Local News

  • Local candidates file for fiscal court, city councils, school boards

    When Henry County residents go to cast their ballots in the presidential race Nov. 8, they will have the opportunity to vote for other federal, state and local candidates.
    While Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump seek the highest elective office in the land, contested races have emerged down ballot, as well.
    While it’s an off year for many state offices, Henry County voters can help choose the next U.S. senator and the next 4th District representative in Congress.

  • Eminence will help connect senior apartments to sewer

    The City of Eminence will welcome the planned Tristan Ridge apartments by assisting with the installation of a new sewer line to serve the $6.7 million, 44-unit apartment complex for seniors, according to a discussion at the Aug. 8 city council meeting.

  • Former school worker accused of performing sex act on a bus

    A former Henry County Public Schools employee was arraigned in Henry County Circuit Court Thursday on charges of sexual abuse.
    Tara Nutter, who was employed by HCPS as a bus monitor beginning in August of 2015, is accused of engaging in sex acts with an 18-year-old male student. However, the charges do not stem from that relationship but from the fact that Nutter and the student engaged in those sex acts while on the school bus where other students under the age of 16 could have witnessed them.

  • Hagan sentenced for sexual abuse of underage girls

    One of his young victims requested Charles Thomas Hagan receive the “maximum penalty for grown men who touch underage girls sexually” in her victim impact statement, while the second said she just wants him to stay away from her family.
    On July 21, Hagan pleaded guilty to four counts of second-degree sexual abuse, which are Class A misdemeanor charges. Original charges against Hagan were classified at the Class D felony level, sexual abuse in the first degree.

  • Zoeller pleads to having sex with minor

    Leo Zoeller admitted he had sexual intercourse and engaged in oral sex with an 11-year-old victim when he pleaded guilty to amended charges last Thursday in Oldham County Circuit Court.
    In March of 2014, Zoeller was arrested and charged with three counts of incest, rape in the first degree, two counts of first-degree sodomy and two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, all with a victim under the age of 12, Class A felonies.

  • Brewer recognized for safety efforts

    The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) recently honored 146 law enforcement officers from 125 agencies across the Commonwealth, including a trooper from Kentucky State Police Post 5 in Campbellsburg, for their efforts to increase the use of seat belts and child restraints in motor vehicles, according to a news release.
    The honoree from the sixth district was Trooper Barrett Brewer.

  • Sidewalk battle spills over to a new location

    After feeling as though his business was being targeted by the city of New Castle, Bob Cook, owner of Henry County Helping Hands, alerted the city to another business in town that had violated a recently passed ordinance.
    In July, New Castle implemented an ordinance that prohibits the placement of merchandise on the sidewalk in front of a business, something that Cook had frequently practiced.

  • Rotary honors Hammer Smith with the Andy Anderson Award

    The Rotary Club of Eminence recently honored history teacher, schools administrator and local historian as the latest Andy Anderson-Paul Harris Fellow.
    For the benefit of honoree Earl T. “Hammer” Smith and Rotary’s latest inductee, Jessica Powell of Henry County Public Library, emcee Michael Duncan at the clubs Aug. 1 meeting provided some background on the more than 100-year-old organization and its founder.

  • Price returns to Henry schools as assistant superintendent

    Henry County Public School’s new assistant superintendent feels glad to be back in the district where he began his educational career at Eastern Elementary 27 years ago.
    Originally from Shelby County, Price landed his first job at Eastern as a sixth grade teacher.
    “I really knew nothing about Henry County at that point, and asked where the school was and they told me how to get there,” he recalled. “I drove about half-way and turned around because I thought there couldn’t be a school this far out.”

  • News briefs for Aug. 10, 2016

    Eminence Day seeks pageant contestants
    Organizers of the Eminence Day pageants are looking for contestants for several age groups for the Aug. 13 celebration.
    A preliminary event for the Kentucky Festivals Pageant, the Eminence Day pageants will take place inside the Eminence Christian Church, rain or shine.
    For more, find Eminence Day Pageants on Facebook, contact Samantha Thompson or Anna Lewis at (502) 758-3781 or (502) 758-3776 or eminencedaypageants@gmail.com.