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  • Smithfield resident among those who sought refuge in Eminence

    Staff writer/photographer

    A huge pot of homemade chili, steaming hot beans and cornbread, fresh-baked cookies and cupcakes conjure images of the delicious offerings at an after-church fellowship dinner.

    Incredibly, this sampling is a description offered by Smithfield resident Polly Adcock of just some of the food contributed to the Eminence Community Center shelter in the wake of last week’s ice storm. “If you went hungry, it was because you didn’t eat,” she said.

  • Local family in need of community support after fire

    On Saturday, Jan. 18, Amanda Wilmoth and William Maynes, Defoe, lost their rental home and all of their belongings to a house fire. The family did not have rental insurance and are currently residing with family members in Shelbyville. Amanda, in addition to raising two children of her own, is raising and supporting the children of her late sister, who passed away in October 2008.

    The family is in need of basically everything including, furniture, dishes, clothing and housing. They would prefer to stay in the Defoe or Pleasureville area if possible for the children.

  • Audit report shows no serious problems

    General Manager

    Once a year, they descend upon government agencies throughout the state.

    Auditors – either independent or state employed – visit city and county governments to assess the body’s finances. The process can take as little as a couple of weeks or more than a month.

    Frequently those audits turn up little, though some audits reveal major problems. Sometimes the audits will reveal small items that could cause a problem if left unchecked.

  • Earthquake Awareness week

    Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has declared Feb. 1-7 Earthquate Awareness week in Kentucky.

    The resolution, issued Jan. 14, sttes that there are several areas in the state capable of producing damaging earthquakes, and that future earthquakes are inevitable.

    Henry County Emergency Management Director Bruce Owens said an earthquick drill will be held at area schools on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 10:07 a.m., with all schools participating and reporting results to his department.

  • Mmm ... soup.

    Staff writer/photographer

    A simmering pot of soup redolent of aromatic spices signaled two things in my childhood home - lentil soup for supper and the biblical story of Esau and Jacob retold.

    My mother related, while stirring and stirring, how Jacob tricked his twin, Esau, into relinquishing his rights as first-born son. She said Jacob traded his famished brother a bowl of red lentil soup for Esau’s birthright.

  • Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

    Staff writer/photographer

    Kentucky residents woke up to a different kind of blanket Tuesday morning. It was thick, and it was fluffy, but it definitely wasn’t warm.

    Several inches of snow fell overnight, ranging from almost eight inches in Eminence to about five inches in Campbellsburg. At the Henry County Local, snow measured just three inches in the parking lot.

    Eminence Independent Schools’ Superintendent Don Aldridge was in his office by 5:10 a.m. yesterday morning to activate the “snow tree.”

  • KSP troopers helped with inaugural security detail

    Staff writer/photographer

    Kentucky State Trooper Jim Mitchell said he was glad to make the 574 mile trek to last week’s inaugural to provide security for the new president even though their politics clash.

    “I definitely volunteered,” he said.

    Mitchell, a registered Republican, said he and wife, Tanya enjoyed spirited discussion throughout the campaign.

  • H.C. Sheriff’s office to make arrest tied to Pool Hall burglary

    The Henry County Sheriff’s Department is prepared to make an arrest in the case of a late December burglary in Pleasureville.

     

    Detective Danny Stivers said Monday that he soon will arrest a 16-year old male, in connection with a Dec. 30 burglary at the Pleasureville Pool Hall. The same suspect, he said, also stole items from Pleasureville Hardware. As a result of the two incidents, Stivers said the teen will be charged with second degree burglary, a class D felony, and theft by unlawful taking of goods less than $300, a class A misdemeanor.\

     

  • ‘Green before green was cool’

    Staff writer/photographer

    “We were green before green was cool,” Safety-Kleen Systems’ Smithfield Recycle Center plant manager Dave Hanson said.

    Safety-Kleen moved its largest hazardous waste recycling plant to Smithfield in 1987 after purchasing the McKesson Envirosystems Company complex in late 1981. Safety-Kleen operates 200 branch operations and processing facilities in 48 states and Canada.

  • Thousands without power, water district operating normally

    Thousands of Henry County residents remain without power today after a winter storm dumped several inches of snow, sleet and freezing rain beginning Monday night.

    Primary roads in Henry County were passable, though drivers are urged to be cautious.

    Residents in Pleasureville found themselves not just without power this morning, but without water as well. According to Henry County Water District No. 2 Superintendant Barry Woodsd, the station went down because of a lack of power. That station is up and running again.