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  • “Hi Helen” history rooted in World War II era Austria


    In Port Royal, the words “Hi Helen!!! IFW” have hung on a barn for more than 30 years.
    The origins of this story began about 67 years ago, not in Henry County, but Austria.
    According to Joe Winterberg, his father Ignace Fenlon Winterberg of Ludlow was an enlisted member of the 42nd Rainbow Division during World War II. He was a supply sergeant who did more than just receive supplies or procure them for his unit.

  • Conservation district cost share program announced

    The Henry County Conservation District will accept requests for cost share funding under the Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share and Environmental Stewardship Program from May 14 to June 15.

    The two programs were created to help agricultural operations protect soil and water, and were established by the Kentucky General Assembly in the 1994 and 2000. Over 17 years, about $120 million has been approved to plan, design and install best management practices on about 14,200 farms to protect soil resources and water quality.

  • EIS unveils partnership with Bellarmine University

    Tuesday morning, Eminence Independent Schools revealed a project they said was two years in the making.

    Eminence High School juniors and seniors will soon have the opportunity to take college courses at Bellarmine University for free.

    Juniors and seniors with qualifying ACT scores in math, English, reading and science can earn a dual high school and college credit while attending classes at Bellarmine’s campus.

  • ‘30 ft. is my living room’

    Twenty years ago, Paula and Brad Crawford talked about how one day the road in front of their home would need to be rebuilt.

    The couple both worked with the EMS in New Castle and knew a change was needed.

    “I have seen many wrecks. We knew Henry County was growing and with traffic coming from out of Oldham County traffic was going to get busier,” Crawford said.

    It’s going to be hard for Paula Crawford to let go of the house her and her late husband Crawford built in 1981.

  • Fiscal Court considers $5.8m budget

    With a few relatively minor changes, the Henry County Fiscal Court has approved the first reading of the 2012-2013 county budget.

    One key change for the county will be a continuing decline in revenue for EMS.

    Henry County Judge Executive John Logan Brent told the court that EMS revenue is down about $250,000 from where it was in the past. Three years ago, he said, revenue was over $600,000 just for EMS, thanks primarily to non-emergency transports.

    As the economy worsened, the number of those transports dropped.

  • Lack of manpower key in N.C. ordinance

    As the mercury rises, so does the need to do lawn care and enforce city ordinances for those that don’t.
    In April, the New Castle City Commission held first reading of an ordinance creating a citation officer position during its last meeting to enforce such city ordinances. As the commission looks into the position, it also will consider solutions from other cities.

  • Home, ‘Sweet Home’


    Defoe, once known as ‘Sweet Home,’ had four grocery stores, a post office and two blacksmith shops.
    The idyllic town was formed on part of the Low Dutch Tract originally purchased by Dutch settlers looking to preserve their language, culture and religion without English influence.
    The town’s legacy has been recorded much like family history:  with personal recollections and affection. Three sources, two from the past and one from the present gave insight into a town left behind in the path of modern progress.

  • HEALTH: Do you have twinges in your hinges?

    The word arthritis literally means joint inflammation.

    Signs of arthritis include redness, heat, swelling and pain in the affected joints. According to the Arthritis Foundation, there are over 100 diseases under the “arthritis umbrella.”

    The two most common are osteoarthritis, which is a wearing down of the cartilage that cushions the bones where they meet, and rheumatoid arthritis, in which the joint lining becomes inflamed.

  • HEALTH: Stop smoking now, the benefits last for years to come

    Tobacco is a way of life for many in Kentucky.  We grow it, sell it, and smoke it.  When I was younger part of our family farm operation was raising tobacco.  Although my dad was a tobacco farmer, I never saw him smoke a single cigarette or use smokeless tobacco.  My grandfather was a heavy smoker and died of a massive heart attack at the young age of 37.  This life-changing event convinced my dad not to smoke and he reminded us of his dad’s fate as he told us not to smoke.

  • Nick Hawkins vies for Circuit Court Clerk

    Nick Hawkins
    30 • New Castle
    Magistrate, District 4

    Experience