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New Castle appoints new commissioner

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By Stephanie Doyle

New Castle City Commission appointed Henry County native Janet King last week after two-time commissioner Juanita Raisor resigned, effective Dec. 31. Raisor will remain in Henry County but will move outside of the city limits.

King, a resident of New Castle for 12 years, owns two downtown businesses – Antiques on South Main and Country Frog. Janet King moved from Louisville to New Castle – where her husband, Bobby, is a native – but still commutes to Louisville as food service director for Nazareth Home, where she has worked for 11 years.

“There is nothing like the elderly and the stories they can teach us,” said King, whose college degree focused on nutrition and management and marketing. “It’s very rewarding.”

King’s community involvement in New Castle began with serving on the preservation and Main Street boards.

“In the past 18-plus months the Kings have made a substantial investment in the city,” said Bob Wagoner, who served with King on the Preservation Board. “They also have become involved in efforts to improve the city. Janet is truly interested in New Castle and is willing to work hard for all of its citizens.”
King said she loves the community of New Castle and that she and her husband are always looking for opportunities to help the community.

Commissioner Charlie Sevier called King a “very civic-minded person” who gives a lot to the community.

When considering whether to open a business on Main Street, the Kings realized that New Castle was not thriving.
“We felt like we needed to do something, and we enjoy doing projects together,” Janet King said. “We’ve also been able to bond with the community.”

Both businesses have been a success. “We’ve been self-supported through the support of the community,” she said. “We’ve been very fortunate and very blessed.”
Serving on the city commission, King said, takes involvement to another level.

“Why wouldn’t I want to be able to help our town grow and give back to the community?” she said. “I think anytime that you are a part of something, you need to do it wholeheartedly. I am very fortunate to be able to invest the time.”