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  • Elston indicted for murder

    General Manager

    A New Castle man has been indicted by the Henry County Grand Jury on charges that he killed another man in a July argument.

    The grand jury indicted Robert S. Elston, 55, of New Castle, on Aug. 14 for second degree murder, a class A felony. If convicted, Elston could face at least 20 years in prison.

    Elston was charged with second-degree murder after the July 6 shooting death of Joseph D. Burch, 21, at the New Castle apartment complex where Elston lived.

  • New Castle gets life saving technology

    Staff writer/photographer

    The City of New Castle recently made the potentially life-saving purchase of three heart defibrillators. One is permanently housed at City Hall while the other two are mobile - one in Police Chief John Porter’s cruiser and the other in Public Works Director Scot Treece’s city vehicle.

    The Henry County Sheriff Department has followed suit. The department has three defibrillators on order and expects to take delivery within the next week or so.

  • Close to Home: Butler offers year round activities

    General Manager

    It’s the kind of place outdoor enthusiasts could love — fishing, hiking, camping, golf, mini-golf, boating, swimming and more await just 30 minutes from home.

    General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton offers visitors a variety of activities.

    Established in 1931, General Butler State Resort Park has 971 acres of land, and access to five acres of a 20-acre lake. In addition to a variety of outdoor activities, the park has a lodge and cottages, tennis courts, basketball courts and is home to the Two Rivers Restaurant.

  • Log cabin in Henry County is just right

    Staff writer/photographer

    Hummingbirds darted to and from the feeder suspended from a support beam on the porch of what Rolland “Bear” Soule Jr., modestly refers to as a “log cabin.”

    The mega-cabin is perched high on a hill near New Castle. It offers idyllic views of the surrounding valley from all four sides of the porch that wraps around the entire home. “We didn’t have to cut a single tree,” he said.

  • 16-year old is a piano whiz

    Staff writer/photographer

    Although Henry County High School tenth-grader Billy Washburn has been a Kentuckian since he was just a year old, his honky-tonk piano style sounds more like it came from his native state of Texas.

  • Eminence pool may be dead in the water

    General Manager

    The Eminence Swimming Pool project may officially be dead in the water.

    Council member Drane Stephens, who also is a member of the city’s parks and recreation committee, said Monday night that an engineering company estimated the costs to repair the pool and wading pool at more than $330,000.

  • And they're off!

    On November 4, Henry Countians won’t just be casting their vote for president of the United States. Every City council and commission seat is up for grabs, as are two seats on the Eminence Board of Education and three on the Henry County Board of Education. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, the following residents filed to run for those seats:

    Eminence Board of Education

    George Armstrong III

    Ben Coomes

    Danny Fisher

  • HCPS not making 'adequate' progress

    General Manager

    For the fourth year in a row, Henry County Public Schools has failed to make “adequate yearly progress” under federal guidelines.

    Eminence Independent School met each of its goals.

    According to the No Child Left Behind results released Tuesday morning, HCPS met 11 of its 13 goals, while EIS met each of its seven goals.

    Eminence Superintendent Donald Aldridge said his initial reaction was “wow,” and characterized the scores as “really good.”

  • Close to Home: Have a hollerin' good time

    Staff writer/photographer

    HillzNHollarz Off-Road Vehicle Park located just south of Lockport in the eastern section of Henry County offers the 4x4 crowd more than 450-acres of off-roading trails. They range in difficulty from easy to extreme.

    Property Manager Joe Lawson said that Jeeps, ATVs or anything else that goes off-road are welcome.

  • Abrams: HCHS will be ready Aug. 7

    General Manager

    Henry County Public Schools will be open Thursday morning.

    Though construction continues in earnest at Henry County High School, HCPS Superintendent Tim Abrams said the school is ready for students.

    “That couldn’t happen without all of the hard work Wehr Constructors put in,” he said, adding that the district’s custodial and maintenance staff, along with all of the construction project’s sub-contractors, helped make it possible for the school to be open Thursday.