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Today's News

  • Murder motive tied to $1M life insurance policy

    Documents filed in the murder case against Tasha Bentley, the 34-year-old Henry County woman accused of killing her husband, reveal a possible motive in the crime.
    Tasha Bentley remains in the Carroll County Jail under a $1 million bond in connection with the shooting death of Gary Bentley, 33, at the couple’s home at 672 Troutman Hill Road Dec. 10.

  • Pleasureville tries to clean up by hiring Durbin, too

    Though some Pleasureville residents reported they felt unfairly singled out in the city’s new push on ordinance enforcement, Joe Durbin told the city commission he’s trying to get 25 people to clean up their properties.
    Not long after the City of New Castle hired Durbin as its new code enforcement official, working five hours per week, representatives of Pleasureville met with him and asked him to take on similar responsibilities in their city, too.
    As a result, Durbin gave his first activity report at Pleasureville City Commission at the Jan. 2 meeting.

  • Musical Journey

    Michele de Bruijin may sing the blues as the Sugar Queen, but she feels upbeat about the release of her debut album “340 Blues.”
    Those who graduated from Henry County High School in 1982 may remember her better as Michele Whigham, daughter of the late Dan and Velma Whigham, who lived in Smithfield. Dan was a farmer and Velma kept the bridal registry at Cherry House in La Grange.
    After she left Smithfield, her love of music has taken de Bruijin around the world.
    Her appreciation of music began during her youth here.

  • Tristan Ridge to open in February

    Tristan Ridge apartments for seniors will open in February in Eminence after three years of planning and more than a year under construction, according to the developers.
    One of the biggest development projects in Eminence in recent years, the Woda Group pursued the $6.7 million, 44-unit complex after receiving tax credits from the state, said Tammy Stansbury, vice president of the Woda Group. This funding will help keep the rents lower for the 55 and older seniors who will reside there.

  • More candidates sign up for 2018 elections

    A few races have shaped up as more candidates file with the Henry County Clerk’s office to participate in the 2018 elections.
    With candidate filing set to close Jan. 30, two people have filed to run for Henry County judge-executive. They are Bonnie Martin-Duke, a Republican, and incumbent John Logan Brent, a Democrat.
    Another countywide race involves the sheriff’s position. The two candidates to register include current law enforcement officer Keith Perry, a Republican, and Danny R. Stivers, a Democrat.
    For Henry County Fiscal Court, so far two districts have contested seats.

  • Influenza enters peak season in Kentucky

    By Jacob Blair and Tammy Shaw
    Landmark News Service

    As the state enters peak flu season over the next month or two, health department officials are still urging people to take proper precautions to reduce the chance of contracting influenza.
    A map dated Dec. 23 from the Center for Disease Control reported widespread flu activity in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, as well as across much of the country.

  • Arts and crafts guild looking for new members at its February meeting

    The Henry County Arts and Crafts Guild wants to recruit new members, according to guild President Malissa Beatty. She hopes any interested artist or crafter will attend the group’s February meeting.
    Many guild members participate in local festivals — the Kentucky Renaissance Faire in Eminence, the Celtic Fair and the Dickens Christmas Festival. The guild’s chairman, Bruce Nethery, for example, sells wooden mugs that look like they could date from the 13th century, a popular item at Ye Olde Faire.

  • Chat ‘n’ Nibble closes after losing lease

    Chat ‘n’ Nibble will no longer offer a place for food and fellowship after Dec. 31.
    After a total of 85 years in business in Eminence with 28 of that in the hands of the Ferguson family, the restaurant will close down before the landlords sell the building.
    As the founders of Ferguson’s Athletics sporting goods store in 1985, Alice and Tom Ferguson already had a history of entrepreneurialism in Eminence.
    After Tom along with Alice’s sister cooperated to buy the Chat ‘n’ Nibble in 1989, Alice’s sister operated the restaurant, leaving the Fergusons to pursue other work.

  • Silence doesn’t stop Stomper

    A deaf boxer puppy inspired Craig Hedges, 41, to tell about the funny, bittersweet and poignant challenges his family faced while teaching the dog sign language.
    Craig turned these experiences into a 26,000-word book for all ages after friends and family encouraged him to transform Stomper’s Facebook posts into the book: “Stomper: Listening in the Silence.” The theme is “how family can get through challenges by working together.”
    The Hedges family took in the dog as they moved from Maine to Evansville, Ind. Stomper has become an integral part of the Hedges clan.

  • Long’s jury trial set for June in Hall murder case

    A New Castle man accused in connection with the 2015 murder of Angela Hall will get a jury trial in Trimble County Circuit Court next summer, after a new private investigator looks into the case for the defense.
    Bobby Austin Long would have gone to trial Jan. 22 on charges of complicity to commit murder, kidnapping, tampering with physical evidence and being a persistent felony offender, second degree, all of which stemmed from November 2015 for his alleged role in Hall’s death.