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  • Kentucky Heritage Council honors two organizations

    The New Castle Grand United Order of Odd Fellows and New Castle Main Street, Inc., received a Grassroots Preservation Award at the 2018 Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation presentation on May 30 at the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort.

    Richard Smith, Grand Noble for the lodge accepted the award on behalf of the group.

  • Hepatitis A reported in Henry County

    Hepatitis A, the virus responsible for a 629-person outbreak in Kentucky reared its ugly head in Henry County recently. 

    Health officials are trying to keep the virus at bay through education and communication.

  • Veterans receive quilts from local group

    Disabled veteran Jami Anna Rose Williamson recently received a special gift – a Quilt of Honor to honor her military service and her giving spirit.
       The Future Federal Retirees Quilting Guild (FFRQG), a group of mostly retired and active employees from Robley Rex VA Medical Center, known as the VA hospital, in Louisville, create 12 quilts a year for vets.

  • 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.