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  • HCHS students get a dose of college

    High School seniors may find applying for college, financial aid or scholarships daunting, particularly if they are first generation college or secondary education students.

    The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority selected Henry County High School as one of 13 pilot schools to participate and receive support with student activities to ease the process during Kentucky College Application Week.

  • New Castle purchases former Home Health building

    New Castle City Commission unanimously made a motion to buy 31 East Cross Main last week.

    The 2,400-sq.-foot building, previously the North Central Health Department office, will provide space New Castle Mayor Denny Benham thinks city hall needs.

    “It’s going to give us some room for one thing. We won’t have enough room to continue in a few years,” Benham said. “It will give public works office here (the present New Castle City Hall ) an office, and the Main Street manager can have his office back.”

  • Yacht explodes, injures Prospect woman

    A yacht returning to a Prospect marina exploded midday Thursday with four people on board.

    Heavy black smoke billowed above Ky. 1793 and U.S. 42 as flames quickly swept through a boat docked in the 2000 block of Justin Cove.

    Crews from North Oldham, Harrods Creek and Westport fire departments battled the blaze for more than an hour. As the flames were extinguished, the boat came to rest at the bottom of the marina.

    The vessel, a 41-foot Carver yacht, is partially submerged.

  • Dream wranglin'

    Cowboy Leslie Fender doesn’t wrangle cattle. He’s wrangling a childhood dream.

    Residents traveling through Eminence last week on Wednesday morning might have caught a glimpse of Fender’s quarter horse Angel untied, patiently waiting in a parking space for Fender to finish his breakfast. The scene of a horse outfitted with saddlebags parked next to an El Camino made for quite a juxtaposition.

  • Hunting with heart

    Robbie Aldridge hunts for his family, not for sport.

    Deep in the hills and hollers, along the tributary commonly known as Six Mile Creek, Aldridge hunts on his family’s 52-acre farm.

    Dawn barely touches landmarks known to Aldridge’s family like Fool’s Holler and the site of the Salem schoolhouse, a location marked only by a well. Aldridge can trace his family roots back 200 years in the area where he hunts.

  • Courthouse roots date to 1799

    The historic commission report entering the Henry County Court House, jail and warden’s house on the National Register of Historic Places tells just one part of the courthouse and connecting buildings’ history.

    The present courthouse and adjoining jail entered onto the registry in 1977, but the original site and government of Henry County had its first meeting at the home of Richard Rue on July 22, 1799. New Castle wouldn’t incorporate for another 18 years.

  • County to absorb garbage increase

    In a 5-1 vote, the Henry County Fiscal Court voted last week to leave garbage rates as they are — $19 — for county residents.

    For the last three years, the court has voted to absorb the price increases — which are set in the county contract with Rumpke — in an effort to prevent price increases on residents.

  • Roadside cleanup

    Nearly 400 Henry County citizens turned out Saturday, November 3, to assist with Henry County’s annual roadside litter clean up. Working under the direction of Henry County Planning & Zoning and Henry County Solid Waste Department, these citizens cleaned over 150 miles of Henry County roads. Through the efforts of 25 teams, over 1,000 bags of trash were collected.

  • Eminence receives splash pad grant

    Eminence Mayor Drane Stephens announced last week that the city will receive a $42,000 matching grant from the state for a proposed splash pad water park.

    In April, the Eminence City Council applied for a Land and Water grant which would fund a water recreation area at the park. City officials are uncertain as to when they will be given the grant, but Stephens said in the meeting that the governor wanted to deliver him the check personally.

  • Obelisk is a reminder of uncivil days

    The marble obelisk in Eminence Cemetery serves as a reminder of the division between families and in the state so fiercely enforced as to blur the line of between soldier and guerilla.

    By 1864, Gen. Stephen Gano Burbridge of Georgetown secured himself in command as a Union general in Kentucky. Burbridge showed his aptitude as a leader during his successful victory against Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan at the Battle of Cynthiana.