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Today's News

  • Cats dig early hole in opening-round loss

    The Henry County Wildcats dug an early hole against Gallatin County in the opening round of the 31st District tournament last Wednesday night, which proved too deep for the Cats to dig out of despite a few second-half spurts.

    In the end, Henry took a 59-40 loss to conclude its season at 7-19, while Gallatin improved to 21-7 and went on to win its third straight district title.

    Joey Pollard put Henry on the scoreboard first with a driving layup less than 15 seconds into the game, but Gallatin scored at the other end, took the lead a few plays later and never trailed again.

  • Hillz on hold

    By Jonna Spelbring Priester

    General Manager

    After the conclusion of Monday night's Henry County Planning and Zoning Commission's Board of Adjustments meeting, Vice Chairman Dennis Yeary put his left forefinger to his temple, and 'fired.'

    It was a gesture of frustration following a nearly two-hour long meeting that, for the fifth time, brought the Hillz-N-Hollarz off-road vehicle park before the board. Property manager Joe Lawson filed for a second conditional use permit for the park in January. The initial permit was suspended for violations of the permit conditions.

  • Suspect in 1984 Indiana murder has local connections

    Landmark News Service

    Parishioners who knew Mark Weeks, the former Defoe man, charged last month in the 1984 murder of an elderly Indiana woman, say he was a highly thought of church deacon, who led prayer and regularly partook in fellowship meals.

    Others remembered him as a firm father, who sometimes showed a rebellious streak.

    Weeks, 44, of La Grange, was extradited to Terre Haute, Ind. this month after new DNA evidence suggests he robbed and bludgeoned to death 89-year-old Loretta Keith in her home on April 18, 1984.

  • News briefs for February 27, 2008

    Shelby Energy Cooperative to inspect power lines by helicopter

    It's time to inspect the power lines of Shelby Energy Cooperative's system. Because the trees are bare, the winter months are the best time to check for broken insulators, broken cross-arms and other things that could cause outages.

    The helicopter service is scheduled to fly the first week of March in eastern Henry County and the north-western areas of Shelby County.

  • Preservationist:'Pretty won't cut it'

    Landmark News Service

    It will take more than "prettifying" buildings to renew interest in downtown New Castle, preservationists and other experts told city officials Monday.

    Public and private support is needed to forge an economically viable plan for the revitalization of the decaying county seat, they agree.

  • HCHS Wildcats falter down the stretch in 58-55 loss

    In what turned out to be the final regular-season game for the Henry County boys' basketball team, the Wildcats took a disappointing 58-55 loss to host Trimble County last Tuesday night.

  • Sloppy conditions equal sloppy play for Ladycats

    The Henry County Ladycats brought the outside weather indoors last week when they played sluggish during their final two regular-season games.

    The Cats lost to Trimble County (62-40) last Tuesday, missed practice Wednesday and Thursday due to the weather conditions, then lost to Spencer County (61-42) Friday. Both games were on the road, which left Henry with an 8-18 record heading into the 31st District tournament this week.

  • Warriors finish regular season at 2-22 with two more losses

    With just two wins - the fewest in coach Keith Blackburn's seven-year tenure as the head basketball coach at Eminence High School - the Warriors are in a bit of a slump. But on Tuesday night, when they played Anderson County in the 30th District tournament, they got one more go around and a chance to shine some light on the sub-par season.

    Eminence finished its regular season with two losses in the final week of play - losing at Evangel Christian (64-46) last Wednesday and to Whitefield Academy (66-50) Saturday night.

  • Rockets blast away from EHS

    The Eminence girls' basketball team ran into a road block in the opening round of the 30th District tournament Monday night, resulting in a season-ending 64-9 loss.

    That road block was Shelby County - a team that entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed with an impressive 20-8 record, has won eight of its previous nine games, won the district title a year ago, and had easily defeated Eminence earlier this year (54-18). Shelby is also a team that's favorite to win the 8th Region tournament next week, and sports a starting lineup that includes four seniors and one junior.

  • Thumbs up: it's time to move on

    I've written dozens of sports columns for the Local - if not, hundreds. And this may be the most difficult of them all. After all, it's not too often that you say goodbye to something that means so much to you.

    It's time to move on, and probably long overdue. But trust me when I say this: it's in the best interest for us all.

    Are you ready? This will be the final week you will see the cheesy thumbs-up mug shot that goes along with my weekly column. It was a great run, but people in the community have told me it's time for a change, and I finally agreed.