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  • Youth basketball program gets board approval

    Staff writer/photographer

    It’s unlikely that Eminence High School Varsity Basketball Coach Chris Nethery and Mark Blackburn expected the deluge of questions and concerns that rained down on them at the Eminence Independent School Board meeting August 19.

    Nethery and Blackburn presented a request for rental of the school gym for Eminence Youth Boy’s Basketball games. They have formed a team of fifth and sixth grade boys to play inter-squad games with neighboring city and county teams.

  • County to modify mandatory garbage

    General Manager

    If the bags of trash collected each week along county roads are any indication, mandatory garbage collection might be working.

    Henry County Solid Waste Enforcement Officer Donnie Tipton told the fiscal court last week that to date, inmates have picked up 724 bags of trash, and a total of approximately 12 tons of garbage, along 113 miles of county roads so far this year. By the same time last year, Tipton said, inmates picked up 1,500 bags of trash.

  • Close to Home: Clear Creek Park offers a variety of family fun

    Staff writer/photographer

    Clear Creek Park in Shelbyville is a close-to-home recreational facility that can be enjoyed year-round. The park has more than 200 acres and an incredible array of family fun and fitness options.

  • Eminence pool is full ... of dirt & rock

    General Manager

    Less than a day after the Eminence City Council approved spending $5,000 to fill in the city’s pool, the dump trucks were rolling.

    Thursday morning, county dump trucks carted approximately 300 tons of dirt from the county garage to the pool to begin the process that effectively ends any hopes of reopening the much debated pool.

    In a called meeting on Aug. 20, the city council voted 5-1 to approve filling in the pool. The vote came with little fanfare or discussion, which didn’t seem to surprise Mayor Jim Petitt.

  • Cities deal with vacant property ordinances

    Staff writer/photographer

    Houses left empty, abandoned to weather and weeds sit next to well-kept homes with neatly trimmed hedges. Neighbors and city leaders alike have become frustrated by owners who ignore the upkeep of homes and properties because they are vacant.

    The Henry County cities of New Castle, Eminence and Campbellsburg have decided to fight back.

    In February 2008, the City of New Castle adopted its abandoned urban property ordinance which allows the city to raise tax rates on blighted or deteriorated properties.

  • Two Moms are better than one

    Staff writer/photographer

    Henry County residents have long enjoyed the home-style cooking and fresh baked pies served at Mom’s Restaurant in New Castle.

    Now owner Nancy Tipton has opened a second Mom’s in Pendleton.

    Located at the corner of Kentucky 146 and 153, diners can expect the same great food they’ve loved at the original. “We offer home-cooked plate lunches, dinner specials and homemade pies,” Tipton said.

  • Library News for the week of August 20, 2008

    Story Time

    Regular story time programming will resume Monday, September 8 at 10 a.m. Story Time will be held every Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. Story Time is a programming for children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers. Each session includes read-alouds, songs, rhymes, games and more and concludes with a special craft. Story Time is a great opportunity to practice early literacy skills while making new friends in a fun environment. For more information, call the library at (502) 845-5682.

    Baby-and-Me

  • Vandals strike pool property

    General Manager

    The vandals, it seems, have an issue with Eminence Mayor Jim Petitt. Whether that grudge extends to the city council or the city police department isn’t clear.

    At 2:40 a.m. Friday, Eminence Police Officer O.C. Jones was on patrol when he found the Eminence Pool bathhouse was vandalized. The message was targeted primarily at Eminence Mayor Jim Petitt, and scrawled in large, red letters.

    “Jim “Hitler” Peitt you and your gestipo must go,” the message read.

  • Rod & Gun club provides year round recreation

    Staff writer/photographer

    Close-to-home vacation destinations are a great idea for saving money in a tight economy, but how about a recreational spot families can use year-round for one reasonable membership fee?

    The Henry County Rod & Gun Club, located off Sunnyside Drive between Eminence and Smithfield, is a 12-acre retreat with a nine-acre, fully-stocked fishing lake. There also are plenty of camping spots and a clubhouse.

  • Fire strikes lodge

    Staff writer/photographer

    What lay heaviest on the minds of New Castle firefighters responding to a fire in the roof of Simpson Masonic Lodge #189, at 35 North Main Street, was the fire’s potential to spread to an entire block of adjoining older buildings.

    At 1:36 p.m. last Thursday, dispatchers at Kentucky State Police Post 5 put out the call that flames could be seen coming from the back of a building on Main Street in New Castle.

    The New Castle Volunteer Fire Department responded just moments later.