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Local News

  • Frankfort’s focus

    When Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, and Rep. Rick Rand, D-Bedford, updated local officials and citizens Monday on the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly session, the state budget and possibilities for fixing the underfunded retirement system unavoidably came up.
    In fact, the financial condition of the retirement system dominated the conversation with the 15 or so local officials and constituents who attended the talk in the judge-executive conference room.

  • Pleasureville councilor seeks state office

    A 29-year-old Pleasureville man would like to add a new position to his 11-year record of public service — District 47th Kentucky House representative.
    Already elected to the Pleasureville City Council, Shawn Mertz believes a place in Kentucky’s legislative body would allow him to do more for the constituents in the region, if elected.

  • Fiscal won't expand Sunday alcohol sales

    Despite some initial discomfort treating restaurants and stores that sell alcohol differently on Sunday sales, Henry County Fiscal Court decided Jan. 19 not to extend local permission for “carryout” in a split vote.
    This differed from an attitude expressed at a special meeting Jan. 13, where the magistrates developed the outline on the alcohol sales ordinance. Getting the initial outline done at the special meeting allowed the magistrates to hold a first reading at their regular meeting.

  • Rural health grant to provide services to Henry

    The Institute for Sustainable Health and Optimal Aging at the University of Louisville, now in just its 15th month of operation, has garnered a major grant to further efforts to bring health care to rural and medically underserved Kentuckians, according to a news release.
     The Health Resources and Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $2.55 million to institute researchers to create the Kentucky Rural and Underserved Geriatric Interprofessional Program (KRUGIEP).

  • Leslie’s Pub opens

    Leslie’s Pub, which offers Smoke Doctors barbecue and a place for family dining the evening hours in New Castle, celebrated its official grand opening with a ribbon cutting Jan. 19. Local officials such as New Castle Mayor Denny Benham joined owners Janet and Bobby King for the grand opening of the new business on South Main Street.

  • Early voting bill under consideration

    House Bill 290, legislation that would allow all Kentucky voters to cast ballots early in-person without an excuse, was filed recently by its sponsor, Rep. Reginald Meeks of Louisville, according to a news release from Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Grimes.

  • News briefs for Jan. 20, 2016

    Hornback, Rand to hold town hall Jan. 25

  • Bill seeks to toughen drunk driving penalties

    Senator Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, is continuing the effort to broaden the window that allows for stronger penalties for habitual drunk drivers, according to a news release from the Legislative Research Commission.
    Senate Bill 56, which he pre-filed this summer, passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee today and is headed to the Senate floor for a vote.

  • Playin’ the Odds

    Called “the largest jackpot in world history,” by Kentucky Lottery officials, the potential $1.5 billion payoff attracted a stream of customers into Henry County businesses last week to try their luck. The big winners to split the $1.6 billion pot were from California, Tennessee and Florida. Though there were no reports of winning tickets being sold in Henry County, it wasn’t for lack of interest. Bill Patel at the Cowboys in Eminence reported steady sales of chances.

  • Drawing the line in a feminist art project

    When 37-year-old Bree restarted her life by moving to Pleasureville, she saw the opportunity to deepen her relationship with drawing and painting as a self-taught artist.
    “Once I divorced and came here, I’m surrounded by beauty — for 360 degrees, you can see the horizon,” she said. “It inspired me to see my new life here. I was recalibrated. It was a rebirth, a restart.”