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  • Student’s MLK portrait wins statewide award

    Celebrating the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. led to an Eminence Middle School seventh-grader earning statewide recognition for her painting of the civil rights leader.
    Jayden Ballard won first prize in the Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment Visual Art Contest for a portrait of King. The theme of the contest was “reflecting on our past in order to build a brighter future.”
    Ballard’s painting had its genesis during the Project Lead the Way class with teacher Kendra Waddell, who also informed the students about the contest.

  • Ky. 55 widening work not included in six-year plan

    Though the latest recommendations in the state’s latest six-year road plan moved construction on Ky. 146 back four years, that road remains on the plan. The same cannot be said of a proposed widening on Ky. 55 in Eminence.
    Andrea Clifford, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), explained in a Jan. 23 e-mail what caused the state’s priorities to change in general when it comes to road projects.

  • Kids stay home amid social media storm

    With the juveniles involved in an alleged shooting threat at Henry County High School Jan. 24 detained by law enforcement, the school operated on normal schedule Jan. 25. This caused a storm of critical comments by parents on social media about the way school officials handled sending notifications to families.

    Many posts indicated parents would not send their students to school on Jan. 25, and even more comments criticized the school district for failing to inform parents about the situation sooner.

    Charges filed

  • Fire destroys home on Lucas Road near Henry-Shelby line

    By Lisa King
    Landmark News Service

    No one was injured in a blaze that destroyed a home in Henry County in the pre-dawn hours Monday morning.
    The Shelby County Fire Department provided backup assistance to the Eminence Fire Department, and Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said that crews responded at 1:331 a.m. to a structure fire at 2290 Lucas Road in Smithfield.
    Upon arrival of the blaze, near the Shelby-Henry county line, crews discovered a single-family home fully involved with heavy fire.

  • Every Slice Matters wants to make sure ‘Everyone Reads’

    New Castle Elementary wants to send a strong message by sending students home with books to encourage reading with their parents.
    At the beginning of the year, Hometown Pizza, through its non-profit Every Slice Matters, decided to launch a book drive, “Everyone Reads,” to stock the school with books students can take home.

  • Gilkison files to run for Ky. House against Rand

    A small business owner from Henry County has entered the race to represent the 47th District in the Kentucky House.
    Mark Gilkison, a Republican, recently filed in Frankfort to seek the office currently held by Democrat Rick Rand of Bedford.
    Gilkison began Gilkison Construction in 2001 and Gilkison Real Estate in 2004 and added Gilkison Mini Storage in Trimble County in 2016.
    In his personal life, Gilkison, a father of two sons with wife Johnna, belongs to the Providence Baptist Church and counts himself among the dedicated supporters of the Henry County High School Marching Band.

  • New program accentuates the positives among Henry County students

    A new program at Henry County Public Schools is all about accentuating the positive when it comes to students’ behavior, educators say. At the beginning of the school year, Robbie Robbins, HCPS director of behavior, and Henry County High School Vice Principal Kevin Webster initiated the Positive Awards program to highlight and reward good behavior at HCHS.

  • Pendleton man faces child sexual exploitation charges

    A 25-year-old Pendleton man faces 25 charges related to child sexual exploitation, after troopers from the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested him Jan. 25, according to a news release from the Kentucky State Police.

  • HCHS releases a statement about the Jan. 24 violence threat

    On Thursday morning, the Henry County Public Schools administration released this statement about concerns about school violence that exploded on social media Jan. 24.

    Henry County Public Schools’ first priority is to ensure that our students are safe. Any and all threats made against our schools or students will be taken seriously. All threats are investigated by the district and local law enforcement.

  • Henry County native to challenge Massie in 4th district

    Democrats continue to line up to seek the party’s nomination to run for the 4th District congressional seat, including one with Henry County roots. Seth B. Hall has become the latest Democrat to announce his intention to challenge incumbent Thomas Massie, a Republican, according to a news release.

    Hall touted his Henry and Shelby county roots in developing his work ethic from when he helped his family raise tobacco, cattle and hay, the news release said.