Today's News

  • Making Christmas special in Henry County

    Nestled in southeast Henry County in the village of Bethlehem is a treasure – the little Bethlehem post office. And yes, I am prejudiced, but perhaps less because I happen to live in Bethlehem than because of the hustle and bustle that I have experienced in big-city post offices, such as New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Baltimore and, most recently, Louisville.

  • Community Calendar for the week of December 8, 2010

    Thursday, December 9

    Free adult scrapbooking offered at the Eminence Community Life Center from 10 a.m. until noon on Thursdays.

    The County Kickers Line Dancing group meets on Thursday nights at the Henry County Fairgrounds 4H Building in New Castle. Lessons are held for beginners from 6 to 7 p.m.  and advanced lessons follow from 7 to 8 p.m. There is a fee of $20 per year. For more information contact Darlene Tipton at (502) 750-0954 or (502) 947-5160.

  • Public Records for the Week of Dec. 8, 2010

    District Court
    Monday, Nov. 29
    Judge Diana E. Wheeler

    Barbara C. Tipton, 1966, charge from 4/9/09: failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security, 1st offense, amended to 2nd offense or greater on 5/4/09, recall Department of Transportation, continued to 2/21/11 for payment.

  • Preparing students for real life decisions

    “You need to finish school,” parents often tell their children. Sometimes it feels like those words go in one ear and out the other.

    According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, 28 percent of Kentucky’s high school graduates go directly to work. Six months later, 10 percent of those are unemployed.

    To combat this trend, a 4-H exercise called “Reality Store” aims to give students the tools to help them make informed decisions about their future.

  • Kentucky ag groups combine for Ag Industry Show

    For the first time, the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association and the Kentucky Horse Council have decided to join forces for the first Ag Industry Trade Show, Jan. 13-14 at the Lexington Convention Center to coincide with each organization’s annual meeting. 

    Many farmers and ag industry people are involved in more than one facet of agriculture, so an event like this should maximize efficiency for both the farmer and the trade show exhibitors.

  • It’s cold out there: safety tips for heating your home

    The cold Kentucky winds are beginning to blow signaling that it’s time to turn on the furnace.  Safety from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning should be your first priority.
    U.S. fire departments responded to thousands of home fires in 2009 that involved heating equipment, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Not only are furnaces potential hazards, but many of the fires started from space heaters. Carbon monoxide deaths were another problem.

  • Clean up needed a clean up

    According to those who were left with the task of cleaning up after the New Castle Haunted House clean-up of the Locker, the enterprise was a horror.

    Main Street manager Jeff Thoke said prior to Monday night’s meeting of the New Castle City Commission that he was still pushing haunted house operator George Banks to get the job done weeks after the attraction closed.

  • Henry woman used fake loans to pay debts

    A Turners Station woman entered a guilty plea in federal court last week that she stole almost $650,000 through 190 fraudulent loans, from her Shelbyville employer.

    Sandra Chilton, 46, used her position with Pioneer Credit in Village Plaza to defraud the company of $648,225, she told U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves in Frankfort on Nov. 30.

    She pleaded guilty to one count of wiring fraud, which means she used interstate wiring transactions to steal the money.

  • HCPS audit shows no flaws, reflects district emphasis on sound decisions

    For the ninth straight year, the Henry County Public Schools district audit revealed no reporting deficiencies or misstatements, faring well in its audit for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

    The Charles T. Mitchell Company out of Frankfort performed the work.

    “The Henry County Board of Education believes that improving student achievement is the most significant task of the school district,” the report stated. “They are committed to making sound fiscal decisions to achieve the best educational opportunities for all students to be successful.”

  • FRYSC Christmas for Kids to serve 54 families

    The 2010 holiday season began in August for the HCPS Family Resource Center.
    Christmas for Kids began with the opening of the school year.

    Fifty-four families with a total of 150 children were identified through an application process.

    Coordinator Renata Ingram said parents must attend three parenting workshops and volunteer with the school system in order to qualify.

    Those with children too young to go to school may volunteer at the library’s Baby and Me program or other approved non-profit activity.