Local News

  • Welty joins UCB

    William Joseph Welty Sr., has joined United Citizens Bank as a new director. Welty, a Carrollton resident, was raised in Trimble County where he also attended high school. He also attended Georgetown College.

    Previously, he was the owner of Welty Enterprise Inc., worked at Rotary Lift, served in the U.S. Army reserves, and owned apartments, a restaurant and a donut shop.

  • At 10, James has a passion for riding horses

    Staff Writer/Photographer

    When Makayla James was last in the newspaper, she was  five years old, and sitting on a fully grown horse. That was five years ago.

    Now she’s in double-digits for her age and triple digits when it comes to ribbons, belts and trophies for her riding skills.

    “I’ll bet if I got rid of one out of 100, she’d know,” mother Linda James said.

    She said Makayla was born prematurely and had special needs.

  • New Castle Main Street offering facade grants

    Staff writer/photographer

    It’s been said that you only get one chance to make a first impression.

    In a nod to that adage, New Castle’s Main Street program will offer downtown businesses a chance to improve their buildings and storefronts.

    Main Street manager Jeff Thoke said commercial property owners within the Main Street commercial district may apply by May 31 for grants of up to $1,000.

    Businesses who rent property within the district also may apply with the owner’s written consent.

  • All calm on the P’ville front

    General Manager

    As Pleasureville City Commissioners read the city’s financial report and minutes of their last meeting, the meeting room was silent save for the hum of the fluorescent lights overhead and the turning of report pages.

    The tone of Monday night’s meeting was a marked change from March, when the meeting devolved into a scene that commissioners, and residents, found embarrassing. Many of those who spoke loudest and most fervently in March were not present Monday night.

  • Lawmakers shore up teacher retirement

    Kentucky News Content Service

    Kentucky teachers can rest a little easier now, knowing their retirement is secure.

    On April 1, House Bill 540 relating to the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System was passed in the General Assembly and delivered to Gov. Steve Beshear to sign.

    The bill will change how the retirement system is funded, said Beau Barnes, deputy executive secretary of operations for KTRS.

  • County gets $500k grant for new health department

    General Manager

    Thanks to a grant, work on a new Henry County Health Department could begin within six months.

    During the March meeting of the Henry County Fiscal Court, Judge-Executive John Logan Brent announced the county had received a $500,000 grant for a new facility.

    Once designs are approved and bid, the new health department could be double the size of the existing building in New Castle.

  • 17 apply for EIS superintendent

    Staff Writer/Photographer

    Eminence Independent Schools could soon hire a permanent superintendent.

    The screening committee held their first meeting on Monday, March 30.

    Kentucky School Board Association Superintendent Search Consultant Mike Oder said 17 educators applied for the position, including 14 Kentuckians and candidates from Indiana, Ohio and Arizona.

    “That is a very good number,” he said.

    Oder said the committee is set up to represent the community’s interests in the search.

  • Gratz bank robbed at gunpoint

    An investigation is underway, led by the Kentucky State Police, after two men robbed the First Farmer’s Bank in Gratz.

    According to a press release, the Kentucky State Police received a call at 11:46 a.m. Saturday reporting  two male subjects with hand guns had entered the bank demanding cash.

    The two left with an undisclosed amount of money.

    According to Kentucky State Police Post 5 Public Affairs Officer Trooper Michael Webb, one of the men wore a ski mask and hoodie, the other a blond wig with a bandanna tied around it.

  • Pendleton woman killed in Oldham wreck

    Police are investigating the cause of a fatal motorcycle crash Saturday evening in Westport.

    The driver, Edward Scott Weeks, 46, and passenger, Jeanette Weeks, 43, both of Pendleton, crashed about 7 p.m. while traveling eastbound on Ky. 524.

    Jeanette Weeks died at the scene. Stoess Funeral Home in Crestwood is handling arrangements, and services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 1, at La Grange Assembly of God.

    Edward Weeks suffered minor injuries.

    Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Oldham County Police at 222-1300.

  • Manslaughter charge in I-71 fatality

    Staff Writer/Photographer

    A Carrollton man has been charged with second degree manslaughter after leaving the scene of an accident late Sunday night.

    Esteban Valasquez, 25, allegedly was driving a 2002 Ford Explorer south on I-71 when he lost control and hit a pillar supporting an overpass at mile-marker 34.

    Kentucky State Police believe that alcohol was a contributing factor, and Valasquez was charged with driving under the influence. Results of a blood alcohol test were not available at press time.