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  • Relay follow up will be at fairgrounds this weekend

    Staff writer/photographer

    The 2008 American Cancer Society Relay for Life, cut short on June 27 due to threatening weather, will regroup on Saturday, July 19 from 6-9 p.m. at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

    The abbreviated event raised approximately $80,000 according to Team Recruitment Chair, Diana Berry. The original goal was $120,000.

    The centerpiece of the rescheduled event will be the ceremonial lighting of handheld luminaria candles and reading of names of those who have passed on.

  • Elston case sent to grand jury

    Staff writer/photographer

    Henry County District Court Judge Diane Wheeler ruled Monday that there is enough probable cause to proceed with a murder case involving a New Castle man.

    Robert Steven Elston, 54, is charged with second-degree murder in the July 6 shooting death of Joseph Burch, 31, at the New Castle apartment complex where Elston resides. Burch died of a single gunshot wound to the chest that entered his left lung and exited through his ribcage in the back.

  • Resident questions council about money jars

    Staff writer/photographer

    During the regular meeting of the Eminence City Council Monday night, resident Marcia Clark asked just what had become of pool donations made in jars at area businesses.

    “What happened to the jars?” she asked. “How much money was collected?”

    Eminence Police Chief Carey Duncan reported that — at Mayor Jim Pettit’s request — he questioned Doug Gingrich about the jars.

  • Camp teaches youth about horses

    News Intern

    Surrounded by horses since they were young, sisters Sarah Lyons and Stephanie Mahoney have made horses their livelihood.

    “Both my sister and I have equine degrees from Midway College,” Lyons said. “We’ve had Morgans and shown Morgans my whole life. We kind of built up into a little business, Royal Acres Morgans.”

  • Hey Mr. DJ

    News Intern

    Crazy hours and the opportunity to have fun at work on a daily basis are just two of the perks in the life of a DJ.

    Both Brett Waford and Jonathan Mertz were born and raised in Henry County and are both currently employed with Forever Communications in Frankfort.

    “The whole point of radio is to have fun,” said Waford, who is better known as “Jumpin’ Jim Beam” to Froggy radio (104.9) listeners in Frankfort and surrounding areas.

  • Eminence residence destroyed in morning fire

    News Intern

    An Eminence woman lost her home last week as a fire ravaged her house.

    Eminence Police Department Chief Carey Duncan arrived first on the scene at the house fire at 4766 Jackson Road in Eminence last week. About 40 seconds later, EPD Major Kevin Kemper arrived on the scene as well.

    “I thought everyone got there and did a good job,” Duncan said. “They did what they could.”

  • Huck-A-Buck retires after 37 years with OVACO

    News Intern

    Known in Eminence as “Huck-A-Buck,” Leroy Wright has overcome challenges in order to accomplish feats that most can only dream about.

  • N.C. man charged with murder

    Staff writer/photographer

    A New Castle man has been charged with second degree murder after a weekend argument turned deadly.

    Robert Steven Elston, 54, of New Castle, was charged in the death of Joseph D. Burch. Elston entered a not guilty plea in Henry County District Court Monday.

    Judge Jerry Crosby set Elston’s bail at $1 million. Elston remains lodged in the Carroll County Regional Detention Center, and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 14. An attorney from the public defender’s office will represent Elston.

  • Close to Home: Take a walk in the woods

    Staff writer/photographer

    If outdoor leisure is your idea of a good time, Frankfort’s Salato Wildlife Education Center offers outdoor fun relatively close to home.

    Center director, Laurie Davison said that in today’s economy, Salato is a real bargain. “Admission is free, so you can just hop in your car and go,” she said. “Just pay for your gas and the rest is all bonus.”

  • New child care center open in Campbellsburg

    Staff writer/photographer

    Angela Gray of Campbellsburg has been in the childcare business for most of her life.

    Gray worked for her mother at Nanny’s Daycare in Buckner, and took over the business when her mother retired. She operated Nanny’s in Buckner for 14 years.