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  • Economic Development Council considers Work Ready status

     When the Henry County Economic Development Council formed, one thing was certain — its members needed to set goals, create a road map for the future.

    Some of those goals were identified when the group created its work plan: creating a regional economic development group; hiring an economic development director; improving the county’s website; and becoming a Work Ready Community.

    Michael Gritton, director of the Kentuckiana Works, an agency that helps counties apply for Work Ready Community status.

  • Kentuckiana Works: 100 moving jobs are waiting

     Despite an economy that appears to be teetering on the edge of another recession, there are jobs available for the taking. And there are plenty of them according to Michael Gritton with Kentuckiana Works.

    Gritton told a meeting of the Henry County Economic Development Board recently that he has 100-200 jobs making at least $40,000… but he has no takers.

    Nursing and other healthcare fields, as well as information technology job training is available, but Gritton said that moving companies find themselves in need of trained workers.

  • Residents want to preserve city’s past

    The pending arrival of a CVS pharmacy drove a handful of concerned residents to gather last week and discuss the need for a preservation ordinance.

    Eric Whisman, education and outreach coordinator for Preservation Kentucky, and Eminence resident Lance Minnis asked concerned citizens to meet regarding the development which may result in the demolition of several buildings tied to the county and city’s past.

  • Every day is different for Treece

    Every day is different for Scott Treece and that’s just how he wants it.

    Treece, Public Works Director for the city of New Castle, does more between 7 and 10 a.m. than most will do in an eight-hour shift.

    Treece starts his day by reading the city’s master water meters as they enter the city from the county water lines. New Castle has about 15 miles of water lines within the city and consumes about 60,000 gallons daily. Treece records usage from the meters in order to track not just money owed by the city to county for water usage, but also for leaks.

  • United Citizens: Helping people succeed at their dreams

    Doug Scholsnagle loves to help people succeed and realize their dreams.

    Schlosnagle, CEO of United Citizens Bank and Trust, came to the bank in 2005 with a background in helping farmers do that while employed at Farm Credit Services.

    The bank’s mission statement expresses the need for a locally owned community bank is paramount and Schlosnagle affirms that the bank continues to attract people to a business built on service.

  • Life 101 is going hybrid

    Henry County High School plans to offer two classes online starting next year for seniors.

    Tim Abrams, Henry County Public Schools Superintendent, will meet with teachers and nail down logistics for the class in the coming weeks. Abrams hopes the ‘blended’ learning classes — mixing an online course with classroom instruction — will give a convenient alternative for students who need flexibility.

  • Culture Shock

    Eric Raisor thought he knew it all. That was before he went to another country.

    Raisor enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 2010 and serves with the A. Co 412th CAB as a specialist in the RC-North in Mazar-e Sharif  in northern Afghanistan, .

    Raisor said once he traveled outside the United States the culture shock woke him up.

  • ‘Satan had got me’

    A Henry County man may face new charges in a sexual abuse case pending the investigation of three computer hard drives.

    Joseph David Martin, 38, of Turners Station, was arrested in 2011 and charged with having sex with an underage female who was 13 at the time the alleged crimes began. The alleged crimes took place over a three year period.

  • Lincoln Institute was like college

    Unlike many children, Jean Martin Hill went to the Lincoln Institute instead of Eminence High School.

    An uncle who had no children of his own would drive her to the school in Shelby County where she stayed during the week. Occasionally, Hill stayed at the school on weekends. The adjustment wasn’t easy at first, but the hardships Hill and many families endured were a part of life then.

    Her parents stressed the need for education and the doors it could open to a better life. When opportunity came, you took it — it wasn’t a choice.

  • CARE Team honors Druin

    She watched, jaw dropped, as one of her staffers surprised her.

    It took just a few seconds to realize what was going on.

    “Over 15 years ago, one woman not only decided that she wanted to make a difference, but that she would,” Melissa Blankenship told attendees of the Henry County CARE Team meeting.

    Through research, lobbying and grant writing, Nellie Druin “began building the foundation of the organization that would be known as the Henry County CARE Team,” Blankenship said.