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  • Paralyzed and praying: 21-year-old with lupus staying strong

    Savannah Mertz turned 21 years old in early May, but unlike many young women her age, she didn’t go out on the town with her best friends.

    Once an esteemed softball player, Mertz loved to workout and planned to return to college to play her favorite game, but those plans changed in December of last year when she can down with a mysterious illness.

  • Suspicious package found at Pilot

    The following is an update of information after the Local's publication on Wednesday.

  • Westerman joins family in Eminence, opens art studio and gallery

    Artist and photographer Kevin Westerman recently opened Westerman Art Studio and Gallery in downtown Eminence, which houses a working art studio and gallery space.
    Westerman’s work currently adorns gallery walls with pin-and-ink drawings, photographic prints and his latest love — acrylic pouring, a painting technique that creates uniquely patterned artwork.
    Westerman also accepts commissioned work.

  • Blade inducted into the Ordnance Hall of Fame

    Eminence native Victor Blade retired with a distinguished record in the U.S. Army in 2012 and on May 1 at Fort Lee, Va., the Army honored him in its 2018 Ordnance Hall of Fame for accomplishments during his 36-year career.
    The awards began in 1969 and the group recognizes retired veterans and civilians for achievements in the ordnance and logistics field who contributed positive and significant contributions to the Ordnance Corps.

  • Will chickens come home to roost in Eminence again?

    A 10-year-old’s desire to keep chickens sparked a discussion about the ban on raising animals at the May 14 Eminence City Council.
    Reese Morgan, accompanied by family members, submitted the request in a letter along with copies of related ordinances from La Grange and Louisville for the council members to compare.
    The handwritten letter noted he would like to get three chickens for eggs.

  • Local family searches for an organ donor

    New Castle native Phoebe Thurman-Thompson has gone through life knowing that at any moment the hereditary kidney disease that killed her father could strike her, too.
    Doctors have tested Phoebe every year since birth for signs of organ deterioration, she said. At 23, blood calcium levels began to rise and Thurman-Thompson consulted a nephrologist, a medical doctor who specializes in kidney care and kidney diseases.
    She received a kidney transplant 12 years ago and donated kidneys last from 10 to 12 years, and she’s in need of another now.

  • Military Appreciation Day set for June 3

    The Service Members, Veterans and Families Taskforce (SMVF) invites Henry County military families to a Military Appreciation Day to honor vets and their families, who serve alongside service members.
    The organization wants to treat these families to a day of fun at Lake Jericho Recreational Area in Smithfield on Sunday, June 3, volunteer Richard Hayes said.
    Music, food, fishing poles, kayaks, rowboats, corn hole, a bouncy house, a bubble bus will be on hand.

  • Memorial held for slain trooper in sulphur
  • Adult education recognizes 11 GED graduates

    Henry County Adult Education honored 11 program graduates who earned their GEDs in a May 18 ceremony, according to a news release.
    “Earning your GED takes self-discipline and hard work,” Betty Rankin, the director, said. “Congratulations, graduates.”
    Three students earned their GED in the fall of 2017, including Robert Kidwell, Christina Rutherford. and Cheyene Smith. Eight others have earned their GED since the first of the year, including Kristan Fox, Rebecca Goodman, Morgan Gregory, Dylan Milby, Bailey Miller, Justin Robertson, Shaun Smith and Alexa Zinser.

  • Delivering more assistance

    When a Henry County Help Center volunteer retired earlier this year, the food distribution network had to find a replacement for his dedication, his driving skills and his truck.
    Ed Rockwell brought his truck with him to the cause, picking up food at Dare to Care in Louisville and delivering to the food pantry.
    Center co-directors James and Olivia Dills turned this missing piece at the food pantry into a blessing.