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  • Sisters seek shoppers somewhere in tyme

    Two sisters from Smithfield have a dream not just for their business, but the entire shopping district of Eminence.

    Roberta (Morgan) Blakemore and Bonnie (Morgan) Martin never thought in their retirement they would be running the Somewhere in Tyme  store.

    Blakemore and her husband purchased the old five-and-ten store and the building that housed the Eminence Theater on South Main Street. The couple repainted the store and filled the space with vendors.

  • Pleasureville: City seeks change

    Pleasureville City Commissioners Shawn Mertz and Diane Perry look to give the town a facelift.

    Enforcing local ordinances, funding for beautification projects and attracting new business owners while engaging local residents to get involved are hurdles for a town that once flourished. 

    In conjunction with the economic development committee, the commissioners want to revitalize and restore the town’s economy and appearance. According to Mertz, the city is in the planning stages.

  • 1800s doctor removed 22-pound tumor

    Kentucky Dr. Ephraim McDowell didn’t fear the impossible.

    On Monday, the good doctor and surgeon — who reached fame during the 1800s — shared his tale of removing a 22-pound tumor with members of the Henry County Historical Society.

    Played by Henry Dowell for Kentucky Chataqua, McDowell recounts a life-or-death surgery performed in Danville before the invention of anesthesia in what was the world’s first recorded ovariotomy.

  • Sisters get 20 days for missing drug tests

    Henry Circuit Court Judge Karen Conrad didn’t mince words last week with two sisters who missed random drug screens.

    Sabrina Walker’s public defender said the young woman did not hear her color when she called in for her drug screen.

    Sabrina Walker also is facing flagrant nonsupport charges and was concerned about being able to keep her job should Conrad send her to jail for missing the screen, asking for work release jail time.

    Conrad admonished Sabrina Walker.

  • Kentucky Renaissance Faire keeps up flair with new attractions

    The Kentucky Renaissance Faire offers new and staple attractions including a gypsy encampment; a Guinness World Record breaking juggler/fire breather and a royal court jester show for all the lords and ladies in your family.

    The Pickled Brothers Circus show will keep the crowds and crown mesmerized with circus stunts involving the fire eating and breathing brothers Travis Fessler and Erik Kloeker. Travis Fessler formed the troupe and they along with Fessler’s wife, Susan Fessler, have performed on the Tonight Show and appeared on Guinness World Records.

  • Boy dies in ATV wreck

    An 11-year-old Henry County boy died Thursday, June 6, in an apparent ATV crash.
    Henry County Coroner Jimmy Pollard declared Dylan Thurman of Pleasureville dead at the scene.
    Preliminary results of the investigation indicated Thurman was operating the ATV on his family’s farm when he crashed and was ejected from the vehicle.
    Kentucky State Police Detective Tim Moore is leading the investigation. Henry County EMS and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

  • Fassio doesn’t ask why

    Lt. Col. Mark Fassio didn’t feel sorry for himself when, on his birthday in 2012, he learned he had a rare form of cancer.

    Fassio — in a demeanor usual to those who know him — never asked why, but why not?

    Diagnosis

    In May 2012, Fassio went to Baptist Hospital Northeast in La Grange due to rectal bleeding. Physicians thought Fassio had an inflamed bowel and that an ulcer caused the bleeding and sent him home.

  • Preservation Pedal will wheel in HC

    Preservation Kentucky will have cyclists riding through Eminence and New Castle Saturday as part of the organization’s annual Preservation Pedal bicycle ride.

    Rachel Kennedy, Executive Director of Preservation Kentucky, said the annual event showcases the state.

    “We want to get people out of their cars and look at historic places in a different way,” Kennedy said. “We want to promote cycling, historic places and local businesses and their economy.”

  • Take 5 Pete Raymer

    Basic bio

    Born in Middletown in 1922.

    Attended school in Smithfield and New Castle.

    WWII veteran; served in the U.S. Army’s Coastal Artillery at Miami Beach and the Philippines.

    How did you end up in Henry County?

  • Youth loves her honey money

    Emily Bratton loves her honey money.

    Craig and Shannon Bratton saw an opportunity for their daughter when a previous owner left behind a beehive.  The family now has five beehives and looks for the bees and their daughter to continue thriving.