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Today's News

  • Challenger Sports back in Henry County

    Making a return trip to the county, the Challenger Sports program was back in New Castle to host a week-long soccer camp for the youth in the area.

    Challenger Sports first came to Henry County eight years ago and contacted the Henry County Youth Soccer Association last year about the possibility of a return. The two organizations signed a three-year contract that started last summer and runs through 2011. After next summer’s camp, the two might extend that contract.

  • Paynter advances to Illinois Region Camp

    Calling it a great experience and an opportunity she hopes to have again, Victoria Paynter’s run in the Olympic Development Program came to an end on July 11 at the Region 2 Camp on the campus of Northern Illinois University.

    It started in November and included four intense rounds of cuts and a trip to Northern Illinois from July 8-11. Paynter, an upcoming junior at Henry County High School, survived the first cut in December when the players were sliced down to 30, then made it past the next cut in March when they were narrowed to 22. 

     

  • HCMS Jump Start

    The Henry County Middle School will be holding their JUMP START program for all incoming sixth grade students on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  This orientation program includes a walk-through of their class schedule, practice at opening their locker, lunch and much more. 

  • Public Records for the week of May 5, 2010

    Zoning permits

    Joseph P. Zoeller, 9610 Maddox Ridge Road, Turners Station, 4/1 addition, fee $89, value $10,000.

    John Hittle, 172 Pollitt Circle, New Castle, 4/5, Garage, fee $20, value $1,500.

    Harold D. Chisholm, 99 Hillcrest Drive, Eminence, 4/6, porch, no fee because porch is under 100 square feet, value $750.

    Debra Henry, 1222 Old Jericho Road, La Grange, 4/7, carport, fee $69, value $3,000.

    Lester Mays Jr., 555 Coakley Lane, Smithfield, 4/7, pole barn, fee $180, value $7,795.

  • Children’s pageants scheduled for Eminence Day

    Baby, Cutie Pie and Little Miss and Mister Contests will be held on Saturday, Aug. 7, as part of Eminence Day celebrations. The contests will start immediately after the parade and will run every half hour thereafter in the bricked area beside Farmer’s Deposit Bank’s main branch. The baby contests will be for girls/boys ages birth to six months, 7-11 months, 12-18 months, 19-23 months; Cutie Pie Contest for girls/boys ages 2 to 5 years of age; Little Miss and Mister contest for ages 6 to 8 and must be a couple to enter.

  • Lane Morris takes the helm as NCES new principal

    Staff writer/photographer

    When students return to New Castle Elementary School, one of the many new faces they’ll encounter will be that of their new principal, Lane Morris.

    It’s hard to believe that he envisioned his first appointment as a school’s top administrator in such a topsy-turvy world.

  • Life’s a peach at Hillview

    Staff writer/photographer

    By the end of July, locally-grown fruit, fruit pies, jellies and jams plus seasonal vegetables will line shelves at Hillview Farm’s new retail store.

    Owner Paul Tokosh has erected a 40x72 building complete with 18x20 walk-in cooler on the farm to accommodate a generous inventory of whatever happens to be in season.

  • Training not top priority

    In a hectic week that got even more hectic over the weekend, I’m coming off my worst seven-day stretch of training since I first started preparing for the Louisville Ford Ironman. Some things are just more important, and I quickly figured that out last week.

    In my second column pertaining to my preparation for the Louisville Ironman — a short series I started last week and will conclude following the Aug. 29 event — I have little to write about regarding my actual time spent swimming, biking or running.

  • Tourney has record-breaking weekend

    History was made over the weekend at the Henry County Country Club Championship as MacKenzie Peyton became the youngest-ever golf champion at just 13 years old and Brad Gross won his record-stretching 14th title.

    Peyton, who will be an eighth grader at Henry County Middle School this year and one of the top high school golfers, shot an 82 on Saturday and came back with a 74 on Sunday for a 156, five strokes ahead of runner-up Carolyn Paul. 

  • Returning to the dinner table

    I’ve taken some ribbing recently from family members. It started a couple of months ago, when my husband noticed something was different.

    As we got ready to sit down at the table for dinner, he asked “So why are we eating at the table so much now?”

    Over the weekend, my own mother expressed some surprise that we were sitting down at the table to eat a late lunch I’d prepared.