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Today's News

  • Historical society hosts vintage fashion show

    The Henry County Historical Society held their spring program meeting March 21 at the Eminence Christian Church Christian Church. In honor of Derby time, a fashion show featuring vintage clothing from the Park Place Museum collection of Barbara Ann Callahan. Models were members of the society, male and female, as well as several members of the community. Every one had a delightful time “dressing up” in the actual clothes of such famous people as Jim Beam, Jackie Kennedy, Mrs. Sally Bingham, Sr., Lillian Gish, D.W. Griffith and Kentucky author, Annie Fellows Johnston.

  • A precious loss remembered

    Landmark News Service

    The nightmare of May 14, 1988, remained in Joe Percefull’s head for many years.

    Night after night he dreamed it was one month before his 15th birthday and he was at King’s Island on a church outing with his friends.

    Despite the sunny spring sky and beautiful, blissful day at the park, a cruel, dark storm lurked just over the horizon, carrying with it death. And only he knew.

    In his dream, reoccurring three and four times a week, Percefull told those with him of the horror to come. He begged them not to board.

  • Crash survivor speaks out for the first time since the 1988 bus disaster

    Landmark News Service

    After being badly burned in the deadliest alcohol-related crash in American history, Ciaran Madden was left scarred across her neck, back and arms. Picking up pieces from the tragedy tore her even deeper.

    She decided to meet the man whose decision to drink and drive had shattered her world.

    Madden decided to publicly share her story now — her pain and lessons learned — after two decades of silence. She hopes her story will save lives.

  • Carrollton Bus Crash - Mahoney trial drew attention of the nation for 17 days

    Landmark News Service

    For 17 days in 1989, the eyes of the nation were focused on the Wheeler Hall of Justice in Carrollton, Ky., as an Owen County man was put on trial for charges related to the May 14, 1988, bus crash that killed 27 people – 24 of them children.

    Larry Mahoney faced dozens counts of manslaughter, assault and wanton endangerment stemming from the crash, in which his pickup truck smashed head-on with the bus on Interstate 71, just inside the Carroll County border.

  • 'Are ya nervous?'

    General Manager

    Like many others, Henry County High School senior Keely Carroll waited quietly in the hallway of Henry County High School last week.

    Waiting to present her senior project to a panel of community members, she was approached by another student. “Are ya nervous?”

    The response was an unequivocal yes.

    Carroll said she was nervous because so much was riding on the presentation. “It (determines) whether we graduate,” she said. The worst part, she said, was not knowing what the panelists would ask.

  • 20 years later

    Tragedies often occur without warning.

    A poor decision, a quirk of timing, a crash, flames, smoke, death: Suddenly, a tiring but exciting Saturday of amusement park fun endedon a dark,lonely stretch of interstate miles from home.

    For 27 people — 24 children — the moment of horror was brief.Survivors of that fateful collision that’s come to be known as the Carrollton bus crash still live with a mix of frightening memories and scars of mind and body.

  • News Briefs for May 14, 2008

    Honor active members and veterans of the U.S. Military in Henry County

    Memorial Day is a time to remember those who died in service to our country.

    Tens of millions of Americans have served in the United States Armed Services over the past century. Hundreds of thousands give their lives while serving. The sacrifices made by U.S. Armed Forces personnel cause us to count them among our heroes, especially near Memorial Day.

  • Community Calendar for the week of May 14, 2008

    Wednesday, May 14

    Karate classes will be held at the Community Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

    Children’s Story and Craft hour every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Pleasureville Christian Church. Community Library open to the public from 1 to 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday.

    Thursday, May 15

    TOPS 298 will meet at Orville Baptist Church. Weigh in 4:30 p.m. and meeting at 5 p.m. New members welcome.

    Friday, May 16

  • Anniversary of tragedy is solemn

    In this week’s paper, you’ll find several stories focusing on the 20th anniversary of the Carrollton bus crash.

    The stories in this week’s paper represent just a fraction of those that were written for the event’s 20th anniversary, and we will make the rest available on our Web site, www.hclocal.com.

    Several papers took part in this effort, including the Carrollton and Elizabethtown papers who serve the communities most deeply affected by the accident.

  • Carrollton Bus Crash resulted in school bus design changes

    Landmark News Service

    Twenty years ago today Carrollton became famous for a tragic set of events that actually had its’ beginning at least twenty years earlier.

    What is known as “the Carrollton bus crash” happened at approximately 10:55 p.m. on that Saturday night as a church bus load of teenagers were returning from a day at Kings Island. Owen County resident, Larry Mahoney, was driving northbound in the southbound lane of I-71 with a blood alcohol level of 0.24.