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  • 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. 

  • Safety tips from Emergency Management

    by Bruce Owens

    Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    Carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent, deadly killer claiming about 1,000 lives each year in the United States.

    Such common items as automotive exhaust, home heating systems and obstructed chimneys can produce the colorless, odorless gas.

    The gas can also be produced by poorly vented generators, kerosene heaters, gas gills and other items used for cooking and heating when used improperly during the winter months.

    Never run generators indoors.

  • County board of ed to talk budget cuts

    Staff writer/photographer

    In a now official recession, few agencies will be immune to budget cuts.

    That includes Henry County Public Schools, whose board of education met Tuesday night to discuss budget cuts in a special called meeting.

    HCPS Superintendent Tim Abrams said Kentucky Commissioner of Education John Draud asked superintendents through-

    out the state to determine how a four percent reduction in state funding would affect their districts.

    “It’s very frightening,” Abrams said.

  • Local judges attend Circuit Judges College

    Submitted

    Circuit Judges Karen Conrad and Tim Feeley, who serve Henry, Oldham and Trimble counties, participated in the 2008 Circuit Judges College held Oct. 26-30 in Covington. The Administrative Office of the Courts offered the college for Circuit Court judges and Family Court judges throughout the state.

  • Auditor: ‘Nothing to examine further’

    General Manager

    Two months to the day after it sent a letter to the City of Eminence to investigate the city’s pool repair fund, the Kentucky State Auditor of Public Accounts has closed its investigation.

    The initial letter, sent Sept. 19, asked the city to provide an accounting of the fund after the auditor’s office received a letter which alleged that the city refused to return donations after voting not to proceed with the project.