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  • Fire strikes lodge

    Staff writer/photographer

    What lay heaviest on the minds of New Castle firefighters responding to a fire in the roof of Simpson Masonic Lodge #189, at 35 North Main Street, was the fire’s potential to spread to an entire block of adjoining older buildings.

    At 1:36 p.m. last Thursday, dispatchers at Kentucky State Police Post 5 put out the call that flames could be seen coming from the back of a building on Main Street in New Castle.

    The New Castle Volunteer Fire Department responded just moments later.

  • Campellsburg police chief resigns post

    General Manager

    Starting Friday, the City of Campbellsburg will find itself without a police chief.

    Campbellsburg Police Chief Paul McDonald submitted his resignation to Mayor Carl Rucker last week, and the city council was officially notified during Monday night’s council meeting.

    Rucker told the council that when McDonald submitted his resignation, it was not a good day.

  • Public Record for the week of August 20, 2008

    Marriage

    Amber Marie Sparrow, 20, Eminence, to David Matthew Donovan, 28, Eminence.

    Divorces

    Steven Bradley Simmons, 36, Louisville, and Edna Marie Riley, 35, Turners Station.

    John Michael Mertz, 56, New Castle, and Pamela Lynn Tolbert, 45, Owenton.

    Property transfers

    Elizabeth A. Heudecker, Smithfield, to Phillip and Melinda Thurmond, Smithfield. Property in Henry County; $101,000.

  • News Briefs for August 20, 2008

    Fall Fling pageants

    As part of the 9th Annual New Castle Fall Fling Sat., Oct. 4, we will have many pageants. The pageants will be on the courthouse steps. You must pre-register Aug. 25, 27-30 to be in the pageants. It will cost $5 per child to register. The child must be a resident of Henry County. There will be no judges. Whoever has the most five-cent votes will win.

  • Campbellsburg makes annexation process formal

    General Manager

    It’s official — the Campbellsburg City Council will seek to expand the city’s boundaries.

    During its meeting Monday night, the council approved the first reading of an ordinance declaring the city’s intent to annex.

    The move makes formal a process that began months ago.

  • 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.