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Today's News

  • The Devil is in the Details: The Energy Tax Increase

    On Feb.

  • CATS testing will proceed this year

    Staff writer/photographer

    Though there’s a state senate bill that could replace the much debated Commonwealth Accountability Testing system on the floor of the state house, testing for this year will carry on as usual.

    Monday night, the Henry County Board of Education discussed the bill.

    “It is going to change how we test somewhat drastically over the next few years,” Superintendent Tim Abrams said, “but, we don’t look at kids as test scores anyway.”

  • Is this change?

    Since 2004, thousands of children in the District of Columbia have had scholarships worth up to $7,500 to attend a private school of their choice as part of the DC Opportunity Scholarship program. Currently, more than 1,700 low income children are benefiting from this opportunity. Unfortunately, language in the current $410 billion spending bill, which was signed by President Obama, eliminated the scholarship program.

  • It’s academic

    Staff writer/photographer

    Twice a week, its members gather after school, and put in hours of extra study. And that hard work might be paying off for a group of local students.

    Eastern Elementary School’s Quick Recall Team will enter regional competition this weekend, having faced down all its opponents in a double elimination without suffering a single loss.

  • Boil water advsiory lifted

    Staff writer/photographer

    A boil water advisory for eastern portions of Henry County has been lifted.

    Barry Woods of Henry County Water District No. 2 said much of eastern Henry County was under a boil water advisory after a broken water line was detected around 6 p.m. Saturday. “We hunted all night and found a main artery ruptured coming into Pleasureville around 11 a.m. Sunday,” he said.

  • Economy makes it difficult for all

    Staff writer/photographer

    According to the Working Poor Families Project, a large number of poor families in Kentucky work, yet remain in poverty.

    The report states “these are families who ‘play by the rules’ by working and contributing to the productivity and prosperity of Kentucky but who struggle day to day to meet their most basic needs.”

    Earlene Ellis of Jericho can relate.

  • Second Wind Dreams support appreciated

    Guest Commentary

    In 2008, the Second Wind Dreams published a letter of thanks to those individuals who made possible a wish granted to the residents of Homestead Nursing Home in New Castle. Once again, we want to continue the list and the dream, and the ones who granted those wishes.

  • Junie Berry: ‘Family man, community man, business man’

    Staff writer/photographer

    He is soft spoken, a self-effacing gentleman.

    And on Saturday night, friends, family and members of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce gathered to honor Claude “Junie” Berry Jr. with the Patrick Henry Award.

    When it came time for him to speak, Berry adjusted the microphone down and spoke, breaking a mood that had become perhaps just a little too somber and respectful for his tastes.

  • Local banks faring well

    Staff writer/photographer

    Local community banks may fare better in the current economic climate than corporate giants.

    United Citizens Bank Chairman/President Keith Perry said Henry County’s one remaining locally-owned bank still comes from a strong position, noting 60 consecutive five-star ratings for the bank. The bank, which began under its current name in 1975, is a blend of three former Herny County banks founded from the 1870s to the 1930s.

  • Community comes out to support American Cancer Society

    The Hussey Copper Relay For Life team hosted a dance on Feb. 28 at the Eminence Community Center. The band, Leo and the Moonlighters played from 7 to 11 p.m. The community came out and supported a wonderful benefit. This was our first big event this year and I think everyone enjoyed themselves and we enjoyed everyone being there.