Local News

  • Survey ranks HC 41st

    Henry County is the 41st healthiest county in Kentucky, according to a recent study.

    For the first time, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Project/University of Wisconsin has assigned a health ranking to every county in the United States.

    Counties are compared to all other counties within a state to come up with the rankings. According to the study’s data, Henry County ranks 41st among Kentucky’s 120 counties.

  • State, county may replace mailboxes

    General Manager

    For some county residents, it’s as much a frustration as the snow itself.

    As the snow clears, they discover that their mailbox is no longer there, seemingly knocked off or otherwise damaged by a snow plow.

  • Tornado Drill

    At 10:07 a.m. Tuesday, March 2 the National Weather Service will conduct its 2010 tornado drill throughout Kentucky.

    Henry County Emergency Management services will participate by conducting drills in all county schools as well as factories and businesses.

    HCEM also is offering public awareness presentations about storm preparedness to nursing homes, schools and other agencies on request.

    For more information, contact manager Bruce Owens at 845-4916.

  • Court drops, reduces charges against grandma

    Staff writer/photographer

    The charges against a woman who was charged in the death of her infant grandson have been changed.

    Commonwealth’s Attorney William Crowley moved to amend charges against Donna Cull Simpson in last week’s Henry County Circuit Court.

    Simpson was charged, along with ex-husband David Cull, with reckless homicide and tampering with physical evidence in the Feb. 14, 2008, death of the couple’s two-month old grandson.

  • A dream come true

    Staff writer/photographer

    Trey Hernandez is young for a senior at 17 years.

    Height and weight-wise, the Eminence High School senior doesn’t measure up to the big men on campus either, but his grit and determination make Hernandez a young man to watch.

    When Hernandez was nine, his family vacationed on Key West. That’s where he first saw an F-15 fighter plane, and a dream to fly military planes began to take shape.

  • If it’s got a computer, he can fix it

    Staff writer/photographer

    Henry County Public Schools proudly boasts their own one-man geek squad.

    As Information Technology Specialist Larry Jesse said he fixes anything in the district that has a computer in it.

    “I’m fixing cable TV, telephone services, e-mail and internet,” he said. “and end up fixing the HVAC.”

    HCPS Chief Information Officer Nikkol Bauer said he services all HCPS schools.

  • I-71 chase ends in Lake Jericho

    General Manager

    A Smithfield man is in jail after leading Kentucky State Police on a chase through the Lake Jericho area.

    Robert Lee VanPatten, 47, Smithfield, was arrested Saturday afternoon after allegedly attempting to evade KSP Trooper Jermaine Kilgore.

    Kilgore attempted to stop VanPatten on I-71, on the northbound side, for an expired registration plate. But the vehicle, a mini-van, sped up, and left the interstate at exit 28.

  • Relay for Life Kickoff set for Feb. 23

    The Henry County Relay For Life Kick Off 2010 is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at the Henry County Fairgrounds 4H Building at 7 p.m. This years featured guest speaker will be Pastor Michael R. Duncan. When a dear friend and member of his church was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, Michael Duncan committed to raising money in the fight against cancer for the Church’s Relay Team. He was the top individual fund raiser for 2009 with a grand total of $2,003.02! Michael R.

  • More snow + more wind = big drifts

    Call it the winter that just won’t go away.

    What began as a manageable few inches last week causing a few minor problems turned into a pavement eating monster Monday and Tuesday.

    Glen Baxter, Henry County Road Department Supervisor, said Tuesday afternoon that crews saw snow drifts as high as seven feet in some places.

    Monday’s storm dropped six inches of snow on the ground, and constant winds whipped the powder into a frenzy all day, and night, long.

  • He could fix Anything

    Staff writer/photographer

    George Armstrong Sr., was known in Henry County as the man who could fix anything.

    Born March 9, 1907, the mechanically inclined Armstrong attended the King Street School in Eminence. The all black school housed elementary school through tenth-grade students.

    As a young man he apprenticed under Paul Land at an Eminence repair shop and worked with Land several years.

    By 1939, though, he was determined to go out on his own and opened Armstrong’s Garage and Repair on King Street.