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  • Influenza enters peak season in Kentucky

    By Jacob Blair and Tammy Shaw
    Landmark News Service

    As the state enters peak flu season over the next month or two, health department officials are still urging people to take proper precautions to reduce the chance of contracting influenza.
    A map dated Dec. 23 from the Center for Disease Control reported widespread flu activity in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, as well as across much of the country.

  • KYTC recognizes Roads Scholars
  • More candidates sign up for 2018 elections

    A few races have shaped up as more candidates file with the Henry County Clerk’s office to participate in the 2018 elections.
    With candidate filing set to close Jan. 30, two people have filed to run for Henry County judge-executive. They are Bonnie Martin-Duke, a Republican, and incumbent John Logan Brent, a Democrat.
    Another countywide race involves the sheriff’s position. The two candidates to register include current law enforcement officer Keith Perry, a Republican, and Danny R. Stivers, a Democrat.
    For Henry County Fiscal Court, so far two districts have contested seats.

  • Tristan Ridge to open in February

    Tristan Ridge apartments for seniors will open in February in Eminence after three years of planning and more than a year under construction, according to the developers.
    One of the biggest development projects in Eminence in recent years, the Woda Group pursued the $6.7 million, 44-unit complex after receiving tax credits from the state, said Tammy Stansbury, vice president of the Woda Group. This funding will help keep the rents lower for the 55 and older seniors who will reside there.

  • Musical Journey

    Michele de Bruijin may sing the blues as the Sugar Queen, but she feels upbeat about the release of her debut album “340 Blues.”
    Those who graduated from Henry County High School in 1982 may remember her better as Michele Whigham, daughter of the late Dan and Velma Whigham, who lived in Smithfield. Dan was a farmer and Velma kept the bridal registry at Cherry House in La Grange.
    After she left Smithfield, her love of music has taken de Bruijin around the world.
    Her appreciation of music began during her youth here.

  • Pleasureville tries to clean up by hiring Durbin, too

    Though some Pleasureville residents reported they felt unfairly singled out in the city’s new push on ordinance enforcement, Joe Durbin told the city commission he’s trying to get 25 people to clean up their properties.
    Not long after the City of New Castle hired Durbin as its new code enforcement official, working five hours per week, representatives of Pleasureville met with him and asked him to take on similar responsibilities in their city, too.
    As a result, Durbin gave his first activity report at Pleasureville City Commission at the Jan. 2 meeting.

  • Murder motive tied to $1M life insurance policy

    Documents filed in the murder case against Tasha Bentley, the 34-year-old Henry County woman accused of killing her husband, reveal a possible motive in the crime.
    Tasha Bentley remains in the Carroll County Jail under a $1 million bond in connection with the shooting death of Gary Bentley, 33, at the couple’s home at 672 Troutman Hill Road Dec. 10.

  • Ky. Colonels give for Tri-County vehicle

     

  • Food distribution system’s goal remains the same under new management

    The people who come to the Henry County Help Center need “that little bit of extra help” to make food last the entire month, said James Dills, the director. He and wife Olivia direct volunteers, sign up new families and coordinate with Dare to Care with the goal of filling enough boxes with food.
    But the help center couldn’t exist without the volunteers.
    “They’re family,” James said. “You can’t really say one person is in charge – it’s a team.”
    For example, Eagle Scouts tackle community projects at the help center, such as building the shelves for box prep and storage.

  • Long’s jury trial set for June in Hall murder case

    A New Castle man accused in connection with the 2015 murder of Angela Hall will get a jury trial in Trimble County Circuit Court next summer, after a new private investigator looks into the case for the defense.
    Bobby Austin Long would have gone to trial Jan. 22 on charges of complicity to commit murder, kidnapping, tampering with physical evidence and being a persistent felony offender, second degree, all of which stemmed from November 2015 for his alleged role in Hall’s death.