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  • Animal rescue volunteers feel a calling to help

    “Dan and his staff... have made a bad situation as good as it could be,” Magistrate Roger Hartlage told the Fiscal Court on Dec. 20. “The working ethic these guys put out is second to none. They did not stop, and will not stop, until it’s done. I commend you for that.”

    Nobody knew just how big a task faced them at 25 Allyson Lane.

    But on Monday, Dec. 12, Henry County Animal Control Officer Dan Flinkfelt marshaled a few regular volunteers to assist in what one said was a big raid.

  • In recovery: Rescued dogs on the mend

    The 240 animals confiscated Dec. 12 from a puppy mill/hoarding situation on Allyson Lane in rural Campbellsburg have all found refuge with foster homes, veterinarians and animal rescue groups in the region, according to Henry County Animal Control Officer Dan Flinkfelt.

    So far, the majority of the animals have survived. Two cats that were removed from the property died in transit; one was euthanized after it tested positive for feline leukemia, a deadly, incurable and highly contagious disease.

  • Second-round shelter bids rejected

    Henry and Trimble County officials working together to build a new animal shelter were unpleasantly surprised Thursday, Dec. 15, when a second round of bids for the project came in at least $100,000 higher than the amount the counties have budgeted.

    The counties hope to build the 2,100-square-foot, cement block structure for $250,000 on land donated to Trimble County by Republic Services, owners of the Valley View Landfill.

  • Home for the Holidays

    While the Henry County Animal Shelter has been dealing with finding rescues and foster homes for the 240 animals confiscated from an alleged puppy mill in Campbellsburg last week, Animal Control Officer Dan Flinkfelt wants to remind area residents that he and his staff are still handling the routine tasks of running the facility.

    “We’re still spaying and neutering, and still doing everything we need to do” to operate the shelter, as well as going out on calls, as well as dealing with the overwhelming number of animals that were confiscated.

  • County jobless rate drops below 8% for second month this year

    Unemployment rates fell in 99 Kentucky counties between October 2010 and October 2011, while 20 county rates increased and one county remained the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.  
    Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 6.4 percent.

  • Public record for the week of Dec. 21

    Marriages

    • Mona L. Flora, 40, Pleasureville, to, Bobby C. Roberts, 36, Pleasureville.
    • Bryley M. Stevens, 25, Pendleton, to Jonathan B. Johnson, 26, Pendleton.

    Divorces

    • Timothy Emerson, 49, Turners Station, and Cynthia A. Berry, 53, Turners Station.

    Property Transfers

  • Illinois animal welfare laws considered the best

    Illinois topped the list of states with the most comprehensive and strongest animal abuse laws in the country, with Maine, Michigan, Oregon and California rounding out the top five.

    According to the 2011 U.S. Animal Protection Laws Rankings, compiled by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Illinois laws do more than the laws in any other state. Kentucky is ranked 50th, sharing the “Worst Five” ranking with South Dakota, Iowa, Idaho and North Dakota.

  • Countywide moist vote passes 2-1

    By a 2-to-1 margin, Henry County, and New Castle voters spoke out last week: Alcohol by the drink will be allowed.

    But there are limitations; the question on both ballots was narrow. Alcohol by the drink will be allowed only with a meal, and will be limited to restaurants with seating for 50 or more.

  • Puppy mill raid shines light on relaxed laws

    After a six-month investigation of an alleged puppy mill operated by Terri and Kenneth Smith at 25 Allison Lane in rural Campbellsburg, the couple face 218 counts each of second-degree animal cruelty.
    Second-degree animal cruelty is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison and $500 fine.

  • Public, HCPL staff want same things

    Judging from comments made during a brainstorming session Nov. 3, the public and Henry County Public Library staff are on the same page, in terms of what amenities are wanted in a new library facility.

    “A lot of things we’ve discussed as a staff were brought up” during the public meeting, which drew about 20 county residents, library Director Joe Schweiss said last week.

    The library board of directors is in the early stages of planning and is negotiating for a 3-acre lot in Eminence, where it hopes to build a new 14,000-square-foot facility.