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  • 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.

  • Suspect in 1984 Indiana murder has local connections

    Landmark News Service

    Parishioners who knew Mark Weeks, the former Defoe man, charged last month in the 1984 murder of an elderly Indiana woman, say he was a highly thought of church deacon, who led prayer and regularly partook in fellowship meals.

    Others remembered him as a firm father, who sometimes showed a rebellious streak.

    Weeks, 44, of La Grange, was extradited to Terre Haute, Ind. this month after new DNA evidence suggests he robbed and bludgeoned to death 89-year-old Loretta Keith in her home on April 18, 1984.

  • News briefs for February 27, 2008

    Shelby Energy Cooperative to inspect power lines by helicopter

    It's time to inspect the power lines of Shelby Energy Cooperative's system. Because the trees are bare, the winter months are the best time to check for broken insulators, broken cross-arms and other things that could cause outages.

    The helicopter service is scheduled to fly the first week of March in eastern Henry County and the north-western areas of Shelby County.

  • Preservationist:'Pretty won't cut it'

    Landmark News Service

    It will take more than "prettifying" buildings to renew interest in downtown New Castle, preservationists and other experts told city officials Monday.

    Public and private support is needed to forge an economically viable plan for the revitalization of the decaying county seat, they agree.

  • Beef recall affected HCPS

    Beef obtained from a tainted slaughterhouse, intended for consumption by Henry County schoolchildren will be destroyed, Superintendent Tim Abrams said Tuesday.

    District officials received at least one case of frozen hamburger patties from a company linked to the Southern California slaughterhouse, accused of animal cruelty.

    "We'll be destroying that case as directed by USDA," Abrams said.

    Some of the meat had already been consumed by students in the district, prior to federal notifications, he said.

  • Henry County under an Ice Storm Warning

    Henry County is under an ice storm warning until 9 a.m. Friday.

    • The National Weather Service in Louisville Web site states that an ice storm warning is in effect for all of north-central Kentucky and southern Indiana.

    "An area of low pressure is developing over the souther Plains and will move northeast toward the Ohio Valley tonight," a statement on the NWS Web site states. "Ahead of this system .... warm, moist air is spreading over the top of a preexisting cold air mass. This has set the stage for widespread freezing rain and sleet."

  • A willingness to listen, and change

    Landmark News Service

    The whispers and looks don't bother John W. Smith Jr. anymore.

    It;s something the 78-year-old New Castle native says he;s been dealing with all his life.

    When white business owners made him enter through the back doors, he didn;t protest. When some made racial remarks, he turned the other cheek.

    Even when a banker denied the man a mortgage in a white neighborhood because he was black, Smith — who now works as a car salesman and serves on the Henry County School Board — didn't make a scene.

  • C'Burg man enters plea in infant death

    Landmark News Service

    David Cull - the Campbellsburg man charged with sitting on and suffocating his infant grandson while impaired - plead not guilty to charges of reckless homicide in Henry County District Court earlier this week.

    He will next appear before a judge Feb. 25.

    Cull, 50, was charged Thursday with killing his 2-month old grandson, after investigators say he allegedly passed out from prescription pills then sat on and suffocated the infant, who was laying on an armchair in the family's living room.

  • News briefs for February 20, 2008

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