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  • RNC comes together in Cleveland
  • Tax rates left the same in cash crunch

    Henry County will continue to live off its savings while facing a decline in EMS revenue and an increase in expenses to house inmates at regional jails, after a discussion about the county’s tax rates at the July 19 fiscal court meeting.
    Judge-Executive John Logan Brent shared a financial update with the magistrates after closing out the county’s 2016 fiscal year at the end of June.

  • AMVETS wants to start post

    Two veterans approached representatives of the Henry County Fiscal Court and gave them an American flag at the July 19 county meeting. While there, the veterans asked for the magistrates’ blessing to create an AMVETS post in New Castle.
    Joe Whitfield and Jim Hogan say they need as much support as they can get in the community in their effort to create a non-profit, all-volunteer AMVETS chapter here to serve the needs of veterans in Henry, Shelby and Oldham counties, Whitfield indicated.

  • Working on the Railroad

    CSX, in a fairly ambitious undertaking, brought out equipment, workers and contractors to do maintenance in replacing ties all along its tracks in Henry County during the week of July 18. CSX’s equipment had to perform such tasks as grading rock, removing spikes, lifting the rails and putting down and placing the new ties under the tracks so the rails could be secured again. CSX brought in many different pieces of large equipment in on its own dedicated train.

  • End of summer is nigh
  • Murder case stalls pending DNA testing results

    In Trimble County Circuit Court last Thursday, the cases of five individuals accused in the murder of a La Grange woman were continued pending DNA results.
    John Downey, of New Castle, is charged with murder, abuse of a corpse, first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence. Bobby Long, also of New Castle, faces charges of murder and abuse of a corpse. Joshua Sparkman, of Campbellsburg, is charged with first-degree assault.

  • These new Kentucky laws are now in effect

    New laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2016 regular session went into effect on July 15, according to a news release from the Legislative Research Commission.

  • Local foods featured at Harvest Showcase

    By Jesse Harp
    news@hclocal.com

    Farm-fresh produce, interactive workshops and live entertainment can be found at the 17th annual Harvest Showcase at the Henry County fairgrounds on Saturday July 30. The event strives to support local farmers and shed a light on agricultural resources that can be found all throughout the community.
    “It’s really about celebrating and ‘ag-vocating’ our rural community,” Harvest Showcase spokesman Jakob Beckley said, with a play on the word “advocating.”

  • Hagan pleads to lesser charges

    Charles Thomas Hagan, who faced four felony counts of sexual abuse stemming from an incident in 2014, pleaded guilty to lesser charges in Trimble County Circuit Court last Thursday.
    Having moved his case from Henry to Trimble County in order to beat the impending deadline of a July 26 jury trial, Henry County Circuit Court Judge Karen Conrad accepted Hagan’s guilty plea to four counts of sexual abuse, second degree, which are Class A misdemeanor charges.
    Original charges against Hagan were classified at the Class D felony level, sexual abuse in the first degree.

  • Cheap and Close: Kentucky River WMA