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  • Storm damages historic church

    Landmark News Service

    One victim of last week's wind and rain was the historic Drennon Christian Church.

    One corner of the church's roof was peeled back in the storm.

    Despite the damage, the church did not cancel its Sunday services.

    Workers draped a tarp across the hole that tore into the church's aluminum roof. The storm caused more than $17,000 in damages to insulation, rafters and dry walling, according to initial estimates from Homes Plus Construction, the contractor handling repairs.

  • New Castle might consider skateboard ban

    Landmark News Service

    Growing complaints against skateboarders could prompt New Castle officials to tighten an ordinance addressing public safety.

    City Police Chief John Porter said Friday skaters, most of them teens, have been a nuisance at the bank, post office and other sites around the city.

    "It's any property they can get," Porter said. "The main problem is they're causing damage to businesses."

  • P&Z Board of Adjustment suspends Hillz-N-Hollarz permit for 60 days

    General Manager

    In a split vote, the Henry County Planning and Zoning Commission's Board of Adjustments temporarily suspended a conditional use permit, effectively shutting down a local business for 60 days.

    The move came at the end of a two-hour meeting in which Board of Adjustment members reviewed the entire conditional use permit — originally granted in June of last year — as well as a list of complaints and violations.

  • Council makes waves for pool project

    Landmark News Service

    The Eminence City Council Tuesday agreed to forego raises and "put its money where its mouth is."

    The council unanimously voted to reject annual salary increases for itself and Mayor Jim Petitt.

    Instead, a $159 annual cost of living adjustment for each council member and a more than $753 annual boost for Petitt, will be diverted to help open the city's public swimming pool.

  • News briefs for February 13, 2008

    Elderly man caught for cocaine trafficking

    State police arrested an elderly man on drug charges about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, after witnesses said he was waving a weapon in the parking lot of the Pendleton Pilot Travel Center.

    Leroy Gamble, 71, of Smithfield, was charged with trafficking a controlled substance, after investigators said they found several ounces of cocaine, other drug paraphernalia and $4,043 in cash on him.

    Troopers were tipped off by a witness at the station, who allegedly saw Gamble waving what was believed to be a gun.

  • County hit by severe thunderstorms one week, snow the next

    Snow and ice late Monday night created conditions treacherous enough to cancel school throughout the region.

    In Henry County, the snowfall began shortly after 5 p.m. and continued through the night. In the early morning hours, sleet and freezing rain began falling, creating what would become a slippery mess.

    Eminence Superintendent Donald Aldridge made the call just after 5 a.m. Tuesday morning to cancel school in the small district.

  • Grant gives jump start to Head Start

    By Brent Schanding

    Landmark News Service

    Eminence Head Start operators recently said more than $4,200 in grants recently were used to upgrade the program's facilities. Nancy Shinault, child development specialist for the Early Head Start/Full-Day Full-Year Head Start program said the money was used to purchase materials and other furnishings, which will enhance the classroom environment for the program's 40 students. It will also help provide additional learning experiences for the children, she said.

  • Storms tear through county

    • By 1:45 Wednesday afternoon, Ky-145 and Ky-157 were again open.

    • A portion of the roof of historic Drennon Church was peeled back by wind, resulting in damage to the second floor of the church.

  • HCMS academic team preps for regional meet

    By Brent Schanding

    Landmark News Service

    Twelve top-qualifying Henry County Middle School students will advance to the Governor's Cup Regional academic competition this month, after earning high marks earlier in various areas.

    The team finished 7-3 this year, taking second place overall in January's district competition. They'll have the home court advantage when they face 13 other teams, Feb. 16 and 18 at HCMS, for the regional title.

    "This has been a rebuilding year for us," co-coach Kathy Gregory said. "We're facing really strong northern Kentucky teams."

  • Blight ordinance passes in New Castle

    Landmark News Service

    Shabby-property owners will face harsher tax penalties under New Castle's new blight ordinance.

    City commissioners Tuesday unanimously passed an ordinance assessing a $10 per $100 assessed ad valorem tax for those who fail to adequately maintain their property. That could mean a $5,000 purse pinch for offenders who own a $50,000 property.

    The ordinance loosely coincides with citywide efforts to spruce up the tiny town and spawn renewed interest around its historic Main Street.