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  • HC student arrested for having a gun

    An 18-year-old senior from Henry County High School arrested for having a gun on school grounds has been released from jail.
    On March 7, Fernando Smither of Pleasureville was allegedly overheard by another student at school saying, “It didn’t matter what happens” that “he had a gun in the glove box in his car outside in [the] parking lot,” according to a citation issued by Sgt. Chase Dewitt of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO).

  • Drug use led to stand-off with police

    Joseph Blanford admitted he was under the influence of drugs when he took Eminence Police officers on a wild chase through the city’s streets then pulled out a gun and shot himself.
    In Henry County Circuit Court last Thursday, Blanford pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, one count of first-degree wanton endangerment and assault fourth degree (domestic violence, minor injury). Charges of reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident were dismissed.

  • Pleasureville author pens third history book, ‘Cropper Reflections’

    “Cropper Reflections” is a collection of stories and pictures related to the small, country hamlet of Cropper, which is in the northeast corner of Shelby County, according to a news release.  Stories date back to the first settlers who came to this part of Kentucky in the 1780s.  
    These stories are illustrated by numerous photographs furnished by Cropper natives from as far back as the 1800s, the release said.  

  • Grand jury issues indictment in Odd Fellows theft

    The Henry County grand jury recently indicted a member of the Eminence Odd Fellows chapter, a 59-year-old Pleasureville man, on a charge of theft by unlawful taking.
    The indictment accuses Richard D. Rynes of the theft, alleging “he unlawfully took or exercised control over the movable property of the Odd Fellows Club, the value of the property being greater than $10,000 but less than $1,000,000.”

  • Eminence Education Foundation dinner supports classroom work
  • School lunchrooms may rustle up some local beef

    Local farmer and entrepreneur David Neville recently rewrote his recipe for his beef hot dogs to make them palatable for schools, served for the first time Feb. 28 at Henry County High and Middle.
    With the cooperation of Henry County Public Schools’ nutrition director, Sidney Rothenburger, Neville stood at the beginning of the line and encouraged high school students to try the “School Dawgs” for a taste test.
    Once they had a chance to eat, Neville floated around the cafeteria tables, asking for their reactions.

  • Opening time for 18 Main Street

    When a tractor-trailer delivered the first load of food to the new 18 Main Street in New Castle, it drew an almost immediate reaction from one neighbor.
    Even as the delivery man hauled in boxes of supplies on a dolly, parked out front because there’s no entryway in the rear of the building, Debbie Wright answered the phone for the pub-style eatery with the full bar.
    “‘Does this mean you’re serving lunch today?” she repeated the question she heard, laughing.

  • One arrested, one sought in a Feb. 26 shooting

    A Sulphur man is in custody in connection with a Feb. 26 shooting at L’Esprit in Henry County, but Kentucky State Police continue to search for another suspect who is considered armed and dangerous, according to a KSP news release.
    State police learned of the incident when dispatchers received a call from the La Grange Police Department, reporting a person being shot at on L’Esprit Parkway.

  • National Weather Service confirms a tornado struck March 1

    Examples of damage from the powerful storm March 1 cropped up all over Henry County — broken trees, a compromised power grid, an old barn dropped on a fence line, an overhang ripped off a house’s front stoop — but the damage along Jones Lane in Campbellsburg looked different to one Henry County emergency management official who was on scene.

  • County clerk, sheriff turn over excess fees to fiscal court

    Rounds of applause greeted two elected officials who turned in a combined $137,000 worth of excess fees to Henry County Fiscal Court Feb. 21.
    County Clerk Shanda Archer contributed $106,000 of the total while Sheriff Danny Cravens handed over a check for $31,000.
    Despite several unexpected challenges, such as the impending closure of the Henry County Historical Society museum where old county records had been stored and the need to store voting machines locally, Archer said her office worked with the goal of holding down expenses as much as possible.