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  • 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.

  • The year of water

    As New Castle Public Works Director Scot Treece led a group of eighth grade students around the first lagoon at the waste water treatment plant, he pointed to garbage along the lagoon’s edge.

    “This is why you don’t flush certain things,” he said. “They end up here.”

    On the lagoon’s edge? A few toy cars. But mostly? It was plastic tampon applicators. Dozens, hundreds of them. Treece told the group he once found a dog leash.

  • Unveiling of stamp

    State Representatives Rick Rand and Tom Riner stand during the unveiling of a new stamp by Post Office Operations Manager Rosemary Miller and P.O. Marketing Manager Alisa Zanetti with District 5 Magistrate Michael Fisher.

  • HCHS students prepare for A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    Miranda Cisneros received her greatest compliment in the form of a rejection.

    The Henry County High School senior performs as Hermia in the high school’s production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare. The play opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29.

    Henry County High School and Middle School Vocal Music and Theater Director Russell Cooper didn’t cast Cisneros as Dorothy in the high school’s production of the Wizard of Oz and the experience has made her a better actress.

  • One cold night

    Logan Smith knows what it’s like to be homeless.

    Before finding her real dad and having a home again, Smith played the piano at a jazz-themed McDonald’s in Indiana for tips to eat. The experience and lessons learned compelled Smith to lead a homeless awareness senior project for Eminence High School seniors.  Smith doesn’t take anything for granted.

  • Bethlehem to unveil new stamp

    Each year, the U.S. Postal Service produces special Christmas stamps. This year is no different — one of this year’s Christmas stamps is based on the Holy Family.

    And each year, a select few post offices get to conduct stamp dedication and unveiling ceremonies. This year, Bethlehem Post Office will be one of those locations. Friday afternoon, the post office will reveal the Holy Family stamp.