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  • Paper ballots to replace 'curtain' voting in Nov.

    Say goodbye to the curtains.

    Election officials will retire the county's 27 curtain-veiled voting machines after the May primary in favor of a more basic paper ballot system, County Clerk Juanita Lashley said. Some say it will simplify the voting process, allowing poll workers to tally votes immediately using a computerized cartridge. The modified system will, like other systems, offer receipts to federal election officials, who are calling for a more expedited, error-free voting process following several flubs at polling stations across the nation.

  • Skate park is 'catching air'

    By Brent Schanding

    Landmark News Service

    A group of skateboarders, blamed for vandalizing a New Castle bank, will band together to construct a skate park.

    They will form a committee to fundraise, plan, design and construct what could be an 8,000 square-foot-facility in New Castle or outlying areas. It could feature ramps, rails and half-pipes, they hope, and accomodate skateboarders, inline skaters and bikers of all skills.

  • Rebate checks could offer jump starts to some

    By Brent Schanding

    Landmark News Service

    Save it. Spend it. Use it to pay bills.

    Starting in May, U.S. taxpayers will receive rebates of several hundred dollars from the federal government under a plan to stimulate the economy. Pushed by President George W. Bush and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell R-Ky., the measure will 'rush' checks of $600 to individuals and $1,200 to couples who paid income tax under a joint filing. People who did not pay federal income taxes, but earned income of more than $3,000, will get checks of $300 per individual or $600 per couple.

  • Son charged in mothers death

    Landmark News Service

    A 55-year-old mentally handicapped man was arrested for murder Friday night after police say he bludgeoned his mother to death at their Eminence home.

    Maralyn "Lynn" Burchett, 78, was found dead by family members at her Shadyview Drive home sometime Friday afternoon.

    Burchett's son, Warren D. Stone, was charged with capital murder in her slaying after police stated he confessed to the crime.

    "There was an argument and he killed her," Eminence Police Chief Carey Duncan said.

  • Bridge Aftercare - life beyond prison

    By Jonna Spelbring Priester

    General Manager

    It's a number Vincent Ingabrand won't forget anytime soon - 165580.

    The number is the designation he earned during the first of his stints in the state penitentiary. Ingabrand has been a resident of eight county jails, two penitentiaries and five institutions in nine years.

    Just 23 days after leaving the penitentiary in 2006, he found himself back in jail because of a DUI.

    But now, Ingabrand is trying to walk the straight and narrow.

  • Senate bill would scratch CATS assessment

    By Brent Schanding

    Landmark News Service

    Educators and others testified at the Capitol Thursday about a bill to replace the state's student-testing system with nationally standardized tests.

    Senate Bill 1 would eliminate the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System, or CATS, including its multiple-choice testing in the areas of arts and humanities. Portfolio components meant to judge schools on student writing abilities would also be abolished under SB 1. Both measures were mandated under the sweeping Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990.

  • News briefs for March 5, 2008

    Henry County Relay for Life

    Mark your calendars for the following fundraisers all held in an effort to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society:

    * New Castle United Methodist Church will be having a Chili, Soup, Sandwich and Dessert luncheon at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 9. Donations will be accepted.

    * Barb's Bud's will sponsor the first ever Henry County Tractor Run on Saturday, April 12. More Details will be announced at a later date.

  • SULPHUR SCHOOL SCORCHED

    By Brent Schanding

    Landmark News Service

    Arson hasnt been ruled out in a Sunday night blaze that destroyed the former Sulphur High School on Ky. 157.

    Smoke and flames billowed from the abandoned hilltop structure and could be seen for miles away, according to reports from fire officials and witnesses. Only the building's brick facade remains. At least 20 firefighters from four fire departments responded to the fire that took nearly three hours to squelch.

  • Survey finds believers likely to swap faiths

    By Brent Schanding

    Landmark News Service

    What nearly started in a barn is now a way of life for Leon Tracy.

    Tracy, 66, is pastor and co-founder of Kentucky Cowboy Church, a non-conventional, non-denominational church near Pleasureville, where its not unusual to see denim-clad parishioners in Wranglers and Western hats. The "cowboys for Christ" were forced to gather at a Gest Road worship site, after insurance agents cited liabilities with holding services in a barn.

    "A lot of folks are horse people, they like to ride," Tracy said. "We're very relaxed."

  • Hillz on hold

    By Jonna Spelbring Priester

    General Manager

    After the conclusion of Monday night's Henry County Planning and Zoning Commission's Board of Adjustments meeting, Vice Chairman Dennis Yeary put his left forefinger to his temple, and 'fired.'

    It was a gesture of frustration following a nearly two-hour long meeting that, for the fifth time, brought the Hillz-N-Hollarz off-road vehicle park before the board. Property manager Joe Lawson filed for a second conditional use permit for the park in January. The initial permit was suspended for violations of the permit conditions.