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  • Serial arsonist arrested for setting 9 fires

    Landmark News Service

    James Aaron Clark, 27, of Shelbyville, was arrested Wednesday on nine arson-related charges, after admitting that he set the fires as a way to relieve stress.  

    Shelby County Sheriff's Detective Jason Rice said that Clark is charged with one count of first-degree arson, a felony that carries a penalty of 20 years to life, three counts of second-degree arson, also a felony, and seven counts of criminal mischief related to the fires in Shelby and Henry counties.

  • Extension’s Holiday Bazaar will feature local artists

    Staff writer/photographer

    Those wishing to spruce up their holiday decor or pining for a new tree ornament can load their shopping bags with the seasonal offerings at the 16th Annual Extension Service Holiday Bazaar. All of the whimsical, artistic, and even fragrant items at 30+ booths are crafted by Henry County artisans.

    The tiny tractors and farm trucks of Burnett Farm Toys might make ideal Christmas gifts for the boys and boys at heart on the list.

  • EMINENCE COUNCIL RACE ENDS IN A TIE

    Henry Countians voted overwhelmingly Republican in the presidential election, choosing Republican presidential candidate John McCain over Democrat Barack Obama 4081 to 2724.

    Obama won just one precinct in the county — Port Royal.

    The county also favored incumbent Republican Senator Mitch McConnell over Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford 3,672 to 3,194.

    For the fourth Congressional district, incumbent Republican Geoff Davis easily won reelection against Democratic challenger Michael Kelley, 3,949 to 2,758.

  • Signups for Teddy Bear tree end Oct. 31

    Staff writer/photographer

    Tri-County Community Action Agency director Bryan Raisor said Henry County families who qualify under federal guidelines may register their children through Oct. 31 to receive Christmas gifts through the Teddy Bear Tree.

    The Teddy Bear Tree is operated by the Tri-County Community Action Agency.

  • Meadows gives pool fundraiser $ to education

    General Manager

    Craig Meadows knows a little bit about service to his school and community.

    The 2008 Eminence High School graduate took on quite a task for his senior project when he decided to hold a fundraiser for the Eminence swimming pool project. The project required a lot of work and held earlier this year, the benefit concert raised more than $2,000 for the project. Just a few days later the project was sent back to the drawing board by the Eminence City Council.

  • Sunday toy run to benefit local families

    Staff writer/photographer

    On Harley, on Triumph, on bikers and trikers! Santa’s got a new kind of ride.

    On Sunday, Nov. 2, local bikers will saddle up for the Henry County Toy Run. Their goal is to collect toys, clothing and donations for Henry County children in need this holiday season.

    Pastor Vern Hawkins of the New Hope Biker Church in New Castle said he hopes for a big turnout. “It seems like we’re going to have quite a few bikes,” he said. “We’re expecting 60-70.”

  • Press Release: Rep. Steve Riggs calls new rules for electric cars a positive step forward

    Submitted

    Frankfort – A recent administrative order from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet that defines the rules of the road for electric cars has the support of state Rep. Steve Riggs, who says the move essentially enacts legislation he offered early this year.

  • The $16,000 question

    General Manager

    Editor’s note: On Oct. 15, we asked readers to submit claims made by candidates for local office for a “fact checking” story. Though we received no such submissions, there have been numerous letters to the editor focusing on a $16,000 purchase by the Eminence Fire Department, which we will analyze here.

  • Former barbershop now houses Salon 22

    Staff writer/photographer

     

    Once a landmark on Kentucky 22 in Bethlehem, Cecil Peyton’s Barber Shop recently received an extreme makeover. The venerable one-chair men’s haircut emporium has been transformed into the sleek and chic Salon 22.

     

    Proprietress Amy Lyons said Peyton closed the shop in 2002 and has since passed away.

     

    “A lot of people remember Cecil,” she said. “My dad got his hair cut by Cecil Peyton.”

     

  • Rumpke awarded garbage bid

    General Manager

    In a vote that almost didn’t happen, the Henry County Fiscal Court awarded the mandatory garbage franchise bid to Rumpke.

    In presenting the bid, Henry County Judge Executive John Logan Brent said there was a problem.

    He said that the bid packets sent to Rumpke and competitor Industrial Disposal did not include a copy of the legal advertisement for the bids.