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Local News

  • Hole in the hill: a glimpse into Lockport history

    The sleepy hollows surrounding Lockport used to be anything but quiet.

    According to documents from the Historical Society of Henry County, in the late 1800s Lockport had three hotels, seven blacksmith shops and four or five grocery stores. The mouth of a tunnel dug in the spirit of prospect and the promise of profit is still visible from Lead Mine Road.

  • Spreading easter cheer
  • Proposed merger includes Farmers Deposit Bank

    Farmers Deposit Bank of Eminence may be merging with Citizens Deposit Bank of Vanceburg, Ky.

    The Vanceburg bank has filed an application with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for consent to merge with Farmers and with Ohio River Bank, based in Ironton, Ohio.

    Neither FDB President Carroll Yates nor Michael Mineer, chief executive officer of Citizens Deposit, were available for comment on the merger on Tuesday.

  • Projects progress in Campbellsburg

    The City of Campbellsburg is one step closer to getting new sidewalks installed on Cardinal Drive and College Court.

    The City Council voted 4-0 on Monday, March 19, to hire the Heritage Engineering Firm of Jeffersonville, Ind., to do the work. Council members Shelley Noe and John Suter were not present at the meeting.

  • New faces coming to the Local

    Staffing changes at The Henry County Local mean some new faces joining the 155-year-old community newspaper, and in one case a new title.

    Jonna Spelbring Priester was promoted in January to publisher of The Henry County Local after five years as editor and general manager.

    Priester joined the Local in 2007 after working nearly five years at McLean County News, including a year and a half as managing editor. She maintains that her title is all that has changed — her duties and responsibilities remain the same as when she was general manager.

  • New FiveStar to open in mid-July

    Construction is under way for a new FiveStar Food Mart and gas station in Eminence.

    The new store is being built on the site of the former NAPA Auto Parts store, which was destroyed by arson in 2008.
    The new store will be more than one-third larger than the existing store on Main Street, said Laura Baird, public relations manager for Newcomb Oil, which owns and operates the stores.

    The current store is 2,772 square feet; the new store will be 3,730 square feet and is set for completion by mid-July.

  • Contractor working to meet July 1 shelter deadline

    Tony Walker is a man under pressure.

    The Bedford resident, who owns TW Concrete, was hired by Trimble County Fiscal Court in January to build a new animal shelter, which will be shared by Trimble and Henry counties. His deadline of July 1 is coming up fast.

    Walker said concrete and masonry contracts were approved during a special Fiscal Court meeting Friday, March 2. At the end of the meeting, the plan was to begin “moving dirt” to prepare the site, located across the road from Valley View Landfill, on Monday, March 5.

  • HCPS lunch to cost 10 cents more in 2012-13

    Lunch prices in Henry County Public Schools will increase by 10-cents for the 2012-13 school year.

    Food services director Sidney Rothenberger told members of the HCPS Board of Education Monday night that she didn’t want to implement the increase, but that it was part of a federal mandate.

    That mandate was part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

  • Bandwidth too low for C’Burg WiFi

    Bandwidth – or, rather, the lack of it – is the root of what’s ailing the free wireless Internet system being provided by the City of Campbellsburg.

    That was the diagnosis given Monday to City Council by Brent Graves of PoweredOn in Carrollton, who was hired more than a year ago to set up the system meant to provide city residents with free wireless Internet access.

  • Terri Smith enters guilty plea

    During a pretrial hearing Monday in Henry County Circuit Court, Terri L. Smith, 51, of Campbellsburg, waived her right to a jury trial and entered a guilty plea to one count of second-degree cruelty to animals, a Class A misdemeanor.