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  • Junie Berry: ‘Family man, community man, business man’

    Staff writer/photographer

    He is soft spoken, a self-effacing gentleman.

    And on Saturday night, friends, family and members of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce gathered to honor Claude “Junie” Berry Jr. with the Patrick Henry Award.

    When it came time for him to speak, Berry adjusted the microphone down and spoke, breaking a mood that had become perhaps just a little too somber and respectful for his tastes.

  • Local banks faring well

    Staff writer/photographer

    Local community banks may fare better in the current economic climate than corporate giants.

    United Citizens Bank Chairman/President Keith Perry said Henry County’s one remaining locally-owned bank still comes from a strong position, noting 60 consecutive five-star ratings for the bank. The bank, which began under its current name in 1975, is a blend of three former Herny County banks founded from the 1870s to the 1930s.

  • Group allows girls to be Cinderella for a day

    Staff writer/photographer

    Just as Cinderella’s coach turned back into a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight in the fairy tale, Cinderella’s Closet turns back into Immanuel United Methodist Church in Lakeside Park when the shopping is done.

    Open just one weekend a year, Cinderella’s Closet offers a fairy tale evening to high school junior and senior girls who cannot afford the high cost of a prom gown.

    Each is provided an entire prom ensemble at no cost.

  • Regular screening effective in preventing cancer

    Submitted

    As the nation marks National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month this March, the American Cancer Society is encouraging Americans to get lifesaving screening tests that have been proven to reduce the risk of the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women.

  • Getting a leg up

    staff writer/photographer

    The numbers are staggering. In the last four months, 4.4 million jobs have been lost. Unemployment numbers are towering.

    That means competition for available positions is stiff and applicants need every edge they can get to land the job.

    The Henry County Adult Education program in New Castle may be able to help. Best known for assisting people to attain their GEDs, the Henry County Adult Education Center also offers many employment and higher education services.

  • Re-Kid, Children’s consignment sale to benefit MOPS of Shelby County

    Re-Kid, Children’s resale event to benefit MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on March 28, at the Waldrdge Center at Clear Creek Family Activity Center in Shelbyville.

    The multi-family sale will include resale items consisting of quality, upscale children’s clothing (sizes for preemies and up) for boys and girls as well as toys and equipment for one to multiple children. All items can be purchased cash only. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the scholarship funds for MOPS of Shelby County.

     

  • What are your teen’s assets?

    Prevention Division of Seven Counties Services, Inc.

    I am a parent of three children and acutely aware of the many temptations and dangers facing our kids today - many more than I faced as a child. I did not have to deal with cyber bullying, the temptations on the internet or the media bombardment of drugs, alcohol, violence and early sexual behavior. Our kids today face so many more risks than we did.

  • 100+ acre grass fire started with a lighter

    Staff writer/photographer

    Two nine-year olds playing with a lighter are believed to be the cause of a grass fire that burned more than 100 acres of land near Eminence last week.

    Eminence Police Chief Carey Duncan said he received a call reporting a grass fire on Wednesday, March 4, at 2:08 p.m. at Cannon Court in the neighborhood of the Windy Hill Apartments.

  • Community Life Center receives five year grant

    For at least five more years, the Eminence Community Life Center will have funding.

    Eminence Independent Schools and the Community Life Center’s board announced last week that the school district received a five-year grant, which will fund the center for five years. It is the same grant that was previously awarded to the center.

    For the first year, EIS will receive $75,000 to operate the center, and that amount will decrease by 10 percent each year, not to go below $50,000.

  • Cedar Lake closes on park property

    General Manager

    After more than two years, Cedar Lake has sealed the deal.

    Last week, the facility that serves patients with mental disabilities, closed on a contract purchasing three acres of the new Henry County recreation and services park on U.S. 421 north of New Castle. In doing so, Cedar Lake handed the county a check for $89,000.