Local News

  • Smithfield candidates are write-ins

    Smithfield has a new mayor, and one of his first tasks in office is to let his fellow city residents know the write-in candidates who will join him on the Smithfield City Council.
    Greg Gephart, who has served as a city council member for more than two years, will serve out the remainder of Les Bryant’s term.
    “I resigned,” Bryant explained. “I was mayor for almost 12 years and that’s enough. Let someone else have a shot at it.”
    Gephart was sworn in as Bryant’s replacement two weeks ago.

  • Aline turns 100
  • Drop your drawers at the library

    Make your next visit to the library a brief one, for a good cause, as part of Henry County Public Library’s Drop Your Drawers campaign, according to a news release from Director Jessica Powell. 

    Drop off packages of new underwear for boys and girls, preferably sizes 4 to 16, from Nov. 1 to Dec. 23. Donations will help replenish Henry County elementary schools’ supplies of emergency underpants and provide direct assistance to each school’s Family Resource Centers. 

  • Dawson to serve 10 days in jail

    For her probation violation, Yvonne Dawson, who entered an Alford guilty plea to the charges of arson and trafficking in a controlled substance, will serve 10 days in jail.

  • Winchester dedicated his life to education

    Many were familiar with Roy Winchester’s public persona as a tough, pragmatic educator, coach and administrator, but only a few got to see another side of the man who gave over 50 years of service to Henry County Public Schools.

  • Book details 1936 murder, trial of Lt. Gov. Denhardt

    Ann DAngelo dedicated six years of her life investigating the facts behind the Nov. 6, 1936, shooting death of La Grange widow and businesswoman Verna Garr Taylor in Pendleton, and the author chronicles her findings in “Dark Highway: Love, Murder and Revenge in 1930s Kentucky.”

  • Developing an eye for beauty

    Whenever Bryan Payton takes a hike or sets out in his kayak, he casts an appraising eye over the country, looking for good photos while staying active. 

    After he discovered a skill for capturing colorful sunsets, animals in the wild, mists coming off of waterfalls, old barns still standing in rolling fields, Payton went out and bought a camera to push his picture-taking abilities even further.

  • Meat processing facility marks one-year anniversary


  • Collectibles valued at 'roadshow'

    Dr. R.E. Wells, who is a teacher for UK Extension Services and who has been in the antiques business for nearly 50 years (pictured at right), held an antiques appraisal, similar to the PBS program “Antiques Roadshow,” at the Henry County Extension Office Sept. 30. Several participants brought out family heirlooms, and Wells discussed what the items were and how much they’re worth. 


  • Burning ban now in effect

    The Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) is again preparing for an active wildfire season. Each year, nearly 1,500 wildfires occur in the state of Kentucky based on the 10-year average, according to a news release.