Local News

  • Local road projects in Bevin’s plans

    Despite $1 billion less in state road funds to work with, Gov. Matt Bevin’s 2016-2022 Recommended Highway Plan contains millions in funding for transportation projects in Henry County.
    Bevin submitted his first six-year road plan to the General Assembly, promising to use the $6 billion in state and federal funds “to address the critical transportation needs” across Kentucky.

  • Soldier, Teacher, Preacher

    Despite being born a slave in Shelby County, Elijah Marrs learned to read and write and left a record of his time as a Civil War soldier, an educator and a minister, with the ordination of the influential black leader occurring in New Castle.

  • Butcher in high demand

    Trackside Butcher Shoppe opened in the second week of deer season and processed 70 animals that hunters brought in, according to co-owner Chris Wright. Then, the nearly $1 million, 6,000-square-foot facility went straight into livestock processing.

  • Park hired to oversee constituent services

    After the election of Matt Bevin to the Kentucky governor’s office, an Eminence man also occupies a new office at the state capital.
    Known to many as the chairman of the Henry County Republican Party and the secretary for the GOP 4th District region, Jon Park recently became the executive director of constituent services, working for the new state administration. He now makes the 45-minute drive to work every day, but the commute east on Interstate 64 doesn’t bother him.

  • Frankfort’s focus

    When Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, and Rep. Rick Rand, D-Bedford, updated local officials and citizens Monday on the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly session, the state budget and possibilities for fixing the underfunded retirement system unavoidably came up.
    In fact, the financial condition of the retirement system dominated the conversation with the 15 or so local officials and constituents who attended the talk in the judge-executive conference room.

  • Pleasureville councilor seeks state office

    A 29-year-old Pleasureville man would like to add a new position to his 11-year record of public service — District 47th Kentucky House representative.
    Already elected to the Pleasureville City Council, Shawn Mertz believes a place in Kentucky’s legislative body would allow him to do more for the constituents in the region, if elected.

  • Fiscal won't expand Sunday alcohol sales

    Despite some initial discomfort treating restaurants and stores that sell alcohol differently on Sunday sales, Henry County Fiscal Court decided Jan. 19 not to extend local permission for “carryout” in a split vote.
    This differed from an attitude expressed at a special meeting Jan. 13, where the magistrates developed the outline on the alcohol sales ordinance. Getting the initial outline done at the special meeting allowed the magistrates to hold a first reading at their regular meeting.

  • Rural health grant to provide services to Henry

    The Institute for Sustainable Health and Optimal Aging at the University of Louisville, now in just its 15th month of operation, has garnered a major grant to further efforts to bring health care to rural and medically underserved Kentuckians, according to a news release.
     The Health Resources and Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $2.55 million to institute researchers to create the Kentucky Rural and Underserved Geriatric Interprofessional Program (KRUGIEP).

  • Leslie’s Pub opens

    Leslie’s Pub, which offers Smoke Doctors barbecue and a place for family dining the evening hours in New Castle, celebrated its official grand opening with a ribbon cutting Jan. 19. Local officials such as New Castle Mayor Denny Benham joined owners Janet and Bobby King for the grand opening of the new business on South Main Street.

  • Early voting bill under consideration

    House Bill 290, legislation that would allow all Kentucky voters to cast ballots early in-person without an excuse, was filed recently by its sponsor, Rep. Reginald Meeks of Louisville, according to a news release from Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Grimes.