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  • Not your average, ordinary treehouse

     Amy Shea asked her father to build something for her kids to play on.

    Ten years and more than 40 feet of wooded walkways later, the tree house her father built connects two households and more than two generations of a family. The structure is so big it can’t be properly contained in one photo.

    Randy Berry makes his living as a carpenter, but according to Shea, Berry’s selfless devotion to family built the tree house containing a pagoda, spiral staircases and over seven swing sets on it.

  • EIS gets secret donation

    A donation from an anonymous source will allow qualifying Eminence High School sophomores to take the ACT and possibly attend classes at Bellarmine University as part of the school’s mission to make its students college and career ready.

    Eminence Independent School Board Superintendent Buddy Berry confirmed Monday that an anonymous donor will give the gift of opportunity to qualifying sophomores.

  • Taylor lights a candle for others

    Savannah Taylor is a survivor.

    The 9 year-old’s positive attitude survives not from the miracle results of her newest chemotherapy treatment, but her sincere concern for others over herself.

    Taylor was diagnosed four years ago with chronic myelogenous leukemia.  A form of cancer usually found in adults, not children.  White blood cells grow at an accelerated rate in the blood and she considered a stem cell disorder in bone marrow.

  • Smithfield man killed in Oldham wreck

    By Tracy Harris

    A crash in Ballardsville Sunday evening killed the driver of a pickup truck and closed Ky. 22 for several hours.

    Darren Ellis, of Smithfield, died after his truck overturned near Payton Lane on Ky. 22.

    According to Oldham County Police spokesperson Mike Head, Ellis was headed east around 7 p.m. when his Ford F-350 failed to negotiate a turn and left the roadway.

    Ellis, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene by Oldham County Coroner Brett Donner.

  • Shelby residents question outlet mall

    By Steve Doyle

    Landmark News Service

    Simpsonville City officials didn’t attend a community-wide briefing conducted last week by Horizon Group to present plans about its proposed outlet mall, so now a couple of concerned residents are taking their questions to the city.

  • Henry/Trimble Animal Shelter is open for business

    Project manager Tony Walker on Thursday received the certificate of occupancy for the new Henry and Trimble Animal Shelter, meaning the facility has passed all required inspections.

  • Fair once was a July 4 picnic

    In the early 1900s, the Henry County Fair then called the Henry County Homecoming and Fourth of July Picnic, boasted attendance records paling any event in the state aside from the Kentucky Derby.

    More than 100 years later, its original location and amusements have changed but it still draws families from across the county.

  • Walker meth case sent to grand jury

    During a hearing in Henry County District Court on Monday, Judge Diana E. Wheeler found enough evidence to move a case against sisters Amber and Sabrina Walker for a meth lab seized in their mother’s bedroom to the grand jury.

    On May 22, Kentucky State Police Trooper Mitch Hazelett went to the Walkers’ resident on 343 Wolfpen Branch Road to serve a warrant for the sisters’ mother, Christina Walker.

  • Judge finds dead birds behind door

    For Henry County Family Court Judge Tim Feely, a “disgusting” discovery of dead birds began when he fed his interest in and curiosity about architecture.

    One day during a break in court proceedings, Feely decided to check out the cupola that leads to the clock tower at the Henry County Courthouse. What he found stopped him in his tracks.

    “The steps (to the cupola) are covered in guano,” he said last week. “And, interestingly enough, there were two dead pigeons on the bottom step. I was like, that’s pretty disgusting.”

  • Fiscal Court adopts HB 273

    The Henry County Fiscal Court has done what the Kentucky General Assembly did not.

    Last week, the magistrates approved an amendment to the county’s “dog ordinance”  to include language from House Bill 273.