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  • Popular teacher taking a one year leave

    Staff writer/photographer

    Eminence High School’s Intelligent Classroom software was on the fritz that Friday, so popular high school math teacher Buddy Berry improvised.

    He lit birthday candles and stuck them into hamburger buns. Students armed with water pistols attempted, mostly in vain, to put out the flames amidst bursts of laughter. It was harder than it looked and most of the candles still flickered atop soggy bread.

    He was teaching a lesson in probabilities.

  • Henry County native graduates from West Point

    General Manager

    Justin Bramlage remembers bouncing a racquetball against a wall while talking to his mother.

    “I said if I feel like this Monday morning, I’m ... getting the paperwork to quit,” Justin said. He was in his plebe year at the  United States Military Academy at West Point, the year his mother Ruth describes as the pressure cooker year. He told his mother there was a 99.9 percent chance he was quitting.

  • Design a plan to become the biggest loser

    Anyone who tells you that losing weight will be easy has never tried but here are some techniques used by individuals who have been successful at weight loss.

    1.  Set a reasonable goal:  The first goal of weight control may be to simply prevent further weight gain! The first goal of weight loss should be to reduce your starting body weight by about 10 percent.  If your starting weight is 250 pounds then a reasonable goal would be to lose 25 pounds over a 12 week period. 

  • HCHS grad presented paper to conference in Wales

    Staff writer/photographer

    Ashley Ireland’s groundbreaking research into the high-tech “Google Generation’s” information gathering methods earned her a trip abroad.

    This spring, the 2001 Henry County High School graduate was invited to present her findings at the Literacy Annual Conference in Cardiff, Wales.

    “There was a lot of publicity calling this college-age generation lazy,” she said, “and unable to think critically.”

  • Hamilton: ‘I am going to walk’

    Staff writer/photographer

    Betty Jean Payton Hamilton was in Eminence running routine errands on May 21 when she suffered a life-altering accident.

    The 76-year old New Castle resident had been to the bank and the grocery store, and stopped in at the pawn shop to chat with relatives.

    Hamilton then went to Southern States where she was going to grab some gardening plants.

  • ATVs create a ruckus in NC

    Staff writer/photographer

    September Tingle and her family’s all-terrain vehicles are the focus of neighborhood grievances in the Castle Creek subdivision south of New Castle.

    In May, a handful of residents came to the New Castle City Commission to air their complaints. At the June meeting, both sides of the argument were represented and packed the meeting room. Tingle said she was unaware the ATVs were considered to be such a problem.

  • Eminence to go with OneCall

    General Manager

    Notifying Eminence residents of special meetings, events or important alerts could become easier after a move by the city council Monday night.

    In a 4-2 vote, the council voted to contract with OneCall Now for a system similar to what the county government and both school districts use to notify residents and parents of emergencies and other situations.

  • Graduate is first in family with diploma

    Staff writer/photographer

    He is the first in his family to graduate from high school, and became a naturalized citizen only last year.

    Brian Dong, of Eminence, emigrated from the Fu Zhou province in China with his parents, Mei Chen and Xiao Dong, in 1997. He was just six years old.

    “We traveled from  place-to-place,” he said. “I went to different schools until I was in fifth grade.”

  • Baptist Hospital Northeast to offer prostate cancer screenings June 13

    Baptist Hospital Northeast will offer prostate screenings for men over age 50 and those at high risk for prostate cancer from 8:30 a.m.-noon, Saturday, June 13, in the Ambulatory Care Center.

    Urologists Brooks Jackson, MD, and Christopher Smith, MD, will perform the digital rectal exams and Baptist Northeast Laboratory personnel will take blood samples to perform the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test. There will be a $5 fee to help cover the cost of the blood test.

  • ‘I’m leaving!’

    General Manager

    Warren Stone held up his hands, twisting his cuffed wrists in the air. “I’m leaving,” he told other inmates from the Carroll County Detention Center.

    Six weeks after the hearing to determine Stone’s competency, Henry County District Court Judge Diana E. Wheeler ruled that the 57-year old mentally retarded Eminence man was indeed not fit to stand trial for the Feb. 29, 2008 murder of his mother, Maralyn Burchett.