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  • Unemployment rates up in half of state

    Unemployment rates rose in 60 Kentucky counties between March 2012 and March 2013, while 54 county rates decreased and six stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
    Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 6.1 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 6.5 percent; Fayette County, 6.6 percent; Daviess, Franklin and Madison counties, 6.9 percent each; Ohio, Scott and Shelby counties, 7 percent each; and Hancock County, 7.1 percent.

  • Man charged in machete attack

    A Pleasureville man has been charged with an alleged machete-attack.

    Donald Austin Broughton, 26, was arrested Thursday, May 9, by Kentucky State Police with the help of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in connection with the assault of a Bethlehem man.

    KSP Det. Tim Moore and Deputy U.S. Marshal Jim Mitchell found Broughton at his brother’s house in Shelby County.

  • ACT glitch delays testing

    School districts throughout the state changed their year-end testing schedules last week after an online glitch prevented students from completing tests.

    Nancy Rodriguez, spokeswoman for Kentucky Department of Education, said students across the state will finish with paper and pencil.

    “Tuesday and Wednesday several districts reported they were having problems,” Rodriquez said. “The vendor notified us that the problem would be corrected but by Friday we were told that wouldn’t be the case.”

  • Gov. orders Medicaid expansion

    Thousands of Henry Countians will have access to health coverage beginning in 2014, when the Commonwealth expands Medicaid as directed by Governor Steve Behsear.

    Beshear announced last week that he would expand the Medicaid health program for 308,000 Kentuckians in concert with the Affordable Care Act. The expansion will create an estimated 17,000 new jobs, $15.6 billion positive economic impact on the state.

  • Sheep attacked by dogs

    A pack of dogs attacked a Henry County couple’s sheep herd May 4, killing seven.

    Adriana Plum received a call from her husband Saturday after he witnessed a pack of dogs attack sheep near their home and farm on Jackson Road. Plum said the dogs traveled in a pack frequenting an open field near their farm.

  • Commerce Park is ready for business

    The Henry County Commerce Park located near Campbellsburg exhibits the long process from a shovel-ready site to marketability and economic development.

    The park site encompasses 60 acres purchased in 2003 with reclaimed Community Development Block Grant money that Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent said Henry County Fiscal Court initially loaned to the company Electro Wire.

    After loan repayment, the county could reuse the money for economic development.

  • Boot camp takes sustainability into the kitchen

    The James Beard Foundation hosted a chef boot camp in Louisville this week focusing on regional food systems and taking the sustainability issue into the kitchen where Henry County farmers’ products matters most.

    Two Louisville chefs, Kathy Cary of Lilly’s and Levon Wallace of Proof on Main will join a dozen other chefs from across the nation to participate in the boot camp.

  • Lawrenceburg couple charged with endangerment in hoarding case

    Landmark News Service

    Two people are now behind bars after police found them and their 2-year-old child living in a home filled with animal and human feces, and garbage reportedly piled several feet high throughout.

    Michael W. Hutchens, 24, and Anna G. Mauer, 24, both of 104 Beth Drive, Lawrenceburg, were each charged with one count of second-degree wanton endangerment.

    They are both currently lodged in the Shelby County Detention Center and are likely to be arraigned by video Monday morning in Anderson Circuit Court.

  • DNA tests show latest Waddy attacker is a dog

    A DNA test of a sample of saliva from a mutilated calf killed April 17 in Waddy – the latest in a long string of animal maulings – has narrowed down the species of the killer to a dog.

    “It is definitely a domestic dog,” Animal Control Supervisor Rusty Newton said.

    However, Newton said the test was not sophisticated enough to identify a specific breed of dog.

  • KSP holding training session at HCHS Saturday

    The Kentucky State Police Post 5 and Henry County Sheriff’s Office will hold a joint active shooter training session Saturday, May 11, at the Henry County High School.  

    The training is designed to improve law enforcement’s response to school shootings.