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  • Sulphur school was to be sold

    No arrests have been made in the suspected arson that destroyed the former Sulphur High School earlier this month, Danny Stivers, an investigator with the Kentucky State Police said Monday.

    But a few people have been identified who might provide leads on how the fire started, Stivers said, without divulging those names.

  • Casino bill on hold, SB1 advances

    Kentucky Press Association News Bureau

    While legislation to allow casino gambling has stalled in the House, a move to radically change student evaluation tests has been approved by the Senate.

    Senate Bill 1, eliminating open-ended essay questions in the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System testing in favor of multiple choice tests, has gained significant attention from many sides in the General Assembly including Gov. Steve Beshear.

    On March 7, the bill's sponsor, Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, brought the measure to the floor.

  • Council awards pool bid

    Proponents of re-opening the Eminence swimming pool cleared a major hurdle last week as the Eminence City Council awarded the bid for repairs on the facility.

    The 6-0 decision to award the bid to Our Back Yard Leisure Specialties came at the end of a more than two-hour long meeting that was, at times, contentious.

    The repairs proposed in the bid will give the city a brand new swimming pool that will need little, if any, repairs in the next 30 years, according to Making Waves committee chairwoman Manda Gingrich.

  • When it snows ... it piles up?

    A weekend blizzard is blamed for shutting down the county, causing accidents, cancellations and generating grocery store rushes.

    Threats of heavy snow prompted Henry County and Eminence Independent school officials to cancel classes Friday. School was closed all day for Henry County students, while those in Eminence were released at 1 p.m. because of worsening conditions.

    Eminence is making up its previous snow days during this week's spring break, but the district will not be forced to make up last week's early release day, a school official said.

  • Ditch those rabbit ears - digital TV will be the norm in Feb. '09

    Maryellen Garrison of Eminence gets just three network TV channels.

    "That's good enough for me," she said.

    But come next year, Garrison must replace her two decades-old TV sets, or adjust to a screen of gray and white fuzz.

    Those "rabbit ears" or rooftop antenna devices will be useless after Feb. 17, 2009, when the National Telecommunications and Information Administration will require households to convert all existing analog TV sets to digital ones.

    Cable, satellite or other service-paid subscribers won't be affected by the switch.

  • 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.