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  • Smithfield man charged w/ murder

    A Smithfield man has been charged with murdering his brother-in-law over a property dispute Saturday afternoon.

    Kentucky State Police arrested James Fowler, 57, of Smithfield, after determining that a dispute over a property line allegedly led Fowler to shoot Nick Biblehauser in the head with a handgun.

    Biblehauser, the brother of Fowler’s wife, was declared dead at the scene by assistant Henry County Coroner Mike Paris.

    Troopers found  Bibelhauser, 61, of Smithfield dead from a gunshot wound to the head.

  • Portrait artist to do Coach D mural

    Clint Hedges loves doing portrait art.

    Unlike a landscape piece where a tree can be a few inches off from its original spot, a portrait of a grandmother’s face must be exact or Hedges feels like he hasn’t given his client their money’s worth.

    The eyes and nose must be spaced exactly to her true features or the whole picture is off. Hedges loves that kind of challenge.

  • ‘Small Voices’

     

     

    Sexual abuse cases make up 70 percent of Kentucky State Police Post 5 detectives’ caseload. Most of those may never be prosecuted.

    KSP Sergeant Todd Harwood almost guarantees that a new case lands on a detectives’ desks at least once a week.

    On the detectives’ assignment board there are more cases of sexual abuse, rape and sodomy than any other investigation.

  • With closure, city will lose historic buildings

    Three more buildings along East Broadway may soon join the demolished history of Eminence’s past.

    Eminence City Council read the final ordinance last week to close the Browning’s Lane alley. Eminence Mayor Drane Stephens said all the property owners with butting access and easements along Browning Lane had to verbally agree to a consent to sell to CVS. According to Stephens, the remaining buildings would be cleared for construction.

  • 19th century lynch mob justice

    The Henry and Owen County and Kentucky River Marauders terrorized residents in Owen and Henry County for a reported 16 years before a lynch mob took justice into their own hands and four suspects from New Castle Jail.

  • 1837: 100 acres purchased for 6¢/acre

    200 Years Ago

    On Sept. 10, Jacob Admire posted a bond to secure a license to marry Sara Heaton, daughter of William Heaton.  The marriage ceremony, officiated by William Dawkins, was held on the same day.

    After posting a bond for a marriage license on Aug. 31,  Taliaferro Duncan wed Polly Smith on Sept. 3.  Isaac Malin, a Baptist Minister, performed the ceremony. 

    175 Years Ago

  • Magistrates to cut $150k from budget

    Henry County property taxes will not increase this year, but the magistrates who voted to leave property taxes flat will begin meeting to look at how they might slice a little more out of the county budget.

    “We had a good run of eight years in the black and built our funds up to over $2 million,” Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent told the magistrates last week. “Then we were down a little in 2011, but nothing that I think was too concerning… but last year, we had a tough year, down over $500,000.”

  • Animal shelter gets 501c3 status

    The Henry County Animal Shelter in collaboration with the Humane Society worked to make part of the shelter a nonprofit agency. The shelter and residents will soon offer more services at lower costs.

    Henry County Animal Control Officer Dan Flinkfelt will sit down with Pam Rogers from the Humane Society to do the necessary paperwork for the shelter. With less than year into the new shelter, progress continues by unleashed leaps and bounds.

  • Beshear, Vilsack issue disaster declaration

    More than half of the nation’s farms continue to experience low yielding soybean and corn crops due to the drought.

    With approximately 116 of the state’s 120 counties classified as drought disaster areas, Henry County farmers are eligible to receive drought relief as a contiguous county to primary disaster designated counties following Governor Steve Beshear’s announcement last week that U.S. Agriculture Secrectary Tom Vilsack added more disaster areas.

  • A good thrashin’