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  • Ellis gets 12 years

    In pleading guilty to two crimes in Henry County Circuit Court Thursday, Curtis E. Ellis will serve 12 years in jail.
    Ellis, 30 of Pleasureville, was originally charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000, first-degree criminal abuse of a child under the age of 12 and persistent felony offender.

  • Geologist digs jewelry hobby

    Before her retirement, Wendy Thornton used to put her knowledge of geography and geology toward tasks like creating maps for the military or compiling information about building new roads in Bernheim Forest.
    Now in retirement, the Eminence resident enjoys making jewelry out of the rocks she’s collected over the years.

  • Artful Imagination

    A fourth-grader at Campbellsburg Elementary not only knows to keep her teeth strong through a healthy diet, she also won a nationwide recognition in a dental hygiene-themed contest.
    Audrey Hayes, a 9-year-old who has been a gifted and talented student in art since kindergarten, won a $500 prize for herself and $500 for school art supplies through the Colgate Bright Smiles Contest.
    Humanities teacher Jessica Page encouraged visual arts students to draw ways to keep teeth healthy last school year, and Audrey’s offering was particularly imaginative.

  • Speed, alcohol factors in Ky. 55 crash

    A single-vehicle wreck on South Main Street just north of Mulberry Street early Jan. 13 tangled up traffic in cable and downed telephone poles for hours, according to Eminence Police Chief Kevin Kemper.
    Before it came to a rest in the 2 a.m. crash, the 2014 Nissan Rogue, which belongs to Laura Steele of Frankfort, took out three of the utility poles and one fire hydrant.

  • Bond for Carman set at $1 million

    In a video arraignment Jan. 10 from the Carroll County Detention Center, Randall Eugene Carman II pleaded not guilty to a single charge of murder.
    Carman, 22 of Pleasureville, was arrested Jan. 9 after he engaged in a “verbal and physical altercation” with 23-year-old Zachary Fluhr of Louisville. Fluhr had accompanied a woman to Carman’s residence to help her collect her belongings, according to court documents.

  • 100 percent of eligible HCHS students registered to vote

    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes honored Henry County High School with the Georgia Davis Powers Award Jan. 13 and asked the civic-minded students there to help get out the vote in the future.
    All of the 49 eligible students at the high school had registered to vote, but Grimes noted that’s only the first step in Election Day participation. If the registered voters don’t go to the polls, somebody else gets to decide who will represent them in the Kentucky General Assembly, federal representatives in Congress and president.

  • Abrams to lead state retired teachers

    Saying it was an opportunity he just couldn’t pass up, Henry County Public Schools (HCPS) Superintendent Tim Abrams recently announced he will retire at the end of this school year to become the executive director of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA).
    Coincidentally, he will be following familiar footsteps into the role. Currently Dr. Bob Wagoner holds the position with KRTA, but had been the superintendent of HCPS 15 years ago, when Abrams was tapped to be his replacement.

  • The untold story of a WWI hero

    The memory of Fielding Vories Meek carried on in Smithfield well after he died on a World War I battlefield, a medic trying to save the lives of American soldiers.
    An often-repeated story recalls his last day working on the family farm on Giltner Road before shipping off to join the medical corps.
    As recorded in “Henry County, Kentucky, 1798-1995” by Ruth Clark, Meek put on a brave face for his family members as he helped store hay bales.

  • Suspect in stabbing killed after chase

    An argument between stepfather and stepson ended tragically last Wednesday night when Richard Jackson was killed by a police officer in Indiana.
    At about 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 4, Kentucky State Police (KSP) received a call from a home on La Grange Road just outside New Castle. The caller said Emmet Pendleton, 55 of New Castle, had been stabbed in the head and the suspect, his stepson Richard Jackson, had fled the scene.
    “As far as we know it was a domestic,” KSP Trooper Joshua Lawson said.

  • Shots fired in Sulphur fight, 3 hurt

    A fight between two men Sunday night sent three people to the hospital, two with gunshot wounds to their legs.
    Shortly after 5 p.m. on Jan. 8, Kentucky State Police (KSP) responded to a residence on Hollow Tree Road in Sulphur. Gloria Campbell, 59 of La Grange, had been shot in the leg and a second victim, William Miller, 39 of Carrollton, had also been shot in the leg and had fled the scene, according to Trooper Joshua Lawson of KSP.