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Today's News

  • Town hall: State budget needs more revenue, fewer ed cuts

    The vast majority of questions put to state Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, and Rep. Rick Rand, D-Bedford, by participants at Saturday’s town hall meeting concerned proposed cuts by Gov. Matt Bevin to education — transportation and teacher pensions — as well as the possibility of raising new revenue.
    Kentucky’s budget shortfall remains at $1 billion, and elected officials continue working during the General Assembly session to address the situation.
    But both legislators agreed that the draconian cuts suggested by the governor will not stand.

  • Kids stay home amid social media storm

    With the juveniles involved in an alleged shooting threat at Henry County High School Jan. 24 detained by law enforcement, the school operated on normal schedule Jan. 25. This caused a storm of critical comments by parents on social media about the way school officials handled sending notifications to families.

    Many posts indicated parents would not send their students to school on Jan. 25, and even more comments criticized the school district for failing to inform parents about the situation sooner.

    Charges filed

  • Ky. 55 widening work not included in six-year plan

    Though the latest recommendations in the state’s latest six-year road plan moved construction on Ky. 146 back four years, that road remains on the plan. The same cannot be said of a proposed widening on Ky. 55 in Eminence.
    Andrea Clifford, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), explained in a Jan. 23 e-mail what caused the state’s priorities to change in general when it comes to road projects.

  • New program accentuates the positives among Henry County students

    A new program at Henry County Public Schools is all about accentuating the positive when it comes to students’ behavior, educators say. At the beginning of the school year, Robbie Robbins, HCPS director of behavior, and Henry County High School Vice Principal Kevin Webster initiated the Positive Awards program to highlight and reward good behavior at HCHS.

  • Student’s MLK portrait wins statewide award

    Celebrating the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. led to an Eminence Middle School seventh-grader earning statewide recognition for her painting of the civil rights leader.
    Jayden Ballard won first prize in the Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment Visual Art Contest for a portrait of King. The theme of the contest was “reflecting on our past in order to build a brighter future.”
    Ballard’s painting had its genesis during the Project Lead the Way class with teacher Kendra Waddell, who also informed the students about the contest.

  • Fire destroys home on Lucas Road near Henry-Shelby line

    By Lisa King
    Landmark News Service

    No one was injured in a blaze that destroyed a home in Henry County in the pre-dawn hours Monday morning.
    The Shelby County Fire Department provided backup assistance to the Eminence Fire Department, and Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said that crews responded at 1:331 a.m. to a structure fire at 2290 Lucas Road in Smithfield.
    Upon arrival of the blaze, near the Shelby-Henry county line, crews discovered a single-family home fully involved with heavy fire.

  • Pendleton man faces child sexual exploitation charges

    A 25-year-old Pendleton man faces 25 charges related to child sexual exploitation, after troopers from the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested him Jan. 25, according to a news release from the Kentucky State Police.

  • Gilkison files to run for Ky. House against Rand

    A small business owner from Henry County has entered the race to represent the 47th District in the Kentucky House.
    Mark Gilkison, a Republican, recently filed in Frankfort to seek the office currently held by Democrat Rick Rand of Bedford.
    Gilkison began Gilkison Construction in 2001 and Gilkison Real Estate in 2004 and added Gilkison Mini Storage in Trimble County in 2016.
    In his personal life, Gilkison, a father of two sons with wife Johnna, belongs to the Providence Baptist Church and counts himself among the dedicated supporters of the Henry County High School Marching Band.

  • Six-year road plan pushes Ky. 146 construction back to 2022

    While the “safety first” emphasis of the state’s new six-year road plan will include funding to bring several bridges in Henry County up to snuff, the document could further delay improvements to Ky. 146 until fiscal year 2022.
    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) released the 2018 Recommended Highway Plan Jan. 17 with “a record $1 billion in funding to repair bridges and pavements” in the upcoming two-year budget cycle, according to a news release.

  • Leadership training expands to gifted and talented class

    The Henry County Chamber of Commerce and Henry County Public Schools are preparing students to be leaders with a new Junior Leadership program.
    Seven students, their teacher and Holly Kinderman, executive director of the chamber, spent the day, Jan. 19, visiting with several offices in Henry County government in Junior Leadership’s official first session.
    Their day began with a stop at Henry County’s Judge Executive John Logan Brent’s office, where he spoke about the topics of workforce development and the opioid crisis.