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  • Lost, then found

    Lee and Betty Peyton saved not just her great-great grandfather’s family home, but a piece of Henry County history from certain deterioration.

    Water compromised the roof of the house and the south wall started to separate from the structure, cracking the seams of brick fashioned on site when Betty Peyton purchased her great-great grandfather’s home in the late 70s. With the aid of a grant from the Kentucky Heritage Commission, Peyton restored the house to its former glory.

    Structure

  • Healthier options

    Local restaurant owners joined Henry County Judge Executive for a diabetes proclamation on Monday, in celebration of World Diabetes Day (Nov. 14).

  • Rand wins reelection; Massie wins 4th dist.

    State Representative Rick rand won what became a relatively narrow race, defeating two-time challenger T.K. Broecker, 8,587 to 6,326 in the three counties Rand covers — Henry, Oldham and Trimble.

    Rand easily won Henry (3,988 to 2,457) and Trimble Counties (2527 to 990), but lost in Oldham County (2879 to 2072).

    For the U.S. House, 4th District seat — vacated by Republican Geoff Davis earlier this year, Republican Thomas Massie handily defeated Democrat Bill Adkins, 178,983 to 99,912 statewide. In Henry, Massie led Adkins 3,540 to 2,423.

  • Testing results are a mixed bag

    With the release of statewide school test data last week, both Henry County Public and Eminence Independent Schools have work to do.

    Henry County and Eminence school districts received test scores Friday from the new Kentucky Assessment and Accountability System.

    Test data revealed areas the districts needed to address to meet the state’s new standards and exactly where they excelled statewide in others.

    Highlights

    Eminence Independent School District’s middle and high school both scored as proficient schools.

  • Eminence Speaker wins trade award

    The Martha Layne Collins International Trade Excellence Awards named Eminence Speaker its award winner this year as a creative international distributor committed to international trade and a valuable contributor to its local economy.

    Eminence Speaker employs 130 workers at its Eminence location was started 46 years ago by Bob Gault.  Eminence Speaker’s original site employed 30 people in a building. Gault moved his business to the area as it was a convenient location for shipping and in close proximity to Louisville, Lexington and Cincinnati.

  • Decision 2012

    On Friday, Nov. 2, students at New Castle Elementary School cast their votes for president in a mock election. A student considers his choices. Members of the New Castle student council tally votes in between classes.  Cadance Raisor, 8, marks her choice for president. The results of the students’ vote were not available by press time.

  • A dose of reality

    County Extension agent Cathy Toole and volunteers throughout the community hosted the Reality Store Thursday in Henry County Middle School’s gymnasium.
    Students were given an occupation based off of their GPA and had to juggle other variables like children and if they were a smoker. Students went to different tables set up within the gymnasium where they could purchase things they would need later in life like health insurance, automobiles and real estate.

  • Painting with Sharon

    Henry County artist Sharon Silvers works with Campbellsburg 5th graders as part of the artist–in-residence program. Students painted a fall themed still life and the paintings will be displayed in the school library. Family Resource and Youth Services Center funded the art project. Silvers considers art a necessary discipline.
    “We need to keep arts in the schools,” Silvers said. “They (students) don’t get the opportunity to do this very often and it is something that helps them throughout their life.”

  • The Thomas Smith House

    Editor’s note: this is the first article of a series highlighting buildings in Henry County on the National Historic Registry.

    The history of the Smith house in New Castle intertwines with the historical thread of the county in such a manner it is impossible to exclude one from the other.

  • No indictment for Fowler

     

    The Henry County Grand Jury voted 10-to-2 not to indict James Elwood Fowler of homicide on Oct. 26.

    Fowler, 57, of Smithfield was charged with murdering his brother-in-law Nick Bibelhauser, 61, of Smithfield on Sept. 1. According to Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Barry Moore Fowler was cleared of all charges.