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  • A question of protection

    General Manager/Editor

    When Pleasureville’s last long-time police officer retired, he left after 18 years of serving the city. Since that time, the small community has wrestled with finding and keeping a police officer. For the last year, the city has gone without a police officer, and some say that the city has had fewer problems now than it did when the city had a police officer on duty.

  • Hobby helps resident forge new ties

    Staff writer/photographer

    When Anthony DeCaro moved to this area 20 years ago from Miami, Fla., it was not with the expectation he would become a fixture at the Highland Renaissance Faire as its resident blacksmith running his own successful business, Iron Leaf Forge.

    It’s doubtful he saw himself building the fairground’s 11-foot high entry way with customized Celtic hound hinges or participating in the Henry County Arts and Crafts Guild. “I have no art background,” he said.

  • La Grange murder victim has Henry County ties

    La Grange Police responded to a 911 call Sunday night where a shooting was reported that left one man dead. Police received the call around 9:24 p.m. and upon arrival at Creekside Apartments in La Grange found a white male, James E. Bailey, 33, dead at the scene.

    LGPD and the Oldham County Police Department are conducting a joint investigation of the homicide. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday morning and the department could not release further details, as the case is still under investigation.

  • EHS student is thinking green

    Staff writer/photographer

    Eminence High School freshman Nikki Gamble waited patiently for her turn to speak at the Jan. 20 Eminence Independent Schools board meeting. Dressed in a black pantsuit and heels she looked every bit the professional young woman anxious to make her pitch.

    At last, board president Brenda Chism asked for her proposal.

    Gamble approached the board with poise. She began designing a recycling program for Eminence schools in the summer of 2008. The freshman is very concerned about the environment.

  • Pleasureville commission considering new sewer rates

    General Manager

    It’s the conversation they hate to have.

    During Monday night’s Pleasureville City Commission meeting, commissioners and a couple of residents discussed the city’s garbage and sewer rates, which are expected to increase.

    The increase comes after news from the city’s annual audit that reported deficits for both accounts.

  • Brief - Baptist Hospital Northeast holding community health fair

    Baptist Hospital Northeast will sponsor a Community Health Fair from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 in the hospital’s main lobby area.

    A variety of free screenings and health information will be offered, including medication counseling (bring medications), pulmonary function testing, and blood pressure and pulse oximetry. From 7-10 a.m., health fair visitors may have blood drawn for a basic metabolic screening and a fat and cholesterol profile for $10. Those participating in this screening must fast beginning at midnight the night before.

  • Brief - Baptist Hospital Northeast events at a glance

    Saturday, Feb. 7

  • Smithfield resident among those who sought refuge in Eminence

    Staff writer/photographer

    A huge pot of homemade chili, steaming hot beans and cornbread, fresh-baked cookies and cupcakes conjure images of the delicious offerings at an after-church fellowship dinner.

    Incredibly, this sampling is a description offered by Smithfield resident Polly Adcock of just some of the food contributed to the Eminence Community Center shelter in the wake of last week’s ice storm. “If you went hungry, it was because you didn’t eat,” she said.

  • Local family in need of community support after fire

    On Saturday, Jan. 18, Amanda Wilmoth and William Maynes, Defoe, lost their rental home and all of their belongings to a house fire. The family did not have rental insurance and are currently residing with family members in Shelbyville. Amanda, in addition to raising two children of her own, is raising and supporting the children of her late sister, who passed away in October 2008.

    The family is in need of basically everything including, furniture, dishes, clothing and housing. They would prefer to stay in the Defoe or Pleasureville area if possible for the children.

  • Audit report shows no serious problems

    General Manager

    Once a year, they descend upon government agencies throughout the state.

    Auditors – either independent or state employed – visit city and county governments to assess the body’s finances. The process can take as little as a couple of weeks or more than a month.

    Frequently those audits turn up little, though some audits reveal major problems. Sometimes the audits will reveal small items that could cause a problem if left unchecked.