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  • Eminence looking for information on city’s past mayors

    General Manager

    In its history, Eminence has had dozens of mayors, but little is known about them.

    Eminence Mayor Jim Petitt said some residents and city employees have been looking for pictures and whatever information may be available, including when they were born, when they died. “We would like to make as large a picture as possible,” he said.

  • ‘Life ain’t a game’

    General Manager

    Every day, 7,000 students nationwide drop out of school.

    According to Steve Swank, Henry County Public Schools’ Dropout Prevention Coordinator, those dropouts are eight times more likely to wind up in jail when compared to those who have at least a diploma or GED.

    In the course of his job, Swank said he sees students at all grade levels. The decision to drop out, doesn’t come on a whim, and sometimes is based on seeing someone else do it.

  • Farm Service Agency Loans now available

    The Farm Service Agency of the United States Department of Agriculture makes operating loans to eligible farmers who are unable to obtain sufficient credit elsewhere at rates and terms which can reasonably be afforded.   Operating loan funds can be used for annual farm operating expenses, family living expenses, purchase of livestock, purchase of equipment, payment of costs associated with land and water development for conservation or use purposes, real estate repairs and the refinancing of intermediate farm debts.  Eligible applicants may obtain direct loans up to a maximum

  • Foundation dinner set for Feb. 7

    Staff writer/photographer

    The annual Eminence Education Foundation Dinner once again is on the horizon.

    Eminence Independent Schools Superintendent Donald Aldridge said the foundation raises funds for student scholarships and educational grants for teachers. “It’s the Booster Club for academics,” he said. “It provides two to four scholarships per year plus grants for innovative education programs.”

  • Witnessing History

    Staff Writer/Photorapher

    Millions of people gathered in Washington D.C. Tuesday to witness an historic event — the inauguration of Barack Obama, the nation’s first black president.

    Among the millions at the National Mall to witness the event was Henry County District Court Judge Jerry D. Crosby II and his wife Adrienne.

  • Infinite Campus comes to Henry County Public Schools

    Maintaining information on the students in the 174 Kentucky public school districts requires a huge system with the capability to accurately store and retrieve student information, calculate state funding, facilitate transfers, and many other utilities.

  • Eminence Speaker may look at temp shut downs

    Staff writer/photographer

    With the national unemployment rate rising to 7.2 percent last week, Rob Gault, president and CEO of Eminence Speaker, said permanent layoffs are not planned for the company. “In 40 years we have never terminated anyone,” he said. “I don’t want to be the one who starts.”

  • Library news: Resources to help you keep your resolution

    A brand new year is here again and all of us are thinking of our New Year’s resolutions.  Some of us go on a diet and vow to exercise more.  Some of us attempt to become more organized and use time more wisely.  This year, many of us will resolve to spend less.  Whatever your resolution, this year use the resources available at Henry County Public Library to help you keep it. 

  • Perry Automotive at your service

    Staff writer/photographer

    “Meaner than a junk yard dog” became a household term when “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” was a hit back in 1973, but Baxter, the Rodney Perry Automotive Inc., shop cat, could spark a new, friendlier automotive expression.

    He might inspire something more along the lines of “softer than a chamois cloth” or “oranger than Jeff Burton’s car.”

    Diane Perry said she brought Baxter to live at the repair shop after adopting him from a shelter.

  • Bridge replacement underway, historic bridge will be removed

    Staff writer/photographer

    The historic Warren through-truss bridge that crosses the Kentucky River where Henry and Owen counties meet at Gratz is slated for removal as soon as a replacement is built.

    Ground was broken for the new bridge project on December 2.

    The bridge is one of 429 in the United States built in 1931 and carries an average of more than 1,000 vehicles daily across its span.

    Henry County Judge Executive John Logan Brent said the bridge has been on the six year highway plan for 15 to 20 years.