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  • 100 percent of eligible HCHS students registered to vote

    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes honored Henry County High School with the Georgia Davis Powers Award Jan. 13 and asked the civic-minded students there to help get out the vote in the future.
    All of the 49 eligible students at the high school had registered to vote, but Grimes noted that’s only the first step in Election Day participation. If the registered voters don’t go to the polls, somebody else gets to decide who will represent them in the Kentucky General Assembly, federal representatives in Congress and president.

  • Abrams to lead state retired teachers

    Saying it was an opportunity he just couldn’t pass up, Henry County Public Schools (HCPS) Superintendent Tim Abrams recently announced he will retire at the end of this school year to become the executive director of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA).
    Coincidentally, he will be following familiar footsteps into the role. Currently Dr. Bob Wagoner holds the position with KRTA, but had been the superintendent of HCPS 15 years ago, when Abrams was tapped to be his replacement.

  • The untold story of a WWI hero

    The memory of Fielding Vories Meek carried on in Smithfield well after he died on a World War I battlefield, a medic trying to save the lives of American soldiers.
    An often-repeated story recalls his last day working on the family farm on Giltner Road before shipping off to join the medical corps.
    As recorded in “Henry County, Kentucky, 1798-1995” by Ruth Clark, Meek put on a brave face for his family members as he helped store hay bales.

  • Suspect in stabbing killed after chase

    An argument between stepfather and stepson ended tragically last Wednesday night when Richard Jackson was killed by a police officer in Indiana.
    At about 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 4, Kentucky State Police (KSP) received a call from a home on La Grange Road just outside New Castle. The caller said Emmet Pendleton, 55 of New Castle, had been stabbed in the head and the suspect, his stepson Richard Jackson, had fled the scene.
    “As far as we know it was a domestic,” KSP Trooper Joshua Lawson said.

  • Shots fired in Sulphur fight, 3 hurt

    A fight between two men Sunday night sent three people to the hospital, two with gunshot wounds to their legs.
    Shortly after 5 p.m. on Jan. 8, Kentucky State Police (KSP) responded to a residence on Hollow Tree Road in Sulphur. Gloria Campbell, 59 of La Grange, had been shot in the leg and a second victim, William Miller, 39 of Carrollton, had also been shot in the leg and had fled the scene, according to Trooper Joshua Lawson of KSP.

  • Kentucky legislators quickly approve seven proposals

    Seven bills were given final passage by the Kentucky General Assembly in the first days of its short-session and sent to the governor’s desk, according to information from the Legislative Research Commission.
     The bills, covering matters ranging from labor unions and their membership to changes in the state’s informed consent and abortion laws, all include an emergency provision to ensure that they take effect the moment they are signed by the governor.

  • Locals urged to sign up for HOT Alert system

    Public safety officials in the counties of Henry, Owen and Trimble, or HOT for short, are excited to announce that HOT Alert, a service of Smart911, is now available to all residents, according to a news release from the Kentucky State Police.  
    HOT Alert is a free service that allows individuals to sign up for notifications sent from state and local authorities. HOT Alert keeps residents and travelers informed of potentially hazardous situations involving weather, traffic, and other emergencies.

  • KHQS quilt show to make several local stops

    The Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society traveling trunk show will make several stops in Henry County, according to information from KHQS members.
    Sixteen quilts that answered the challenge “Who am I?” issued by KHQS President Daphne Maurer will be on display during the traveling exhibit.
    “Members were challenged to design quilts that would reveal something of their personalities or lives that their friends might otherwise not know,” according to KHQS.
    Stops in Henry County include:

  • Baker dies in Jan. 6 crash

    By Lisa King
    Landmark News Service
    One person was killed and another was injured in a deadly crash Friday afternoon in western Shelby County.
    Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Ittin Russell pronounced Brandon Charles Baker, 20, of Henry County, dead at the scene of the accident on Lucas Road. His girlfriend, Ashley Cox, 18, of Smithfield, was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital.

  • Campbellsburg council chooses Noe to be new mayor

    Campbellsburg’s new mayor called for unity after being selected Thursday to fill the vacancy left by the recent resignation of Rex Morgan.
    Jan Fletcher, former mayor and current Campbellsburg City Council member, briefly presided over the special meeting to choose a new mayor and appoint a person to fill the vacancy created on the council.
    “Lord, give this council the ability to nominate a mayor who will do right for the people of Campbellsburg and do right for the council who will work with her,” Fletcher said during the opening prayer.