Local News

  • Reduce the risk of winter home heating fires

    Henry County homeowners shouldn’t let unseasonably warm weather this season lull them into a false sense of security, emergency officials say. People should still do the necessary annual maintenance to avoid winter fires.
    Heating is the second most common cause of winter home fires in the United States, behind cooking, according to information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Each year, winter home fires kill 905 and cause nearly $2.1 billion in property loss.

  • Dollar General to open New Castle store

    The earth movers sit parked in a grassy field on the south side of New Castle for now, awaiting the go ahead to begin work on the site for a new Dollar General store, according to a company spokeswoman.
    Dollar General plans one of its traditional freestanding stores with approximately 7,300 square feet of retail space in New Castle, according to Katie Kile. If the weather cooperates, the store could begin operating in late spring.

  • Fire and rain: Looking back at 2015, Pt. 2

    While 2016 continues to rev up, take one last look at the Henry County news from the latter half of 2015.
    Raise the roof
    Community members announced plans to undergo a fundraising campaign to support a renovation project for the historic Odd Fellows Lodge building in New Castle. According to records, the Grand United Order of the Odd Fellows #1513 is among the oldest existing in the state, if not the country, having been founded in 1872. The group purchased the building in 1886 and began holding meetings there.

  • Honoring Lucas’ 44 years of public service

    Gary Lucas focused his considerable energy on making his city, his fire department and his employer’s facilities and the people in them as safe as possible.
    The longtime public servant, Eminence fire chief and Steel Tech employee fought a bout against cancer to return to what he loved doing — protecting others. Lucas died Dec. 29 while battling the disease’s return.

  • Finding ways to serve the community

    Mike Patel, owner of Country Express in Eminence (far left), along with his employees served over 150 free Christmas meals Dec. 22 as a service to the community.

    Meals consisted of ham or turkey and two sides. A time period of 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. was set aside for the free meals, but Patel said they ended up serving meals all day, even delivering several meals to businesses in Eminence.

  • Lions party makes Christmas bright

    Members of the New Castle Lions Club once again brought Christmas joy to local families with their annual Christmas Eve Toy Giveaway party. Attendees were treated to toys, gift bags, candy, the Christmas story and of course, a visit with Santa, all hosted at the New Castle Christian Church’s gymnasium.

  • Quire’s feline friends inspire a fantasy quest

    Mary Ellen Quire’s new book, Sheldon’s Diary, could have been called “The Secret Lives of Cats.”
    But that title could have been too restrictive — while the fantasy world the feline protagonists, Sir Sheldon and Sir Cheddars, inhabit, the stories that sprang from the author’s imagination involve all kinds of animals.
    The cats serve as knights who have sworn their service to the Paws for the Imminent Cause to fight injustice for animals and help the helpless.

  • Away in a Manger

    The annual tradition of the Bethlehem Living Nativity marked its 57th year this past Christmas week. Several area churches and dozens of volunteers work together to bring the tradition alive each Christmas. Although the threat of severe weather closed down the nativity scene Wednesday night, organizers estimate that thousands visited the scene over the course of the days leading up to Christmas.

  • Fire and rain: Looking back at 2015, Pt. 1

    Take a look at the stories that were captured in the pages of the Henry County Local this past year.

  • No more tobacco at HCPS

    When school is back in session Jan. 4, one major change will be implemented at all Henry County Public Schools.  There will be no tobacco use allowed at any event, in any building or on any school-owned property.
    The Board of Education voted on the tobacco-free campus policy Dec. 21, but the decision was not a unanimous one.