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  • The curing season

    In the wake of the summer drought, local tobacco farmers remain optimistic.

    While soybean yields are down and corn crops continue to be counted as a loss, tobacco looks better than it did the previous year for local farmers like Dean Clubb.

    “You won’t know till you put it on the scale,” Clubb said. “For quality tobacco it needs to get cured right, but it has remained remarkable given the drought.”

  • The Music Man

    Playing music is different than just listening to it for Chip Anderson. He hopes his teaching makes the same difference for his students.

    Anderson exposes Henry County middle and high school students to a broad spectrum of music from the classical to the contemporary. From Mozart to Cee Lo Green, students learn to play a variety of music that is entertaining and educational not just in the classroom, but at ballgames. His passion for music led to his job as Henry County middle and high school band director.

  • Fowler arraigned

    James E.  Fowler, 57, of Smithfield was arraigned Wednesday, Sept. 5 on charges that he murdered Nick Bibelhauser.

    He pled not guilty and was appointed a public defender and preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday.

    According to reports from the detectives, Fowler said he was in the driver’s seat of his wife’s truck when Bibelhauser put a gun to his head.

  • The radio days: WSTL in Eminence


    J. Woodruff Dunavent loved building things.
    He built the Eminence radio station WSTL in 1956 and its actual air date was June 1.
    Dunavent built another radio station in St. Matthews WSTM in 1966.
    He and his wife Helen were progressive for the mid fifties.

  • Nationally renowned band has local roots

    Johnny Quaid never set out to be anything but honest with his music and his work.

    On his grandparent’s farm in Shelbyville where corn, silage and soybeans grew, so did Johnny and his cousin Jim’s band My Morning Jacket. Comprised of members from Pleasureville, Buckner, and Shelbyville the band’s music reached international acclaim with its first albums recorded mostly on the family farm.

  • Smithfield man charged w/ murder

    A Smithfield man has been charged with murdering his brother-in-law over a property dispute Saturday afternoon.

    Kentucky State Police arrested James Fowler, 57, of Smithfield, after determining that a dispute over a property line allegedly led Fowler to shoot Nick Biblehauser in the head with a handgun.

    Biblehauser, the brother of Fowler’s wife, was declared dead at the scene by assistant Henry County Coroner Mike Paris.

    Troopers found  Bibelhauser, 61, of Smithfield dead from a gunshot wound to the head.

  • Portrait artist to do Coach D mural

    Clint Hedges loves doing portrait art.

    Unlike a landscape piece where a tree can be a few inches off from its original spot, a portrait of a grandmother’s face must be exact or Hedges feels like he hasn’t given his client their money’s worth.

    The eyes and nose must be spaced exactly to her true features or the whole picture is off. Hedges loves that kind of challenge.

  • ‘Small Voices’

     

     

    Sexual abuse cases make up 70 percent of Kentucky State Police Post 5 detectives’ caseload. Most of those may never be prosecuted.

    KSP Sergeant Todd Harwood almost guarantees that a new case lands on a detectives’ desks at least once a week.

    On the detectives’ assignment board there are more cases of sexual abuse, rape and sodomy than any other investigation.

  • With closure, city will lose historic buildings

    Three more buildings along East Broadway may soon join the demolished history of Eminence’s past.

    Eminence City Council read the final ordinance last week to close the Browning’s Lane alley. Eminence Mayor Drane Stephens said all the property owners with butting access and easements along Browning Lane had to verbally agree to a consent to sell to CVS. According to Stephens, the remaining buildings would be cleared for construction.

  • 19th century lynch mob justice

    The Henry and Owen County and Kentucky River Marauders terrorized residents in Owen and Henry County for a reported 16 years before a lynch mob took justice into their own hands and four suspects from New Castle Jail.