en Eminence bomb scare was false alarm <p> A false alarm ultimately resulted in a collective sigh of relief in Eminence last Thursday after a suspicious package was found outside the McDonald&rsquo;s on North Main Street.</p> <p> Officials evacuated a 100-foot radius around the package until the contents were deemed safe.</p> Berry Center, Sterling College celebrate launch <img src="" alt="Dr. Leah Bayans, Dean of the Wendell Berry Farming Program of Sterling College told attendees that “Henry County is a fitting classroom." title="Dr. Leah Bayans, Dean of the Wendell Berry Farming Program of Sterling College told attendees that “Henry County is a fitting classroom." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Sterling College and The Berry Center celebrated the launch of the Wendell Berry Farming Program in Henry Country last Thursday night.</p> <p> The event held in New Castle allowed attendees to meet the students in the inaugural cohort along with Sterling College faculty and The Berry Center staff.</p> <p> The 12 students making up the first class come from across the country, the closest being Henry County native Hannah Cox and Campbellsburg resident Lizzie Camfield, while the farthest hails from Seattle, Wash.</p> New Castle tax rates to hold steady <p> New Castle City commissioners voted to keep real, personal and motor vehicle taxes at the same rate as last year at a special meeting last week.</p> <p> The first reading of the tax ordinance occurred at its regular meeting<br /> Sept. 9.</p> <p> Several topics were discussed at the Sept. 9 New Castle City Commission meeting, including the resignation of Mayor Bobby King.</p> <p> But other items such as taxes, cable rates, the city audit and more were addressed at the regular meeting.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Taxes</strong></p> Sugar Queen live CD tells story of Smithfield family <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> Former Smithfield resident Michele &ldquo;Sugar Queen&rdquo; Denise is singing the blues, happily doing what she loves.</p> <p> Denise and her band, technically called Sugar Queen and the Straight Blues Band but shortened to Sugar Queen, recently released a second CD under their own company and label, Sugar Queen LIVE.</p> <p> Loyal fans requested a live album and Denise and band delivered.</p> <p> Denise wrote music and lyrics for the new album. &ldquo;Sugar Queen LIVE was more personal,&rdquo; she said, than first CD 340 Blues, released last year.</p> New Castle mayor resigns <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> New Castle Mayor Bobby King resigned as the city&rsquo;s highest public official at Monday&rsquo;s Sept. 9 regular city commission meeting due to injuries suffered in a fall.</p> <p> King&rsquo;s sudden departure was announced officially at the meeting, with King reading from a previously released statement.</p> <p> The mayor is on prescription medication and in severe pain, calling into question his decision-making ability, he said.</p> <p> Although King wanted to resign effective immediately, the change cannot take place that quickly.</p> Court votes 4-2 for tax increase <p> The Henry County Fiscal Court last week voted 4-2 on second reading to approve a county real property tax increase of 4 percent, from 11.7 cents per $100 assessed value to 12.16 cents per $100.</p> <p> Magistrate Chuck Smith and Magistrate Robert Hartlage voted against the increase.</p> <p> This increase would be on the county real estate only, which is 10 percent of the total Henry Property Tax Statement. Judge-Executive John Logan Brent said this is the first property tax increase since 2002.</p> <p> The change would be about a $4 increase on a $100,000 home.</p> Harrod named Prosecutor of the Year <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> By Tammy Shaw</p> <p></p> <p> Henry County Attorney Virginia &ldquo;Jennie&rdquo; Lee Harrod has been through surprising life events, especially the breast and thyroid cancer that invaded her body.</p> <p> But a good surprise greeted Harrod at the Prosecutors Advisory Council Conference at the Newport on the Levee Marriott this August.</p> Ky. 146 project to open for bidding in 2020 <p> A project to widen and realign Kentucky 146 in Henry County will be let, or opened for bidding, in June 2020.</p> <p> Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent received notification last week from Matt Bulloch, chief engineer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet&rsquo;s 5th District.</p>