Local News

  • RELAY For Life

    Relay For Life in Henry County is quickly approaching, scheduled for Friday, June 26, at the Henry County High School Track.  Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity. It offers everyone in a community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Relays are an overnight event, up to 24 hours in length.


  • HCPS presents ‘good’ budget

    Staff writer/photographer

    At the May meeting of the HCPS board, superintendent Tim Abrams asked the board to approve the 2009-10 district tentative budget.

    “It’s a good budget,” he said. “It shows us being in sound financial condition.”

    Abrams said it is difficult to call it a great budget because although the district has a six percent contingency, future cuts at the state level could deplete the fund significantly. The district is required to maintain a reserve of at least two percent.

  • EIS to install new softball backstop

    Staff writer/photographer

    Emma Foree has lived  on Crabb Ave. across from the Eminence Independent Schools’ softball field for four years.

    During games she has come to expect fouled-back softballs landing in her yard or closer.

    Last year during tournament play a ball flew through an open window.

    “That’s something I can’t explain to this day,” she said. “The ball landed right on my son’s bed.”

  • Nineteen teams made up of 85 Henry County Biggest Losers are off to a great start! If you’d still like to join, call 220-3614. Achieve maximum weight loss for your team by encouraging your teammates and holding one another seriously accountable for the next nine weeks. No secrets are hidden from the scales!

  • Smithfield Baptist Church is razed

    Staff writer/photographer

    For 137 years, the oldest portion of Smithfield Baptist Church stood tall. It stands no more.

    Reverend Ed Life said the old building finally had to come down.

    The sign outside the church reads “Thank you, Lord, for 137 years in this building.”

  • Three EHS, two HCHS students named as Governors Scholars

    Staff writer/photographer

    Five students in Henry County have been selected to participate in the 2009 Governors Scholars Program.

    Three Eminence High School juniors and two from Henry County High School (plus an alternate) recently were chosen for the program.

    EHS students Keisha Jamison and Rachel Sims look forward to participating in the project following a difficult application process.

  • Stuck in line? Not for long

    General Manager

    Motorists sitting in long lines on U.S. 421 soon will see some relief.

    Thanks to a set of perfect circumstances, turn lanes will be installed in front of the schools.

    Construction on two turn lanes — one into each entrance to the schools — is slated for this summer.

    Henry County Public Schools Superintendent Tim Abrams said he was excited about the project, which is something the district has sought for several years.

  • Stone could be released June 1

    General Manager

    An Eminence man charged with murder soon may be released from jail.

    Warren Stone, 56, was in Henry County District Court Monday for Judge Diana E. Wheeler’s ruling on his competency. But that ruling did not come, and Wheeler continued the case to June 1.

    Stone is charged with the Feb. 29, 2008, murder of his mother, Maralyn Stone Burchett.

  • AFJROTC provides discipline, caring

    Staff writer/photographer

    Dressed in sweaty t-shirts and gym shorts, JROTC leaders Lt. Col. Mark Fassio and MSgt. Kevin (Sarge) McClure sprawled comfortably on office chairs.

    Veterans of both the military and teaching high school, they had just finished playing a game of basketball with their considerably younger counterparts, the cadets.

  • Smithfield to name park for Morgan

    Staff writer/photographer

    Mayor Kenny Baker said Smithfield residents, local dignitaries plus friends and family will be on hand to honor Robert W. Morgan’s patronage of the City of Smithfield Park on Saturday, May 30.

    “Over the course of more than 30 years,” he said, “he let the city use the existing park.”

    Smithfield commissioner Saundra Smith said Morgan and his wife, Rose, have since donated the part of the park where the playground stands.