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Today's News

  • Providers recommend whooping cough vaccination

    An outbreak of whooping cough in Northern Kentucky points to the need to have children inoculated against pertussis – and for adults to have a booster shot, according to a news release from Baptist Health in Louisville.
     Thirty-one cases of whooping cough have been reported in the Northern Kentucky counties of Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton since the first of November.  Most of the cases have been in school age children age 10 and older, and a few parents of school-aged children.

  • Ways to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning

    With temperatures continuing to dip into the 20s this winter, local officials are concerned about a potential rash of carbon monoxide poisonings.
    Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that when certain appliances malfunction, can have dangerous, if not fatal effects. In the past five years, more than 1,000 cases of carbon monoxide poisonings were reported to the Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center of Kosair Children’s Hospital.

  • Hospice to offer support group in Shelbyville

    Hosparus offers ongoing support groups for individuals who have experienced a loss due to death, according to a news release. Beginning Feb. 2, the local hospice organization will launch a new Loss Support Group for Grieving Adults in the Shelbyville area.
    This ongoing group will meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Shelby County Library study room at 5309 Eighth St.

  • Medicaid redesign coming to Kentucky under Gov. Bevin

    By Al Cross
    Kentucky Health News
    Gov. Matt Bevin said last Wednesday that a University of Kentucky health executive and former state health secretary, Mark Birdwhistell, will help him design a Medicaid program that “will be a model to the nation.” He said he hopes to know by the middle of 2016 whether his new administration can reach an agreement with federal officials on the shape of the program.
    Beyond that, Bevin offered little new insight into his plans for Medicaid, which was a major issue in the race for governor.

  • Reduce the risk of winter home heating fires

    Henry County homeowners shouldn’t let unseasonably warm weather this season lull them into a false sense of security, emergency officials say. People should still do the necessary annual maintenance to avoid winter fires.
    Heating is the second most common cause of winter home fires in the United States, behind cooking, according to information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Each year, winter home fires kill 905 and cause nearly $2.1 billion in property loss.

  • Dollar General to open New Castle store

    The earth movers sit parked in a grassy field on the south side of New Castle for now, awaiting the go ahead to begin work on the site for a new Dollar General store, according to a company spokeswoman.
    Dollar General plans one of its traditional freestanding stores with approximately 7,300 square feet of retail space in New Castle, according to Katie Kile. If the weather cooperates, the store could begin operating in late spring.

  • Fire and rain: Looking back at 2015, Pt. 2

    While 2016 continues to rev up, take one last look at the Henry County news from the latter half of 2015.
    July
    Raise the roof
    Community members announced plans to undergo a fundraising campaign to support a renovation project for the historic Odd Fellows Lodge building in New Castle. According to records, the Grand United Order of the Odd Fellows #1513 is among the oldest existing in the state, if not the country, having been founded in 1872. The group purchased the building in 1886 and began holding meetings there.

  • Honoring Lucas’ 44 years of public service

    Gary Lucas focused his considerable energy on making his city, his fire department and his employer’s facilities and the people in them as safe as possible.
    The longtime public servant, Eminence fire chief and Steel Tech employee fought a bout against cancer to return to what he loved doing — protecting others. Lucas died Dec. 29 while battling the disease’s return.

  • Finding ways to serve the community

    Mike Patel, owner of Country Express in Eminence (far left), along with his employees served over 150 free Christmas meals Dec. 22 as a service to the community.

    Meals consisted of ham or turkey and two sides. A time period of 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. was set aside for the free meals, but Patel said they ended up serving meals all day, even delivering several meals to businesses in Eminence.

  • Hoping holiday cheer carries over to new year

    The abrupt end to holiday festivities feels an awful lot like going cold turkey this year.

    Usually, the aftermath of all the planning, decorating, shopping for those perfect Christmas presents, wrapping, cooking and serving and then ushering guests to their cars generates a feeling of relief.

    It’s understandable — the various activities that people over-commit to during this season requires much energy and fortitude to carry out.