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  • KY 146 realignment route chosen

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has chosen the realignment route for KY 146 with the least amount of invasive construction, and work is slated to begin in 2016.

    At the end of April, the KYTC held a public meeting at New Castle Elementary School with project managers and engineering firm GRW Inc. Engineers and transportation cabinet officials presented three routes on aerial and survey maps for the public. The cabinet has chosen alternate 3 with finalized design plans projected by early 2013.

  • Taking LEGOs to the Xtreme

    Eminence Middle and High School Robo Challenge Xtreme teams learn collaboration, teamwork and problem solving while building and programming LEGO robots in Steve Metcalfe’s LEGO Robotics Club.

    Students design and program their own LEGO robots to achieve 14 different missions for themed competitions at the regional and state levels. Students can’t rely on remote control, but embrace the disciplines of math, science, technology and engineering for programming turns and tasks requiring sensor recognition of colored pieces.

  • Heroin making a comeback

    The Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting System and legislation requiring pseudoephedrine to be sold behind the counter hinders the production of methamphetamine, but local law enforcement think as a result it is opening the door for heroin.

    Two cases involving the sale and use of heroin have made their way into Henry County Courts recently. Law enforcement officials at the city, county and state level say heroin is on the rise.

  • HCHS students get a dose of college

    High School seniors may find applying for college, financial aid or scholarships daunting, particularly if they are first generation college or secondary education students.

    The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority selected Henry County High School as one of 13 pilot schools to participate and receive support with student activities to ease the process during Kentucky College Application Week.

  • New Castle purchases former Home Health building

    New Castle City Commission unanimously made a motion to buy 31 East Cross Main last week.

    The 2,400-sq.-foot building, previously the North Central Health Department office, will provide space New Castle Mayor Denny Benham thinks city hall needs.

    “It’s going to give us some room for one thing. We won’t have enough room to continue in a few years,” Benham said. “It will give public works office here (the present New Castle City Hall ) an office, and the Main Street manager can have his office back.”

  • Yacht explodes, injures Prospect woman

    A yacht returning to a Prospect marina exploded midday Thursday with four people on board.

    Heavy black smoke billowed above Ky. 1793 and U.S. 42 as flames quickly swept through a boat docked in the 2000 block of Justin Cove.

    Crews from North Oldham, Harrods Creek and Westport fire departments battled the blaze for more than an hour. As the flames were extinguished, the boat came to rest at the bottom of the marina.

    The vessel, a 41-foot Carver yacht, is partially submerged.

  • Dream wranglin'

    Cowboy Leslie Fender doesn’t wrangle cattle. He’s wrangling a childhood dream.

    Residents traveling through Eminence last week on Wednesday morning might have caught a glimpse of Fender’s quarter horse Angel untied, patiently waiting in a parking space for Fender to finish his breakfast. The scene of a horse outfitted with saddlebags parked next to an El Camino made for quite a juxtaposition.

  • Hunting with heart

    Robbie Aldridge hunts for his family, not for sport.

    Deep in the hills and hollers, along the tributary commonly known as Six Mile Creek, Aldridge hunts on his family’s 52-acre farm.

    Dawn barely touches landmarks known to Aldridge’s family like Fool’s Holler and the site of the Salem schoolhouse, a location marked only by a well. Aldridge can trace his family roots back 200 years in the area where he hunts.

  • Courthouse roots date to 1799

    The historic commission report entering the Henry County Court House, jail and warden’s house on the National Register of Historic Places tells just one part of the courthouse and connecting buildings’ history.

    The present courthouse and adjoining jail entered onto the registry in 1977, but the original site and government of Henry County had its first meeting at the home of Richard Rue on July 22, 1799. New Castle wouldn’t incorporate for another 18 years.

  • County to absorb garbage increase

    In a 5-1 vote, the Henry County Fiscal Court voted last week to leave garbage rates as they are — $19 — for county residents.

    For the last three years, the court has voted to absorb the price increases — which are set in the county contract with Rumpke — in an effort to prevent price increases on residents.