.

Hey Henry, while eating recently at the Chick-Fil-A on Highway 81, an enlisted man and his young daughter came in. He was met with several “thanks for serving our country” statements. The soldier was very appreciative and responded with thanks. Way to go, Henry. We need more of that.

Hey Henry, what is the rumor about people from out of town making large donations to politicians?

Hey Henry, vote with your wallet. Apparently the Walmart in McDonough thinks that a thin blue line cake is racist. Well at least one employee and three managers think that. Call the Walmart corporate office as I have.

Hey Henry, to the dark colored Hummer with the Falcons decal on the passenger side speeding on McDonough Pkwy. to Hwy. 20/81. I do not appreciate you tailgating me. I hope your day comes, I think you know. Of course driving that type of vehicle, I’m sure you can afford it. Hope your insurance company drops you.

Hey Henry, I love my mom. I never knew she'd become my best friend and mentor. She’s so beautiful and strong. I’m a very lucky daughter to have her in my life. Love, your little poopsy.

Hey Henry, If you ride a Harley Davidson is it a rule to have tattoos, a sleeveless shirt, or muscle shirt to look like you’re a tough guy. You’re not so tough! Cover up and get rid of those ugly tattoos! You all look the same and your bikes all sound the same, so quit revving up your motors at a traffic stop!

Hey Henry, thank you to the person in the white SUV that was in front of me at Hardees and paid for my breakfast. I had to choose breakfast or lunch that day.

Hey Henry, I hope the police will be sure that the citizen who chased the criminals until apprehended will get the reward he deserves.

Hey Henry, what is Henry County becoming, a warehouse community? Hwy. 155 near Summit is really becoming ugly with all of those warehouses. We don’t need anymore, there are several vacant ones. Just more $8 to $9/hour jobs. People can’t live on that.

Hey Henry, to the person talking about fast food restaurants in Henry County not being friendly. Well, they need to come to Ellenwood Village on the northside and visit our Zaxby’s. I think that we have the best one anywhere.

Hey Henry, I am so tired of hearing that people cannot find a job when the Post Office cannot find people who will work for $17.02 per hour. Apply online at usps.com.




Hey Henry - 09.21.16


Hey Henry, I travel on Hwy. 155 North from Kelleytown Road up to Hwy. 138 each morning and for some reason turkeys have decided it’s time to cross the road at the same time that everyone is heading to work and school. These birds don’t appear wild, they seem to be well fed. Could the person who owns these turkeys possibly corral them and keep them off the road?

Hey Henry, I appreciate what the teachers do, I really do. We have teacher of the year, why can’t we have maintenance man of the year or kitchen lady of the year.

Hey Henry, not sure if the sign on 675 north that is lit up for traffic info is Clayton or Henry County. It always says 6-8 minutes to Interstate 285. To me these signs should only be turned on if there is important traffic or amber alerts. That section of the highway is always backed up from people slowing down and reading that sign. Help keep the traffic moving by turning it off if nothing is going on.

Hey Henry, yet another to prove my point about the “specialness” of certain children, or should I say their parents, over other people. You tell me to get over you blocking my way to go make a living just because your child can’t handle the bus? Maybe you need to tell your child to toughen up or they may have a really hard time once mommy isn’t around to drive them everywhere.

Hey Henry, what’s with the all the gas stations in Locust Grove? It seems every two week the new one is the leader; raises its price by twelve cents or so and they all follow and two days later it drops a penny or two and for the next two weeks; this has gone on for about a year. But the gas stations in the surrounding area are cheaper.

Hey Henry, Woodland Elementary has the best office staff of any of the elementary schools. They are always so nice and helpful!

Hey Henry, now that Airline Road has been repaved and widened, they might want to get a few cops out here. I swear it has turned into Daytona 500! Just pull up a chair, get a soda and watch the cars, trucks and motorcycles fly by. Heck, I think I even saw a jet take off!

Hey Henry, I see a lot of people today who seem to think they are somehow special and can do whatever they want. Their kids pick up on that and act the same way.

Hey Henry, people, when you see a sign that says “lane ends in 1/2 mile,” why do you have to be that idiot that waits until the last minute to move over. I had to deal with it on Saturday. Come on public safety, pull back a few hundred feet, watch these idiots, they don’t care about anyone but themselves.

Hey Henry, shame on those who disrespect the farmer on the tractor on Hwy. 81. East. And shame on the policeman for pulling this innocent man over when there are many other drivers he should be pulling over. You need to thank this farmer and all other farmers because without the farmer you do not eat. Now stop it before he gets hurt by your impatience.

Hey Henry, regarding the school schedule. We went to school the same number of days. The breaks are good for kids. It’s simple. End school in mid-June and start at the end of August. It’s the same number of days. The real reason is football. They want it done by Christmas.




Hey Henry - 09.14.16


Hey Henry, to all the fast food restaurants in Henry County, please train your employees to greet people like they do at Chick-fil-A. It will pay off for your business in the future.

Hey Henry, I can understand letting a dog ride in the back of a pickup truck on a dirt road out in the country. But on busy county roads? If you get in a wreck that is basically a death sentence for the animal. Use some sense!

Hey Henry, regarding the new Dollar General store going in at Key’s Ferry Road and Stroud Road. I never saw any notices or rezoning for this. But the store is going up just the same. There are four of them within four miles of each other. What are they trying to do, have one on every corner?

Hey Henry, September to May? That is a pretty short school year even with fewer days off. Maybe that worked when parents needed their children as field hands during the summer yet that is not the case anymore.

Hey Henry, why do we need more warehouses when there are several of them sitting vacant? More seven and eight dollar an hour jobs I guess. When is America going to wake up and realize that kind of pay doesn’t cut it anymore. This isn’t the seventies.

Hey Henry, does anyone realize how large our school district is? We serve over 40,000 students yearly and are one of the few districts to have coordinators for every academic department. There are other districts in the Metro area that do not support their teachers, students and staff the way that Henry County does.

Hey Henry, I have seen a man riding a bike up and down Hwy. 155. He sometimes sleeps at the local park. He is very nice and looks young. He has a beard which may make him appear older. Who is this man? What is his name? I don’t see many homeless people in Henry county so I am just curious about who he is. A veteran?

Hey Henry, why is Brett Farr doing commercials for razors that are manufactured in Germany, not in the US. We would appreciate it if you support products made in the USA.

Hey Henry, if I am a legend in my own mind, does that make me a celebrity?

Hey Henry, responding to the person about more kids need to ride the school bus, maybe they would if there was some behavior control on the buses. Kids are disrespectful and like to fight in buses. As long as I can drive my child to school, that’s what I’m doing, so get over it.

Hey Henry, why is conditional use zoning allowed within 5 ft. of the property line of a $200-$250k house that houses herbicide and pesticides and across the street from 49 others on Wilson/N. Ola/Upchurch road? Why is there a commercial sign? That’s not conditional use!

Hey Henry, a big thank you to SPLOST, Henry DOT and Blunt Construction Company for their fast work on the recent repaving of Simpson Mill Road. The whole job was done in a week with a minimum interruption to traffic. And it rides great!

Hey Henry, Hardees stopped selling the loaded omelet biscuit. These are dark times indeed.

Hey Henry, the County needs to fix the crater near Chic-fil-A on Hwy. 20/81 before it becomes a sink hole!




Hey Henry - 09.07.16


Hey Henry, Henry County Special Olympics recently took a trip to Warner Robins for a weekend bowling tournament. Being very budget conscious, the meals are usually prepared by the coaches. On Saturday, one of the sponsors wanted to surprise everyone with a buffet dinner. She went to the restaurant to let them know the group size and approximate time of arrival. That night she arrived to pay and was told that a customer had heard her say it was for the Special Olympics and had already paid for the meal. What a great gesture! The coaches and athletes are such a great bunch of people. We have no idea who it was that opened up their heart and wallet to this great group. What an awesome surprise.

Hey Henry, what has happened to our Recycling Center? It used to be so neat and clean, now it looks like a dump with all the dumpsters overflowing and trash everywhere.

Hey Henry, as of today I refuse to have a conversation with anyone who is, at the same time, talking or listening on their cell phone. How rude!

Hey Henry, the Henry BOE is fast becoming the most bloated around. They just named an Assistant Superintendent for Technology, and are now looking for a Coordinator of Technology, Director of Technology and Director of Technology Services. Sounds like four names for the same job, each one earning over 100K.

Hey Henry, to the person responding to what I said about the school year starting in September, this could be done if the school year would go back to a regular schedule like it used to be. We didn’t have all these extra days off when I was was growing up. School was out in May and we went back to school around the first of September.

Hey Henry, a drug dealer is finally off the street - good job HCPD! Now if our judicial system can just keep him there (under the jail preferably) so another family doesn’t lose a loved one!

Hey Henry, to the Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy that found my cellphone in the road on Hwy. 81 by Taco Bell, Thank You! You took time out of your busy day to return my phone. I call that above and beyond!

Hey Henry, with all of the complaints about the roundabout at Hwy. 138 and N. Moseley Dr., I sure hope they are using different plans for the roundabout being built at East Lake & Hwy. 20. Also, when is the East Lake roundabout going to be completed? That project is taking absolutely forever.

Hey Henry, I think it would be great to have a walking/biking /golf cart path going down Airline Road from Kelleytown into the Ola area, maybe connecting the new Bud Kelley Park to Heritage Park. That would be a nice community feature to have.

Hey Henry, thanks to the Henry County policeman who stopped the loud music so I can sleep at night!

Hey Henry, we lost another long time “Icon” recently. Randy Rivers, Sr., former Pastor of Bear Creek Baptist Church in Hampton who also worked as a Deputy for the Henry County Sheriffs Department, as a Radio Announcer for WSSA Radio in Morrow, Georgia and operated a Recovery Center for Recovering Alcoholics in Hampton passed away on his birthday, August 17, 2016. Randy had his faults, as we all do, but was loved and respected by many in Henry and Clayton Counties. RIP my friend!




Hey Henry - 08.31.16


Hey Henry, Henry County citizens need a lesson in funeral procession etiquette. Pulling over as a funeral procession goes by is considered to be a show of respect and a common courtesy. With the amount of traffic I can understand sometimes that can’t happen. When cars are pulled over out of respect, you should not go around them, but pulling into a funeral procession is just plain rude! Funeral processions have the right of way.

Hey Henry, I was very impressed with the kids in our county after tragedy struck the Locust Grove High Class of 2017 with the loss of Summer Lee. Watching kids from other schools all across the county put aside rivalries to show love, solidarity and support for LGHS was awesome!

Hey Henry, the person who commented on the school schedule obviously has no idea how long it runs. School in Henry County for 2016-17 runs from 8/1 – 5/26. If you shift the schedule 2 months to the right to avoid the heat in August and September, then school runs until the end of July. Your suggestion changes nothing.

Hey Henry, the County Commissioners are spending all this money for drones, but cannot spare any for the library system? I’m fed up with them, and when all the libraries close, I hope they are happy with their little drones to play with.

Hey Henry, I don’t put my kid on the school bus because it comes through our neighborhood at 6:45 a.m. Why put her on the bus an hour before school starts, when I live only 5 minutes away?

Hey Henry, to the thoughtful school bus driver who found my wallet on New Hope RD and brought it to the HCPD who returned it to me. A great big warm and sincere thank you. What a fine example of character and integrity. I am proud to live in a community with people like you. Also, thanks to the smiling and very professional HCPD officer who delivered it. Both professions are greatly under appreciated.

Hey Henry, the residents of Henry County are very fortunate to have several beautiful parks where their children can play or practice sports. Having just observed one of the athletes throw trash on the ground, I thought “wouldn't it be a good idea to teach kids to pick up their trash, before leaving the fields after practice.” The Boy Scouts teach kids to respect the environment. There’s no reason why coaches can’t do the same thing.

Hey, Henry, in response to the question of why parents don’t put their kids on the school bus, it’s a time and safety issue. First, I see no reason for my child to get on a bus an hour before school starts, just to get to school early and sit in the gym. Second, there is no supervision on regular buses. The driver can’t watch a load of kids and the road, too. I removed my child from the bus in the afternoons because other kids were throwing things at the driver, using profanity and fighting.

Hey Henry, the crosswalks on Hwy. 42 in Locust Grove do not mean “step out here into traffic one foot in front of a car and make them slam on brakes” or “stop here in the middle of the street and converse with your friends.” They’re designated areas for you to use to cross the street when it’s safe and keep moving. Use some common sense, people.

Hey Henry, why don’t they send out prisoners to pick up trash along the roadside before they mow? Chopping up the trash just makes it look worse.




Hey Henry - 08.24.16


Hey Henry, just received my Yellow Pages from the Yellow Pages opt out website. It does rain on occasion in Henry County, so next time you deliver them, please put it where it will not get wet. Here’s one for the recycle bin.

Hey Henry, please make sure you inform yourselves regarding the OSD amendment. I promise you it will not stop at 100 schools. The state is using faulty CCPRI Data and Henry County schools will be next on the list due to that. Our schools are some of the best, yet will be deemed failing, due to faulty data.

Hey Henry, if you zip tie a child to a chair, beat her and call her “idiot” so often she thinks it is her name, you should no longer be on this earth. Just my opinion.

Hey Henry, this is my second time sending this comment. Do you people know how dangerous this is, or even care. You must not, if this must be posted again. I was recently behind a county vehicle towing a landscape trailer with lawn equipment on it. The trailer had no brake lights or blinkers and I could not even see the vehicle’s tail lights. I really don’t care if this is a government vehicle. Obey the laws people, don’t be another idiot.

Hey Henry, for the life of me I cannot understand why parents can’t let their children ride the school bus! The amount of traffic created at the schools in this county when school starts is out of control. What is normally a 17 minute drive when school is out turns into a 30 minute drive because of all the people dropping their children off at the schools. Please put your kids on the bus and let those of us that need to get to work have less traffic!

Hey Henry, a big thank you to a young couple who made an old couple happy when they found out their breakfast had been paid for. I call that being Sweet Beans :)

Hey Henry, why is Henry County Fire Department using an out of state billing company? Kentucky to be exact. With unemployment stats being what they are in Henry County, why are the powers that be sending work out of the County. We have employees that should be doing this. Just saying.

Hey Henry, I believe I-75 is more dangerous than ever before thanks to the new toll lane. It isn’t going to do a bit of good when you have snow birds and a ton of yankees going to Florida.

Hey, Henry, if the schools had any sense, they would start classes in late September. That way it isn’t 98º inside the buses and the kids and school bus drivers wouldn’t burn up.

Hey Henry, to the person calling me narrow minded, which I’ll take as a compliment - thank you, but I haven’t been called immature or a brat in over 40 years. But don’t call me totally irresponsible, I have a home, a job, 5 great kids, a husband and don’t live off the government, so I’m very responsible! Actually I thought my response was pretty good. Point being: judge not, that ye be not judged (Matthew 7:1). So don’t bash someone for running over geese, when you kill an animal for being a nuisance or let someone else kill it because it’s tasty to eat.

Hey Henry, thank you to the two kind and strong men who helped my 78 year-old husband who fell in front of Studio Red and to the helpful and swift thinking crew inside the establishment. And thanks to Mrs. Thompson at Moye’s who immediately knew what medical supplies were needed. Much appreciation from our entire family to these fine people of McDonough.




Hey Henry - 08.17.16


Hey Henry, I saw a sign at a local preschool that said, “Turn off the TV and love your neighbor.” I tried several times but he is not friendly.

Hey Henry, I just wanted to say thank you to the young lady who helped me get into the beauty shop. I am in my 80’s and have a hard time walking and it made it so much easier with her help. It’s good to know there is still kindness and goodness in the world.

Hey Henry, to the person who is trying to find an American flag to buy. Visit www.medalsofamerica.com.

Hey Henry, the intelligence of a community is known by the library it supports.

Hey Henry, is there a dome over Luella, Georgia because it seems storms and rain go right around us. Anyone else feel the same way?

Hey Henry, this county will never be a serious county with regard to culture and now we might lose PINES because of horrible funding choices? Great. Can’t take kids to do research or check out books. Retirement = leaving here.

Hey Henry, to the inconsiderate, uninformed driver concerned about rear-ending a car on a curve or on a hill. Other drivers should, and do, slow down so as not to hit a school bus, a child, a downed tree or another driver, like you, who was just involved in an accident. I bet you have no idea what a stale green light is either! Happy motoring.

Hey Henry, it doesn’t matter how much college you have anymore, it’s who you know, or who you’re related to.

Hey Henry, My husband and I recently had a great meal at Los Avina’s. When we were ready to pay our bill, the waitress told us it had already been paid. What a wonderful surprise! Thank you so much whoever you were. You made a completely perfect day for an old couple! God Bless you!

Hey Henry, it was ridiculous and unnecessary to lower the speed limit on Keys Ferry Road to 45, but now that you have, I expect to see daily enforcement.

Hey Henry, to the person who criticized the request for county curbside recycling, we both have a voice to speak from our own pockets. I spoke from mine and you spoke from yours. Your opinion and mine have now both been heard.

Hey Henry, there are so many nonprofit groups created every day and a lot are devoted to similar causes. If people would join an existing group instead of creating a new one, more people would be helped. Unless you’re just in it for the money.

Hey Henry, I am unsure which is worse on Westridge Parkway behind Publix: the vehicles doing 40-60 m.p.h. in a 25 m.p.h. zone or the semi trucks looking for a shortcut who pass the tractor-trailer turnaround sign that the County posted after the turnaround.

Hey Henry, I just love how people going towards the McDonough Square in the morning get in front of the long line of traffic by driving in the left lane until they get right to the Square and jump over in the right lane like they forgot to be in that lane or something. Everyone knows you are trying to get ahead of everyone else because you don’t have the patience to wait.




Hey Henry - 08.10.16


Hey Henry, some inconsiderate person drove past our house last night near midnight with their car stereo so loud that my body vibrated while in bed more than 100 feet from Westridge Parkway. If they are not deaf already, they will be very soon.

Hey Henry, while trying to replace my American flag I was told by retailers that this is a seasonal item. Are our brave men and women who serve only seasonal? I know they are not as they protect our freedom daily. Legislators, please step in. Retailers sell guns daily, why are we not selling American flags daily?

Hey Henry, a special kind of genius must have designed the roundabout at Hwy. 138 and Moseley Drive. It is smaller than a fast food drive through. Tractor trailers pretty much have to go straight through it and over the curb. Buses have to go over the curb taking a left out from Woodland schools. You knew it was too small because I saw you tearing up brand new concrete. Admit defeat and start over. This time hire someone with at least three non-government brain cells.

Hey Henry, a big thank you to Sheriff MacBrayer for the great breakfast and get together at Heritage Park on Saturday morning.

Hey Henry, to the person driving the four door F350 diesel with a Newton county tag and the fire department logo, did you have a legitimate reason for not stopping at the three way stop at Hwy. 42 and Lawrenceville Street? Then you sped off and braked after passing the McDonough Police Department. Of course that did not slow you down once you passed it. If you work for the fire department, we support you, however we do not support your disregard of the driving laws.

Hey Henry, in regards to the Henry County courthouse. Kill the chime and fix the time!

Hey Henry, to the person complaining about having an aquatic center built, have you made a sizable donation? Also, when is the last time you’ve driven by a public pool? No thanks!

Hey Henry, I don’t know what part of Henry County you live in, but in Locust Grove I haven’t seen rain every day - we only get a few rain drops once in a while. We are definitely in a drought!

Hey Henry, to all the drivers who brake and slow down considerably when they come upon the slightest curve or hill, I bet you either replace your brakes very often or you are the ones that squeak when you come to a stop. I hope you don’t vacation in the mountains, you’d probably get rear-ended!

Hey Henry, Clayton County libraries are open regular hours Monday through Saturday. My Henry County Library card works there and I can still turn the books in at the Henry County book drops. Instead of complaining, I just took advantage of the PINES library system on the way from work.

Hey Henry, you don’t have to win the lottery to quit driving. You can just start walking everywhere, it’s free.

Hey Henry, in regards to the response on 7/27 about the person who ran over the geese. This sort of answer really shows everyone what a narrow minded, immature, and totally irresponsible brat you are. Grow up!

Hey Henry, a traffic light should be installed on Hwy. 20 at the corner of Rooms to GO, Five Guys, Hardees and Sears appliance store. No one can make a turn if cars are blocking the interstate.




Hey Henry - 08.03.16


Hey Henry, a special thank you to the Henry County DOT employee whose heroic efforts helped divert a catastrophic event. He spotted a smoldering fire in the back of a service truck parked at a residence. After spotting the smoke he sprang into action and extinguished the fire saving a vehicle, a home and possibly the beginning of a massive wild fire in our little Ola community. Not to mention the compressed gas cylinders in the truck that could have caused a horrific and devastating explosion putting countless lives in peril.

Hey Henry, one reason I would love to win the lottery, would be to not have to drive anymore. I am so tired of idiots tailgating me. I go five miles over the speed limit, but that’s still not fast enough. You people are going to catch me on a bad day, so keep on, you know who you are.

Hey Henry, what is the latest on making Hemphill Road and Highway 138 in Stockbridge safer? Traffic light, roundabout, etc.

Hey Henry, in regards to Councilman Alexander of Stockbridge and his suggestion to use our tax dollars to subsidize the county library hours by opening on Saturday ... are you serious? Just another redistribution move. Why is it our responsibility to fund the county’s obligation? The library is already open two days a week until 8 p.m.! You can’t fix a failed education system with private funds. Concentrate on the real problems and quit trying to mask it with temporary solutions with private funds of the Asset Class. Use your own money, sell donuts as a fund raiser, but don’t assume we as taxpayers are liable for everyone else’s problems.

Hey Henry, why are the county libraries closed on the weekend and only open until 8 p.m. two days a week? If this was designed to be a profit based business - wouldn’t they be open when the public could actually use their services?

Hey Henry, I would love to see more sidewalks and/or golf cart paths in the County. Even the few sidewalks we do have are super narrow and right on top of the traffic. It would be nice to have sidewalks that are wide enough for at least 2 people and usable for bikes. It would promote physical activity and, if near the schools, it would be great for middle and high school students who could walk to school safely. That would save on car and bus expenses and help with traffic. It would be a nice community improvement in many ways and would enhance our enjoyment of and the value of our community.

Hey Henry, thank you to Greg Cannon at Cannon-Cleveland funeral home. You are “spot on” in last week’s article regarding law enforcement. Every business and household across the United States should have blue lights supporting our police officers and to let them know how much we appreciate them.

Hey Henry, why is it that the bus drivers for Henry County Schools can drive their bus home, but the maintenance department that works in plumbing, heating and air, electrical, can’t drive their work vehicles home. We are the ones on 24 hour call, not bus drivers.

Hey Henry, this is the first drought I’ve ever seen where it rains every day.

Hey Henry, I think the county and school system should make sizable contributions to the Kensley Grace Aquatic Center. We don’t have a single public pool for residents to use in this county nor anywhere for our schools’ swim teams to practice or hold meets. That is ridiculous. Let’s get this aquatic center built!




Hey Henry - 07.27.16


Hey Henry, we are in an extreme drought yet there are no watering restrictions. How much sense does that make?

Hey Henry, Henry County Police need to have a patrol car sit up at the UPS Store at Lake Dow. So many people park in the fire lane. They could write a lot of tickets.

Hey, Henry, a special thank you to the individuals that assisted me when I fell outside of Target recently. My wife and granddaughter thank you for all your help. All x-rays were negative and I am feeling much better. Thank you and God bless you.

Hey Henry, I think we should be seeing a blue light in the White House, and even the Governor’s mansion. Let the people that protect you know that you are thinking of them.

Hey Henry, still laughing about sighting of zombies at Heritage Park!

Hey Henry, I find it hard to believe there was no traffic on Lake Dow Road when the geese got ran over. To the person who responded, so you have never killed mosquitoes, ants, spiders, roaches, mice, snakes, squirrels, possums or armadillos who have gotten in your house or yard? They are all Gods creatures. I’m also assuming you don’t eat fish, chicken, pork or beef. My oh my, don’t some of us have such double standards!

Hey Henry, to the person who wants curbside recycling so much, those salaries, benefits and actual costs to collect and dispose of this stuff have to be paid. I can barely pay my bills now, and can’t afford an increase in my taxes or service because you find it inconvenient to use the recycling center. Speak from your pocket, not mine.

Hey Henry, the large blighted homes on Jonesboro Road east of 75 between Willow Lane and Kroger really need to be addressed. How long can they sit there like that? They look awful and sit right on the main thoroughfare into downtown. The Welcome to McDonough sign there really could use some updating and improved landscaping too. While the landscaping in the islands is beautiful, the eyesore houses and pathetic welcome signage are not giving a good impression.

Hey Henry, police officers are being unjustly targeted trying to do their job. The shootings by these “thugs,” of any race, would stop - if they would respect and obey law officers. Police officers’ lives matter too! A big thank you to all law enforcement and first responders.

Hey Henry, to all of the people who own pickups. The bed of your truck is not a garbage can for you to go down the road at 55 mph and watch your rear view mirror as trash flies out all over Henry County. I have even seen whole trash bags fly out. Have some respect for yourself and for where you live.

Hey Henry, I want to thank Mark at a local auto parts store in Locust Grove. He went above and beyond in the massive July heat to make sure my daughter’s battery was working properly. While I know this is their job, he cleaned the corrosion off of it, tightened the cables and checked the alternator. Thank you for giving me piece of mind as I’m getting ready to send my daughter off to college.

Hey Henry, the other day I saw a pack of dogs fighting and tearing up trash in someone's yard. I didn’t think much about it at first, but now I’m thinking they were just protesting being left out in the hot sun all day. Dogs lives matter.




Hey Henry - 07.20.16


Hey Henry, Henry County kids, remember that it’s time to turn in your reading logs to your local library for a reading certificate and a free book. Do this before school starts!

Hey Henry, whoever takes down the last remaining yellow dividing stick in front of RiteAid on Hwy. 155 at Eastlake Road gets 10 bonus points. If they are put back up, how long will it take to knock them down again?

Hey Henry, now that the Clayton County landfill has raised its rates, I’m already seeing mattresses on the side of Henry County roads.

Hey Henry, to the person that is tired about hearing about animals left in hot cars, glad you got the message.

Hey Henry, I witnessed that black Jeep Wrangler hitting those geese on Lake Dow Road. There was no oncoming traffic, there was no one behind him. There was not a car in sight as far as I could see both ways. It was just a heartless gesture. A person who does not have any regard for God’s critters does not have any regard for themselves or any other living being. Shame on you!

Hey Henry, if the county and/or city did pick up recyclables, we would pay for it with salaries, benefits and retirement. This is a small price to pay so that future generations will not pay environmentally.

Hey Henry, what’s up with all the trash, furniture and litter along our roadsides that people expect to be carted off? There are outreach organizations in our county that take furniture donations that can be given to people having hard times. As far as the trash and litter, quit being lazy and dispose of it properly. Take some pride in our county!

Hey Henry, in response to the person asking “why are people not reporting unprovoked shootings of Caucasians?” that is the rub. I am positive everyone would know if it ever happened. All lives matter and that includes black lives.

Hey Henry, I didn’t read or interpret anything I read that made me think people care more about animals then children. It must be your mindset that makes you submit a comment like that. Sad.

Hey Henry, to the gentleman in Ola who noticed the Combat Veteran sign in my son’s yard and cut his grass free of charge as a gesture of thanks. God bless you. Your kind deed did not go unnoticed. Our son is a humble man, who works tirelessly to provide for his young family. Their mower bit the dust last year and he stresses over getting the grass cut. Just last week, they had a tree fall in the front yard, so that didn’t help matters. Your kind deed took away some unnecessary stress from this young father and husband. I am forever grateful! From a proud combat veteran’s Mom.

Hey Henry, I just got back from walking my dog at Heritage Park where I saw the strangest thing. There was a bunch of young people walking around looking at their phones. I swear it looked like the Zombie Apocalypse. They were moving around in a daze. When I asked what they were doing, they responded, “Pokemon.” I kept on walking my dog, passing zombies along the way. Thank God they were friendly zombies.

Hey Henry, they need to mount a camera at the Salvation Army in McDonough to catch these after-hours “donators.”




Hey Henry - 07.13.16


Hey Henry, are you kidding me? Mateen 41 cops 9? What if the cops decided to set up a command post and wait out the shooter? How many more would have died? If you travel overseas, all officers carry automatic weapons, not assault weapons. I was always told by my employer if they started firing to hit the floor until the situation was resolved. The Orlando Police Department did a great job and no, I’m not an officer, I’m just glad someone took the situation for what it was.

Hey Henry, I am tired of hearing about animals being left in hot vehicles or hot patios. It’s a shame when people care more about an animal than a child.

Hey Henry, to the person who wrote Mateen 41, cops 9. What the heck? I don’t think so. And who said anyone was interested?

Hey Henry, why is the Tax Commissioner’s annual report two years behind on their website? 2014, really?

Hey Henry, aren’t cooks required by law to wear a beard net to prevent hair from falling in the food?

Hey Henry, to the idiots still shooting off fireworks, enough already!

Hey Henry, to the person ranting and raving about the geese getting run over. It wasn’t me, but I would rather run over an animal than to swerve into oncoming traffic and hit a vehicle and kill someone else or myself. I tell you what, next time you see geese crossing the road near you, why don’t you get out and direct traffic. And by the way, I sleep pretty well at night thinking this way.

Hey Henry, did you know that driving a heavy truck over grass after a rainstorm is apparently good for it? I never thought so until I saw a well-known professional landscaping company do just that yesterday afternoon.

Hey Henry, I miss the South Side diner!

Hey Henry, the county’s recycling program is wonderful for those who want to make a weekly or monthly trip, but weekly recycling programs work better because of the convenience.

Hey Henry, to the misinformed person who wrote the haiku: we speak naively, home invasions destroy lives, that could have been saved.

Hey Henry, given the severe drought we are in, we are lucky that people with fireworks did not burn down houses. I saw several launched in the neighborhood that were landing on roofs or in trees for four straight nights.

Hey Henry, instead of building so many Dunkin Donuts, why can’t we get a Captain D’s?

Hey Henry, why is it that when getting onto I-75 North from GA-20 Hampton area drivers in the turn lanes always get in the inside lane when the outside lane has space. This blocks the traffic crossing I-75 and GA-20! Dumb idea to make the turning lane longer. Is it against the law to use the outside turning lane?

Hey Henry, I understand that race is a sensitive subject these days and no upstanding citizen should ever be worried about being shot by authorities. That being said, why are people not reporting unprovoked shootings of caucasians?




Hey Henry - 07.06.16


Hey Henry, news flash: if the county and/or city pick up recyclables, you pay for it. With salaries, benefits and retirement you pay more for it and pay it forever.

Hey Henry, please, please make sure your animals are taken care of during this hot summer. I saw on the news that a person from Henry County left their dog out in a small pen on her hot patio and the animal died. Animal control took the other dog and gave her a ticket which she plans to fight because she doesn’t think she did anything wrong. You better hope I am not on that jury, I would certainly find you guilty!

Hey Henry, when are the entrances to the Henry County Administration Building going to be paved? One of them is gravel and the other has been blocked for months now.

Hey Henry, for anyone who might be interested, of the 50 killed in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the score was Mateen 41, cops 9. Serving and protecting.

Hey Henry, is it just me or has anyone noticed that the prices have gone up at Zaxby’s and the chicken has become smaller. Also, Burger King hamburgers and whopper juniors have gotten to be the size of a sausage biscuit.

Hey Henry, we have a recycling program run by the county. You can drop off your recyclables on 20/81 between Industrial Blvd. and McDonough Pkwy.

Hey Henry, I was overjoyed to read in the Times where the McDonough City Council refused to give the proposed park on Jonesboro Road a blank check. Too many times we have seen things like this turn into a black hole that sucks taxpayer money. Keep up the good work City Council.

Hey Henry, legalizing fireworks was one of the stupidest things Georgia has ever done.

Hey Henry, a Dunkin Donuts is going in next to Bojangles on Jonesboro Road.

Hey Henry, recently I was out clothes shopping for the grand kids. Several people were also shopping, for teens and adults. I just hope they were purchasing belts or different kind of pants. For the parents that allow their kids to dress that way, you’re the idiot.

Hey Henry, I see some parents paying more attention to their cellphone than to their children. No wonder so many kids go on to shoot up their schools.

Hey Henry, I have said it before, but Henry County needs a website that lists all the money that deadbeat businesses owe. Even if you get a judgment from the court, there is nobody to ensure you will collect what you are owed. Maybe a little public embarrassment would force these people to be more honest.

Hey Henry, I applaud Tommy Smith’s comment (regarding the District 2 Commission seat) that neither of the candidates should be eligible for the interim position, if it is filled before the election.

Hey Henry, whoever’s bright idea it was to legalize fireworks in Georgia again, needs to have a roman candle put where the sun doesn’t shine and have it go off from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Thanks for all the sleepless nights. You give people an inch and they take a mile.




Hey Henry - 06.29.16


Hey Henry, to the person suggesting banning trucks from Hwy. 20, you are laughable! What happens when you get to Publix and there are no groceries? Or the gas station has no gas? What if that package you ordered doesn’t get to you. How do you think all of these things happen? By magic fairies? No, it’s all brought to you courtesy of ... you guessed it, trucks! And no, I’m not suggesting all those trucks have local business, but they have to get their cargo to where it goes somehow and they have only so much time to make that happen.

Hey Henry, if you think you can do a better job running our school district or teaching, then quit your current job, go back to school, get a degree in education, and either run for a school position or get hired into one. Otherwise, attend the Board meetings or remain quiet.

Hey Henry, you’ve been here since 1995 but evidently have never been to a Chick-fil-a. It may cost a bit more but it’s well worth it. The young people that work there are always polite and friendly. A Georgia company that takes pride in customer service.

Hey Henry, to the person driving the black Jeep Wrangler who hit the family of geese that was crossing Lake Dow Road in front of Highland Park subdivision, you ought to be ashamed of yourself. I couldn’t see your tag number or I would have reported you. Thanks to the wonderful sheriff’s deputy and residents of that neighborhood who came together to get them out of the road. These geese cross that highway everyday and the community always stops to let them. They usually have their babies with them, so thankfully this time was different. Pretty heartless, if you ask me. I don’t know how you slept that night. This speaks volumes for your character.

Hey Henry, when is that dangerous mammoth pothole by the railroad tracks on Jonesboro road ever going to get fixed? My guess is the next vehicle to fall in will be a semi truck and no one will see the missing truck until the next vehicle falls on top of it!

Hey Henry, anyone but me ever wonder what happened to the turn signal in automobiles? It’s almost impossible to keep one hand on the steering wheel, hold a cell phone and turn their blinker on too. They really have a problem if they are smokers!

Hey Henry, it’s a downright shame when high schools in the county have to get the permission of the entire Board of Education to use their parking lot for a fundraiser on a Saturday morning when they are closed for business. They don’t give out special funds for sports and clubs so the students have to raise the money themselves. Yet, we as taxpayers can’t even use an empty lot. Shame on them!

Hey Henry, why doesn’t McDonough have a recycling program that is run by the county? We shouldn’t have to pay someone to pick up recyclables.

Hey Henry, what are they constructing adjacent to Bojangles on Jonesboro Road?

Hey Henry, if you want a self-driving car, you might have to deal with the fact that it is programmed to kill you as an effort to save other driver’s lives in a collision. So much for Isaac Asimov’s “Three Laws of Robotics.”

Hey Henry, a haiku for yet another massacre: we pretend to care, as more mothers mourn their young, gun love is madness.




Hey Henry - 06.22.16


Hey Henry, why is it taking so long for a traffic light to go in at the intersection of Hemphill Road and Hwy. 138 in Stockbridge. It was approved months ago.

Hey Henry, I have lived in McDonough since 1995. The service at fast food restaurants here is anything but fast. The employees have gotten worse over time. Now in 2016, you go in, and no one is at the register, or someone is standing there and they just look at you. They don’t say, “Hello, may I help you?” Whatever happened to service? Don’t tell me that it is because they want $15 per hour. Back in my day, the kids and adults made much less and still gave you great service.

Hey Henry, so let me get this straight, when kids get a grade in Henry County Schools it’s because of their work or lack of work. When the Board of Education or the school gets bad grades, it’s the kids fault or a bad test or just someone else’s fault?

Hey Henry, to the person that commented about too many warehouses and trucks, unfortunately that area was zoned for warehouses years ago, but the county failed to put in the infrastructure to handle the trucks before building.

Hey Henry, may God bless those wonderful people who left frozen drinks in their mailboxes for the mailmen during this heat wave and forgive those who thought more of their grass than a human being trying to deliver their packages. How do they maintain their grass without stepping on it?

Hey Henry, we have trivialized the significance of flying our national flag at half staff. There is a U.S. code which dictates that practice. It used to mean something. Now, not so much.

Hey Henry, it makes my heart swell with pride when I take my grandchildren to Memorial Day events in Henry County. I tell them this is how we honor those who died for us. Each event is different and I especially like taking them to the Stockbridge Memorial March as they have the opportunity to be part of the event. However, each year we have come away with chigger bites because the ceremony ends in an old grave yard that is full of red bugs. Couldn’t the ceremony be held in the park, which is also at the end of the parade route?

Hey Henry, what is happening to our kids having fun at recreational ball fields? A couple of weeks ago at Alexander park, a group of girls age 5 and 6 had to forfeit a game because of unruly parents. Recently in North McDonough, a group of 7 and 8 year olds had to forfeit a baseball game at Hidden Valley due to the parents’ language. Come on parents, show respect and set an example of good sportsmanship or stay at home.

Hey Henry, you have to give respect to get respect and I don’t see a lot of respect out on the road today. I guess their parents never taught them to care about anyone but themselves.

Hey Henry, I believe that all law enforcement databases from city to the federal level should be linked. I know we have the technological capability to do this. Maybe then, terrorists and other criminals would be stopped in time.

Hey Henry, to the person that thinks too many jobs have been brought to Henry that is not the problem. Too many of the wrong types of jobs have come to the county such as warehousing that requires little or no job skills. We have no high tech or pharmaceutical jobs like those located in Newton and Greene Counties with average salaries of 75k. These jobs would attract college graduates and raise the quality of living.




Hey Henry - 06.15.16


Hey Henry, to the people criticizing the Board of Education: Henry County is still a great school district. Many of the failures are occurring because kids fail to show up, schools using poorly designed standardized testing, or parents are not involved in their children’s education. Don’t blame the Board or teachers.

Hey Henry, Nathan Deal got it right again and the elephant is in its coffin.

Hey Henry, they need to work on the timing of the light at Zack Hinton and Postmaster Lane. It stays green forever, even when no one is turning off of Postmaster Lane.

Hey Henry, the “picking up the tab for our own demise” comment was priceless.

Hey Henry, has anyone noticed the increase in tractor-trailer traffic on Hwy. 20 between McDonough and Conyers? It is tearing up the roads and it is a safety concern when people try to pass. How can we get this to stop?

Hey Henry, a pickpocket group is working McDonough shopping centers, so be aware.

Hey Henry, why is it that road construction finishes but the remnants of it remain? The barrels, work zone signs, etc., never seem to be removed.

Hey Henry, effective July 1, Henry Piedmont Hospital and the doctors connected to the hospital are out-of-network for United Healthcare customers. But don’t worry, they sent a list of hospitals and doctors we can use, you will just have to drive at least 40 minutes on a good traffic day to Atlanta. Hope I don’t have an emergency.

Hey Henry, people driving on McDonough Parkway are idiots. The speed limit is 35 mph, but I get tailgated there everyday. To the people driving with respect, thank you. To the others, may the worst luck happen to you.

Hey Henry, I want to thank the churches and landowners in the Eastlake area for maintaining such beautiful properties. You are beautifying our community through your lovely churches, landscaping, and well-kept fields. It is appreciated!

Hey Henry, I believe most places top out employees in 10, 15, and 20 years. The Henry County Board of Education is the only place that I know of that takes 30 to top out. So, by the time you retire or die, you might make it and be able to buy a loaf of bread.

Hey Henry, I’m glad they finally moved the roll-off container on L.G. Griffin Road by the post office. It was really hard to see when exiting there.

Hey Henry, I think Henry County has brought too many jobs to the area as it is, but here you go again allowing more warehouses to be built on Hwy. 155. It looks like at least four going up right now in Locust Grove. Why not use the ones that are already vacant? There are plenty in Westridge and Greenwood, for sale or lease. Traffic is already bad enough over there in the mornings. In the afternoon it is like a parking lot there. Are you trying to make Henry County look like Atlanta? No thanks! Crime here is already bad enough! What’s next, MARTA?




Hey Henry - 06.08.16


Hey Henry, with all the news about the Zika virus and mosquito prevention, it would seem that the mud hole on Nail Drive that runs parallel on the west side of the TSYS facility on Loop Road would be a major concern. Water has been standing on this site for at least four years. Along with the standing water the area is being used as a dumping ground.

Hey Henry, I just returned from New York City and will never complain about the traffic in McDonough again!

Hey Henry, did you vote for a school board member? We all should have looked at the Governors school rankings for Henry County before voting! Of the 10 High Schools in Henry County only 2 have a B rating. The other 8 are rated C’s and D’s. There are no A rated High Schools in Henry County. The 10 high schools have an average Grade of 72.65 which is a low C. There are several Grammar and Middle schools that actually have an F rating! You can find this data at https://schoolgrades.georgia.gov/

Hey Henry, if they really want drivers to stop at the crosswalk in downtown Locust Grove, they should install some brighter lights to come on after dark. It’s hard to see pedestrians crossing the street at that intersection at night.

Hey Henry, to the teacher and office staff going back and forth. How about the Maintenance Department that removes the apple from toilet, keeps your classroom a cool 72º, and brightens your day with a well lit classroom? We all have a responsibility, that’s why we are paid. Suck it up and do your job without whining about it!

Hey Henry, we’re picking up the tab for own demise.

Hey Henry, to the person wanting a “Do not block intersection” sign. I feel your pain. Even if there was one, the idiots would still block the intersection. Better management of the traffic lights there would be much nicer and could possibly stop these fools from blocking the intersection. I am talking about the intersection at 155 and Keys Ferry Street.

Hey Henry, the Wendy’s in Locust Grove needs to hire more people and open up both cash registers so people don’t have to wait in line forever. There are too many snow birds going up and down the highway that visit there, so open up the lines.

Hey Henry, Stockbridge annexed 300 acres for a mall project. McDonough is building Big Springs Park. Locust Grove is building a multi-million dollar police complex. Hampton is laying off utility personal. Does anybody else see a problem here?

Hey Henry, to Sgt. J. Banister. Good luck on your wedding, and thank you for your service.

Hey Henry, I noticed that they have painted stop lines at the Ingles in Locust Grove. Good for them! People drive too fast through that parking lot.

Hey Henry, just what the county needs, more warehouses on Hwy. 155. Who would want to visit Henry County? There’s nothing here but warehouses, strip malls, traffic, nail shops, and gas stations. We need more places with entertainment.

Hey Henry, there is a big pothole that needs to be repaired on Jonesboro Road by the railroad tracks.




Hey Henry - 06.01.16


Hey Henry, congratulations to Rufus Brantley, a World War II veteran, on being honored. God bless you, and thank you for your service.

Hey Henry, if the Georgia Benchmark tests were ruled invalid because of all the “glitches,” why are Henry students who “failed” being told they have to retake them? If the first results were invalid, aren’t the retests? Opt out!

Hey Henry, kudos to the Henry County Board of Education. I am proud that they are aware that there has never been a “free” lunch!

Hey Henry, who is responsible for the park that used to be maintained by Stockbridge City Hall before they moved to the new facility? The police precinct is now located in that building. No new flowers planted, fountains have no water and are cracked on the bottom. Such a shame. Someone needs to step up!

Hey Henry, may God bless Henry County and its police and firefighters.

Hey Henry, why is it that when you are driving and there is no one behind you for miles, someone always pulls out in front of you? Generally they are driving slower than you. The worst is when they decide to make a left hand turn. Traffic is coming in the opposite direction. They stop, which makes you stop! Still no one behind you, but this fool just had to get out in front. People! Use the brain that God gave you. If someone is coming and there is absolutely no one behind them, wait! Once this person passes, then pull out and drive as slow as you want and make that left hand turn. Gees!

Hey Henry, DOT, you need to get some speed limit signs up to slow people down at the intersection at East Lake Extension and Hwy. 155 North. It’s a blind hill and home to one of the largest school systems in the county.

Hey Henry, thank you to Beverly and Amanda who run Blessings Thrift store. Their hard work and dedication support the Haven House and the community as a whole. No one works harder and takes as much pride in helping others as these two dedicated amazing individuals!

Hey Henry, our school does not celebrate anything but teacher appreciation week. If you really believe that secretaries don’t interact with the kids you are so wrong! Teachers may teach but I’m the one who comforts your child when they get sick, wet their pants, lose their lunch box or gets in trouble with ISS (elementary schools don’t have anyone to watch kids in ISS except us).

Hey Henry, to the person sympathizing with the homeless (van) family. First of all, the Wal-Mart parking lot is not for housing. Second, they shouldn’t have been traveling if they were in a broken down van and didn’t have money. Don’t bash others for complaining about them when you obviously haven’t provided them with new living arrangements.

Hey Henry, why is there not a Do Not Block Intersection sign at the corner of Keys Ferry Street and Zack Hinton Parkway traffic turning left off of Keys Ferry Street? People block the intersection and when the light changes the people turning left onto Hwy. 81 East can’t go anywhere. Please do something about this!




Hey Henry - 05.25.16


Hey Henry, Henry County haiku: Kids toss cherry bombs. Boat sinks, beer lost, children laugh ‘til Pop swims ashore.

Hey Henry, the homeless family living in their van near Wal-Mart are stuck because their vehicle is beyond repair. They are from out of state and cannot get jobs without a local driver’s license. They can’t get a license without a permanent address. Several individuals and groups have been working with them to find a solution. Where do you want them to go?

Hey Henry, in response to the Henry County Board of Education, I couldn't agree more! Some of our board members are giving Henry County a bad name. It’s embarrassing and unprofessional when a board looks so divided and combative. Please, do as the previous writer suggested and visit a board meeting, let them know Henry County will not stand to be embarrassed and that our students and teachers deserve better.

Hey Henry, why does road construction take so long in this county? What kind of contractors do we hire that they can’t get any job done in a timely manner? Why doesn’t the county and city make more noise and see to it that our projects are given adequate and expeditious attention? They seem asleep at the wheel allowing projects to drag on forever.

Hey Henry, I’m getting married in 25 days! I love you so much Sgt J.Banister. I can’t wait to be your Mrs.

Hey Henry, in North Henry on Panola Road near the intersection at Hwy. 155, there are several trees that need trimming. I have seen tall trucks hitting the trees and they are leaning so badly. They have been leaning for years, but this year it is getting critical for the county to do some cutting. Is the county waiting for a tree to fall on a vehicle?

Hey Henry, to the person talking about “Teacher Appreciation Week.” Secretary’s week was the week prior and you may deal with the parents, but not the children.

Hey Henry, are the Commissioners working on updating the Future Land Use Map? They said they would, but will they take action? Meanwhile, high density apartments and housing are being approved by the Zoning Board. We must update the FLUM to control growth. We do not have to allow high density, undesirable housing here. The FLUM needs to be updated now. Get busy Commissioners!

Hey Henry, Mr. Teti the band director at Ola Middle has done it again. A majority of his students entering the 6th grade have never picked up an instrument. Hearing his students in 7th and 8th grade perform was breath taking. It is no wonder that he has over 400 students in band. Both Mr. Teti and his kids are amazing. Visit the Ola Bands Facebook page to hear them.

Hey Henry, can anyone tell me which restroom we are supposed to use. Oh, the government already has.

Hey Henry, why do Clayton and Butts counties’ have free lunch for all students yet Henry County Schools keep raising their lunch prices? I am pretty sure that Henry County does not have better food.

Hey Henry, to the lady that was working at the thrift store, thank you for paying for my items! You made me very happy. Words can not express to you the thoughts and feelings that I had going on at the time. Thanks again!




Hey Henry - 05.18.16


Hey Henry, who really needs an anger management class? The person speeding down Lake Dow or the person threatening to wrap the speeder’s teeth around their steering wheel? Mood or not, that's a pretty violent statement there pal.

Hey Henry, the County needs to pressure wash the county judicial buildings in downtown McDonough and the McDonough library. Those buildings really look rough and need cleaning up!

Hey Henry, with all these angry comments, I guess I should be angry about something. I’m trying to think of something. Well, maybe next issue.

Hey Henry, why are the vagrants allowed to squat in the Office Depot/Walmart parking lot in McDonough? They’ve been there for weeks, if not months.

Hey Henry, it makes me sad to see so many missing animals in Henry County. If you love them, leash them. Too bad people haven’t figured that out yet. Don’t open your doors and let your pet out to run loose. There are too many bad people out there that can make a profit on your so called beloved pet. If not selling them, they use them for bait dogs and cats.

Hey Henry, Nathan “Veto” Deal has gotten nothing right. He couldn't even support our Georgia Fire-Fighter’s Bill, which was very much needed by fire fighter’s and their families. How deep are your pockets or have they already burst at the seams, Nathan?

Hey Henry, I encourage everyone to go to the next Henry County School Board Meeting. The behavior of some of our board members is embarrassing and unprofessional. This is not how our County should or deserves to be represented. The next study session meeting is June 8 at 4 p.m. and the next Board Meeting is June 13 at 7 p.m.

Hey Henry, when celebrating teacher appreciation week don’t forget the office staff. We deal with the parents more than the teachers most days!

Hey Henry, across the country, companies are replacing older, more experienced, higher paid workers (some in their 50’s) with younger, inexperienced, but lower paid workers. The age discrimination laws offer little protection from the subtle ways companies accomplish this, leaving workers far from Social Security retirement age without good options. Yet there is little action regarding this discrimination.

Hey Henry, it would be nice to put a roundabout, or traffic lights up at the dangerous intersection of McGarity Road and GA-20, before someone gets killed.

Hey Henry, please Georgia State Patrol, help out Henry, Clayton, and Atlanta. They can’t control the stupidity of the not-so-caring drivers. If they would join in and put unmarked vehicles on the road with cameras on the front, rear, right side and left side, you will see. Hey insurance companies, join in, you do insure us. Someone please help us drivers that are trying to obey the law, as we all should.

Hey Henry, a big thank you to the HCPD for being named Agency of the Year with MADD. You guys are great! Thank you for keeping our roads safer.

Hey Henry, I am loving this cold snap!




Hey Henry - 05.11.16


Hey Henry, dear Henry County Commissioners - Henry doesn’t need to attract retailers and eateries that create more “jobs.” It needs to attract companies that create career opportunities. Don’t make Henry as much a transitional county as Atlanta is a transitional city.

Hey Henry, to the jerk who came into Lake Dow Subdivision in an H3 and didn’t have the respect to slow down and let me out of the car to cross the street, you need anger management. It’s a good thing I wasn’t in one of my moods or I would have wrapped your teeth around your steering wheel.

Hey Henry, is there anywhere to kayak or go tubing in Henry County? The Porterdale Yak Club is fun, but just wondering if we have anything like that here?

Hey Henry, to the person complaining about the roof of the little farmers’ market. How many times have you stopped and donated to their shingle campaign?

Hey Henry, the residential streets around Stockbridge are being torn up (cracks, huge pot holes, etc.) by tractor trailer trucks and excess traffic avoiding the Interstate 75. Why isn’t a weight limit enforced? Surely something can be done.

Hey Henry, guess who’s not coming to dinner?

Hey Henry, just wondering why they have police directing traffic at the Peachtree Peddlers Flea Market and Sky Zone on the weekend and never at the intersection of Hwy. 81 and Mill Road? It is a parking lot at that intersection all of the time.

Hey Henry, hey drivers, when it rains, turn your lights on. It’s the law. Also, use your blinkers, that’s also the law. Maybe some of you need to go back over the drivers hand book. Or do you just not care?

Hey, Henry, a final message to the person(s) who caused me to break my left foot and left wrist this past October. My foot and wrist have healed but my thumb and fingers are messed up from being a cast for so long. Nothing to heal but time. I forgive you but will never forget as I have constant pain and I’ll be paying medical bills until the cows come home.

Hey Henry, you’d think with Nash Farms hosting all the events and being such a “historic landmark” they would take better care of it. I drove by the other day and the pretty white fence that used to be out front by the highway is an eyesore of brown rust! For such a location of “pride” for the County, why does it look like such an eyesore?

Hey Henry, Democrats are excellent at sin. When they don’t agree they switch the subject, ignore the facts, then if that doesn’t work they name call.

Hey Henry, does anyone in Henry County know how to yield? I always seem to be behind or turn in front of those who don’t.

Hey Henry, other side of the tracks. Amen.

Hey Henry, what about these church groups who have their church gatherings at their residences, inconveniencing the neighbors when their church has lots of space for the event.

Hey Henry, Nathan Deal got it right again and the elephant is in its coffin.




Hey Henry - 05.04.16


Hey Henry, shout out to Relay for Life of Henry County and Hampton High School. What an amazing event! Also, thanks for being proactive considering the weather issues for that night.

Hey Henry, Henry County drivers, I am so tired of people tailgating me when I am doing at least 5 miles over the speed limit. When I can get your tag, my phone will be ready to take that picture. To the black mustang with the fishing poles protruding out the passenger window that passed me on a solid yellow line on Jonesboro road: you’re an idiot with no respect for others. Someone like you does not deserve to carry a drivers license.

Hey Henry, before we have a fatality or serious injury on the McDonough Square, could the City please post a sign on the crosswalk in front of our beautiful Welcome Center stating “no crosswalk,” add an arrow, bright yellow or red colors? It would be so helpful for the people trying to cross, not noticing no crosswalk lines on the road.

Hey Henry, to the very inconsiderate and uninformed yankee who personally insulted my ancestors and my family, several points: 1) Confederate veterans are American veterans by U.S. law, 2) If secession was right in 1776, it was just as right in 1861, 3) I-95 will take you back to that wonderful, spotless, sinless dreamland of New York City.

Hey Henry, we really enjoyed and appreciated the somber Memorial service hosted by the Col. Charles T. Zachry Camp of the SCV and the UDC at the monument on the McDonough Square. Very nice and respectful.

Hey Henry, I thought it was the law that you have 30 days to register your vehicles in the state of Georgia when you move here (even renters) with the exception of military obligation? The amount of revenue (TAVT money) being lost because this is not enforced has to be huge. Such a huge loss to County and State revenues for failure to enforce.

Hey Henry, what ever happened to country music? Listening to the country music that plays on the radio today, I miss the twang, the deep voice. Where is Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Marty Robins?

Hey Henry, turn the Cotton Fields Golf Club into a Top Golf, Malibu Grand Prix, or a Tree Top Obstacle/Zip Line place. Something fun and outdoorsy. Please don’t let it sit and go into decline and don’t turn it into more industrial space!

Hey Henry, I want to say thank you to the two gentlemen at McDonald's who helped me when my car died. They pushed it out of the way and waited until the tow truck came. It’s nice to know there is still kindness around us when an old person needs help.

Hey Henry, at the April 18 McDonough City Council Meeting both a city council member and a guest insinuated that the problem in the subdivision under discussion was because they live on the “other side of the tracks” and had it been on the Lake Dow side it would be taken care of by the city. New News - on the “other side of the tracks” the city has spent $11M on green space (nowhere else in the city has that kind of investment been made). Out 81/20 on the “other side of the tracks” the business community has invested millions to create retail, restaurant and services like no other place in McDonough. Never mind if you live on the “other side of the tracks” you don’t have to drive through the Square to get to the interstate. Looks like “the other side of the tracks” IS the place to live.




Hey Henry - 04.27.16


Hey Henry, to the person questioning the World War II Army Ranger. First of all, you should be honored to have even talked to him, there’s not too many left. Second, just because you didn’t see his name on a website, doesn’t mean he wasn’t there. I would take his word over the internet. And third, shame on you for calling out a WWII veteran. He, along with all our military, are heroes to me.

Hey Henry, who is the man in the third floor window of Eagles Landing Family Practice in Locust Grove?

Hey Henry, why does the County continue to rehire people that have left the County and do business with people that are known to have shady business dealings? Our leaders need to do the right thing for a change! Stop lining your pockets and do what you are supposed to do - take care of your citizens and employees!

Hey Henry, to the person who said that the woman standing in line didn’t deserve kudos while waiting with her sleeping baby because that is her job, you are ridiculous and obviously a man. If you are not a man, you’ve got some other issues going on. Yes, that is a mother’s job, but it is not an easy one. I think every mother who chooses to keep and take care of a child deserves kudos for it all. Give us all a break! Editor’s note - Amen!

Hey Henry, to the person who was offended by the use of the word trained, I would recommend that you first learn the meaning of a word before you become offended by it. The definition of train is to teach a person or animal a particular skill or type of behavior through practice and instruction over a period of time.

Hey Henry, what a country we live in. This past weekend, I attended a friend’s wedding, and spent the better part of the reception drinking with my friend’s dad, grand dad, uncle and brothers. Did I mention that my friend’s family is from Saudi Arabia and she married a Catholic from N.C.? America has always been great!

Hey Henry, I don’t think Governor Deal gave in to the dollar. There was no reason for that bill. Our lawmakers pass too many bills where common sense should be used instead!

Hey Henry, it’s bad enough when people throw out trash along the roadside, but a person actually threw out a whole toilet on Bethlehem Road in Locust Grove. Not only should you be fined, but jailed too, for being so nasty!

Hey Henry, the little farmers market building just east of the McDonough Square continues to loose its shingles. Surely we all have driven by and done nothing. What does that say about us?

Hey Henry, if I pay taxes to be put towards some sort of road improvement that has never been completed and a pothole that I have called on numerous times pops my tire, can I get that money back from the County to pay for it? Of course not. What a joke.

Hey Henry, if the local driver who is better than everyone else and a “lunacy” expert in southern history were competing for Henry County’s most obnoxious, it would be a dead heat.

Hey Henry, not all the residents in McDonough wanted more jobs to come here. It’s been crowded enough for the last 10 years.




Hey Henry - 04.20.16


Hey Henry, I have worked in the banking industry through two financial crises and companies are still as unethical as ever. Put people first, do the right thing, be honest, stand for quality and integrity. How about walking the walk instead of just talking the talk?

Hey Henry, McDonough Police Department, want to boost your revenue dollars? Place a camera at the back side of the department. You will be guaranteed to catch drivers running the stop sign, cutting others drivers off, and since the left lane ends, oh, that means they are also, without a doubt, speeding to merge over.

Hey Henry, beware when shopping and eating on Jonesboro Road. My truck and four other vehicles were broken into on a Saturday afternoon in broad daylight. The police officer said it was pretty common. When is the county going to catch up to the traffic and crime? The county apparently is quick to allow residential and business growth for revenue dollars. It’s pretty obvious the county needs more law enforcement.

Hey Henry, if you drive like you are the only car on the road then you are the problem.

Hey Henry, Governor Deal has sold out. Remember this when the Opportunity School District Amendment comes up this fall. He got everything he wanted with religious liberty and still vetoed it.

Hey Henry, to the Henry Transit driver telling another driver that “she has her people (seniors) trained.” What kind of animals is she transporting?

Hey Henry, I became aware decades ago that the southeastern U.S. is a madhouse. Any sane society would be ashamed over something like this region’s 1861-65 bout of lunacy and treason. Now, the SCV proves me right again by flaunting this terrible interlude and the ensuing 150 years of oppression with Confederate Memorial Day. Give it up, you nice, misguided people. You make us laughingstocks to the rest of the world.

Hey Henry, what a great country we live in, where any lowly Chicago “community organizer” can run for president? He has created a land of in-opportunity!

Hey Henry, in the past couple of years, Henry County Schools have added several dozen county office jobs, and now plans on adding two assistant superintendents among others, positions undoubtedly to be filled, per usual, with incompetent teachers and administrators. I would hate to have to create an organizational hierarchy chart.

Hey Henry our governor is a traitor to every God-fearing person in this state. He gave in to the almighty dollar.

Hey Henry after what I saw an officer do today they do not deserve what they make, much less a raise. By the way, I retired after 37 years in law enforcement.

Hey Henry, oops, Nathan Deal can’t run for re-election. His 2 terms are almost over. Can I get an amen?

Hey Henry, to the bus drivers that speed through these neighborhoods, slow down. You have our kids on the bus!

Hey Henry, thank you to the Storm Water Dept. for cleaning up in the Kelleytown area in February!




Hey Henry - 04.13.16


Hey Henry, if a child breaks or damages someone else’s property, shouldn’t the parent pay for it? That’s the way it worked for my generation anyway.

Hey Henry, no Nathan Deal, along with other governors in the past, gave the Conservatives, who put him in office, another slap in the face. Seems like everybody’s opinion matters except those who try to live by God’s word. I'll remember this when he comes up for re-election.

Hey Henry, to the two comments regarding driving. Obviously neither of you can read. I never said anything about speeding, I said at least ‘drive the speed limit.’ If that’s considered an aggressive driver, then you two must be stupid drivers. I am grown, thank you, and know how to drive.

Hey Henry, residents in McDonough wanted more jobs in the area, which is creating more people and more traffic. How is McDonough going to handle the situation, that is constantly growing rapidly.

Hey Henry, no, Nathan Deal has not done something right. He is a sellout on this one. He wants to claim that “Georgia doesn’t need this bill; and that is what the 1st Amendment is for.” Why doesn’t he tell that to the people who own bakeries who have been fined and sued? All I have to say is, Mr. Deal, how’s that 30 pieces of silver?

Hey Henry, this one goes out to the ones responsible for our traffic nightmare called “I-75” through Henry county. When you planned this little gem to “improve the flow of traffic,” did it occur to anyone that eliminating the emergency lanes would create more problems in the future?

Hey Henry, why was another set of sidewalks plus an awning installed mainly for State Court Clerk’s office employees to enter the building? Truth is, this was done for the sake of employees avoiding going through the main entrance. I work at the Judicial Center and I believe it was a waste of SPLOST funds that could have been utilized elsewhere. Court Clerk employees did not need another entrance because they were too lazy to walk another 25 feet and enter properly. What is good for the public is good enough for employees.

Hey Henry, kudos to Locust Grove DDS office. My wife got her license renewal done in less than fifteen minutes. That is efficiency!

Hey Henry, to the man who told me he was an army Ranger who went ashore on D-Day at Normandy, you said you climbed that cliff at Omaha Beach under fire. I recently found a web site listing every World War II Ranger. No one with your initials and last name is listed. A clerical error, I’m sure.

Hey Henry, to the person who said ‘if you are being tailgated you are probably driving too slow.’ That is baloney. Plenty of times I am going the speed limit or better and still people will tailgate.

Hey Henry, why doesn’t the City (of McDonough) and County use prisoners to clean up our roadways? It looks like a giant garbage dump in McDonough. Shameful! To those throwing out their trash, just stop. Take some pride in your town!

Hey Henry, what a great country we live in, where any lowly billionaire reality-show host can run for president. This truly is a land of opportunity!




Hey Henry - 04.06.16


Hey Henry, to the lady that complained to me that all she saw in the most current issue of Senior Spirit was black people (with my mouth dropped). First of all, my husband and children are black. Second of all, the featured story is Heritage holding the 9th annual African American fashion show.

Hey Henry, I know its the interstate, but slow down on I-75. The speed limit has been lowered to 60 for a reason. The accident between a dump truck and car last week should be enough incentive for you.

Hey Henry, to the person complaining about riding bumpers, you sound like a person who regularly drives over the speed limit. Stop making excuses for yourself.

Hey Henry, Henry County haiku: Bigger house? No, girl. With this trailer and that barn, we’ve got lots of room.

Hey Henry, Nathan Deal finally got something right.

Hey Henry, I attended the Sunrise Service on the Square again this year. I enjoyed the old time gospel music, and the opportunity to share in praising our Lord Jesus. I was a little taken aback that the offering plate was passed around. I don’t remember that being done in years past.

Hey Henry, to the idiot giving all the poor excuses for his being an aggressive driver. You are a good example of what is wrong with today’s society. In your opinion, it is all about you and there is always someone else to blame. Grow up!

Hey Henry, I’ve been going to a lot of McDonough City Council meetings for the past three years and it’s clear who our next Mayor should be. If you have been paying attention you know exactly whom I’m talking about. Encourage them to run next year!

Hey Henry, have you noticed all the trash and debris on the side of our roads. Some is from garbage collection trucks and some is from people just throwing their trash out to keep from paying for garbage pickup. If you see this occur make sure to report it and get tag or truck numbers. We are becoming a trash heap like some of our close counties.

Hey Henry, we recently had our second child at Piedmont Henry Hospital and wow, what an experience. We were able to hold our baby as soon as he was born. I tried to breastfeed my first but lived in another state (military family) and did not have help. I feel so blessed to have experienced my son’s birth here. The staff was so caring and helpful in everything and the Lactation Department is tops! Did you know they offer outpatient services?

Hey Henry, to the person complaining about Clayton County cars picking up their children at Henry County Schools, have you ever paid attention to how many out of state cars pick up children at Henry County and Clayton County Schools? Why hasn’t something been done about that? Not only do you not know if they live in that jurisdiction or not, but the state requires those moving here to obtain a GA registration within 30 days of moving. Not 30 months.

Hey Henry, well it's that time again to hear people whine about how tight money is and how bad the economy is. Nevertheless, these same people will take two or three vacations, spring break and summer. I don’t want to hear how tight your money is, go ahead and admit that you have it.