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  • County names new parks director

    The Henry County Fiscal Court Parks Committee has selected Travis Buchanan as the new County Parks Director. Buchanan will take over the position that has been held by William Peyton. Peyton is retiring after four years in the position.

    Buchanan brings with him a degree from the University of Kentucky in turf management. His prior work experience includes being an assistant superintendant at two golf courses, including Hyde Park Country Club in the Cincinnati area. At Hyde Park, he managed a grounds crew of 30 employees.

  • Cornhole tournament to raise cash for Trooper Island

    Kentucky State Police are looking for you to toss some bags for a good cause.

    On April 24, KSP will host a double elimination cornhole tournament.  Beginning at 10 a.m., the tournament will take place at the Disabled American Veterans building at 8853 La Grange Road in Pendleton.

    Two-player teams may enter for a $50 fee, and individual players may enter for a $25 fee. Prizes include $300 for first place and two $100 Walmart gift cards for second place. Third place receives a gift package.

  • HCPL is going green with Wiche

    Staff Writer/Photographer

    It is common practice to wear something green on St. Patrick’s Day, but how about wearing green to celebrate Earth Day’s 40th anniversary?

    The Henry County Library invites residents to participate in any or all events planned in honor of our home planet. Included among those events is an appearance by regional gardening guru Jeneen Wiche, who will be at the library at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 24, when she will share her take on garden design.

  • Public Records for the week of April 7, 2010

    Divorces

    John Thomas Oller, 40, New Castle, and Michele Lee Blevins, 38, Eminence

    Roy Dewayne Valentine, 43, smithfield, and Anna Lee Cooper, 47, Smithfield.

    Sheriff’s Department Arrests

    Jesse Raisor, probation violation, arrested by Rick Nelson on 3/26.

    David W. Ethington, failure to appear, arrested by Rick Nelson on 3/26.

    Steven E. Lyons Sr., failure to appear, arrested by Rick Nelson on 4/1.

  • Food donations could lift late fees

    Staff writer/photographer

    For the third year in a row, the Henry County Public Library will celebrate National Library Week by giving back to the community.

    Librarian Suzanne Banta said that from Monday, April 12, through Saturday, April 17, people are asked to bring non-perishable food items in to the library.

    For each item donated library users will receive $5 off library late fees.

    “We use it as a way to do something for our patrons and the community,” she said.

  • Welty joins UCB

    William Joseph Welty Sr., has joined United Citizens Bank as a new director. Welty, a Carrollton resident, was raised in Trimble County where he also attended high school. He also attended Georgetown College.

    Previously, he was the owner of Welty Enterprise Inc., worked at Rotary Lift, served in the U.S. Army reserves, and owned apartments, a restaurant and a donut shop.

  • At 10, James has a passion for riding horses

    Staff Writer/Photographer

    When Makayla James was last in the newspaper, she was  five years old, and sitting on a fully grown horse. That was five years ago.

    Now she’s in double-digits for her age and triple digits when it comes to ribbons, belts and trophies for her riding skills.

    “I’ll bet if I got rid of one out of 100, she’d know,” mother Linda James said.

    She said Makayla was born prematurely and had special needs.

  • New Castle Main Street offering facade grants

    Staff writer/photographer

    It’s been said that you only get one chance to make a first impression.

    In a nod to that adage, New Castle’s Main Street program will offer downtown businesses a chance to improve their buildings and storefronts.

    Main Street manager Jeff Thoke said commercial property owners within the Main Street commercial district may apply by May 31 for grants of up to $1,000.

    Businesses who rent property within the district also may apply with the owner’s written consent.

  • All calm on the P’ville front

    General Manager

    As Pleasureville City Commissioners read the city’s financial report and minutes of their last meeting, the meeting room was silent save for the hum of the fluorescent lights overhead and the turning of report pages.

    The tone of Monday night’s meeting was a marked change from March, when the meeting devolved into a scene that commissioners, and residents, found embarrassing. Many of those who spoke loudest and most fervently in March were not present Monday night.

  • Lawmakers shore up teacher retirement

    Kentucky News Content Service

    Kentucky teachers can rest a little easier now, knowing their retirement is secure.

    On April 1, House Bill 540 relating to the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System was passed in the General Assembly and delivered to Gov. Steve Beshear to sign.

    The bill will change how the retirement system is funded, said Beau Barnes, deputy executive secretary of operations for KTRS.