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  • Celtic Fest kicks off Saturday

    Staff writer/photographer

    No need to wait for St. Patrick’s Day. Iron the kilt and tune up the bagpipes, it’s time for the Celtic Fest at Renfaire.

    Celtic Fest host, Ed Frederick said it appeals to a large range of folks who love Celtic history and music. “It’s a celebration of the people of the Seven Nations,” Frederick said. The Seven Nations refers to Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall, the Isle of Man and parts of Spain.

  • Board members express concern about construction costs

    Staff writer/photographer

    Members of the Henry County School Board showed cracks in their composure during the board meeting last week over an ever-growing pile of costly construction changes at the high school.

    Two change orders in particular seemed to present sticking points.

    One change order requested $21,035.15 for changes in the auxiliary gym. It cited a revised entrance as well as site work changes and changes to windows.

  • Perry's does it best

    Staff writer/photographer

    G.W. and Martha Perry are the perfect pair to own Perry’s Hardware in Eminence. “We have about 90 years’ experience between us,” Perry said.

    Both were hardware buyers for different concerns for decades beginning in the early 1960s.

    Their broad knowledge is a boon for customers. Perry believes smaller stores can compete with the big boys price-wise as well as offer services they don’t.

  • Being a good neighbor? Court approves fence policy for park

    General Manager

    Be a good neighbor.

    If there was any other theme to emerge from last week’s Henry County Fiscal Court meeting, that was it. The phrase worked its way into several issues before the court last week, including fence installation at the new county park.

    Ray Powell said he wanted to be a good neighbor and work with the county on creating a fence line around the park property — which adjoins his own property.

  • Pleasureville pressure woes to ease

    General Manager

    Years of low water pressure may soon come to an end for residents in, and around, Pleasureville.

    A new water tower has risen above the city’s tree line, though welding marks on the tank’s exterior may make the tank look older than it really is..

    Once completed, the new tower will have three times the capacity of its predecessor, which should help alleviate years of low water pressure problems in the area.

  • Smithfield to celebrate new park

    General Manager

    A big celebration is on tap in the county’s smallest incorporated community.

    Smithfield will host Music in the Park Saturday evening in an event that will showcase the city’s most recent acquisition — a one acre parcel of ground that expands the city’s small park.

    The celebration, which starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, will feature music by Dave Stahl and Reid Moore, will be catered by Our Best, and feature a few homemade desserts from Smithfield Christian Church.

  • Student gets an education in transportation

    Staff writer/photographer

    From horses on the hoof to horses under the hood of a race car, Jessica Riley, a 14-year old freshman at Henry County High School, learned a lot about transportation over the summer.

    Riley was one of 18 Kentucky high school students who attended Kentucky State University’s Summer Transportation Program.

    “We studied all about planes, buses and boats,” Riley said. “We studied horses because back in the old days they used horses for transportation.”

  • 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.