Local News

  • Communities gearing up to light up

    Staff writer/photographer

    Henry County communities soon will have visions of sugar plums, melodious Christmas music and breakfasts with a certain jolly old elf.

    Smithfield council member Saundra Smith said Smithfield will throw the switch on its Celebration of Lights Nov. 30.

    Lights, garlands and wreaths will twinkle on lamp posts and greenery throughout the village.

  • He’s a traveling man

    Staff writer/photographer

    Ballard Metcalfe is going places.

    The Eminence High School senior, who also is enrolled at Western Kentucky University’s Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, was photographed recently in front of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

    Reportedly, he was cool as a cucumber as he delivered an address to the National Energy Board — a 50-member panel of legislators, policy advocates and business leaders. The topic was greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Pleasureville man arrested

    Staff writer/photographer

    A 25-year-old Pleasureville man was arrested Friday, Nov. 13, and charged with rape and sodomy.

    Ira Simpson is charged with three counts of second degree rape and one count of second degree sodomy. He is being held in the Carroll County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.

  • McAlister indicted on 14 counts

    General Manager

    A Henry County Deputy Jailer arrested in September on sodomy charges has been indicted.

    Anthony L. McAlister, 47, of New Castle was arrested in late September on nine charges stemming from abuse officials say took place from 1987 to 1995.

    Last week, the Henry County Grand Jury indicted McAlister on six counts of first degree sodomy, with a victim under the age of 12, a class A felony, and eight counts of class B first degree sodomy.

  • Pleasureville considering revised property ordinance

    General Manager

    Pleasureville soon will amend its property maintenance ordinance to give the city more bite when it comes to enforcement.

    City Attorney Bill Brammell presented the Pleasureville City Commission with two options, both of which ultimately end in district court.

    The first option, he said, would involve citations that would go straight to district court. That option, he said, involved the least amount of manpower for the city.

  • Eminence man arrested for copper theft

    General Manager

    An Eminence man has been arrested in connection to the theft of more than 2.5 tons of copper wire in Smithfield.

    John Brandon Thomas, 22, of Eminence, was arrested by Henry County Sheriff’s Office Detective Danny Stivers and charged with one count of theft by unlawful taking over $500, a class D felony. Stivers said he expects others to be arrested in connection with the case as well.

  • Henry County Olympians

    Tiny Pieces Inc., of New Castle, was recently represented by three children at the Kentucky State Special Olympic Equestrian Competition at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington on Oct. 4. All from Henry County, Jessica Hall, 9, Idarion Graham, 8, and Jared McBurney, 8, each participated in two classes in the Western Riding Division. Jessica earned a bronze medal (3rd) and a 4th place finish; Idarion earned a 5th place finish and a bronze medal (3rd) and Jared earned 4th and 6th place honors.

  • A history of violets

    Staff writer/photographer

    Local artists, artisans, farmers and merchandisers will populate more than 30 booths at the 17th Annual Extension Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Henry County 4-H Fairgrounds building.

    A wide variety of jewelry, paintings, candles, woodworking, photography and textiles will be represented.

    This year Pam Coombs has a few unusual things to sell.

  • After the storm

    Staff writer/photographer

    H.S. “Doc” Williams and June Shipp were without electricity at their Smithfield home for ten days following January’s ice storm.

    Besides leaving the couple without power, the heavy ice took down limbs from many of the farm’s mature trees.  “It took the tops off maples and walnuts,” Shipp said. “He (Williams) was out checking the damage and decided to make logs.”

  • Council to consider last call change

    General Manager

    For now, New Year’s revelry in Eminence Bars will end as soon as Time Square’s giant glittering ball touches down.

    Monday night, Debbie Ball, of Rhinestone’s Bar and Grill, asked the Eminence City Council to consider extending the hours alcohol can be served in city limits to 2 a.m. on the New Year holiday only.