Local News

  • Road cuts shift costs to county

    Less gas tax revenue for Kentucky continues to create potholes for local governments, as the state has less funding to share, according to officials with the state transportation cabinet.
    Gov. Matt Bevin reacted to a lower projection for gas tax revenue by cutting millions from the revenue sharing appropriation, through which the state supports local road projects.
    Transportation officials note a system-wide review of spending continues, due to the revenue gap.

  • Resolve to get organized in the New Year

    The beginning of the New Year offers the opportunity to refresh and reset ourselves in a variety of different ways.
    One of the ways to do that is to get organized.
    Organization can help you feel more prepared for daily life and the unexpected situations which may arise over the next few months.  
    January is National Get Organized Month. In recognition, consider incorporating these “clutter-free” practices in your home, that were shared by some of our Extension Specialists.

  • Stivers Joins Napa

    James (J.T.) Stivers has joined the NAPA Auto Parts Store of La Grange as an account manger for the Oldham and Henry county areas. Stivers is a lifelong resident of Shelby County, graduated from Shelby County High School, and earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Sullivan University. He and his wife Lorri live in Cropper with their two sons.

  • Providers recommend whooping cough vaccination

    An outbreak of whooping cough in Northern Kentucky points to the need to have children inoculated against pertussis – and for adults to have a booster shot, according to a news release from Baptist Health in Louisville.
     Thirty-one cases of whooping cough have been reported in the Northern Kentucky counties of Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton since the first of November.  Most of the cases have been in school age children age 10 and older, and a few parents of school-aged children.

  • Ways to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning

    With temperatures continuing to dip into the 20s this winter, local officials are concerned about a potential rash of carbon monoxide poisonings.
    Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that when certain appliances malfunction, can have dangerous, if not fatal effects. In the past five years, more than 1,000 cases of carbon monoxide poisonings were reported to the Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center of Kosair Children’s Hospital.

  • Hospice to offer support group in Shelbyville

    Hosparus offers ongoing support groups for individuals who have experienced a loss due to death, according to a news release. Beginning Feb. 2, the local hospice organization will launch a new Loss Support Group for Grieving Adults in the Shelbyville area.
    This ongoing group will meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Shelby County Library study room at 5309 Eighth St.

  • Medicaid redesign coming to Kentucky under Gov. Bevin

    By Al Cross
    Kentucky Health News
    Gov. Matt Bevin said last Wednesday that a University of Kentucky health executive and former state health secretary, Mark Birdwhistell, will help him design a Medicaid program that “will be a model to the nation.” He said he hopes to know by the middle of 2016 whether his new administration can reach an agreement with federal officials on the shape of the program.
    Beyond that, Bevin offered little new insight into his plans for Medicaid, which was a major issue in the race for governor.

  • Reduce the risk of winter home heating fires

    Henry County homeowners shouldn’t let unseasonably warm weather this season lull them into a false sense of security, emergency officials say. People should still do the necessary annual maintenance to avoid winter fires.
    Heating is the second most common cause of winter home fires in the United States, behind cooking, according to information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Each year, winter home fires kill 905 and cause nearly $2.1 billion in property loss.

  • Dollar General to open New Castle store

    The earth movers sit parked in a grassy field on the south side of New Castle for now, awaiting the go ahead to begin work on the site for a new Dollar General store, according to a company spokeswoman.
    Dollar General plans one of its traditional freestanding stores with approximately 7,300 square feet of retail space in New Castle, according to Katie Kile. If the weather cooperates, the store could begin operating in late spring.

  • Fire and rain: Looking back at 2015, Pt. 2

    While 2016 continues to rev up, take one last look at the Henry County news from the latter half of 2015.
    Raise the roof
    Community members announced plans to undergo a fundraising campaign to support a renovation project for the historic Odd Fellows Lodge building in New Castle. According to records, the Grand United Order of the Odd Fellows #1513 is among the oldest existing in the state, if not the country, having been founded in 1872. The group purchased the building in 1886 and began holding meetings there.