July 1961: Harry Hill donates land to county for fair

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July, 1951

In spite of threatening skies and weather reports of showers and humidity, the largest crowd in history turned out Wednesday for the 50th Annual I.O.O.F. Picnic and Henry County Home-Coming at the I.O.O.F. Park near Eminence.

The crowd was slow to gather in comparison to 20 years before. The executive committee secretary, Carl Wade, reported late in the afternoon that 200 more adult tickets had been sold this year than in the history of the celebration.

The dance committee, too reported, all records broken Wednesday night in the pavilion when 600 admissions were sold. Pee Wee “Tennessee Waltz” King furnished the music and packed them in.

Robert Payton, New Castle, was arrested Saturday by Sheriff Gilbert Carder. He was arrested under two charges; being drunk in a public place and impersonating an officer, namely, a deputy sheriff in violation of Kentucky statutes.

Payton was a passenger in a car driven by Charles “Shug” Moore, also of New Castle. They were returning to New Castle from Eminence when they saw two boys asleep in a car bearing Tennessee license tags. Payton approached the sleeping youths and told them he was a deputy sheriff and they must pay off or be run in. The boys gave Payton their billfolds although their money had been taken out and put in their shirt pockets. Payton returned one of the billfolds and kept the other. The youths went to Eminence and made inquiries and then came to New Castle to consult with Sheriff Carder. The license number of the car in which Payton was riding was taken down and it was through this that Payton was apprehended.

The streets of the business section of New Castle were marked off for parking with several changes being made. Police Chief Mace Long advises the Local that traffic through New Castle has gotten to the point that parking has reached the stage of a real problem.

July, 1961

The big problem of where to have the Henry County Fair was solved just by a gift of land by Mr. Harry A. Hill. A plot of 18 acres was given to the county for perpetual use.

Sunday afternoon’s storm did over $20,000 damage to Henry County High School. Lightning struck the chimney, and the force damaged the boiler, broke two-by-twelve ceiling timbers and bent steam and water pipes.

John Long, Superintendent of Education, said the biggest damage was caused by water from broken pipes. Water ran through the ceiling breaking the plaster and tile in the hall and classrooms.

July 1971

A juvenile was charged with murder following a shooting. Donald W. Fink, 29, died at Methodist Hospital in Louisville as the result of a gunshot wound on July 20. He was shot inthe lower part of the stomach with a shotgun with deer slug in it by a 16-year old juvenile who is being held in the Henry County Jail.

The shooting took place on the George Fremd farm near Eminence. Mrs. Jo Ann Fink (the wife of the victim) has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and is free on a $2,500 bond.