Local News

  • Murder case stalls pending DNA testing results

    In Trimble County Circuit Court last Thursday, the cases of five individuals accused in the murder of a La Grange woman were continued pending DNA results.
    John Downey, of New Castle, is charged with murder, abuse of a corpse, first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence. Bobby Long, also of New Castle, faces charges of murder and abuse of a corpse. Joshua Sparkman, of Campbellsburg, is charged with first-degree assault.

  • These new Kentucky laws are now in effect

    New laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2016 regular session went into effect on July 15, according to a news release from the Legislative Research Commission.

  • Local foods featured at Harvest Showcase

    By Jesse Harp

    Farm-fresh produce, interactive workshops and live entertainment can be found at the 17th annual Harvest Showcase at the Henry County fairgrounds on Saturday July 30. The event strives to support local farmers and shed a light on agricultural resources that can be found all throughout the community.
    “It’s really about celebrating and ‘ag-vocating’ our rural community,” Harvest Showcase spokesman Jakob Beckley said, with a play on the word “advocating.”

  • Hagan pleads to lesser charges

    Charles Thomas Hagan, who faced four felony counts of sexual abuse stemming from an incident in 2014, pleaded guilty to lesser charges in Trimble County Circuit Court last Thursday.
    Having moved his case from Henry to Trimble County in order to beat the impending deadline of a July 26 jury trial, Henry County Circuit Court Judge Karen Conrad accepted Hagan’s guilty plea to four counts of sexual abuse, second degree, which are Class A misdemeanor charges.
    Original charges against Hagan were classified at the Class D felony level, sexual abuse in the first degree.

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  • Coffee makes EIS history as first assistant superintendent

    Eminence Independent Schools don’t shy away from making history and this upcoming school year is no exception.
    Not only will the school be debuting its largest renovation project ever in the Edhub, students, parents and staff will be introduced to the district’s first assistant superintendent, although many will already know him.
    Thom Coffee, who previously served the district as the instructional supervisor, will now take on additional responsibilities and fill a role made necessary by exponential growth and changing needs for administrative support, said EIS Superintendent Buddy Berry.

  • Blanford arrested for confrontation

    An Eminence man who shot himself in the chest during a confrontation with police July 12 now faces criminal charges, according to information from the Eminence Police Department.
    Chief Kevin Kemper, Officer Phillip Parham and a Kentucky State Police trooper responded to a call from an Eminence woman who reported her husband was “acting out,” as well as a second report of an aggressive driver nearly running another vehicle off the road on Main Street.

  • Eminence police investigates two shootings

    Eminence Police Department officers continue to investigate two recent shootings, according to police reports. In a July 12 incident, an Eminence man was hospitalized with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.
    At approximately 6:48 p.m., Chief Kevin Kemper responded to a call from a woman who reported “her husband had taken too much medication and was acting out,” according to Officer John Bailey, who is investigating the incident.
    At the time, she was in a blue, four-door passenger vehicle that her husband was driving.

  • Hats Off Day offers free entry to the Horse Park event and activities

    The 14th annual Hats Off to Kentucky’s Horse Industry Day – featuring free, family-friendly events designed to celebrate the horse – is Saturday, July 30, from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, according to a news release.
    The 2016 Hats Off Day theme is “Horses in Hollywood” and features a red carpet walk for costumed horses as well as look-alikes mimicking famous horses such as Seabiscuit.

  • More campers attend Sheriffs’ Ranch

    Henry County campers in attendance from July 17 to 22 at the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Boys and Girls Ranch included Chelsey Richie and Elizabeth Nichols.  Also pictured are Henry County Sheriff Danny Cravens and daughter Macey, who transported the campers, and Ranch Head Counselor Kayla Mayfield.