Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Jeffries takes second runner up in Miss Ky. County Fair Pageant
  • 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.

  • Dads turn out in high numbers

    Men from the community answered the call to get more involved in children’s education when they turned out in large numbers to Dads and Pizza Night at New Castle Elementary School, according to Principal Austin Hunsaker. The community members showed up to express their interest in the new mentoring program known as WatchDOGS. “It was a great night,” he reported. “We had 242 attend and over 60 sign up! Pending background checks, we will have many men serving as WatchDOGS for the remainder of the year. They definitely answered the call!"

  • New immunization requirements are coming to schools

    In a move to prevent contagious diseases in schools, Kentucky’s Department of Public Health issued new state rules that list required immunizations for Hepatitis A and Meningococcal ACWY must be administered to students before attending classes this August, according to school officials. The new requirements begin July 1.
    In addition to all current vaccine requirements,
    • All students in kindergarten through 12th grade must receive two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine and show proof to attend school in August

  • Every Slice Matters wants to make sure ‘Everyone Reads’

    New Castle Elementary wants to send a strong message by sending students home with books to encourage reading with their parents.
    At the beginning of the year, Hometown Pizza, through its non-profit Every Slice Matters, decided to launch a book drive, “Everyone Reads,” to stock the school with books students can take home.

  • The Local strives every day to bring you a quality paper

    Newspapers across Kentucky gathered in Lexington last week at the Kentucky Press Association’s convention to celebrate the best in the print industry. The Henry County Local received recognition, taking home a respectable 15 awards earned by individual members of the staff.
    The Local team also won second place overall in the Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers in the statewide contest for our size category as determined by our circulation numbers.
    Sports editor Greg Woods brought home four awards from the KPA contest.

  • 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.

  • 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.