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Today's News

  • N.C. man charged with murder

    Staff writer/photographer

    A New Castle man has been charged with second degree murder after a weekend argument turned deadly.

    Robert Steven Elston, 54, of New Castle, was charged in the death of Joseph D. Burch. Elston entered a not guilty plea in Henry County District Court Monday.

    Judge Jerry Crosby set Elston’s bail at $1 million. Elston remains lodged in the Carroll County Regional Detention Center, and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 14. An attorney from the public defender’s office will represent Elston.

  • Eminence to host Kentucky State Water Ski Championships this weekend at Stillwater Lake

    The best water skiers in the state will converge on Stillwater Lake in Eminence this weekend to vie for top spots in the annual Kentucky State Water Ski Championships. The last two times Stillwater played host to the state championships, sanctioned by the American Water Ski Association, were in 2005 and 2002. Stillwater opened the statewide competitions June 14 with a slalom-only event that attracted 18 skiers, which was down more than 20 percent from previous years.

  • Close to Home: Take a walk in the woods

    Staff writer/photographer

    If outdoor leisure is your idea of a good time, Frankfort’s Salato Wildlife Education Center offers outdoor fun relatively close to home.

    Center director, Laurie Davison said that in today’s economy, Salato is a real bargain. “Admission is free, so you can just hop in your car and go,” she said. “Just pay for your gas and the rest is all bonus.”

  • New child care center open in Campbellsburg

    Staff writer/photographer

    Angela Gray of Campbellsburg has been in the childcare business for most of her life.

    Gray worked for her mother at Nanny’s Daycare in Buckner, and took over the business when her mother retired. She operated Nanny’s in Buckner for 14 years.

  • 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.