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  • Health Department to give H1N1 vaccines

    Staff writer/photographer

    If you haven’t gotten your H1N1 vaccination yet, it’s not too late.

    H1N1 flu vaccination shots will be offered free of charge at the Henry County Health Department on Friday, Nov. 20, from noon to 2:30 p.m.

    The clinic will follow the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation to administer the vaccine to these target groups:

    • Pregnant women.

    • Health care and emergency medical services personnel.

  • Talking turkey at 2 community dinners

    Staff writer/photographer

    Henry County residents will have at least two opportunities to get a Thanksgiving dinner without doing the cooking themselves.

    On Sunday, Nov. 22, the Eminence Council of Churches celebrates its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner and Service beginning at 6 p.m.

  • HCPS: Leave contingency funds alone

    Staff writer/photographer

    As members of the Kentucky General Assembly gear up for the 2010 legislative session, some are taking aim at school contingency funds.

    During Monday’s meeting of the Henry County Board of Education, Henry County Public School Superintendent Tim Abrams said some members of the General Assembly have indicated considering requiring school districts to use their state mandated contingency funds for regular operating budgets. Abrams read a resolution to the board that opposed such a plan.

  • Communities gearing up to light up

    Staff writer/photographer

    Henry County communities soon will have visions of sugar plums, melodious Christmas music and breakfasts with a certain jolly old elf.

    Smithfield council member Saundra Smith said Smithfield will throw the switch on its Celebration of Lights Nov. 30.

    Lights, garlands and wreaths will twinkle on lamp posts and greenery throughout the village.

  • He’s a traveling man

    Staff writer/photographer

    Ballard Metcalfe is going places.

    The Eminence High School senior, who also is enrolled at Western Kentucky University’s Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, was photographed recently in front of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

    Reportedly, he was cool as a cucumber as he delivered an address to the National Energy Board — a 50-member panel of legislators, policy advocates and business leaders. The topic was greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Pleasureville man arrested

    Staff writer/photographer

    A 25-year-old Pleasureville man was arrested Friday, Nov. 13, and charged with rape and sodomy.

    Ira Simpson is charged with three counts of second degree rape and one count of second degree sodomy. He is being held in the Carroll County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.

  • McAlister indicted on 14 counts

    General Manager

    A Henry County Deputy Jailer arrested in September on sodomy charges has been indicted.

    Anthony L. McAlister, 47, of New Castle was arrested in late September on nine charges stemming from abuse officials say took place from 1987 to 1995.

    Last week, the Henry County Grand Jury indicted McAlister on six counts of first degree sodomy, with a victim under the age of 12, a class A felony, and eight counts of class B first degree sodomy.

  • Pleasureville considering revised property ordinance

    General Manager

    Pleasureville soon will amend its property maintenance ordinance to give the city more bite when it comes to enforcement.

    City Attorney Bill Brammell presented the Pleasureville City Commission with two options, both of which ultimately end in district court.

    The first option, he said, would involve citations that would go straight to district court. That option, he said, involved the least amount of manpower for the city.

  • Eminence man arrested for copper theft

    General Manager

    An Eminence man has been arrested in connection to the theft of more than 2.5 tons of copper wire in Smithfield.

    John Brandon Thomas, 22, of Eminence, was arrested by Henry County Sheriff’s Office Detective Danny Stivers and charged with one count of theft by unlawful taking over $500, a class D felony. Stivers said he expects others to be arrested in connection with the case as well.

  • Henry County Olympians

    Tiny Pieces Inc., of New Castle, was recently represented by three children at the Kentucky State Special Olympic Equestrian Competition at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington on Oct. 4. All from Henry County, Jessica Hall, 9, Idarion Graham, 8, and Jared McBurney, 8, each participated in two classes in the Western Riding Division. Jessica earned a bronze medal (3rd) and a 4th place finish; Idarion earned a 5th place finish and a bronze medal (3rd) and Jared earned 4th and 6th place honors.