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  • HCPS to add bus route to Eminence

    Staff writer/photographer

    Henry County Public Schools soon will add an abbreviated bus route to operate after school between Henry County High School and Eminence.

    HCPS transportation director Bruce Gentry said the goal is to ease afternoon crowding.

    Gentry said buses bound for Pendleton, Smithfield and Jericho are affected on a regular basis.

  • Tri-County gearing up for LIHEAP

    Staff writer/photographer

    As October wears on, the mercury is dipping, and some residents find themselves making a choice between paying the heating bill and buying groceries.

    The Tri-County Community Action Agency will take applications for winter heating bill assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program at its offices at 125 Park Road, New Castle.

    The program has two phases.

  • Know the signs of drug use

    Due to the increasing misuse and abuse of prescription drugs by young people it is becoming critically important for adults to be able to identify the physical and behavioral signs of abuse.  Because young people are mixing so many types of prescription drugs, such as stimulants and pain killers to anti-depressants, identifying the signs and symptoms of abuse can often be difficult but it is not impossible.  Since each of the above drugs depending on their use can cause very different signs it is wise to learn the signs and symptoms of all of the commonly abused drugs.  Below

  • Cooks provide amended deed restrictions

    A couple claiming discrimination on the part of Henry County Planning and Zoning enforcement officer Greg Derossett now say their deed restriction “exceptions” were filed.

    When Bob and Ann Cook initially approached the Local about this story in September, Ann Cook said the “exception” was never filed.

  • Health Dept. gives out 600 flu shots

    Staff writer/photographer

    Even though the North Central Health Department and Henry County Emergency Management blanketed local media with the announcement of 1,000 free seasonal flu shots to be given away at Henry County High School, only 607 people took the agency up on its offer on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

    Prior to the event announcements ran on all Louisville television network newscasts and were published in local print media.

    NCHD District Director Renee Blair said she thought this year all would be distributed.

  • Jeans for Teens

    Staff writer/photographer

    When it came time to decide on an eighth grade service project, Eminence middle school student Hayden Hoofman chose one he felt would benefit his peers.

    “I was looking on the internet and found the Teens for Jeans project,” he said, “and kind of turned it around into Jeans for Teens.”

    Hoofman has since collected 121 pairs of jeans to be distributed by his project mentor, Debbie Hartford, through Eminence’s Family Resource Center.

  • Parrish, Wright indicted

    General Manager

    An Eminence man charged with rape, a Smithfield man charged with murder, a Frankfort woman charged with bigamy and three Henry County residents charged in connection to a working meth lab all were indicted last week by the Henry County Grand Jury.

    Alan R. Parrish, 42, of Smithfield, was indicted for murder, a class A felony, and driving while intoxicated with aggravating circumstances, second offense, a class B misdemeanor.

  • Register now for the Teddy Bear Tree

    Staff writer/photographer

    The Tri-County Community Action Agency will accept applications through Oct. 30 from families who need help providing a Merry Christmas through the Teddy Bear Tree.

    Tri-County’s Margaret Mullins said adults who qualify under federal guidelines may register their children at the agency’s office located in the Senior Citizens Activity Center at 125 Park Road in the Henry County Recreation and Services Park north of New Castle.

  • Pleasureville Depot to close by end of year

    Staff writer/photographer

    After four years, the Pleasureville Depot will soon close its doors.

    The Depot Restaurant in Pleasureville will close at the end of November.

    Owner Libby Raisor said that after four years of operation she can no longer afford to keep it open.

    “That’s the way it’s looking right now,” she said. “It’s been really, really slow, and I can’t afford to hire people to work.”

  • Census data collection to start in March

    Staff writer/photographer

    The 2010 United States Census officially begins next March, but the agency wants to dispel myths now regarding how and why it goes about its business.

    Partnership Specialist Gayle Brown said residents can be confident they will not be asked for sensitive information. In fact, the law prohibits the Census Bureau from sharing questionnaire responses with other agencies as well as law enforcement.