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  • HCPS progressing toward CATS goals

    General Manager

    If the hopes of Henry County Public Schools officials hold merit, the winds of change could bring a boost to the district’s CATS scores.

    Gains in portfolio scores at Henry County Middle School and Henry County High School, and gains in math scores at the middle school, gave Superintendent Tim Abrams hope.

    “I’m very excited about the future for both of those schools,” he said, adding that the 2008-2009 school year brings increased expectations for all students.

  • HCSO, NCPD investigating vehicle break-ins

    Staff writer/photographer

    Police are investigating a string of vehicle break-ins, all of which occurred one Sunday in August.

    A total of 24 vehicles were broken into inside New Castle city limits within a five-hour period on Aug. 24. Police believe the crimes occurred between the hours of 1:30 and 6:30 a.m.

    Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Hudson is investigating the crimes, along with New Castle Police Chief John Porter. “Every vehicle was unlocked,” Hudson said, “and they just ransacked them.”

  • HCMS students earn special recognition

    Staff writer/photographer

    Students at Henry County Middle School went “green” to earn a Superior rating at the national Project Citizen showcase in New Orleans.

    The 18 students from sixth through eighth grade collaborated on a project to recycle plastic water bottles titled “Make Recycling a Habit.” HCMS won over three other Kentucky schools to earn the honor of participating at the national level.

  • EIS makes CATS goal

    General Manager

    For Eminence Independent Schools, the 2008 CATS results brought mostly good news.

    As a district, EIS exceeded its accountability goal of 83.7 with a biennium accountability index of 85.4. The district also continued a reduction in its novice rate, falling below its novice goal of 15.23 with an average of 10.22 for the 2007-2008 biennium.

  • IKE HUFFS & PUFFS & BLOWS THE TREES DOWN

    General Manager

    The remnants of Hurricane Ike blew through the Kentuckiana region Sunday afternoon leaving downed trees and power lines in its wake – but Henry County was left relatively unscathed.

    The winds left hundreds of thousands of LG&E and Kentucky Utilities customers without power throughout the region. Monday afternoon, more than 240,000 LG&E and KU customers still were without power. In Louisville, the National Guard was brought in to help patrol in the city and aid with clean-up.

  • Campbellsburg sewer, annexation face new problem

    General Manager

    A Campbellsburg property owner warned the Campbellsburg City Council Monday night that they were “putting the cart before the horse.”

    The cart is a move to annex property north of I-71 into the city limits, and the horse is completion of a utility bore under the interstate that would pave the way for sewer access to businesses that could be annexed.

    Mike Frazier, one of several property owners, indicated that putting the cart before the horse could affect how the owners vote.

  • More than just a farm center

    Staff writer/photographer

    Are free food, prize drawings and fifty percent off special merchandise good reasons to check out Hawkins Farm Center and Restaurant in Port Royal? Owner and manager, Darlene Tipton thinks so.

    Tipton said she looks forward to this year’s Customer Appreciation Day — set for Saturday, Oct. 25 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We’re trying to get people’s morale back up,” she said.

  • Blackhawks down at Hillz-N-Hollarz

    Staff writer/photographer

    There’s a different kind of hawk swooping down upon Hillz-N-Hollarz off-road vehicle park in Lockport these days.

    Noted as a place to take an off-road vehicle for a day of fun and mud, Hillz-N-Hollarz now also serves a patriotic purpose. The Kentucky Army National Guard uses the remote, rugged terrain to conduct helicopter combat training operations.

  • From China, with love

    Staff writer/photographer

    Lola Lyle said the people in China greeted her with “Lucky baby” when they saw little Ginny cradled in her arms more than four years ago. She and husband, Ben had just adopted the 11-month old girl from Nanning, China. “We knew the truth,” she said. “We were the lucky ones.”

  • New logos, new services, sheriff's department has some new features

    Staff writer/photographer

    Henry County Sheriff Danny Cravens is proud of the redesigned emblem emblazoned on the department’s fleet of vehicles. He said they have received a lot of positive feedback from the public.

    “People are saying they (the vehicles) look more professional,” Cravens said. “Some even think that the department has bought new cars.”

    Actually, there is only one new 2008 Crown Victoria in the inventory, the remaining vehicles are 2000-2007 models.