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  • ‘A gift from God’

    Staff writer/photographer

    Pastors at Drennon Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church have ministered to its flock since 1862. Just eight weeks ago members welcomed a new clergyman into their fold.

    Reverend Corey Beatty came to the small historic church by way of Louisville’s Northeast Christian Church, which had a congregation of about 3,000, and La Grange Christian Church where he was being groomed as associate pastor for its 100 members. Around 35 souls call Drennon Christian Church home.

  • The people’s exhibit: Kentucky River history

    Staff writer/photographer

    Though no travel has been allowed on the Kentucky River in Henry County since 1985, some of the river’s bustling past is preserved at the Henry County Historical Society.

  • Students getting their ACTs together

    General Manager

    If the scores are any indication, students in Eminence Independent and Henry County Public Schools are getting their ACT together.

    In just the second year of mandatory testing of all Kentucky juniors, the ACT scores in both districts increased. For Eminence, that increase was substantial, with a 1.6-point increase in the composite score, while Henry County enjoyed a smaller increase of 0.4 points.

  • Can you spare a $10 spot?

    General Manager

    Real estate property taxes in Eminence could increase soon, though the impact on homeowners is expected to be minimal.

    During last week’s Eminence City Council meeting, City Clerk Sandra Doane recommended the rate recommended by the state is 29.9 cents per $100 assessed value, a 0.1-percentage point increase. That change, Doane told the council, equates to $10 more per year for a $100,000 home, or an increase of 83-cents per month.

  • HCPS board of education to hold tax rate hearing

    Staff writer/photographer

    The Henry County Public School district will hold a public hearing at the Henry County Board of Education tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. to hear comments on a general fund tax levy. The annual increase provides a four percent raise in revenue for schools.

    Superintendent Tim Abrams said contrary to some public perception this is not a four percent tax increase.

  • Campbellsburg student to see the world for a semester

    Staff writer/photographer

    When you think of a 750-student co-ed college cruise, what comes to mind? A lot of hard studying and modest clothing, right?

    Okay, maybe not. But Cameran Smith of Campbellsburg said that is exactly the kind of cruise she will participate in this fall, although the semester-long international cruise wasn’t on her radar until June 10.

  • New pastor at Pleasureville UMC in his first assignment

    Staff writer/photographer

    He always knew this day would come.

    Since the tender age of 19, Jeff Bramel has been involved in ministry. Now, at 31, Bramel is taking on his first assignment — pastor at Pleasureville United Methodist Church.

    Pleasureville United Methodist Church welcomed the new pastor in June.

    “I’ve been in the ministry since I was 19,” Bramel said. “God has been preparing me for this for several years.”

  • Eminence man charged with rape

    Staff writer/photographer

    A well-known figure in Eminence plead not guilty to  charge of first degree rape in Henry County District Court.

    James W. “Foxy” Wright, 57, was arrested Aug. 8th and charged with the class B felony.

    The arrest was based on a complaint filed by an adult woman with the Eminence Police Department. The victim’s name has not been released.

  • HCPS: An ounce of prevention

    Staff writer/photographer

    It’s all about prevention.

    HCPS district school nurse Melissa Jeffries said a letter will be sent to the homes of all students this week outlining the district’s commitment to flu prevention.

    Jeffries said HCPS is taking its direction from the Centers for Disease Control and the Kentucky Department of Education.

  • Reckless homicide for Elston

    Staff writer/photographer

    After more than three days of testimony, Steve Elston has been convicted of reckless homicide.

    Elston was charged with second degree murder in the July 6, 2008, shooting death of Joseph Burch. The jury deliberated less than two hours before returning a verdict — one of five options presented by Judge Karen A. Conrad.

    The options included finding Elston not guilty, guilty of the original charge, or guilty of one of three lesser charges.