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  • 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.

  • Wreck shuts down 71

    The collision of two tractor trailer trucks on I-71 last week closed the interstate for several hours.

    The two trucks collided on I-71 around 4 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 1, and resulted in long delays throughout the morning rush hour and beyond.

    The driver of a northbound truck, John Hauser of Akron, Ohio, struck a semi that had stopped in the right lane. Hauser’s vehicle rolled over into the median and both vehicles caught fire. Kentucky State Police reported the semi that was stopped had experienced power failure.

  • Courthouse clock ticks again

    Staff writer/photographer

    Dennis Yeary isn’t quite sure of the day the New Castle courthouse clock stopped ticking, but he is positive of the time and pretty sure why.

    “The clock’s been stuck at 11:55 since it was struck by lightning,” he said. Yeary estimated the strike occurred earlier this summer.

    David Neal, who restored the original clock, was contacted to make the repair. “It’s such a unique profession,” Yeary said.

  • UK wants you to get moving

    Staff writer/photographer

    The University of Kentucky wants you to get moving Sunday.

    The university is promoting Second Sunday events all over the state from 2 to 6 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 11.

    Although UK Cooperative Extension Agent Maryellen Garrison said Henry County has no officially planned events, she hopes people will get out and enjoy physical activities that afternoon.

  • Chelsey’s Chicks

    Staff writer/photographer

    For Chelsey and Jared Schlosnagle, finding eggs isn’t just an Easter event.

    The 17-year old entrepreneur from Cropper and her 16-year old brother knew from a very young age that there might be more than just fun to finding eggs.

    With their parents’ sponsorship and guidance, Chelsey’s Gourmet Pasture Eggs produces free-range eggs that are sold to retailers such as Whole Foods and Valu Market as well as restaurants and bakeries.

  • Cabers and hammers and pipes, oh my!

    Staff writer/photographer

    Scottish Highland clans will descend upon Eminence this weekend as Kentucky Renaissance Faire plays host to the Central Kentucky Highland Games.

    It marks the first time Kentucky Renaissance will host the games.

    Director Ed Frederick said he hopes it’s the start of a tradition for the community. “This is one of the things we initially intended,” he said, “to host these kinds of events.”