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  • Shelbyville Fit for Life isn’t ‘one-size-fits-all’

    Staff writer/photographer

    “Pumpkin Pie Burner” is not, in this case, your mother-in-law’s nickname for your first attempt at cooking Thanksgiving Dinner. It’s the name of a free workout class the day after Thanksgiving for members of Shelby Fit For Life.

  • Smile Kentucky! benefits local children

    Staff writer/photographer

    The Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures van has once again came to Henry County providing free dental screenings, education and oral care products for our most beloved smilers, the community’s children.

    This year 430 students at Campbellsburg, Eastern, Eminence and New Castle Elementary schools participated in the school visit portion of the Smile Kentucky! program.

  • A caring community

    General Manager

    On the desk in Zack Woods’ office at Henry County Middle School is a copy of a book about tsunamis.

    The same book is being read, or already has been, by a student at the school. Woods, the principal, and the student are taking part in a reading partnership program.

    “The kids like to talk about what they’re reading,” he said.

  • Armstrong to take last seat on council

    General Manager

    It all came down to a game of chance.

    Less than 24 hours after the polls closed, two women sat in the lobby of the Henry County Clerk’s Office waiting to see just which of the pair would go on to serve as the sixth member of the Eminence City Council.

    In the end, incumbent Treva Browning lost a coin toss to Elizabeth “LeeAnn” Armstrong, with Armstrong claiming the last seat on the council.

  • New Castle Cafe in former Mom’s location, open in the evening

    Staff writer/photographer

    New Castle Cafe owners Marlene Brees and son, Mark, are keeping the welcome mat out six nights a week until 8 p.m. and residents are eating it up.

    “We’ve been doing pretty good in the evenings,” Marlene Brees said.

    The dinner menu includes a choice of five main-course meals including country-fried steak, oven-baked turkey and pork chops.

  • Marine with local ties on leave from Iraq

    Staff writer/photographer

    Don’t let the quick, bright smile, small stature, or the fact that she’s a girl fool you. Lance Corporal Melissa Kendall of Cropper is a leatherneck — a U.S. Marine.

    As a field MP — or military police — she provides convoy and explosive ordnance disposal security in the deserts of Iraq. “I’m comfortable with my job,” she said.

  • High expectations

    General Manager

    It’s a basic philosophy — give students high expectations, and they will work to meet them.

    “I think the general culture of high expectations works very well in our favor, and keeps everybody focused and working,” Eminence Middle and High School principal Steve Frommeyer said.

    Those expectations are reflected in some of the school’s grading policies — the no D policy, and what is soon to be the no C policy.

  • EIS board hears concerns from daycare director

    Staff writer/photographer

    Wee Warriors Daycare director Rosalind Roberts told the Eminence School Board recently that she is discouraged.

    Roberts, who has directed Wee Warriors for ten years said the program is facing problems she thought were in the past. “We should be seeing things progressing,” she said. After the board’s Oct. 21 meeting, Roberts clarified, saying that her primary concern was scheduling.

  • Serial arsonist arrested for setting 9 fires

    Landmark News Service

    James Aaron Clark, 27, of Shelbyville, was arrested Wednesday on nine arson-related charges, after admitting that he set the fires as a way to relieve stress.  

    Shelby County Sheriff's Detective Jason Rice said that Clark is charged with one count of first-degree arson, a felony that carries a penalty of 20 years to life, three counts of second-degree arson, also a felony, and seven counts of criminal mischief related to the fires in Shelby and Henry counties.

  • Extension’s Holiday Bazaar will feature local artists

    Staff writer/photographer

    Those wishing to spruce up their holiday decor or pining for a new tree ornament can load their shopping bags with the seasonal offerings at the 16th Annual Extension Service Holiday Bazaar. All of the whimsical, artistic, and even fragrant items at 30+ booths are crafted by Henry County artisans.

    The tiny tractors and farm trucks of Burnett Farm Toys might make ideal Christmas gifts for the boys and boys at heart on the list.