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United Way awards Hancock County

HEART OF THE COMMUNITY AWARD This was established as an individual award. It is given to express sincere gratitude for many years of hard work, loyalty, and dedicated service while serving the people of Hancock County and United Way. (Established in 2010 in honor of Tammy Miller and others that may follow in her footsteps.)…

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Lewisport passes sidewalk ordinance

At the regularly scheduled Lewisport City Council meeting on April 15, 2021 the council approved Ordinance 21-2, which deals with the maintenance and repairs of sidewalks within the city limits. On a roll call vote, all council members present voted to pass the ordinance. The ordinance specifies the parties responsible for maintaining the sidewalk, and…

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Cycling Underground Railroad routes

Legend says two stations of the Underground Railroad existed in Hancock County: one at the Emmick Plantation house west of Hawesville and the historic Fern Creek home, which burned several years ago. One common denominator existed for both of these stations: they sat on the banks of the Ohio River. Byron Emmick said he heard…

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Hornets win 17-7 in wild affair at Tommy Keown field

It was a wild affair when the Hornets won 17-7 over University Heights in six innings at Vastwood Park’s Tommy Keown Field Friday. Hancock County (6-5) led 1-0 after Hornet pitcher Logan Willis set the Blazers down 1-2-3 in the first inning and Cole Dixon scored for HCHS.  Willis began to struggle with his control…

Staples, Hurst and Roberts all hit home runs at Breck County

Three Lady Hornet players hit home runs when Hancock County defeated Breckinridge County 9-6 on Monday in Hardinsburg. Ella Staples put HCHS up 1-0 when she belted a home run to center field in the first inning. The score remained unchanged until the fourth frame when Staples led off with a double then came home…

Hancock Park Living

                                                                  Ron Garrett and Henry Sweatt Ron Garrett lived in Owensboro, KY until June of last year when he moved to Hancock Park Subdivision in Lewisport. Garrett quickly fell in love with the home. “I feel like I am the luckiest man on the face of the earth,” Garrett said. “I get to see…

Emmick cross, an inspiration to people

Roughly one month ago Byron Emmick and wife Bonnie received a letter from a man in Owensboro, Ky thanking them for the lighted cross they installed on their property. The man told them seeing the cross helped him during a low point in his life. “In 2016 I had to close my business and get…

Hancock Accidents

Slick road causes wreck An Owensboro woman escaped injury when her car slid off the road on state Route 69, two miles south of Hawesville. The accident happened at approximately 7:30 a.m. on April 8. Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Emmick filed the accident report. Selena S. Dame told Emmick that as she drove north…

19 state workers filed false unemployment claims

Governor Beshear: 19 state workers filed false unemployment claims LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)  At least 19 Kentucky state workers received thousands of dollars of unemployment aid while still on the job, according to a state inspector general report. The report found that from April to May of 2020, the unemployment workers employees knew that as full-time…

Beshear urges younger adults to pick up vaccination pace

Gov. Beshear: ‘Now is the Time to Find Your Shot of Hope’ Andy Beshear encouraged all Kentuckians 16 and older to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment so the commonwealth can reach its 2.5 million vaccine Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge aimed at lowering infections, saving lives and ending this pandemic. When the 2.5 million…

Hancock District Court Docket, April 14, 2021

The Hancock County District Court Arraignment Docket for Wednesday, April 14, 2021. The Honorable JB Hines presiding. Probate Court The estate of Lorine Morris Swihart, case scheduled for settlement; formal settlement to be advertised. The estate of Margie L. Jones, case scheduled for probate hearing. Court notice issued continuing case to 4-28-21 at 9 a.m.…

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Area Obituaries

Kinsey Marie Fleming

Kinsey Marie Fleming, 19, of Hawesville, passed away from injuries suffered in an automobile accident on April 11, 2021 in Hawesville.  She was born on May 9, 2001 in Owensboro to William “Bill” and Renae Benyo Fleming. She was a 2019 graduate of Hancock County High School and was attending Owensboro Community Technical College.  Her…

Gloria Elaine Warner

Gloria Elaine Warner, 72, of Lewisport, passed away on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital.  She was born on February 26, 1949 in Thayer, W.V. to the late George and Lillian Bowlds Richmond. Gloria was a LPN and was retired from Wendall Foster Center.  She was preceded in death by her siblings,…

David Earl Henderson II

David Earl Henderson II, 32, of Hawesville, passed away on April 13, 2021 in Danville, KY.  He was born on October 16, 1988 to David Henderson and Kristina Buchanan Snell. David was preceded in death by a sister, Amanda Regina Marie Henderson, paternal grandparents, John and Mary F. Henderson, maternal grandparents, Steve and Helga Buchanan.…

Steve J. Smith

Steve J. Smith, 74, of Hawesville, passed away after a brief illness at Heartland Villa in Lewisport, KY.  He was born in Richland, VA on September 2, 1946 to the late Perry and Dorothy Hess Smith. Steve was a member of New Life Baptist Church and was retired from Commonwealth Aluminum.  He was a proud…

Peter James Pontolillo

Peter James Pontolillo, 72, of Hawesville, passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at his home.  He was born on June 11, 1948 in Meriden, CT, to the late James and Gertrude Lemke Pontolillo. Pete was a member of Bethel Fellowship Ministry International, where he assisted with their radio station and enjoyed his computer.  He…

Barbara Joan Ayres

  Barbara Joan Ayres, age 87, of Palm Coast, Florida passed away on Thursday, March 4, 2021. Barbara was born December 2, 1933 in Hancock County, Kentucky. Barbara was the Valedictorian of her 1950 Class at Lewisport High School.  In later years, she was the Assistant Registrar at Homestead Senior High School in Miami Dade…

Duane S. Leaf

  Duane S. Leaf, 85, passed away on April 8, 2021. He was born in Tobinsport, Indiana on July 12 1935, son of Arnold “Hap” and Maude (Sutton) Leaf. Duane was a graduate of Cannelton High School and served in the United States Army. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Tell City and…

Donald Wayne Dawson

Donald Wayne Dawson, 63 of Hawesville, Kentucky passed away April 6, 2021 at Baptist Health Floyd in New Albany, Indiana. He was born January 21, 1958 to Doris and Leona Dawson in Tell City, Indiana. Donald worked as a forklift driver. He loved to play pool and was a gun collecter. He was an outdoors…

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