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Today's News

  • A Chinese haircut, and other Shanghai adventures

    After our incredibly busy week in Beijing and Xi’an we returned to Shanghai and had a couple of rest days. On Sunday afternoon I got a special treat. Tom and I went downtown to explore Shanghai’s famous Yu Gardens. This was a special treat for a couple of reasons, but mainly because I got to spend time in the presence of another man. I think Verna and Kelley were afraid I was scarred for life after being with seven females for five days without any respite!

  • Thanks to the Smithfield Garden Club

    I want to thank the Smithfield Garden Club for the hard work they expend in keeping the beautiful pots of flowers maintained at the four-way stop in Smithfield. Someone from this group comes faithfully each day with jugs of water to keep the flowers looking their best. Also, this group of ladies maintains pots of flowers at the cemetery and they too, have to be watered almost daily.

  • Idol auditions are hitting close to home

    Allright American Idol fans and aspiring singers, listen up. You could get your chance for your 15 minutes of fame ... or infamy.

    The latest round of audition sites and times has been announced. Big cities like San Francisco, Kansas City, Salt Lake City and more will host auditions in July and August.

    But we learned last week that the popular talent contest will hold a round of tryouts in Louisville this year.

    On July 19 and 20, prospective auditioners can gather at a location, which has yet to be announced, to get armbands for the auditions.

  • Thanks for all coming to, and helping with, the New Castle Spring Fling

    I would like to thank everyone for coming to the 26th Annual New Castle Spring Fling on Sat., June 14. The Spring Fling was another success!

  • Eminence to welcome four new elementary school teachers

    Staff writer/Photographer

    When the less than 300 Eminence Elementary School students return to their classrooms later this year, they’ll find several new faces in their halls.

    Of the roughly 13-teacher faculty, there will be four new teachers.

    At the Board of Education meeting last month, Eminence Elementary School Principal Mike Doran reported on the progress of hiring for the four vacant positions, all of which have been filled.

    “We got an early start in order to have a larger pool to draw from,” he said.

  • Rain-shortened Relay to reconvene

    Staff report

    The Henrry County Relay For Life was cut short Friday night, but not before more than $80,000 was raised.

    Diana Berry, Team Recruitment Chair, said the committee would look to reschedule at least portions of the event.

    On Tuesday, Berry said the follow up will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, July 19. The location has not yet been decided, but will be either at the Henry County Fairgrounds or Harry Hill Park.

  • Henry Countians get a jump start to fastpitch

    The Henry County Purple Thunder, playing in the Shelby County Parks and Recreation Girls 6-8 Fastpitch League, celebrated enough feel-good moments this past season to keep them smiling for days. They were a perfect 13-0, won the regular-season championship, claimed the tournament title, crossed home plate 239 times, held opponents to just 37 runs and, hopefully, jump started a softball career that might one day land them a spot on the high schools roster.

  • Barn quilts finding their way into Henry County

    Staff writer/photographer

    Situated on a bend in the road along Cedarmore Road near Pleasureville, the geometric red, white and blue vanes of a windmill-patterned quilt square dominate Patsy Brewer’s gray barn.

    Brewer, a 50-year Henry County resident, says she first saw pictures of the roadside art form in a country-themed magazine. The photos reminded her of her beloved grandmother, Nora Chisholm, an avid quilter who recently passed away.

  • For the first pick, the Bulls select...

    After I drafted high school football players in Henry County for the 2008 NFL draft and wrote about it, I received lots of comments all positive about the column. Of course, it was just for fun, and Im sure not everyone agreed with my picks.

    Now, thanks to some people in the community that liked the idea and thought I should do it for basketball as well, Im at it again.

  • Bacon and eggs with a side of friendship

    By Erin Melwing

    News Intern

    Every morning at 6 a.m., several men migrate to the same table at Chat ‘n’ Nibble restaurant in Eminence to settle all the world’s problems, according to Frank Marlow, a retiree of Ford Motor Company and former owner of Five-Star in Eminence.

    “We’ve got Bush right where we want him,” Jim Bennett, a retiree of Kentucky Utilities, said.

    A mixture of retired, not-so-retired and working men make up the regular morning crowds at the Chat ‘n’ Nibble.