Local News

  • Permanent shelter from the storm

    Staff writer/photographer

    On Jan. 27, 2009, snow and an ice storm left much of Henry County without heat  or power.

    Some residents were stranded in their homes until emergency personnel rescued them.

    When Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent and Department of Emergency Services coordinator Bruce Owens began to get a handle on the storm’s scope they realized an emergency shelter was needed.

  • Bayorek ‘does bad things when she gets mad’

    General Manager

    A December attempt to burn down the trailer she lived in was not the first arson charge leveled against a La Grange woman.

    Melinda L. Bayorek, 45, of La Grange, was indicted Jan. 14 by the Henry County Grand Jury on a sole count of second degree arson, a class B felony. If convicted, Bayorek could face 10-20 years in prison.

    Bayorek was charged in connection with attempting to burn down her rented trailer in Henry County on Dec. 9, 2009.

  • 32 file to run in May primary

    The filing deadline for the May 2010 primary has closed. By Tuesday morning, the following candidates filed.

    • Scott Bates, Eminence, for Magistrate District 1 as a Republican.

    • Ronnie Lee Stephens, Jr., Sulphur, Henry County Jailer as a Republican

    • Jason Stanley, Campbellsburg, Magistrate District 3 as a Democrat

    • James E. Pollard, Pleasureville, Coroner as a Democrat

    • Tammy Louden Sharp,  New Castle, Magistrate District 4 as a Democrat

  • Getting a grip on ‘Parky

    Staff writer/photographer

    Joy Hay of Turners Station is a petite blonde with a zest for life. From riding motorcycles and water skiing to completing cross stitch projects and jigsaw puzzles she just doesn’t know when to give up.

    But for Hay, not giving up can be harder than it sounds.

    Hay has Parkinson’s Syndrome, a condition that some days leaves her unable to lift her arms or even hold a fork.

    “One day you can tie your shoestrings,” she said. “The next day you can’t.”

  • Kentucky Surpreme Court denies Concerned Citizens Appeal

    The mandatory garbage fight may be over.

    The Supreme Court of Kentucky has denied an appeal filed in 2008 by the Concerned Citizens for Henry County Government, upholding a decision by the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

    Unless the Concerned Citizens group decides to pursue the case to the Supreme Court of the United States, the case has reached its end.

  • Home invasion suspect to represent self

    Staff writer/photographer

    An Indiana resident charged in connection to a May 2008 home invasion in Smithfield will assist his defense attorney and serve as co-counsel in his own trial.

    Johnny Lee Gibson, one of two men charged with the May 2, 2008, incident, is charged with first degree robbery, first degree burglary and three counts of adult kidnapping.

  • Love-A-Child needs more mentors

    General manager

    The statistics stand on their own.

    According to Jo Brewer, coordinator of the Love A Child mentoring program in Henry County, mentoring is a total benefit.

    Self esteem in children who are being mentored increases. Attendance goes up. Academics go up. Behavior problems go down. First time drug use goes down 46 percent.

  • Meth case suspect sent back to jail

    Staff writer/photographer

    One of three Henry County residents charged in August with operating an active meth lab was ordered back to jail last week.

    When Joseph Foree showed up in Henry County circuit court last Thursday for a hearing on the meth-related charges, he was immediately taken into custody. Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Nelson handcuffed Foree and led him to a seat reserved for inmates.

    Foree — on probation for a prior offense — failed to check in with his probation officer.

  • EQIP and WHIP deadlines are Jan. 29; FRPP deadline is Feb. 1

    With the new year upon us, it is important to remind landowners and farmers of the upcoming application cut-off dates for three Farm Bill programs.

    Each fiscal year, the Natural Resource Conservation Service sets dates for application and program ranking.  Although dates may vary from one program to another, landowners may sign-up at any time for all conservation programs.

  • Cull parole revoked

    Staff writer/photographer

    Almost two years after being charged in the death of his two-month-old grandson, Campbellsburg resident David Cull is heading back to prison.

    In November 2009, Cull, 52, was sentenced to five years each for the Feb. 14, 2008, reckless homicide of his grandson, Xavian Cull, and for tampering with physical evidence. The sentences were to be served concurrently.