Local News

  • Were 2014 rain amounts good for farms?

    Farmers reported nice yields on practically every crop in 2014. So, how did the year stack up with local rainfall?   
    To answer that question, we’ve researched the data collected in several reporting stations scattered around Henry County.  
    The reporters are local farmers and homeowners who use a special rain gauge to measure precipitation to the nearest one hundredth of an inch on a daily basis.   
    The reporting system is CoCoRaHS, short for the Collaborative Community Rain, Hail and Snow network.

  • Officials: Jailers save money

    Don’t count on finding savings from merging the duties of jailers with the sheriff’s office here, Henry County officials say. If anything, they believe that would cost taxpayers more.
    Kentucky’s constitution requires the election of jailers to serve their counties— even in the 41 counties around the state without jails.

  • Relay for Life kickoff set for Jan. 18

    The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Henry County will host a kickoff event on Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. at Henry County Extension Office as volunteers and participants launch fundraising efforts for the year.
    The kickoff will honor cancer survivors and caregivers, and will feature speakers from the community who have benefited from the funds raised at Relay For Life as well as American Cancer Society staff partners on the programs and services available to Henry County residents.

  • Help wanted in finding Suspects

    In the early morning hours of December 27, 2014, two unknown individuals unlawfully used stolen credit cards at the Shelbyville Kroger and Huck’s Food and Fuel, according to a news release from the Kentucky State Police.
    Purchases between the two businesses exceeded $700.  
    The suspects, possibly a caucasian male and African-American female, are believed to be driving a small gray or silver SUV.  
    Photographs obtained from the security camera footage show the individuals sought by the Kentucky State Police in connection with this offense.

  • Reaching out with a Helping hand


    Henry County native David Morgan and his son Frankie, a Trinity High School freshman, recently delivered food and toiletries to the Henry County Help Center. The items were donated by the Saint Mary’s Academy boys and girls basketball teams.

  • Following trend in state, Henry County unemployment falls

    With the unemployment rate for Henry County dropping a half of a percentage point in November over the year prior, the local figures followed the trend that most of the rest of Kentucky enjoyed in more people finding work, according to the state Office of Employment and Training.
    Only one county didn’t show falling unemployment in the monthly year-over-year comparison released by the state.

  • Scouts complete community service projects, reach Eagle

    Two members of Boy Scout Troop 421, Ethan Cole Smith and Russell Beverly, recently attained Eagle Scout, according to a news release.
    Smith’s Eagle Scout Leadership Project involved building and installing five benches along the walking trail in Eminence. He supervised several Scouts who assisted in installing the benches.
    Smith graduated from Henry County High School. He chose to pursue a career as an engineer, soon to attend Speed School.

  • New Year’s Eve fire destroys Lockport home

    A Lockport couple was left homeless following a house fire on New Year’s Eve.
    On the afternoon of Dec. 31, the Kentucky River Fire Department responded to a report of a home on fire on Bethlehem Road. When Fire Chief Bill Reardon arrived on scene, the structure was already being consumed by fire.
    “There were flames shooting out of the back when I got here,” Reardon told other firefighters on the scene.
    After some tense on-scene research, it was determined no one was in the mobile home at the time, but three dogs were killed in the fire.

  • Will 2015 bring growth?

    Gov. Steve Beshear touted 2014 as the year Kentucky recovered from the Great Recession, but growth remained concentrated in the state’s two biggest cities while rural areas like Henry County lagged behind.
    Looking back at last year, Beshear issued an upbeat message about the state of Kentucky’s economy. He cited the commonwealth’s unemployment rate falling to 6 percent for November, the lowest rate in more than six years, down from the high of 10.7 percent in the depths of the recession.

  • Moving aside

    After a lifetime in agriculture and a 40-year career making farm visits and presenting field days, Extension Agent Steve Moore will retire Feb. 3, completing four decades of service to Henry County.
    Moore grew up on a farm in Danville, where he helped raise beef cattle and tobacco.
    He remembers putting up a lot of hay and chopping a lot of thistle in the pasture as a kid.
    The family had both a Guernsey and a Jersey dairy cow.