http://www.hclocal.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Bell first in history to graduate early http://www.hclocal.com/content/bell-first-history-graduate-early <img src="http://www.hclocal.com/sites/www.hclocal.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bellpic1.jpg" alt="In a graduation ceremony Thursday morning, Travis Bell became the first EHS student to earn his diploma early. Above, he moves his tassel to designate his transition from student to alum." title="In a graduation ceremony Thursday morning, Travis Bell became the first EHS student to earn his diploma early. Above, he moves his tassel to designate his transition from student to alum." align="left" hspace="6" width="84" height="85" /><p> Travis Bell is in a hurry to get on with the rest of his life.<br /> After fulfilling all the requirements, Bell, a senior at Eminence High School, became the first EHS student to graduate early last Thursday. He was handed a diploma, turned his tassel and received a standing ovation in a graduation ceremony for one.<br /> Fiscal donates to JCTC project http://www.hclocal.com/content/fiscal-donates-jctc-project <img src="http://www.hclocal.com/sites/www.hclocal.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/browns_donation.jpg" alt="Magistrate David Brown contributed to the expansion of Jefferson Community and Technical College in Carrollton and encouraged Fiscal Court to increase its donation to the project. Brown, who is retiring from Fiscal Court, was also recognized for his service to the county. " title="Magistrate David Brown contributed to the expansion of Jefferson Community and Technical College in Carrollton and encouraged Fiscal Court to increase its donation to the project. Brown, who is retiring from Fiscal Court, was also recognized for his service to the county. " align="left" hspace="6" width="109" height="85" /><p> Henry County Fiscal Court magistrates believe the JCTC Carrollton expansion is a worthy effort, but felt torn at the Dec. 16 meeting between supporting the community college with the donation it deserves and keeping the county&rsquo;s budget in the black.<br /> Taking steps to change the world http://www.hclocal.com/content/taking-steps-change-world <img src="http://www.hclocal.com/sites/www.hclocal.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/countingshoes.jpg" alt="Steve Ramos Lopez, Kelsey Perryman and Katie Underwood counted pairs of shoes donated to the school’s WaterStep donation drive. Students at Eastern exceeded their goal of collecting at least one pair of shoes for each student at Eastern." title="Steve Ramos Lopez, Kelsey Perryman and Katie Underwood counted pairs of shoes donated to the school’s WaterStep donation drive. Students at Eastern exceeded their goal of collecting at least one pair of shoes for each student at Eastern." align="left" hspace="6" width="119" height="85" /><p> The knowledge that a child dies every 30 seconds due to unsafe drinking water led students at Eastern Elementary to make a difference.<br /> Members of the student council there organized a donation drive to benefit WaterStep, a non-profit program that turns old shoes into clean drinking water.<br /> &ldquo;It feels amazing to help people,&rdquo; said Kelsey Perryman. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re reaching across the world to help other people.&rdquo;<br /> Schools fight rising costs http://www.hclocal.com/content/schools-fight-rising-costs <p> School districts who receive utility services from LG&amp;E/KU have banded together with the Kentucky School Board Association to intervene in the recent rate hike requests, which could benefit all utility users, a KSBA representative says.<br /> Both Henry County and Eminence boards of education signed on to the collaborative effort after KSBA requested financial support from the 84 school systems that would be affected by the utility rate hike.<br /> Magistrates honored http://www.hclocal.com/content/magistrates-honored <img src="http://www.hclocal.com/sites/www.hclocal.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hartlage_recognition.jpg" alt="Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent recognized outgoing Magistrate Roger Hartlage for his service to Fiscal Court. Hartlage lost his seat to Rickey Timberlake, who will join the court in January." title="Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent recognized outgoing Magistrate Roger Hartlage for his service to Fiscal Court. Hartlage lost his seat to Rickey Timberlake, who will join the court in January." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Henry County officials took a few minutes to recognize two fiscal court magistrates leaving office at the end of 2014, David Brown and Roger Hartlage.<br /> &ldquo;We have two fellas that have been a part of the court who are with us for the last time tonight,&rdquo; Judge-Executive John Logan Brent said during court comments near the end of the meeting.&nbsp; &ldquo;Roger, I want to present this plaque to you. I want to thank you for your contribution especially to the animal services.&rdquo;<br /> Winchester retires http://www.hclocal.com/content/winchester-retires <img src="http://www.hclocal.com/sites/www.hclocal.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/roy_winchester_retires_from_rotary.jpg" alt="Roy Winchester is surrounded by Rotarians upon his retirement as an active member." title="Roy Winchester is surrounded by Rotarians upon his retirement as an active member." align="left" hspace="6" width="133" height="85" /><p> Eminence Rotary Club member Roy Winchester was honored at their Dec. 15 meeting for his 42 years of service in Rotary.&nbsp; Roy has decided to retire as an active member, although he will continue to be an honorary member of the Eminence Club and Rotary International.&nbsp; As an active member, Roy contributed in many ways to the club and the community. The celebration included a special cake and many stories of Roy&rsquo;s activities over the years. Many thanks to Roy.</p> <p> Submitted by Karen Shannon, Eminence Rotary Club</p> KSP Troopers play Santa to 38 area kids http://www.hclocal.com/content/ksp-troopers-play-santa-38-area-kids <p> Kentucky State Police Troopers recently spent the day with children from the counties of Henry, Trimble, Carroll and Owen during Post 5&rsquo;s annual &lsquo;Shop with a Trooper&rsquo; program.&nbsp;<br /> KSP&rsquo;s &lsquo;Shop with a Trooper&rsquo; program is an initiative providing troopers an opportunity to impact the lives of children in need during holiday season, while providing children a chance to have positive interaction with state troopers.<br /> Questions about shingles vaccine answered http://www.hclocal.com/content/questions-about-shingles-vaccine-answered <p> Most adults in the United States remember having chicken pox as a kid.&nbsp; Some even recall neighbors having &ldquo;pox parties&rdquo; so all the kids would get sick at the same time.&nbsp;<br /> Once one has the chicken pox, the virus continues to live in the nerves of the body.&nbsp; The virus can rear its ugly head in the form of shingles (also known as herpes zoster).&nbsp;<br /> Luckily there is a vaccine now available to help prevent shingles.&nbsp; Often patients have many questions when trying to decide if they should receive this vaccine.<br /> <br />