Local News

  • Liter’s seeks space

    Staff writer/photographer

    A conditional use permit application that would allow Liter’s Quarry in Lockport to complete the purchase of a 62-acre tract adjoining current operations has been tabled until Oct. 25 by the Henry County Board of Adjustments.

    Liter’s Vice-President of Operations Barry Hornback said the tract is needed to expand the mine’s underground area only. “We will not be adding buildings or structures,” he said.

  • 200 years strong

    Staff writer/photographer

    Just a couple miles east of Defoe is a small white church with a big history.

    Members and ministers past and present packed into Union Baptist Church last weekend to celebrate the church’s 200th anniversary.

    Memories threaded from person to person as people in the congregation stood to add a piece. “I remember that rock wall out front was always full of men,” one woman recalled.

  • Couple is tired of ‘Mr. Griffin’

    Staff writer/photographer

    Gary Parks and Cathy Crane of Pleasureville have been getting a lot of unwanted phone calls lately.

    The caller, “Mr. Griffin,” tells the couple they have won $1 million.

    So, why aren’t they happy about the calls?

    Because it’s a scam.

  • New Castle to help fund Haunted House

    Staff writer/photographer

    The City of New Castle has agreed to help fund a Halloween Haunted House to be held in the Locker later this month.

    Computer Hawks’ owner George Banks is the man behind the project which is to take place from Monday, Oct. 18 through Saturday, Oct. 30.

  • A new catch for the depot

    General Manager

    A new restaurant could come to Pleasureville soon.

    Former Kingfish Restaurants CEO Ed Penziner spoke to the city’s commission Monday night, outlining what he’d like to do.

    Utilizing the depot, Penziner said he’s considering a bakery, but will tailor the operation to what the community is interested in. Penziner already has looked at the community demographics, and believes something that is “good, made from scratch food,” is what the restaurant would include.


  • Public Records for the week of October 6, 2010

    Sheriff’s Department Arrests

    David J. Lathrem, failure to appear, arrested by Rick Nelson on 9/24.

    Brandon Branham, 4th degree assault, arrested by Rick Nelson on 9/27.

    Robert C. Barnes, failure to appear/child support, arrested by Rick Nelson on 9/27.

    District Court


    Monday, Sept. 27

    Judge Jerry D. Crosby II

  • Forums, debate offer chances to hear candidates

    General Manager

    In just a few short weeks, voters will hit the polls to make their choices for their elected officials at all levels — city, county, state and federal office.

    As election day approaches, the Henry County Local and Henry County Chamber of Commerce will partner for a series of three forums in October.

  • Public Records for the week of September 29, 2010


    Stephanie A. Fuchs, 28, Smithfield, to Kevin G. Floyd, 34, Smithfield.

    Brittany Kay White, 20, Smithfield, to Robert Lee Carter, 23, Smithfield.

    Brandi R. Webb, 23, Pleasureville, to Morris A. Powell, 19, Pleasureville.


    Michael Corey Bramblett, 33, Shelbyville, and Ashley Marie Allgeier, 27, Pleasureville.

    Michael Allen Rucker, 56, Pleasureville, and Bertha J. Downey, 57, Pleasureville.

  • New location, new services

    Staff writer/photographer

    After being temporarily displaced earlier this year, Henry County Adult Education is alive and well in its new home at the Community Life Center in Eminence.

    When the building it occupied had to be razed to accommodate New Castle Elementary School’s expansion, the program needed a new address and this location offers a lot of amenities.

  • Sevier is ready to Fling

    Staff writer/photographer

    In 1994 New Castle’s longtime festival planner Margaret Vaughn passed her baton to Charlie Sevier. She had been at the helm since 1984.

    When he took over, the city had just one festival. “It was one 9 to 5 festival,” he said. “Then we added Fall Fling and Christmas in New Castle.”