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  • Mystical Feeling

    There’s a mystical feeling when a preacher can connect with the congregation, a feeling Rev. Michael Duncan has experienced many times while in the pulpit at Eminence Baptist Church.
    But after 38 years as the church’s pastor, Duncan will step down April 8. He and wife Donna won’t stray too far as they’ve made Eminence their home.
    Though Duncan had expectations of taking up another pulpit in the past, after their arrival on Nov. 1, 1979, no other congregation could pull him away. Looking back, Duncan’s not certain if he could enjoy a connection with members of another church as he has here.

  • Repairs underway at fire damaged Osage apartments

    The owners of Osage Apartments have begun the process of repairing the building damaged in a March 10 blaze, according to the property manager.
    Multiple fire departments responded and found apartment 709 on the bottom floor of the complex totally engulfed in flames, according to emergency officials. The blaze climbed from the bottom floor to two apartments above and burned through the attic until part of the roof collapsed.

  • Wildcats plan response to school violence

    Students at Henry County High School will lead the way to a more positive atmosphere as a response to deadly shootings in Parkland, Fla., and Marshall County.
    Instead of following calls from across the country to join in the National School Walkout March 14, Henry County students felt moved to do their own thing with the goal to turn the discussion toward positivity and inclusivity, according to sophomores Sydney Bastin and Alyssa Wilson.

  • A personal history of C-burg

    E.P. Smith entertained the crowd at the March 16 Community in Focus event with personal stories of growing up in Campbellsburg.
    The Henry County Historical Society held its second such event at the Campbellsburg Community Center with 52 attendees. Before the speaker began, the crowd enjoyed chili, sandwiches, fresh fruit and dessert.
    Born in 1940, Smith evoked laughter and conspiratorial chuckles over some of the antics he and comrades engaged in while teenagers and children.

  • Taking the Bait

    Kentucky State University’s College of Agriculture received a Teaching, Research and Extension Capacity Building Grant in May 2017 for $147,500 to fund a three-year project to encourage students, including Eminence High School biology and aquaculture club students, to participate in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities through aquaculture.

  • Home rehab reveals a message from the past

    A relic that Jody Patterson found hidden in the walls as she restored a classic Main Street home in Smithfield was a real blast from the past.
    Over the years, Patterson made a habit of living in old homes she would rehabilitate and then flip. She’s tackled six or seven such projects, including one two doors down from Dehaven Baptist Church in La Grange.
    “It’s a big, two-story house with a wrap around porch,” Patterson noted. “It turned out nice, but I like this house here a lot better.”

  • Burglary ring busted by credit cards use

    Two Turners Station men have been arrested in connection with a series of burglaries as a result after a report of a break-in and theft at a home in Campbellsburg March 11, according to police reports.
    Kentucky State Police Trooper Steven Dykes identified the suspects as Jason Wayne Gregory, 35, and Roger Dean Wilson II, 24. Multiple agencies have been investigating burglaries at homes and a business in Henry and Shelby counties.
    Police believe the burglaries were motivated by drugs, Dykes said.

  • Grants assist sheriff’s office in meeting safety needs

    When budgets are tight, one way the Henry County Sheriff’s Office can enhance services stems from getting grants, according to Sgt. Chase Dewitt. He recently secured funds for officer safety as he continues working on other applications.
    “The sheriff, he’s always looking for grants,” Dewitt said. “Because our budget here is pretty much zero to nil, he’s always looking for ways to get stuff for free through federal and state grants.”

  • New Castle considers parking regulation revamp

    New Castle city officials are combing through old ordinances in an attempt to limit problems and add enforcement mechanisms, according to a discussion at the March 5 city commission meeting. At the top of the list of reforms is congested parking in the city.
    Formerly, New Castle allowed drivers to park in one spot for up to two hours and the disabled were granted four hours. To make the ordinance uniform, city commissioners are making all parking downtown two hours only.

  • Chandler campaigns for a smoke-free Kentucky and Henry County

    Convinced the state as a whole won’t pass comprehensive laws dealing with the health hazard of smoking in public, Ben Chandler, CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, will visit all Kentucky counties in hopes of getting smoke-free ordinances approved at the local level.
    Chandler, a former congressman, made his visit to Henry County Feb. 20 to campaign for no smoking spaces with Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent and North Central District Health Department Director Roanya Rice.