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Local News

  • Blight ordinance passes in New Castle

    Landmark News Service

    Shabby-property owners will face harsher tax penalties under New Castle's new blight ordinance.

    City commissioners Tuesday unanimously passed an ordinance assessing a $10 per $100 assessed ad valorem tax for those who fail to adequately maintain their property. That could mean a $5,000 purse pinch for offenders who own a $50,000 property.

    The ordinance loosely coincides with citywide efforts to spruce up the tiny town and spawn renewed interest around its historic Main Street.

  • Campbellsburg approves five sewer pro

    General Manager

    After a 6-0 vote by the Campbellsburg City Council on Jan. 22 to approve plans that would initiate five sewer system projects, businessman Bruce Duncan had just one question.

    "Does this mean we're going to do it?" he asked.

    "It" is a utilities bore underneath Interstate-71 that some believe could be the foundation for future development around the Campbellsburg exit.

  • Jan. 31 fire destroys the home of a family of 12

    Landmark News Service

    Fire ravaged the home a Campbellsburg family early Thursday morning and sent two volunteer firefighters to the hospital.

    Emergency responders received the call of a house fire at 288 Fewell Road, around 3:53 a.m. Thursday, Post 5 dispatchers said. Neighbors awoke to what they described as "shotgun" like explosions.

    Three volunteer fire crews from Campbellsburg, New Castle and Bedford battled the blaze for at least an hour before they were able to control it, according to reports from emergency officials.

  • Damp weather causing delays in HCHS renovation

    Landmark News Service

    School officials say there's progress emerging from the dust and rubble of the multimillion dollar Henry County High renovation project.

    Principal Graham Wied Wednesday said students and staff are dodging construction for the most part, but the final product will be worth it.

  • Mr. Mason

    Landmark News Service

    William Mason is living history.

    The 90-year-old Eminence native not only lived through the nation's Civil Rights movement, he helped define the battle for equality that still continues today.

    Most days, you can find him delivering meals to the county's elderly homebound residents. The short man shuffles from door-to-door, his jeans deliberately triple-rolled to just above his shoes.

  • Abandoned house holds stolen treasures

    Landmark News Service

    An abandoned Shelby County farm house doubled as a storage shed for goods stolen from an Eminence flea market, Eminence Police Maj. Kevin Kemper said last week.

    Police recovered more than $7,500 in rare coins and other property, on Dec. 30, from the empty house near Simpsonville. There, two Eminence men allegedly hid items they looted from Treasures Flea Market on S. Main Street, Kemper said.

  • Miss Kentucky winner was a first time pageant contestant

    General Manager

    When Miss Kentucky USA 2008 takes the Miss USA pageant stage in Las Vegas on April 11, it will mark just her second time competing in a pageant.

    Alysha Harris, formerly of Campbellsburg and Carrollton, won the Miss Kentucky USA pageant in Somerset on Jan. 6. In just her first pageant, Harris brought home the crown.

    It was Harris' sister who prompted the 20-year-old to take a shot at the crown. When her sister said she thought it would be cool to have Miss Kentucky for a sister, Harris was sold.

    "I said, 'okay, okay, I'll do it,' " she said.

  • No dead end for Main Street

    General Manager

    The New Castle Main Street/Renaissance program is safe – for now.

    In a narrow 3-2 vote Thursday, Jan. 24, the New Castle City Commission voted to sign the annual letter of commitment, allowing the city’s Main Street Manager to proceed with the Main Street recertification process.

    Commissioners Tim Royalty and Tammy Sharp voted for the city to not sign the letter, while Commissioners Wanda Thurman and Juanita Raisor and Mayor Judy Diederich voted to continue the letter.

  • Powell to celebrate 67th birthday at Homestead

    Landmark News Service

    The pictures and trinkets in John Powell's tiny room don't necessarily tell his story.

    The 66-year-old Henry County native was born with a defect on the right side of his body, which forced him to wear a brace most of his younger years.

    "I remember when I was little, I wore that brace all the way up to my hips," he said.

    Crutches also supported the young Powell, but by high school he says he had shucked the aids and was able to walk unassisted.

    Now, however, the 66-year-old wishes he could get around better.

  • Local wins General Excellence award

    General Manager

    The Henry County Local was named the best mid-sized weekly newspaper in Kentucky last week during the Kentucky Press Association's Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers contest.