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  • Bombs found in garage

    General Manager

    A 16-year-old Henry County High School male student was arrested last week after two homemade bombs were found in his family’s Eminence area garage.

    According to Henry County Sheriff Danny Cravens, Detective Danny Stivers was contacted by a family member who found “what appeared to be two homemade explosive devices.”

  • Vanishing breed

    For 28 years dairy farmer Billy Smith hasn’t missed his daily appointments. At 730 milkings every year — except in leap year when it’s 732 — that adds up to more than 20,000 milkings. On Jan. 12, Smith completed his 20,000th straight milking.

    The routine is the same every day:

    Twice a day at 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Smith wrangles the cows into the waiting area outside the milking barn.

    He sterilizes each piece of equipment and slips a “sock” over the hose that delivers milk into the milk tank.

  • Council members upset with mayor over lack of communication

    General Manager

    During a meeting that started off  tense, three members of the Campbellsburg City Council said they were unhappy about not being notified of a recent change in the city’s personnel.

    Council member Rex Morgan said he was upset that Mayor Jan Fletcher hired a new city attorney without notifying the council members that the decision had been made while acknowledging Fletcher is not required to do so. Fletcher replaced former City Attorney Joe Yates with Graham Whatley of La Grange.

  • N.C. Festival bazaar Saturday

    The New Castle Festivals Committee is sponsoring a bazaar in New Castle from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 17, at the Locker building located at 12 S. Main Street.

    There will be arts and crafts, a flea market and yard sale booths.

    The Festival Committee also will be selling their cookbooks. Money raised from cookbooks and booth rentals will go to help put on festivals in New Castle.

    The Main Street Committee will sell hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch. For more information, call 845-4181, or e-mail newcastlefestivals@yahoo.com.

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month, and throughout the year, OVEC Head Start encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Kentucky a better place for families.

    By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills and resources they need to care for their children, communities can help prevent child abuse and neglect by strengthening families and communities. Research shows that five important factors are present in healthy families.

  • Two Dems face off for District 1 magistrate

    General Manager

    Two Eminence Democrats will face off in the May 18 primary election for the Magisterial seat formerly held by Wayne Gunnell.

    The winner will face Republican Scott Bates, who is unopposed in the primary, in November’s general election.

    Adam West, 45, was appointed in 2008 to serve out Gunnell’s term and faces current Eminence City Council member Danny Meadows, 50.

  • At 10, James has a passion for riding horses

    Staff Writer/Photographer

    When Makayla James was last in the newspaper, she was  five years old, and sitting on a fully grown horse. That was five years ago.

    Now she’s 10 and beyond triple digits when it comes to ribbons, belts and trophies for her riding skills.

    “I’ll bet if I got rid of one out of 100, she’d know,” mother Linda James said.

  • SAVE teacher predicts ‘20 out of 20’ success rate

    Staff writer/photographer

    Eminence Independent Schools has built a safety net for struggling middle and high school students.

    “Around Christmastime we evaluated where students stood,”  Assistant Principal Donna McClamroch said.

    Some students had grades that fell below the school’s “80 percent or better to pass” policy, even after Extended School Services interventions.

  • Ethington sentenced to 10 years

    Staff writer/photographer

    A Pleasureville man was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison in connection to a 2008 accident in Defoe.

    David Wayne Ethington, 38, of Pleasureville was charged with first degree assault, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and driving under the influence after an accident on Cedarmore Road in Defoe in March 2008. After his arrest, Ethington was indicted as a persistant felony offender, with aggravating circumstances.

  • $1k reward offered in burglary

    Staff Writer/Photographer

    When Jennifer Mancuso heard a $1,000 reward was being offered for information leading to the arrest of burglars who stole her son’s cancer medications, her voice broke with emotion.

    “Oh my God, oh my God,” she said over and over. “Sometimes it is just too much, the generosity of people.”

    The crime was, by anyone’s definition, heartless.