Local News

  • Shaolin is giving back

    Staff writer/photographer

    About 20 Henry County Shaolin Do students warmed up at the community center in Eminence.

    The students were practicing to test for blue, green, brown or black belts in martial arts last week, but trainer Chuck Cornett said he feels the community at  large is being tested in a different way.

    Cornett believes the economy has left families struggling to put food on the table. He and fellow instructor Don Rohr want to help.

  • Cyclist dies from injuries

    General Manager

    A New Castle man is dead after the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a suspected drunk driver.

    According to a press release from the Kentucky State Police, Robert F. Nolan, 75, was riding north on Kentucky 55 when Alan R. Parrish, 42, of Smithfield, lost control of his truck at around 3:56 Tuesday afternoon.

  • Tis the season for ... weatherization?

    Staff writer/photographer

    The official start to winter is about 14 weeks away, but one local agency wants residents to think ahead for the frigid temperatures.

    The Tri-County Community Action Agency encourages Henry County residents to apply for a federally-funded weatherization program.

  • 1,000 points of ‘Ouch!’

    Staff writer/photographer

    How would you like to get a free flu shot?

    On Tuesday, Oct. 6, you might just get your chance. The vaccines will be administered by the North Central Health District at Henry County High School that day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. But act fast — only 1,000 vials of the vaccine are available, according to Bruce Owens, director of the Henry County Department of Emergency Management.

    The shots are part of a disaster training exercise, and participants must be 18 or older.

  • Berry takes Honor Flight to D.C.

    Staff writer/photographer

    Last Saturday, Claude A. “Junie” Berry Jr. stepped onto a jet chartered by Honor Flight Network Bluegrass Chapter. He and 37 other World War II veterans from Kentucky were flown to Washington, D.C., for a visit to the World War II memorial.

    Only four of the 38 didn’t require the use of a wheelchair for the walking tour. “I can walk,” he said, “but not all day.”

  • Campbellsburg teacher creates a ‘mighty mess’

    General Manager

    There’s a little bit of Lisa Hibbs in Allie Doogledorf.

    It’s just one small reason Hibbs, a 25-year-old first grade teacher at Campbellsburg Elementary School dedicated her first book, “Allie Doogledorf and the Mighty Mess,” to her mother. “She’s the one who had to deal with me growing up,” Hibbs told the students of the school.

  • High school construction to be completed by end of month

    Staff writer/photographer

    Henry County Public Schools Superintendent Tim Abrams can’t wait to show off the bigger, better high school.

    “I hope it’s something the whole community will be proud of,” he said.

    Abrams said Wehr Constructors and the school’s maintenance crew are busy putting finishing touches on the project.

    Last to be completed on the interior are five new science classrooms and the auditorium. “Everything will be completed by the end of September,” he said.

  • ‘A hole in my heart’

    Staff writer/photographer

    What would you pay to keep your child safe from a bully?

    What if you could get that knowledge for free?

    This evening local parents will have an opportunity to learn strategies to help protect their children from the newest kind of bully — the cyberbully.

    Vermont resident John Halligan’s 13-year old son was bullied by classmates both in school and online. Doubtless, he wishes he was spending this evening catching up on Ryan’s college life. Ryan would be 19 now.

  • Court thaws raise freeze

    General Manager

    The pay freeze on county employee salaries has thawed.

    The Henry County Fiscal Court voted 5-1 last week to give all county employees a 25-cent per hour raise effective Jan. 1, 2010.

    Based upon a motion by Magistrate Nick Hawkins, the vote came after a somewhat contentious discussion.

  • ‘This place matters’ campaign comes to New Castle

    Staff writer/photographer

    Signs in the windows of as many as 40 downtown New Castle buildings proclaim “This Place Matters.”

    That is, in a nutshell, the message local preservationists strive to get across about small town architectural jewels, according to Joe Yates of the historic preservation board.

    “It’s not tied to any special event,” he said. “We want to make people aware of it, proud of it.”