County gets sports store

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By Tommie Kendall

Like many others in Henry County, Jason and Libby Warner had to make countless trips outside of the county to buy sporting equipment. Jason said there were weeks when Libby had to make four separate drives to Dixie Highway to buy needed youth gear. So they decided to do something about it.

Starting this Saturday, the Warners, along with John and Missy Wheeler, will officially open All American Sports in New Castle. I know I’m excited by the announcement.

The store will be located next to New Castle Cafe on Kentucky 146. It will sale everything from sports medicine, to equipment, to apparel, to uniforms. There will be no more long trips to Louisville for the Warners, or any others not wanting to venture outside the county.

“The necessity came to Henry County and we jumped on it when we had the opportunity,” Jason explained. “Next thing you know, here we are. We know this will benefit everyone in Henry County. We will do everything we can to appease and take care of the community.”

Starting this Saturday, the store will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Libby and Missy will run the day-to-day operations.

Besides selling gear, All American Sports wants to have a throw-back look to it with display items from previous players and teams from the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville and people here in Henry County. They are especially focusing on the top athletes from the county, and are asking for donations to fill the store with souvenirs of the past. These items will not be for sale.

“We want to make it a place where you can walk out and say, ‘that’s a pretty cool store,’” Jason said. “We really want it to have a home-town feel to it.”

So far, they have a picture of Jim Green running track from the 1960s, a picture of the 1950-51 Eminence High School basketball team and a copy of the 1956 Central High School roster, among other items. They are looking for more — from the current two high schools in the county, from previous high schools that have since merged and from surrounding counties.

Also, the store plans to have all athletes who sign to play a college sport involved in the display items. For instance, all football players from Henry County and Eminence who play in college will sign a football for all to see.

“That signature football is a pride thing,” Jason said. “It’s a good feel for our kids to come in here and leave a piece of history.”

To my knowledge, there has never been a store in Henry County devoted to providing equipment for various sports. This is a big boost to New Castle and the entire county. This Saturday, All American Sports will be in business. Yes, I am excited.

Tommie Kendall can be reached at (502)845-2858 or sports@hclocal.com. All American Sports can be reached at (502)845-0000.