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Today's News

  • Casino bill on hold, SB1 advances

    Kentucky Press Association News Bureau

    While legislation to allow casino gambling has stalled in the House, a move to radically change student evaluation tests has been approved by the Senate.

    Senate Bill 1, eliminating open-ended essay questions in the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System testing in favor of multiple choice tests, has gained significant attention from many sides in the General Assembly including Gov. Steve Beshear.

    On March 7, the bill's sponsor, Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, brought the measure to the floor.

  • Council awards pool bid

    Proponents of re-opening the Eminence swimming pool cleared a major hurdle last week as the Eminence City Council awarded the bid for repairs on the facility.

    The 6-0 decision to award the bid to Our Back Yard Leisure Specialties came at the end of a more than two-hour long meeting that was, at times, contentious.

    The repairs proposed in the bid will give the city a brand new swimming pool that will need little, if any, repairs in the next 30 years, according to Making Waves committee chairwoman Manda Gingrich.

  • When it snows ... it piles up?

    A weekend blizzard is blamed for shutting down the county, causing accidents, cancellations and generating grocery store rushes.

    Threats of heavy snow prompted Henry County and Eminence Independent school officials to cancel classes Friday. School was closed all day for Henry County students, while those in Eminence were released at 1 p.m. because of worsening conditions.

    Eminence is making up its previous snow days during this week's spring break, but the district will not be forced to make up last week's early release day, a school official said.

  • Ditch those rabbit ears - digital TV will be the norm in Feb. '09

    Maryellen Garrison of Eminence gets just three network TV channels.

    "That's good enough for me," she said.

    But come next year, Garrison must replace her two decades-old TV sets, or adjust to a screen of gray and white fuzz.

    Those "rabbit ears" or rooftop antenna devices will be useless after Feb. 17, 2009, when the National Telecommunications and Information Administration will require households to convert all existing analog TV sets to digital ones.

    Cable, satellite or other service-paid subscribers won't be affected by the switch.

  • Paper ballots to replace 'curtain' voting in Nov.

    Say goodbye to the curtains.

    Election officials will retire the county's 27 curtain-veiled voting machines after the May primary in favor of a more basic paper ballot system, County Clerk Juanita Lashley said. Some say it will simplify the voting process, allowing poll workers to tally votes immediately using a computerized cartridge. The modified system will, like other systems, offer receipts to federal election officials, who are calling for a more expedited, error-free voting process following several flubs at polling stations across the nation.

  • Footballers follow in coach's footsteps

    By Tommie Kendall

    Sports editor

    After leading the Henry County Wildcats to one of their best football seasons in recent memory, seniors Cari Dunaway and Travis McClanahan will take their game to the next level. The duo, which played both ways for the Cats, signed to play for Campbellsville University next fall, following in head coach Chris Engstrand's footsteps.

  • Mini football camp back in Pleasureville

    For the second year in a row, the Pleasureville Colts' football team - part of the Henry County Youth Football League - will hold a mini camp each Saturday in April.

    The camp, which is free to the public and open to first through sixth graders that plan on playing for the Colts this upcoming HCYFL season, will be held every Saturday at the Pleasureville Firehouse from 9 to 11 a.m.

    "It's a way to get kids out and interested in football," Eastern coach Jason Warner said. "I picked up seven kids from doing it last year so I turned it into an annual thing."

  • Youngsters showing signs of future success on the court

    By looking at the success this year's Henry County sixth-grade traveling basketball team produced, you can't help but get excited if you're a Henry County High School fan.

  • Semifinals and finals pushed back a day at HCHS

    Because of delays in the girls' 8th Region tournament, which pushed its championship game to this past Monday at Shelby County High School, the boys' 8th Region tournament semifinals and finals have been moved back a day at Henry County High School as well.

    Shelby played South Oldham Tuesday in the first semifinal while Gallatin County played North Oldham in the second. The winners of those two games will meet for the regional title, and a chance to move on to the Boys' Sweet 16 state tournament, Wednesday at 7 p.m.

  • March is Music in Education month

    As a humble third grader, I loved to sing. I cannot begin to express how much I loved it. The problem was, at least according to my sister, I was tone deaf.

    I had not yet acquired the Criss family gene, handed down through my mother, for musical aptitude.

    That would change when I entered the fourth grade and had my first experience with instruments.

    It was then, through school, that I learned to play the violin. Over the years, I was able to lose the tone-deafness, and now can sing my then favorite song - Toto's "Roseanna" without missing a beat ... or a note.