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  • Lane clears obstacles to graduate

    By Brad Bowman
    Reporter/Photographer
    Brandon Lane didn’t have a spring break like most high school students for four years.
    His freshmen year at Eminence High School he had 60 absences.  At first, he started failing classes. Friday night, Lane will become the first in his family to graduate high school and go on to college.
    “My father was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer. He was going every week for treatments for 48 weeks,” Lane said.

  • Eminence teen to participate in GSA

    Music is emotion for Lily Lyons.

    Lyons of Eminence will attend The Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts this summer at Transylvania University, where she will receive instruction in instrumental music during her three weeks at the university with 225 students from 43 counties in Kentucky.

    Lyons, 17, started learning violin when she was 9 using the Suzuki method.

  • Main Street: Beautification 10 years in the making

    In the wake of big box grocery and department stores, the economy of small towns continues to decline rapidly.

    Unlike many cities where historic buildings are razed for parking lots and new property development prospects, New Castle’s downtown district remains intact.

    The renovation of New Castle’s Main Street historic buildings started as a plan to stem the flow of financial hemorrhaging by improving the façade of downtown. Main Street Manager Jeff Thoke affirms the design phase is just one part of revitalizing the community.

  • Project Linus aims to provide blanket coverage for children


    Becky Jew’s church challenged her to take on a mission she felt passionate about. She thought all night, but nothing came to mind. She credits her deceased mother for giving her the idea.
    “It was almost like my mom dropped the idea on my head from heaven,” Jew said. “My mother did Project Linus years ago in Virginia. She has since passed and this is a way I can honor her too.”
    When Jew looked into doing a local chapter, she found many chapters existed in Kentucky, but not in the area.

  • Analysis: New Castle surplus depends on depreciation

    Depending on which numbers are considered, the proposed 2012-2013 New Castle budget projects a deficit, and the city may have to dip into its reserves in the coming fiscal year.

    As presented on the proposed budget ordinance, the city projects total revenues for 2012-2013 at $1.106,704, while expenses are projected at $1,182,729, for a budget deficit of $76,025. That said, the city does come into the year with a beginning balance in its combined accounts of $820,157.

  • Road to graduation rough for Broughton

    Hannah Broughton turned 18 in March and easily could’ve decided not to make up the classes she missed but needed in order to graduate from high school.

    The obstacles she overcame in the last few months reach beyond those most high school seniors face, not because she was born with spina bifida, but because she almost died.
    Broughton didn’t know she had an infection. She just felt pain.

  • Got Gaudy?

    If you want to embarrass your friends or enemies while raising money for charity the Gaudy Potty is at your disposal.

    The Homestead Nursing Center Relay for Life team can help you facilitate your plot against friend or foe by delivering the Gaudy Potty, including solar powered lawn lights, for a small donation of $10 or more.

    Janice Jaggers expedites deliveries and set up for any address within the county limits. She and the Homestead Nursing Center Relay for Life team thought of the idea during a brainstorming session at one of their meetings.

  • HCPS facing $714,000 deficit

    The Henry County Board of Education’s tentative budget for the 2013 fiscal year shows a gap between expenses and revenue with a $714,000 deficit. The budget reflects a decrease in government funding, state economy and school attendance.

    At the board’s Monday night meeting, Henry County Superintendent Tim Abrams said the district is spending more than it projects to make in the next year.

    Without cutting programs, Abrams hopes the board can find solutions when it submits its working budget in September.

  • Lyle defeats Hawkins for Circuit Court Clerk

    Barring unforseen circumstances, Gina Lyle will be the next Henry County Circuit Court Clerk.

    Tuesday night, Lyle defeated challenger Nick Hawkins 1072 to 927.

    The pace of the race remained neck and neck until Lyle the final two precincts — Campbellsburg and Gest. Campellsburg was the next to last to report in. There, Lyle won with 162 votes to Hawkins’ 53.

    Early in the evening, Hawkins came to the Henry County Courthouse, hugged Lyle and wished her luck. The sentiment was reciprocated.

  • Get the freshest produce at the Farmer’s Market

    Fresh Kentucky salad greens are delightful at the start of the spring garden season! Whether you choose to grow your own in a patio container or backyard garden or purchase from your favorite farmer’s market vendor, delicious salad greens make a refreshing and nutritious statement for spring family meals.