Local News

  • Who was Myra Shelden?

    Less than a month ago, Henry County Sheriff’s Detective Danny Stivers found Myra Shelden near the back door of her home, the apparent victim of hypothermia.

    The home had but one source of heat — a small ceramic heater. Officials indicated the home was in bad condition. All that was known, at the time, was that Shelden had an aunt in Ohio — a fact they found thanks to a Christmas card in her purse — who would link them with Shelden’s adoptive mother in New Albany, Ind.

  • Lockport man indicted for November burglary; assault

    A Lockport man charged with breaking into an ex-girlfriend’s home and assaulting the woman and her friend — twice in one night — has been indicted.

    Douglas Clay Moore, 45, was indicted for 1st degree burglary, 2nd degree burglary and two counts of 4th degree assault.

  • Schools extend calendars, schedule make up days

    The Henry County Board of Education recently voted to amend the 2010-11 calendar because of snow days.
    It was decided that school will be in session on Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 21.

    “If we have no more closed days, our last day is now June 3,” Superintendent Tim Abrams said, “and each additional day off will add to the end of the year. If something catastrophic happens we’ll have to look at spring break.”

  • “College and Career: Do you and your student have a plan? “

    Parents are invited to come to  the HCHS auditorium on Feb. 10, to learn how you can help your student get accepted to college, qualify for scholarships and be career ready by graduation. Jim Masters, HCHS principal, and guidance counselors will give you information on what ACT scores mean to you and your student and discuss what scores are needed for college acceptance and for academic scholarships. The school also will be introducing our new program, ePrep, and how HCHS and parents can use the program to improve ACT scores. 

  • DQ goes smoke-free

    As of January 31, Dairy Queen in Eminence became smoke-free. Owner Virgil Price said his reason was simple. “We did it to create an enhanced family-friendly environment,” he said. “It’s Dairy Queen for goodness’ sake.”

    Price said the transition went smoothly and at this early stage has heard no grumbling from his customers.

    Price said the no-smoking policy was not related to the redesign, but the timing was good.

  • Reducing business overhead — how to fight the battle of the bulge

    Submitted by Raisor, Zapp & Woods

    You may not realize this, but one of the best opportunities to increase your business’s bottom line can be found by reviewing its overhead.

  • N.C. Christian welcomes Alex Idle

    Submitted by Tammy Lanham

  • 90th birthday

    Rosie Ellen True of New Castle, formerly of Eminence, will celebrate her 90th birthday today (Feb. 2, 2011). She has two daughters: Janie (Roy) West, Bedford and Mary (John) Hance, Smithfield; and one son, Robert (Wanda) True, Smithfield. She also has six grandchildren: Chantel Lewman, Independence, Kansas; Chris (Tammy) Ranells, Shelbyville; J.J. (Lisa) Hance and Cindy (John) Stivers, all of Smithfield; Adam True, LaGrange; and Joanne (Micheal) Johns, Scottsville. She also has 15 great-grandchildren.

  • Lumberyard to close Jan. 31

    On Jan. 31, Barnett Lumber Company’s retail operation will close. Owners Harold and Mary Bratton have decided to retire, though the construction side of the company will live on, with their son Craig Bratton at the helm.

    “Our mainstay over the years has been new home construction,” Harold Bratton said.

    He said they also will continue to sell and install kitchen cabinets.
    There has been a lumberyard there since 1890.

  • Black & White with a splash

    For Pam McDannold, it all began with a random box 25 years ago. Purchased at an auction, the box had a quilt top inside.

    “My Sunday School teacher Donna Duncan had started a class and suggested I come,” McDannold said, “and I never quit quilting since.”

    An obsession with quilting endured over the years, and McDannold has produced at least 63. Those 63 are simply those that she recorded in a quilting journal.

    She displays her handiwork all over her walls and beds and everywhere else in her home.