Local News

  • HCPL wooing library lovers

    Staff writer/photographer

    Library lovers can demonstrate their affection this month by writing their sentiments on pink paper hearts at the Henry County Public Library.

    “They can write why they love the library,” director Joe Schweiss said, “then we’ll decorate the walls with the hearts.”

    Schweiss said the library belongs to the people of Henry County now more than ever.

  • Local groups still collecting supplies for Haitian relief efforts

    Staff writer/photographer

    More than a month after an earthquake devastated the small island nation of Haiti, efforts to provide relief to Haitian citizens continue.

    The Tri-County Community Action Agency has teamed with Go Ministries and Edge Ministries to assist in Haitian earthquake relief. Both work in tandem with Southeast Christian Church in Louisville.

    Henry County coordinator Margaret Mullins said the focus is on collecting medical and food supplies.

  • Hancock & Waits closes

    Staff writer/photographer

    Another local business has closed its doors, citing the poor economic climate.

    Though Hancock and Waits Chrysler was spared the axe when Chrysler shut down nearly 800 dealerships in 2009, the business closed its doors for good last Thursday.

    Finance manager Shawn Bright said the general economy and flat new car sales  precipitated the move by owners Randy Hancock and Jim Waits, who declined a request for an interview.

  • ‘That’s a mistake, there’s no way’

    General Manager

    It was news that stopped Henry County Public Schools Superintendent Tim Abrams in his tracks.

    Working out on his treadmill after putting in a full day at the office on Jan. 7, Abrams received a call from a fellow superintendent. That colleague had just left a meeting of the Kentucky General Assembly’s House Committee on Education, in which Henry County High School had been identified as one of the 12 “persistently low-achieving schools.”

  • KSP arrests 7 more in theft cases

    General Manager

    Seven more individuals have been arrested in connection with a string of criminal activity in southern Henry County.

    A total of eight juveniles and one adult have been arrested on charges tied to vehicle thefts and break-ins in New Castle, Pleasureville and other areas. The nine arrested have been hit with 21 total charges, and some of the juveniles are middle-school students.

  • Odd Fellows once were largest fraternal group in state

    Staff writer/photographer

    Though most residents know them now for the annual homecoming, and parade, there’s more to the International Order of Odd Fellows.

    The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Washington Lodge No. 1531 is a predominantly black fraternal organization.

    The Washington Lodge’s Henry County building was constructed on New Castle’s Main Street in the late 1800s and once boasted the largest fraternal membership in Kentucky.

  • KU, LG&E seek rate increases

    Landmark News Service

    Customers of Kentucky Utilities and the Louisville Gas and Electric Company could see rate increases later this year.

    E.ON U.S., parent company of KU and LG&E, announced plans last week to file rate adjustment requests with the Kentucky Public Service Commission.

    KU provides electricity to more than 500,000 customers in 77 Kentucky counties and five counties in Virginia. LG&E serves 314,000 natural gas and 389,000 electric customers in Louisville and 16 surrounding counties.

  • Groups encourage women to wear red Feb. 5

    Staff writer/photographer

    Don’t be too surprised if you see a little more red than usual Friday, Feb. 5. It’s National Wear Red Day.

    The day comes at the end of  Women’s Heart Foundation Heart Week, and is sponsored by the American Heart Association, not as a fashion statement but as an awareness tool.

    Both organizations want to educate the public about women and heart disease.

  • Pleasureville passes property ordinance

    In a long, contentious discussion, the Pleasureville City Commission voted 3-2 Monday night to approve a property ordinance that would enable the city to levy liens in worst case scenarios.

    Commissioners Gary Grigsby and R.L. Wilson voted for the ordinance, while Vic Harrod and Sandra Woods voted against it. Mayor Rodney Young cast the deciding vote.

  • Education Foundation dinner set for Feb. 6

    Staff writer/photographer

    The 18th Annual Eminence Education Foundation Dinner and Silent Auction begins at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6. in the Eminence School gymnasium

    Foundation member Kelly Mathis said an elegant atmosphere will be achieved with table linens and special touches at 40 long tables.

    All the Way Shoppe will cater the affair and tickets are $25 each.

    The auction promises to add excitement to the event.