.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Local News

  • 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.

  • Senate bill would scratch CATS assessment

    By Brent Schanding

    Landmark News Service

    Educators and others testified at the Capitol Thursday about a bill to replace the state's student-testing system with nationally standardized tests.

    Senate Bill 1 would eliminate the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System, or CATS, including its multiple-choice testing in the areas of arts and humanities. Portfolio components meant to judge schools on student writing abilities would also be abolished under SB 1. Both measures were mandated under the sweeping Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990.

  • News briefs for March 5, 2008

    Henry County Relay for Life

    Mark your calendars for the following fundraisers all held in an effort to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society:

    * New Castle United Methodist Church will be having a Chili, Soup, Sandwich and Dessert luncheon at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 9. Donations will be accepted.

    * Barb's Bud's will sponsor the first ever Henry County Tractor Run on Saturday, April 12. More Details will be announced at a later date.

  • SULPHUR SCHOOL SCORCHED

    By Brent Schanding

    Landmark News Service

    Arson hasnt been ruled out in a Sunday night blaze that destroyed the former Sulphur High School on Ky. 157.

    Smoke and flames billowed from the abandoned hilltop structure and could be seen for miles away, according to reports from fire officials and witnesses. Only the building's brick facade remains. At least 20 firefighters from four fire departments responded to the fire that took nearly three hours to squelch.

  • 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.