Today's News

  • Serving up a cool family tradition

    Staff writer/photographer

    Sandra and Chester Stivers didn’t plan to become well-known for their homemade ice cream at the Henry County Harvest Showcase, but it has become a family tradition that all will have the chance to enjoy on Saturday.

    The Stivers have brought homegrown green beans, potatoes and other produce to the Harvest Showcase for ten years.

  • Shop locally with the Henry County Farmer’s Market

    The Henry County Farmer’s Market was founded on the principle of sharing. Producers in the county wanted to share their cropland, their hard work and the fruits of their labor with their friends and neighbors.

  • Who gives a cluck?

    Staff writer/photographer

    To a city, Henry County’s incorporated cities forbid residents from having any livestock — large or small. But why? On July 12, New Castle City Commissioners were asked to consider that question at their July 12 meeting.

    Resident Donna Feltner wrote a letter to city officials asking that a long-standing ordinance be changed to allow people to keep chickens within city limits.

  • “Hearts of Grace” thank you

    The community wide “giveaway” outreach event on July 22 and 23rd in New Castle far surpassed the hopes and expectations of its sponsors.

  • Training continues past Tour

    Note: This is the third column in a series leading up to the Louisville Ford Ironman. The 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run is Aug. 29.

    Now that the Tour de France is over, I find myself searching for motivation. With the Ironman less than six weeks away, it’s a crucial stretch and the Tour was providing me with all the inspiration I needed to pedal away.

  • Freemans have big plans for little building

    Staff writer/photographer

    Dana and Ben Freeman have big plans for the cinderblock restaurant just outside Campbellsburg at I-71’s exit 34.

    The building recently re-opened as the Kountry Korner Kafe.

    With the help of a professional what once was a  simple ice cream stand is evolving into a real family-style restaurant.

    Ben Freeman has long worked as a builder for a major restaurant chain and has big plans.

  • Challenger Sports back in Henry County

    Making a return trip to the county, the Challenger Sports program was back in New Castle to host a week-long soccer camp for the youth in the area.

    Challenger Sports first came to Henry County eight years ago and contacted the Henry County Youth Soccer Association last year about the possibility of a return. The two organizations signed a three-year contract that started last summer and runs through 2011. After next summer’s camp, the two might extend that contract.

  • Paynter advances to Illinois Region Camp

    Calling it a great experience and an opportunity she hopes to have again, Victoria Paynter’s run in the Olympic Development Program came to an end on July 11 at the Region 2 Camp on the campus of Northern Illinois University.

    It started in November and included four intense rounds of cuts and a trip to Northern Illinois from July 8-11. Paynter, an upcoming junior at Henry County High School, survived the first cut in December when the players were sliced down to 30, then made it past the next cut in March when they were narrowed to 22. 


  • HCMS Jump Start

    The Henry County Middle School will be holding their JUMP START program for all incoming sixth grade students on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  This orientation program includes a walk-through of their class schedule, practice at opening their locker, lunch and much more. 

  • Public Records for the week of May 5, 2010

    Zoning permits

    Joseph P. Zoeller, 9610 Maddox Ridge Road, Turners Station, 4/1 addition, fee $89, value $10,000.

    John Hittle, 172 Pollitt Circle, New Castle, 4/5, Garage, fee $20, value $1,500.

    Harold D. Chisholm, 99 Hillcrest Drive, Eminence, 4/6, porch, no fee because porch is under 100 square feet, value $750.

    Debra Henry, 1222 Old Jericho Road, La Grange, 4/7, carport, fee $69, value $3,000.

    Lester Mays Jr., 555 Coakley Lane, Smithfield, 4/7, pole barn, fee $180, value $7,795.