Local News

  • Holy Branch Gourds: A family affair

    By Jonna Spelbring Priester
    General Manager
    Holy Branch Gourds started, as so many things do, as a children’s project.
    Bonnie Lander already had a passing interest in painting gourds, but she turned that interest into a project for her children when they were young. But, as so often happens, as the children aged, they got interested in other things.
    The business formally began in 1983, and has grown from painted gourds to... just about anything.

  • HCHS students to get schedules next week

    Henry County High School students may pick up schedules July 26- 28. Pick up times are:
    July 26 and 27 – 1 to 7 p.m.
    July 28 – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Students must pay instructional fee of $60 when picking up schedules.
    Students on free/reduced lunch are not required to pay instructional fee.
    Parking passes can also be purchased at this time for $5 each. Parents and students will park in the front parking lot and enter through the front entrance.

  • Oldham crash injures Henry County teen

    Police are investigating the cause of a fatal crash near the intersection of U.S. 42 and Ky. 524 about 5 p.m. Sunday.

    Preliminary investigation revealed that a Ford F-250 pick up truck was traveling westbound on U.S. 42 when the vehicle struck the guardrail on the northside of the roadway.  The truck exited off the southside of the road.

    Trent H. Hunter, 18, of La Grange was driving. Clinton P. Diven, 18, of Pendleton  and Johnathan R. Powell, 18, of Prospect were passengers.

  • La Grange teen arrested for ‘prank’

    A so-called prank left more than 1,000 Oldham and Henry County homes with little or no water pressure this week as firefighters scrambled to shut off gushing fire hydrants and police searched for the pranksters.

    Oldham County Dispatch received calls from 100 to 150 homeowners without water late Tuesday and heard reports that the driver of a blue Jeep Cherokee had been opening hydrants.

  • Lightning strike sends Cropper father and son to hospital

    A lightning strike sent a father and his young son to the hospital Sunday evening as storms rolled through Shelby County.

    Shad Hinkley, 40, and his 11-year-old son Braedin, who are from Cropper, were fishing at the farm of Gene Wilder at 7248 Bagdad Road when the incident happened, said Dora Wilder, the mother of Gene Wilder.

    The two were fine by Monday, and Hinkley’s son had already been released from the hospital.

    Hinkley said they were preparing to leave the pond as the lightning started, but they hadn’t been there too long.

  • Teen raising money for a service dog

    Connie Hernandez can’t say enough about Ellie Pittman, the 13-year-old Eminence girl with an ambitious service learning project.

    Pittman was working on training her dog Eloise to be a therapy dog when she met trainer Kia Grace. Grace introduced her to the idea of training a service dog. “At first, I was excited and thought it was a great idea,” she said.

  • ‘You’re a drunk’

    A night of fun at the Henry County Fair landed a Defoe man in hot water last week.
    David Ethington was sentenced last year to 10 years in prison for his role in a 2008 drunk driving ATV accident that severely injured his passenger and friend, David Evans. He later was released through shock probation.

    Ethington was at the Henry County Fair, intoxicated, when his probation officer spotted him.

    Commonwealth’s Attorney Barry Baxter said that from his perspective, Ethington was “thumbing his nose at the Commonwealth.”

  • Alabama couple ‘farms by bike’

    The 1,500-mile journey of Charlie Hunter and Stella Pfau began with a single idea.

    The Alabama natives felt the call of the open road and planned a trip by bicycle that would take them to farms throughout the southeast United States.

    That trip brought them to Henry County last week, where they stayed and worked at Carden and Courtney Willis’ A Place On Earth CSA farm in Turners Station.

  • Off to a smooth start

    For just under two weeks, Henry County has been at the helm of its own animal control, and so far, so good according to Animal Control Officer Dan Flinkfelt.

    “It’s going a lot better than we had anticipated,” he said. The county officially took over animal control operations July 1, a day after the contract between Henry County and the Kentucky Humane Society expired.

  • Mission Possible: A twist on VBS

    Every summer, churches large and small take part in what has become a summer tradition: Vacation Bible School.

    Typically built around a theme, the week-long ventures, typically two to three hours long, involve plenty of activities and lessons about the Bible, and take place inside the church walls; with some activities outside. And they overwhelmingly are targeted at children.

    One local church is turning the VBS concept on its head.