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  • 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.

  • The Greatest Generation

    Henry County residents will have the opportunity to thank World War II veterans at the New Castle Spring Fling Festival in June.

    About 12 WWII veterans will be take part in a parade on June 8 honoring them for their service and sacrifice with a meet and greet accompanied by a collection of WWII memorabilia.

    “This is a chance for residents to come out and say thank you, if nothing else,” said Jeff Thoke, New Castle Main Street Manager. “These guys have some amazing stories and a huge part of history still living here in the area.”

  • Take 5 with Martin Washburn

    Basc Bio

    Henry County High School Graduate

    25 years at Safety Kleen

    Pleasureville Fire Chief since 2002

    Deputy Director of Emergency Management

    Why did you want to be fire chief?

  • FDs to vie for $8k grant

    Rather than the $5 deed fee increase they had requested, fire departments in Henry County will split about $16,000 annually.

    In April, the court considered the request along with three scenarios presented by Judge-Executive John Logan Brent. Among those proposals was an option that would create two $8,000 grants.

    The court voted last week to go with that option in a 3-3 vote, with Brent breaking the tie. Magistrates Scott Bates, Roger Hartlage and Nick Hawkins voted against the proposal.

  • Outstanding Educator — HCPS: Paula Petree

    By Brad Bowman


    The Henry County Chamber of Commerce honored Paula Petree as an outstanding educator for Henry County Public Schools.

    Basic Bio

    Lived in Henry County since age 11.  Graduated  from Henry County High School and Cumberland College (now University of the Cumberlands).  

  • ‘I gave him two $5s’

    A man broke into a New Castle home Thursday night, robbing the resident at gunpoint before fleeing on foot.

    Nancy Clark said by the time she heard the sound of her back door getting kicked in on La Grange Road in New Castle, the unidentified man was in front of her.

    “I was just sitting in my living room and heard this big bang,” Clark said. “By the time I heard he was right here in front of me.”