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  • Accused arsonist dies

    General Manager

    The Eminence man charged with setting a fire that destroyed his father’s auto-parts store has died.

    Michael G. Wells, 46, was found dead in his home Dec. 13, less than a week after he was indicted on charges related to the Aug. 30  fire that destroyed the Eminence Auto Parts/NAPA store.

    Preliminary autopsy results were inconclusive, and Henry County Coroner Jimmy Pollard said foul play is not suspected. He said toxicology results would be available in six to eight weeks.

  • Chili parlor makes good use of garden veggies

    Staff writer/photographer

    “It may be cold outside, but it’s chili in here,” could be the advertising hook for Hollingsworth’s Chili House and Diner just west of Campbellsburg.

  • Eminence student raises money for dog vest

    Staff writer/photographer

    On Dec. 9, Eminence Middle School eighth grader Curtis Barrett presented a bullet-proof vest to the Shelbyville Police Department at an assembly in the school gymnasium.

    Although not normally an out of the ordinary event, this vest was presented by a teenager to a dog.

    Barrett met the beneficiary of the vest — German shepherd police dog Borys — under unusual circumstances.

  • Grief support options are available

    Staff writer/photographer

    Margaret Hayden said she wants to accentuate the positive this holiday season.

    “I hope people will make a list of things that make them happy,” she said. “Joy and happiness come from within.” Hayden, who leads a grief support group at Henry Christian Church, said she will hand out cards to members of the group she started two years ago at the church. “People can fill them out with things they’re thankful for,” she said.

  • Stretching the mind with Odyssey

    Staff writer/photographer

    They use lengths of dryer hose to make the dangling arms of the ultimate spider woman, re-imagine the mythological three-headed dog Cerebrus as part chihuahua - part doberman pinscher, construct their own set and write their own script.

    ‘They’ are the clever minds behind Eminence High School’s Odyssey of the Mind team.

  • Fire levels Drennon Road home

    General Manager

    A chimney was all that remained standing last week after a fire destroyed the Drennon Road home of Jessica and Shane Whitaker.

    Nobody was home when the fire started, and the blaze remains under investigation by the Henry County Sheriff’s Department.

    Det. Danny Stivers said the cause of the fire is unknown, and likely will remain undetermined — the blaze was so hot, it leveled the house in less than an hour.

  • Abrams: ‘No win’ for schools

    Staff writer/photographer

    Henry County Public Schools Supertindent Tim Abrams feels a bit like he’s in a no-win situation.

  • Locker project nears completion

    Staff writer/photographer

    On Dec. 1, New Castle’s Main Street manager and Locker building champion, Jeff Thoke’s words were Christmas music to the commission’s ears. “We’ve completed all 21 items to finish the project,” he said.

    Volunteer workers completed required railings, a handicapped accessible ramp, lighted doors with panic bars, stairs, venting and heat for the bathroom, according to Thoke. “It looks really nice,” he said. “We accomplished everything.”

  • HCPS implementing Carnegie program for math

    Staff writer/photographer

    New technology was the focus of the Henry County Board of Education’s November meeting as the board discussed a new math initiative.

  • Creating a bridge

    Staff writer/photographer

    Marla Armstrong looks differently at the familiar sight of the Eminence Cemetery when she drives past on her way to run errands and visit friends.

    Marla and Bill Armstrong, an interracial couple and lifelong Eminence residents, have been married almost 40 years.

    Bill Armstrong’s mother and several sisters are buried in the Eminence Cemetery, but the Armstrong’s 12-year old granddaughter shocked Marla Armstrong with a recent declaration.