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  • Take 5 Pete Raymer

    Basic bio

    Born in Middletown in 1922.

    Attended school in Smithfield and New Castle.

    WWII veteran; served in the U.S. Army’s Coastal Artillery at Miami Beach and the Philippines.

    How did you end up in Henry County?

  • Youth loves her honey money

    Emily Bratton loves her honey money.

    Craig and Shannon Bratton saw an opportunity for their daughter when a previous owner left behind a beehive.  The family now has five beehives and looks for the bees and their daughter to continue thriving.

  • Water rates to increase in New Castle

    New  Castle residents will notice a rise not just in the temperature in July, but in their water and sewer bills beginning July 15.
    The New Castle City Commission approved the second reading of the rate increase June 3. The new minimum water bill will increase from $23.72 to $26.08 per 2,000 gallons or less a month. The new water rate will apply in increments of 100 gallons or less after the minimum rate.

  • Documentary to air on KET featuring work done by conservationist Joe Guthrie

    Henry County native Joe Guthrie whose work with Carlton Ward and other conservationists attempting to raise awareness for the need to create a wildlife corridor in Florida was featured in the Henry County Local last summer will have a  documentary on the issue aired by KET Channel 68 (Insight Cable Channel 15) on at 5 p.m. June 23, and 4 p.m. June 27.
    The documentary follows the expedition that Guthrie and others took from the southern tip of Florida to the northern border with Georgia to highlight the dangers of development to Florida’s unique wildlife.

  • Splashed out: City reapplies for grant

     Henry County and Eminence residents will have to look for a water oasis somewhere other than Eminence’s Coach D Park.

    Eminence Mayor Drane Stephens announced in November that the city would receive a $42,000 match Land and Water grant for a proposed 1,050-square foot water feature to be built near the old pump house in the park.

  • Deterioration from neglect

    County cemeteries constantly face the challenges of change and perpetual care.

    Similar to  historic homes and buildings, cemeteries and tombstones, the landmarks of a family’s loved ones, can be destroyed, demolished and disappear simply by neglect.

    There are an estimated 218 cemeteries throughout Henry County including the larger city cemeteries in Campbellsburg, Eminence, Pleasureville, Port Royal and New Castle.

  • Career choice at crossroads

     Melissa Blankenship needed a change.

    Blankenship’s role as publisher of the Henry County Localrequired her to wear many hats as a general manager, reporter and editor. She never had enough time for the important things in her life. At a crossroads with her career, Blankenship made a decision after listening to the question she repeatedly asked herself.

  • Mentoring program benefits all

    Chandler Morris went through a lot growing up and wanted to make a difference.

    Morris joined the Love-A-Child mentoring program and started with one student. That soon led to more.

    “I started with a kid at Eastern Elementary and they asked me to take a second,” Morris said. “I like helping kids. I moved here two years ago not really knowing anyone. The kids brightened my Fridays.”

  • Outstanding farmer: Ryan Roberts

    Basic Bio

    Henry County High School graduate. Graduated from UofK with a degree in animal science. Works on his family’s farm — established in 1884 and recognized as a historic farm by Ky. Dept of Agriculture and Ky. Heritage Council for being in continuous ownership in same family.

    Why animal science?

    I always liked working with cattle and that fit the occupation I wanted to go in. We raise beef cattle. I own 113 acres and lease the rest from my grandmother and uncle.

  • Moore crosses another finish line

    Mckenzie Moore never let circumstance stop her.

    Moore’s childhood doctors didn’t have an optimistic outlook for her life.  Her graduation from Henry County High School last week exemplifies Moore’s determination to not let anything stop her.

    Mckenzie’s mother, Bridget Moore, said her daughter never took no for an answer.