Local News

  • Henry County qualifies for state flood clean up grant

    The Energy and Environment Cabinet announced Aug. 10 funding will be made available in emergency grants to help 24 flood-damaged counties clean up solid waste generated by the July flood events, according to a news release.
    Counties will be eligible to request up to 110 percent of the preliminary damage assessment estimate for debris clearance that was provided to the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management. The total grant amount to be awarded will not be available until all applications are received.

  • Levi Berg becomes the new Henry County Extension agriculture agent

    A desire to be near family, a love of horses, an interest in science and a recognition in the value of education all played a part in Levi Berg’s career path leading him to Henry County.
    After a lengthy search, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service chose Berg to fill the position of agricultural extension agent, the vacancy left by Steve Moore’s retirement.
    Due to his older brothers joining 4-H, Berg got involved in the club at an especially early age, at just 5 years old, and he followed that up by joining FFA in school.

  • Backpack ministry provides blessings

    Along with hefting schoolbooks home, about 100 elementary-aged Henry County school children carry a backpack full of snacks so they don’t miss a meal over the weekends.
    Now that school has resumed, Sulphur Christian Church threw a funds- and awareness-raiser Aug. 7 to promote the Campbellsburg Elementary School backpack program that six churches assist with, according to Pastor Jeff Maggard.   

  • Coming Home

    Seven-year-old chocolate lab mix Rusty, the beloved Simmons family pet, couldn’t quite make it back way home after a three-year absence. Fortunately, a family friend helped bridge the last five miles to make the happy reunion possible.
    A neglected looking Rusty showed up outside the Pendleton Dollar General store in early July after the free-roaming companion animal disappeared for nearly half his life, according to Sandy and Jimmy Simmons. They later learned this from their friend and neighbor Angela Hitt and store Manager Tonya Brewer.

  • Crash follows chase

    What began as a routine traffic stop Friday night turned into a wild police pursuit through the streets and fields of Pleasureville, ending in an accident.
    Just after 11 p.m., Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Keith Perry was running radar in Pleasureville when he saw a red pickup truck turn from Marcus Street onto Main Street in a reckless manner.
    “He was spinning his tires,” Perry said.

  • Tindle to lead road dept. after Baxter

    Thanks to unusually destructive July storms, Kenny Tindle reported to work as Henry County Road Department supervisor two days early to help clean up the mess.
    Swollen streams not only flooded homes in Sulphur, they tore out bridge approaches, exposed culverts and peeled up large expanses of pavements on county roads after rain events July 14 and July 17.
    Though not scheduled to assume the managerial position from the retiring Glenn Baxter until the following Monday, Tindle helped make the most heavily damaged roads passable again by working on temporary fixes.

  • Odd Fellows to kick off fund drive

    August looks like a busy month for the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, Washington Lodge #1513 in New Castle.
    Along with the organization’s 143-year-anniversary Parade and Homecoming Aug. 15, the lodge will host several state officials Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. to kick off the fundraising drive to save the historic building the Odd Fellows have owned since 1886.

  • Extreme Camping

    Jason Hunt knows exactly where he spent 2014’s polar vortex, when an arctic stormfront chilled Henry County to minus 4 degrees and stiff winds made it feel like minus 25 degrees.
    Despite the cold and 10 inches of snow, Hunt felt cozy camping out in a lean-to he built himself next to a campfire on a 123-acre farm in Bethlehem.

  • EPD makes arrests in theft case

    A report of a distinctive-looking air compressor being stolen helped the Eminence Police Department make two arrests in a string of burglaries from the city’s west end, according to Police Chief Kevin Kemper.
    While he and Officer John Bailey discussed several theft reports, a complaint about the air compressor being taken also came up. Along with the brand, color and dual tanks, the compressor had writing by its owner on top.

  • After-school care coming to HCPS elementaries

    When a local daycare closed at the end of the last school year, many parents were left without after-school care for their younger children. Administrators at Henry County Public Schools are taking steps to ensure parents that need the service have access to local options.