Local News

  • Elston murder trial is underway

    The following facts are not in dispute in the trial of Robert Steven Elston.

    On July 6, 2008 Elston pulled the trigger of a .44-caliber magnum discharging one bullet into the chest of Joseph D. Burch, 31, killing the younger man almost instantaneously.

    Elston, whose defense team will argue he fired in self-defense, was charged with second-degree murder.

    As he sat in court during the trial, he appeared calm and lucid, smiling at family members as he was seated and to whom he clearly wanted to speak.

  • Starting a new tradition

    Staff writer/photographer

    Eminence is reviving the tradition of Eminence Day on Saturday, Aug. 8. Mayor Jim Pettit and organizers promise a day to remember.

    “There hasn’t been an Eminence Day at least since I’ve been in office,” he said, “but the council decided they wanted to run with it.”

    Lee Ann Armstrong is one of three council members who helped organize the event.

  • European Vacation: HCHS students get international experience

    Staff writer/photographer

    For HCHS students Aaron Wedge and Clint Diven it was a very cool way to end summer vacation.

    The 16-year olds traveled to five European destinations as student ambassadors through the People to People program.

    “There were 29 from Kentucky,” Wedge said, “and we met other groups from Maryland, New York and Texas.” The Kentucky delegation was matched with the one from Colorado.

    The first stop on what was billed as Traditions of Europe was Cahersiveen, Ireland.

  • Childhood interest turns into life long love for local farrier

    Staff writer/photographer

    Charlie Roach and his twin were young when their father lost interest in a horse hobby. That set in motion Charlie’s lifelong passion for the animals.

    “Dad had horses when we were growing up like most men buy a boat,” he said. “Bob and I were 11 and horse crazy so we took the reins.”

    Roach still has a firm grip on those reins 45 years later.

    His equine career includes training and showing Tennessee Walkers, giving riding lessons and shoeing horses.

  • City of Eminence sponsoring contests on Eminence Day

    The City of Eminence is sponsoring a Cutest Baby Contest for children birth to 23 months, a Cutie Pie Contest for children 2, 3 and 4 years old and a Little Miss and Mister Contest for couples ages 5, 6 and 7. The contests will be held on Eminence Day, Saturday, Aug. 8.

  • From bank to jail to classroom

    General Manager

    Students, faculty and families at Eminence Independent Schools will welcome an old, familiar face to the hallways this year.

    Bill Covington, the disgraced former president of Farmer’s Deposit Bank in Eminence, has been hired as a special education teacher at Eminence Middle School.

  • New HCMS assistant principal isn’t a new face

    Staff writer/photographer

    Recently hired HCMS assistant principal Staci Hoene is hardly a newcomer to the Henry County school system. She actually began her educational career at HCMS.

    Superintendent Tim Abrams was the middle school assistant principal, and worked with Hoene from 1995 to 1997. At the time, Hoene taught language arts, and Abrams said “she has grown exponentially since then.

  • Young cancer patients find relief at Indian Summer Camp

    Staff writer/photographer

    Henry County artist Joann Ashby looks forward to summertime, but not for a trip to the beach or lazy days napping in a hammock.

    She packs up brushes and paints, potter’s clay and wood, and makes the trek to Indian Summer Camp for children with cancer at Shelby County’s Camp Cedarmore.

    “I’ve been volunteering 14-15 years,” she said. “I started shortly after my treatment for breast cancer.”

  • Stimulus $ could revamp EIS technology

    Staff writer/photographer

    For some time, Eminence Independent Schools could afford only ‘band-aid’ fixes to a tangled grid of switches, hubs and ports in its computer system.

    Last week, Eminence Independent Schools computer users/administrators got potentially good news. Technology Coordinator Kim Dawson received unanimous support from the Eminence Board of Education to upgrade the system’s antiquated technical infrastructure.

  • Repairs to begin on Milton-Madison bridge

    State highway crews will begin structural repairs to the Milton-Madison Bridge starting this weekend. The bridge will be closed to all traffic from 7 p.m. Saturday, July 25, through 5 a.m. Monday, July 27.

    Repair work will continue with bridge closure during those same times the following weekend, Saturday, Aug. 1, through Monday, Aug. 3. Those wishing to travel to Indiana must drive to Louisville or to the Markland Dam in Gallatin County.