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  • Eight vie for six seats on Campbellsburg Council

    Staff writer/photographer

    Four incumbents and three newcomers will vie for six seats on Campbellsburg’s City Council in November’s general election.

    The candidates are Jennifer Dawn Bratton, incumbent Jan Fletcher, Daniel Lane, incumbent Rex Wayne Morgan, Shelley Noe, incumbent Jason Stanley and John E. Suter.

    • Jan Fletcher, 65, is a current city council member and retired. Fletcher completed three years of college.

    He and wife Melodye have two sons and two grandchildren who reside in Middletown.

  • HCPS budget at $20m

    Staff writer/photographer

    For the first time in its history, the Henry County Public Schools’ budget will exceed $20 million. But, if the budget remains in its current form, the district could be operating in the red.

    At a special meeting of the Henry County Board of Education on Thursday, Sept. 25, HCPS Superintendent Tim Abrams announced the milestone.

    “Our budget for all funds is over $20 million for the first time,” he said. “It is $20,148,808.”

  • Get moving with Body Recall; program starts Monday

    Staff writer/photographer

    Mildred Elston, 66, of New Castle just can’t wait to begin her tenth ten-week session of the Body Recall exercise program. What could possibly have her so excited about exercising?

  • Gunnell resigns

    General Manager

    A 27-year member of the Henry County Fiscal Court has resigned his position.

    Effective Saturday, Sept. 20, Wayne Gunnell, who represented the Eminence area, resigned his seat to accept a job with the Kentucky Department of Revenue in Frankfort.

    “I’ve been trying to get a position in state government for several months,” Gunnell said Tuesday morning. He started the new job Monday.

    Gunnell will serve the Department of Revenue as a policy advisor, working specifically with PVA offices throughout the state.

  • Health Department to offer 1,000 free flu shots

    Staff writer/photographer

    Getting a free flu shot is like putting $20 back in your pocket. That’s the opportunity offered to 1,000 residents in the North Central District Health Department, including Henry County.

    There are only a couple of stipulations. Participants must be at least 18 and be willing to participate in a mock emergency exercise.

  • Making goal, looking forward

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series about CATS scores for all local schools. The schools will be presented in alphabetical order. Next week, we will look at Eastern Elementary School.

    For the first time since the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System began, Campbellsburg Elementary School achieved its testing goal.

    While that’s nice, according to Principal Mark Johnson, it’s not quite enough.

  • Celtic Fest kicks off Saturday

    Staff writer/photographer

    No need to wait for St. Patrick’s Day. Iron the kilt and tune up the bagpipes, it’s time for the Celtic Fest at Renfaire.

    Celtic Fest host, Ed Frederick said it appeals to a large range of folks who love Celtic history and music. “It’s a celebration of the people of the Seven Nations,” Frederick said. The Seven Nations refers to Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall, the Isle of Man and parts of Spain.

  • Board members express concern about construction costs

    Staff writer/photographer

    Members of the Henry County School Board showed cracks in their composure during the board meeting last week over an ever-growing pile of costly construction changes at the high school.

    Two change orders in particular seemed to present sticking points.

    One change order requested $21,035.15 for changes in the auxiliary gym. It cited a revised entrance as well as site work changes and changes to windows.

  • Perry's does it best

    Staff writer/photographer

    G.W. and Martha Perry are the perfect pair to own Perry’s Hardware in Eminence. “We have about 90 years’ experience between us,” Perry said.

    Both were hardware buyers for different concerns for decades beginning in the early 1960s.

    Their broad knowledge is a boon for customers. Perry believes smaller stores can compete with the big boys price-wise as well as offer services they don’t.

  • Being a good neighbor? Court approves fence policy for park

    General Manager

    Be a good neighbor.

    If there was any other theme to emerge from last week’s Henry County Fiscal Court meeting, that was it. The phrase worked its way into several issues before the court last week, including fence installation at the new county park.

    Ray Powell said he wanted to be a good neighbor and work with the county on creating a fence line around the park property — which adjoins his own property.