Local News

  • News briefs for Jan. 20, 2016

    Hornback, Rand to hold town hall Jan. 25

  • Bill seeks to toughen drunk driving penalties

    Senator Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, is continuing the effort to broaden the window that allows for stronger penalties for habitual drunk drivers, according to a news release from the Legislative Research Commission.
    Senate Bill 56, which he pre-filed this summer, passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee today and is headed to the Senate floor for a vote.

  • Playin’ the Odds

    Called “the largest jackpot in world history,” by Kentucky Lottery officials, the potential $1.5 billion payoff attracted a stream of customers into Henry County businesses last week to try their luck. The big winners to split the $1.6 billion pot were from California, Tennessee and Florida. Though there were no reports of winning tickets being sold in Henry County, it wasn’t for lack of interest. Bill Patel at the Cowboys in Eminence reported steady sales of chances.

  • Drawing the line in a feminist art project

    When 37-year-old Bree restarted her life by moving to Pleasureville, she saw the opportunity to deepen her relationship with drawing and painting as a self-taught artist.
    “Once I divorced and came here, I’m surrounded by beauty — for 360 degrees, you can see the horizon,” she said. “It inspired me to see my new life here. I was recalibrated. It was a rebirth, a restart.”

  • Sex abuse charge leads to plea deal

    Citing best interests of the victim, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office accepted a plea deal in a sexual abuse case.
    William Fitzgerald faced a charge of sexual abuse after having inappropriate contact with a four-year-old child. In Henry County Circuit Court Thursday, Fitzgerald pleaded guilty to the amended charge of wanton endangerment.

  • Fiscal court drafts alcohol ordinance

    Pro-business attitudes guided the Henry County Fiscal Court members as they held a special meeting Jan. 13 to develop the local alcohol regulations.
    Economic development possibilities appeared to be the reason behind the approval of more package and beverage sales at Henry County businesses when 60 percent of voters cast ballots in favor during the special December election.

  • Keeping up with Ky.’s bills

    After the Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives were gaveled into order their first day, Kentuckians have many ways to stay connected to action throughout the 2016 legislative session, according to a Legislative Research Council news release.

  • Bill would expand Safe Infants law

    Parents who feel they can’t keep their newborn baby would have up to 30 days to leave the child at a state-approved safe place under a proposal discussed by House members, according to a news release.
     Parents or those acting on their behalf now have up to three days after a child is born to leave the newborn at a safe place under the 14-year-old Kentucky Safe Infants Act.
    They would have 27 additional days to make that decision under House Bill 97, sponsored by House Health and Welfare Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Burch, D-Louisville.

  • Mertz files for state office
  • House leader files bill to shore up KTRS

    Noting it remains the only concrete option anyone has offered, House Speaker Greg Stumbo recently filed legislation that would put the state on a path to strengthen the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System (KTRS), according to a Legistative Research Council news release.