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  • Burn ban issued

    Despite a reprieve from the oppressive heat, Henry County is under a no burn ban.

    Within the last month, most of Henry County has received less than two inches of rain with temperatures averaging in the 90s.

    Judge Executive John Logan Brent issued the ban on July 5. The order will stay in effect until the county receives sufficient rainfall. The ban for all outdoor burning includes fireworks.

  • Antiques are good, old fun

    Antique tractors don’t spit fire and smoke like their modern diesel counterparts, but for tractor pull competitors like Reuben Yount and Jimmy Hance antique tractor pulls are a time for fun with family and friends.

    “It isn’t like the old days when there wasn’t any rules at tractor pulls. The competitions weren’t exactly safe,” Yount said, “and there isn’t any drunks fighting with each other.”

  • Providing a Capstone for local food

    Capstone produce in Campbellsburg will provide local produce for the Forecastle Music Festival, which begins Friday in Louisville.

    For owner David Neville, this is another step toward bringing locally produced sustainable agriculture into the mainstream conversation.

    The festival hosts three days of art, music and activism minded attractions, which include a mission germane to Capstone produce’s role toward creating a marketplace for sustainable agriculture.

  • Stivers going to ‘start waking people up’

     “You’re probably going to start getting some calls.”

    That, Henry County Sheriff’s Department Detective Danny Stivers predicted, will happen when the HCSD starts patrolling Pleasureville at 3 and 4 a.m. In particular, he warned that angry parents, whose children are being returned to them in the wee hours of the morning, might be a little miffed.

    “After 2 a.m., if they’re under 18, we’re going to start waking people up,” Stivers told the Pleasureville City Commission.

  • Henry sending some inmates to Shelby

    The Shelby County Detention Center has been home to an average of a dozen extra inmates a day from Henry County for the past three months, Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits said.

    “They were taking them to Carroll County, but Carroll County is full, so they started bringing them here,” he said.

    Waits said he and Henry County Jailer Scott Southworth do not have a formal contract.

    “We don’t have an actual contract right now, but we do have an agreement,” he said.

  • Pendleton man chargd with the rape of a minor

    A Pendleton man has been arrested for allegedly raping and sodomizing a 13 year-old in her grandmother’s house.

    Dwayne R. Whitman, 55, of Pendleton was arrested on July 3 and charged with  1st degree rape, 1st degree sodomy and 1st degree sexual abuse with a victim under 12 years of age. The victim disclosed to authorities she had been sexually abused by Whitman from June 2011 to February 2012. Whitman was arrested after his DNA was found in the victim’s bedroom, which corroborated the girl’s account of abuse.

  • Not your average, ordinary treehouse

     Amy Shea asked her father to build something for her kids to play on.

    Ten years and more than 40 feet of wooded walkways later, the tree house her father built connects two households and more than two generations of a family. The structure is so big it can’t be properly contained in one photo.

    Randy Berry makes his living as a carpenter, but according to Shea, Berry’s selfless devotion to family built the tree house containing a pagoda, spiral staircases and over seven swing sets on it.

  • EIS gets secret donation

    A donation from an anonymous source will allow qualifying Eminence High School sophomores to take the ACT and possibly attend classes at Bellarmine University as part of the school’s mission to make its students college and career ready.

    Eminence Independent School Board Superintendent Buddy Berry confirmed Monday that an anonymous donor will give the gift of opportunity to qualifying sophomores.

  • Taylor lights a candle for others

    Savannah Taylor is a survivor.

    The 9 year-old’s positive attitude survives not from the miracle results of her newest chemotherapy treatment, but her sincere concern for others over herself.

    Taylor was diagnosed four years ago with chronic myelogenous leukemia.  A form of cancer usually found in adults, not children.  White blood cells grow at an accelerated rate in the blood and she considered a stem cell disorder in bone marrow.

  • Smithfield man killed in Oldham wreck

    By Tracy Harris

    A crash in Ballardsville Sunday evening killed the driver of a pickup truck and closed Ky. 22 for several hours.

    Darren Ellis, of Smithfield, died after his truck overturned near Payton Lane on Ky. 22.

    According to Oldham County Police spokesperson Mike Head, Ellis was headed east around 7 p.m. when his Ford F-350 failed to negotiate a turn and left the roadway.

    Ellis, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene by Oldham County Coroner Brett Donner.