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  • Students take spring break visit to Spain

    General Manager

    When some of her students expressed an interest in traveling abroad, Henry County High School Spanish teacher Robin McCoy thought a trip to Spain might fit the bill.

    After opening up the opportunity to go to McCoy’s students, several from Henry County wound up making the trip that for all marked the farthest they’d ever been from home. And for some, it marked a very unique experience with a new culture.

  • Carrollton Bus Crash survivor shares story with LaGrange Rotary

    Landmark News Service

    The night of May 13, 1988, 14-year-old Harold Dennis couldn't sleep.

    He was too excited about the next day – when he'd spend the day at Kings Island with friends from Radcliff's First Assembly of God.

    He didn't know at the time that the trip home from the amusement park would change his life forever.

    While on the way back after the day at Kings Island, the bus carrying the 67 passengers – mostly youth – collided with a pickup truck driven by a drunk driver headed the wrong direction on Interstate 71.

  • Accident resulted in safety changes

    Landmark News Service

    Every day, hundreds of thousands of school buses make their way down roads all across the United States at least twice a day – carrying children of all ages to and from school.

    Buses also carry children and adults on day trips, overnight trips and to out-of-town sports and academic events.

    In the past 20 years, there have been numerous improvements to these vehicles that carry such precious cargo, and most of those changes were made because of a tragic crash that happened near Carrollton on Interstate 71 on May 14, 1988.

  • Historical society hosts vintage fashion show

    The Henry County Historical Society held their spring program meeting March 21 at the Eminence Christian Church Christian Church. In honor of Derby time, a fashion show featuring vintage clothing from the Park Place Museum collection of Barbara Ann Callahan. Models were members of the society, male and female, as well as several members of the community. Every one had a delightful time “dressing up” in the actual clothes of such famous people as Jim Beam, Jackie Kennedy, Mrs. Sally Bingham, Sr., Lillian Gish, D.W. Griffith and Kentucky author, Annie Fellows Johnston.

  • A precious loss remembered

    Landmark News Service

    The nightmare of May 14, 1988, remained in Joe Percefull’s head for many years.

    Night after night he dreamed it was one month before his 15th birthday and he was at King’s Island on a church outing with his friends.

    Despite the sunny spring sky and beautiful, blissful day at the park, a cruel, dark storm lurked just over the horizon, carrying with it death. And only he knew.

    In his dream, reoccurring three and four times a week, Percefull told those with him of the horror to come. He begged them not to board.

  • Crash survivor speaks out for the first time since the 1988 bus disaster

    Landmark News Service

    After being badly burned in the deadliest alcohol-related crash in American history, Ciaran Madden was left scarred across her neck, back and arms. Picking up pieces from the tragedy tore her even deeper.

    She decided to meet the man whose decision to drink and drive had shattered her world.

    Madden decided to publicly share her story now — her pain and lessons learned — after two decades of silence. She hopes her story will save lives.

  • Carrollton Bus Crash - Mahoney trial drew attention of the nation for 17 days

    Landmark News Service

    For 17 days in 1989, the eyes of the nation were focused on the Wheeler Hall of Justice in Carrollton, Ky., as an Owen County man was put on trial for charges related to the May 14, 1988, bus crash that killed 27 people – 24 of them children.

    Larry Mahoney faced dozens counts of manslaughter, assault and wanton endangerment stemming from the crash, in which his pickup truck smashed head-on with the bus on Interstate 71, just inside the Carroll County border.

  • 'Are ya nervous?'

    General Manager

    Like many others, Henry County High School senior Keely Carroll waited quietly in the hallway of Henry County High School last week.

    Waiting to present her senior project to a panel of community members, she was approached by another student. “Are ya nervous?”

    The response was an unequivocal yes.

    Carroll said she was nervous because so much was riding on the presentation. “It (determines) whether we graduate,” she said. The worst part, she said, was not knowing what the panelists would ask.

  • News Briefs for May 14, 2008

    Honor active members and veterans of the U.S. Military in Henry County

    Memorial Day is a time to remember those who died in service to our country.

    Tens of millions of Americans have served in the United States Armed Services over the past century. Hundreds of thousands give their lives while serving. The sacrifices made by U.S. Armed Forces personnel cause us to count them among our heroes, especially near Memorial Day.

  • Carrollton Bus Crash resulted in school bus design changes

    Landmark News Service

    Twenty years ago today Carrollton became famous for a tragic set of events that actually had its’ beginning at least twenty years earlier.

    What is known as “the Carrollton bus crash” happened at approximately 10:55 p.m. on that Saturday night as a church bus load of teenagers were returning from a day at Kings Island. Owen County resident, Larry Mahoney, was driving northbound in the southbound lane of I-71 with a blood alcohol level of 0.24.