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  • Equal Education

    Before integration in the 1960s, teachers at the Merriweather and King Street schools in Eminence taught African-American students barred from whites-only educational facilities in the city.
    The Merriweather school was created by the Rosenwald school system funded by Jewish entrepreneur Julius Rosenwald, co-owner of Sears, Roebuck and Company. After the Civil War, the organization gave thousands of dollars to offer what was thought at the time an equal education for African-American children in the segregated south barred from white schools.

  • EIS student faces terroristic threat charge

    An Eminence Independent Schools student received a verbal threat Feb. 20 and school officials, who said they were already on “high alert” due to numerous recent school shootings, took action to deal with the situation.
    In a communication shared through One Call automated message system and Facebook, Superintendent Buddy Berry told the community, “We assure you that the threat was dealt with in a swift efficient manner. School will be on regular schedule tomorrow with a strong officer presence to assure the students a safe and conducive learning environment.

  • Courthouse could shift to Cooks in June

    When the renovation and expansion of the Henry County Courthouse begins, all functions and services will move to the old Cook’s building in Eminence, according to the Administrative Office of the Courts’ manager of facilities.
    Though a few of the lease details have yet to be settled at this time, state officials set the date of June 1 for the 14,475-square-foot building to be ready for court to convene at the temporary facility, according to the AOC’s Danny Rhoades.

  • Project to provide comfort to foster children

    Ripped from homes and family, Henry County’s foster children sometimes leave with little more than the clothes on their backs during emergency interventions. Hayden Behmke wants to tackle the problem with comfort kits – backpacks filled with donated toiletries, toys and tissues for social workers to give kids separated from what they know.
    Hayden, 11, created and named the Simply Love Project to collect donations for comfort kits as an assignment for Henry County Middle School’s Gifted and Talented Genius project. “I had to pick something I was passionate about,” he said.

  • Washington Lodge continues to write its history, future

    New Castle’s Grand United Order of Odd Fellows Washington Lodge #1513 purchased a Main Street building in the late 1880s that stands as an historic reminder of Henry County’s past, and the strength and sacrifices of former slaves who founded the fraternal lodge in 1872, a mere seven years after the Civil War ended.
    The last few years have been rough – fundraising to cover major roof and foundation repairs caused by several inches of heavy, wet snow.

  • Foree’s a Farmer First

    Editor’s note: This feature by Leslie Ward on Bobby Foree and the accompanying photos originally appeared in “Cow Country News.” It is used here with permission.

    Bobby Foree, is a gentleman who divides his time between two very different careers. Not only is Foree a seventh-generation farmer who runs three farms in Henry and Shelby counties, he’s also a lawyer who specializes in helping other farmers with their legal matters.

  • Spate of dog complaints made across Henry Co.

    On a recent Sunday, Eminence Police Chief Kevin Kemper responded to repeated calls of two pit bulls getting loose and scaring the neighbors.
    Reporting to the Eminence City Council Feb. 12, Kemper said it was a tough spot to be in.
    There’s no question to the chief that the dogs were aggressive and threatening.
    “This was a Sunday, and it was just me, and I thought I was going to have to shoot them,” Kemper told the Local.

  • Baer arrested for two counts of kidnapping

    A 51-year-old Eminence man faces several charges after an alleged alcohol-fueled incident where he held two women against their will in his Mulberry Pike home Feb. 10.
    Eminence Police Department Officer John Wilson responded to a 10:35 p.m. call to the home of Timothy Lynn Baer after a report he had injured a 30-year-old woman there.
    The call came from a resident at the home, who told police one female victim was bleeding profusely from a cut on her hand.
    When Wilson entered the home, he found Baer standing over the female, who was lying unconscious and bleeding on his bed.

  • Inspired to serve

    Beloved for baking for the entire New Castle Nursing and Rehab facility, Savanna Flowers got a treat of her own Feb. 8 as she handed out strawberry cookies to residents.
    The current sixth grader at Eminence Independent Schools came up with the idea for her project, Savanna’s Sweets and Treats, as an outreach for the nursing home residents.
    As a fifth grader in Donnie Piercy’s class, Savanna participated in self-directed learning, in which students could spend 20 percent of their class time to try to find solutions to a problem they’ve found.

  • Potts named HCPS Teacher of the Year

    Kathy Potts, Henry County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year award winner, seems like an educator’s educator. She found career inspiration in the first teacher she ever had, and since taking her job at Eastern Elementary, Potts has passed on what she’s learned to many of her colleagues.
    When accepting the award from Superintendent Terry Price at the dinner in the Henry County High School media center, Potts dedicated it to the other teachers at Eastern.