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  • H.C. Arts and Crafts Guild show to be held Saturday

    Staff writer/photographer

    Need a new painting behind the sofa? A one-of-a-kind gift? Want to get some of your holiday shopping out of the way early this year?

    The Henry County Arts and Crafts Guild’s 9th Annual Show will take place Saturday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The new location for this year’s show is the Henry County Fairgrounds 4-H Center, U.S. 421 in New Castle.

  • Family set to celebrate life

    Staff writer/photographer

    On Dec. 13, 2006, in Naples, Fla., a brain aneurysm cut short the life of 35-year old Brandon Browning, devastating his close-knit Henry County family.

    What the family did in the traumatic hours following his death was nothing short of heroic. Their unselfish decision to donate his organs gave hope to three other families whose loved ones were living on borrowed time.

    On Sunday, Sept. 7 two of the three recipients will join Browning’s family and friends in a “Celebration of Life” to honor Brandon.

  • Breaking News: Eminence Auto Parts destroyed by fire

    Kentucky State Police and the Eminence Police Department are investing a fire that destroyed a local business Saturday evening.

    Eminence Auto Parts, a NAPA affiliate, was gutted by a blaze that included multiple explosions Saturday. Officials on the scene indicated arson was the cause, and a search is underway for the suspect.

    Multiple fire departments responded to the scene, including crews from Eminence, Pleasureville, New Castle, Campbellsburg, Lake Jericho and Shelby County.

    Check back soon for udpates.

  • Bluesneck

    Staff writer/photographer

    Chad Heightchew, Jamie Tingle and Phil Branham loaded guitars and amps, basses and drums, microphones and monitors into a trailer hitched to the back of sound engieneer Barry Heightchew’s truck. The trio, Pleasureville’s own Bluesneck, were itching to get on the road to Florida.

    The plan was to drive 968-miles straight through to the Sebastian Inlet State Park Marina in Florida for a one-night gig. Branham’s friends, Alan and Nancy French, were throwing a retirement bash and invited the group to play.

  • New church rumbles into county

    Staff writer/photographer

    After 17 years as pastor of Ridgeview Baptist Church in Spencer County, Finchville resident Vern Hawkins felt pulled in a new direction. “I felt like the Lord was leading me to do something different,” he said.

    Hawkins began the non-denominational New Hope Biker Church in January 2008. He said it was decided to remain non-denominational so that people not wishing to be identified with a particular denomination would feel comfortable attending.

  • Youth basketball program gets board approval

    Staff writer/photographer

    It’s unlikely that Eminence High School Varsity Basketball Coach Chris Nethery and Mark Blackburn expected the deluge of questions and concerns that rained down on them at the Eminence Independent School Board meeting August 19.

    Nethery and Blackburn presented a request for rental of the school gym for Eminence Youth Boy’s Basketball games. They have formed a team of fifth and sixth grade boys to play inter-squad games with neighboring city and county teams.

  • County to modify mandatory garbage

    General Manager

    If the bags of trash collected each week along county roads are any indication, mandatory garbage collection might be working.

    Henry County Solid Waste Enforcement Officer Donnie Tipton told the fiscal court last week that to date, inmates have picked up 724 bags of trash, and a total of approximately 12 tons of garbage, along 113 miles of county roads so far this year. By the same time last year, Tipton said, inmates picked up 1,500 bags of trash.

  • Close to Home: Clear Creek Park offers a variety of family fun

    Staff writer/photographer

    Clear Creek Park in Shelbyville is a close-to-home recreational facility that can be enjoyed year-round. The park has more than 200 acres and an incredible array of family fun and fitness options.

  • Eminence pool is full ... of dirt & rock

    General Manager

    Less than a day after the Eminence City Council approved spending $5,000 to fill in the city’s pool, the dump trucks were rolling.

    Thursday morning, county dump trucks carted approximately 300 tons of dirt from the county garage to the pool to begin the process that effectively ends any hopes of reopening the much debated pool.

    In a called meeting on Aug. 20, the city council voted 5-1 to approve filling in the pool. The vote came with little fanfare or discussion, which didn’t seem to surprise Mayor Jim Petitt.

  • Cities deal with vacant property ordinances

    Staff writer/photographer

    Houses left empty, abandoned to weather and weeds sit next to well-kept homes with neatly trimmed hedges. Neighbors and city leaders alike have become frustrated by owners who ignore the upkeep of homes and properties because they are vacant.

    The Henry County cities of New Castle, Eminence and Campbellsburg have decided to fight back.

    In February 2008, the City of New Castle adopted its abandoned urban property ordinance which allows the city to raise tax rates on blighted or deteriorated properties.