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Today's News

  • 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.

  • HCHS Wildcats falter down the stretch in 58-55 loss

    In what turned out to be the final regular-season game for the Henry County boys' basketball team, the Wildcats took a disappointing 58-55 loss to host Trimble County last Tuesday night.

  • Sloppy conditions equal sloppy play for Ladycats

    The Henry County Ladycats brought the outside weather indoors last week when they played sluggish during their final two regular-season games.

    The Cats lost to Trimble County (62-40) last Tuesday, missed practice Wednesday and Thursday due to the weather conditions, then lost to Spencer County (61-42) Friday. Both games were on the road, which left Henry with an 8-18 record heading into the 31st District tournament this week.

  • Warriors finish regular season at 2-22 with two more losses

    With just two wins - the fewest in coach Keith Blackburn's seven-year tenure as the head basketball coach at Eminence High School - the Warriors are in a bit of a slump. But on Tuesday night, when they played Anderson County in the 30th District tournament, they got one more go around and a chance to shine some light on the sub-par season.

    Eminence finished its regular season with two losses in the final week of play - losing at Evangel Christian (64-46) last Wednesday and to Whitefield Academy (66-50) Saturday night.

  • Rockets blast away from EHS

    The Eminence girls' basketball team ran into a road block in the opening round of the 30th District tournament Monday night, resulting in a season-ending 64-9 loss.

    That road block was Shelby County - a team that entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed with an impressive 20-8 record, has won eight of its previous nine games, won the district title a year ago, and had easily defeated Eminence earlier this year (54-18). Shelby is also a team that's favorite to win the 8th Region tournament next week, and sports a starting lineup that includes four seniors and one junior.

  • Thumbs up: it's time to move on

    I've written dozens of sports columns for the Local - if not, hundreds. And this may be the most difficult of them all. After all, it's not too often that you say goodbye to something that means so much to you.

    It's time to move on, and probably long overdue. But trust me when I say this: it's in the best interest for us all.

    Are you ready? This will be the final week you will see the cheesy thumbs-up mug shot that goes along with my weekly column. It was a great run, but people in the community have told me it's time for a change, and I finally agreed.

  • 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.