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Today's News

  • Fiscal Court considers $5.8m budget

    With a few relatively minor changes, the Henry County Fiscal Court has approved the first reading of the 2012-2013 county budget.

    One key change for the county will be a continuing decline in revenue for EMS.

    Henry County Judge Executive John Logan Brent told the court that EMS revenue is down about $250,000 from where it was in the past. Three years ago, he said, revenue was over $600,000 just for EMS, thanks primarily to non-emergency transports.

    As the economy worsened, the number of those transports dropped.

  • Lack of manpower key in N.C. ordinance

    As the mercury rises, so does the need to do lawn care and enforce city ordinances for those that don’t.
    In April, the New Castle City Commission held first reading of an ordinance creating a citation officer position during its last meeting to enforce such city ordinances. As the commission looks into the position, it also will consider solutions from other cities.

  • Home, ‘Sweet Home’


    Defoe, once known as ‘Sweet Home,’ had four grocery stores, a post office and two blacksmith shops.
    The idyllic town was formed on part of the Low Dutch Tract originally purchased by Dutch settlers looking to preserve their language, culture and religion without English influence.
    The town’s legacy has been recorded much like family history:  with personal recollections and affection. Three sources, two from the past and one from the present gave insight into a town left behind in the path of modern progress.

  • I belong to a dog named Gunner

    By Candy Clarke

    For nine years, I have belonged to a dog named Gunner. Most people will tell you what type of dog they own, but I can say with absolute certainty that my dog, Gunner, rules my world. He is a 10-year-old rescued Alaskan Husky. At first, he was trembling and shaking so badly, it was hard for him to stand. He responded to touch by maintaining the classic cowed position. It was heartbreaking to see such a beautiful animal so afraid.

  • Public Record for the week of May 2

    Marriages

    Jennifer Nicole Webb, 29, Smithfield, to Joseph Michael Webb, 28, Smithfield.

    Sarah Elizabeth Powell, 32, Sulphur, to Jefferson Scott Templeton, 31, Sulphur.

    Kasi Shatara Dawson, 22, New Castle, to Steven Allen Reed, 23, New Castle.

    Property Transfers

    Richard B. Wright Jr., and Laura Elizabeth Wright, Eminence, to Richard B. Wright Jr. and Laura Elizabeth Wright, Eminence. Property in Henry County; fair market value is $87,000.

  • GSP profile - Shelby Abrams

    Shelby Abrams, 17, of New Castle is the daughter of Jan and Tim Abrams. Her grandparents are Don and the late Joyce Abrams, and Joan and the late Gene Rains.

    Why did you want to participate in the GSP program?

    I wanted to participate in GSP because I thought this would be a great opportunity and I could experience college life.

    What are you most looking forward to with the GSP program?

  • GSP profile - Sydney Abrams

    Sydney Abrams, 17, of New Castle is the daughter of Jan and Tim Abrams. Her grandparents are Don and the late Joyce Abrams, and Joan and the late Gene Rains.

    Why did you want to participate in the GSP program?

    I have heard nothing but awesome stories from my friends that have gone to GSP in the past! GSP allows you to meet so many people that have the same interests as you. I am excited to spend time on a college campus. I want to learn, and hopefully have a lot of fun!

  • GSP profile - Jason Banta

    Jason Clark Banta, 16, of Pleasureville is the son of Cecil and Phyllis Banta. His grandparents are the late Hillis and Ann Clark, and the late Ralph and Martha Banta.

    Why did you want to participate in the GSP program?

    I think it will be good preparation for college. I also like the idea of a concentrated study in one subject and the hands on experience you get at GSP.

    What are you most looking forward to with the GSP program?

  • GSP profile - Logan Graves

    Logan Graves, 16, of Smithfield is the son of Kelley Graves and Chad Graves. His gradnparents are Linda House and Tom House.

    Why did you want to participate in the GSP program?

  • GSP Profile - Derek Jeffries

    Derek Jeffries, 17, of New Castle is the son of Keith and Laura Jeffries. His grandparents are Carolyn and Lawrence Jeffries, and Judy and Roy Jackson.

    Why did you want to participate in the GSP program?

    It is a very select group of individuals and it would open doors for me in the future.

    What are you most looking forward to with the GSP program?

    Having a college experience and meeting people that are more like me.

    What do you hope to study in college?