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  • Court asked to take a stand against drugs

    Making a $23,000 unexpected excess funds payment to Henry County Fiscal Court Jan. 17, Sheriff Danny Cravens immediately asked the magistrates to use that money in the fight against illegal drugs.
    Speaking at the fiscal court’s regular January meeting, Cravens segued from a report summing up the Henry County Sheriff’s Office activity in 2016 — dispatched 3,142 times through the Kentucky State Police Post 5 and received 931 requests for assistance from the public — to a need for extra resources to combat illegal drug activity.  

  • Oldham to host ‘Dark Highway’ author

    To this day, no one knows exactly what happened on a lonely, dark road in Henry County on the night of Nov. 6, 1936.
    The result was the untimely death of Verna Garr Taylor, a beautiful widow. The main suspect was her fiancé, Kentucky politician and Brigadier General Henry Denhardt. This tragic story still resonates with audiences today and has been recently written about in a book entitled, “Dark Highway.”

  • Fire departments converge on Batts Lane fire
  • EIS kindergarten bulks up equipment with video contest win

    Jennifer McMillan’s kindergarten class at Eminence Elementary School will have new ways to “get their wiggles out” after winning $1,000 from a fitness-themed contest sponsored by Lexington-based Laura’s Lean Beef.
    Part of the Meyer Natural Foods family of natural and organic brands, company officials launched the “Laura’s in Motion” on National Child Health Day last October, opening the submission of videos to schools across the country.

  • KSP captures alleged carjacker

    A carjacking suspect allegedly tried to elude the Kentucky State Police on Interstate 71 Thursday morning, but ended up in a ditch near the Henry-Oldham county line, according to a KSP news release.
    The incident began at 8:28 a.m. when a trooper saw a silver Honda Accord traveling at a high rate of speed south on I-71 at the 42 mile marker, according to information provided by Trooper Josh Lawson, a spokesman for KSP Post 5 at Campbellsburg.
    The trooper chased and attempted to stop the vehicle.

  • Defense attorney asks court to throw out Heitzman’s indictment

    Based on a statement made during a presentation of his charges to a Henry County Grand Jury, the attorney for Robert R. Heitzman has filed a motion to dismiss his indictment.
    Heitzman was indicted in January 2016 on a single charge of first-degree rape with a victim under the age of 12. The charge stemmed from an allegation that Heitzman, now 60 years old, had raped a relative whose date of birth was Oct. 14, 1968, in the late 1970s when he was 19 or in his early 20s.

  • Ellis gets 12 years

    In pleading guilty to two crimes in Henry County Circuit Court Thursday, Curtis E. Ellis will serve 12 years in jail.
    Ellis, 30 of Pleasureville, was originally charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000, first-degree criminal abuse of a child under the age of 12 and persistent felony offender.

  • Geologist digs jewelry hobby

    Before her retirement, Wendy Thornton used to put her knowledge of geography and geology toward tasks like creating maps for the military or compiling information about building new roads in Bernheim Forest.
    Now in retirement, the Eminence resident enjoys making jewelry out of the rocks she’s collected over the years.

  • Artful Imagination

    A fourth-grader at Campbellsburg Elementary not only knows to keep her teeth strong through a healthy diet, she also won a nationwide recognition in a dental hygiene-themed contest.
    Audrey Hayes, a 9-year-old who has been a gifted and talented student in art since kindergarten, won a $500 prize for herself and $500 for school art supplies through the Colgate Bright Smiles Contest.
    Humanities teacher Jessica Page encouraged visual arts students to draw ways to keep teeth healthy last school year, and Audrey’s offering was particularly imaginative.

  • Speed, alcohol factors in Ky. 55 crash

    A single-vehicle wreck on South Main Street just north of Mulberry Street early Jan. 13 tangled up traffic in cable and downed telephone poles for hours, according to Eminence Police Chief Kevin Kemper.
    Before it came to a rest in the 2 a.m. crash, the 2014 Nissan Rogue, which belongs to Laura Steele of Frankfort, took out three of the utility poles and one fire hydrant.