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  • EIS picks Orton to be interim superintendent

    Staff writer/photographer

    Eminence Independent Schools board president Brenda Chism said Director of Pupils and Personnel William Orton will act as interim superintendent for the district as of today, Wednesday, July 1.

    “Darlene (Bates) recommended him,” she said, “and he has offered to step in until we hire a long-term superintendent.”

    As DPP, Orton oversees truancy issues.

    Orton has superintendent certification and retired from the Jefferson County school system before coming to EIS.

  • Historical society hosts quarterly meeting

    The Henry County Historical Society hosted their quarterly membership meeting the evening of June 15 at the Cooperative Extension office. President Jim Kleinert gave a summary of the June 8 board meeting and reviewed the renovation work being done at the History Center. Linda Roberts gave a presentation on the historical significance of the Drennon Springs area, and everyone was treated to ice cream sundaes.

  • No adults allowed, sort of; arcade offers youth a safe place to hang out

    Staff writer/photographer

    No adults allowed unless accompanied by children 18 years old or younger. That’s the rule at Bobby Sue’s Arcade.

    The game room for the 18 and younger crowd opens its doors today from noon until 9 p.m. at 5242 Main Street in Eminence. There will be a grand opening event Saturday, July 4.

    The decor conjures a 1950’s vibe with a jukebox and classic arcade games, but proprietor Kathy Braden said the idea has universal appeal.

  • Rucker resigns city post

    General Manager

    For the second time in his political career, Campbellsburg Mayor Carl Rucker has resigned his post.

    And, for the second time, that resignation comes because of concerns about his health. Rucker, 73, is battling blood clots — for which he was recently hospitalized — and shoulder pain.

    “I thought that, for my health reasons and age reasons ... that I’d let myself off the hook of some of the stress that is related to being mayor of a town,” he said Monday.

  • This is only a test; KSP holds training exercise in Pleasureville

    Staff writer/photographer

    It was a scene that had Pleasureville residents buzzing.

    Several marked and unmarked Kentucky State Police cruisers surrounded a house in Pleasureville two days in a row last week.

    The silhouette of an armed officer, gun drawn, shaded the siding next to the back door. He entered the darkened kitchen cautiously, warily. A man lay motionless on the tiles. A  pistol lay next to the prone figure, and an empty 40 ounce beer bottle stood on the floor.

  • Work to begin on U.S. 421, I-71

    Construction will begin the week of July 13 on U.S. 421 at the bridge over the CSX railroad near Campbellsburg. The bridge will be closed during construction.

    Also, beginning this week, lane closures and delays will be possible between mile markers 22 and 28 in Oldham and Henry Counties as the Kentucky Department of Transportation resurfaces the interstate, which should be completed by fall.

    The speed limit will be reduced to 55 MPH in the work zone.

  • Realtors earn new designation

    Steven L. Woods, Lyndon B. Johnson and Hannah Way of Re/Max Preferred Realty have earned the prestigious Certified Distressed Property Expert designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance and short sales. This is invaluable expertise to offer at a time when the area is ravaged by “distressed” homes in the foreclosure process.

     

  • Court freezes county pay

    General Manager

    After a contentious discussion, the Henry County Fiscal Court voted to freeze salaries for all employees in 2010.

    Though raises for all employees were included in the first draft of the county budget, they were removed prior to the second reading of the budget.

    Pleasureville area magistrate Jerry Beasley proposed the amendment, and said that in the current economy, with residents losing their jobs, giving raises — even if the county is in the black — wouldn’t be prudent.

  • Teaming up with food, friends and fun at Relay For Life

    Relay For Life Henry County will take place Friday at the Henry County High School Track with opening ceremonies beginning at 7 p.m. Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity and offers everyone in the community the opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. The event brings together the community to celebrate the lives of those who have battled or are battling cancer, remember loved ones who have lost their lives to this horrible disease, and last but not least, a chance to fight back against cancer and seek ways to put an end to this disease.

  • 2009 will be Rankin’s first Relay as a survivor

    Staff writer/photographer

    Most doctors do not ask women to go for a mammogram until about age 40. Luckily for 35-year old Jennifer Rankin, hers recommends an earlier start date.

    “On Friday, March 20 I went in for my first ever baseline mammogram,” she said. “On Monday, she called me and said they’d found a worrisome tumor.”

    Rankin is a full-time deputy clerk for the Henry Circuit and District Courts, married to Jerry Rankin Jr., and has an eight-year old son, Dylan.