Today's News

  • Five Generations - Kemper

    Pictured above are five generations of the Kemper family. Clarice Kemper; son, Darrell Kemper; granddaughter, Diane Rabourn; great-granddaughter, Lacie Booher; and great great grandson, Landon Booher.

  • Amendment will prevent future debt crises

    Our country is facing a debt crisis.  The federal government currently borrows 40 cents of every dollar it spends.  This year the government will spend $1.5 trillion more than it takes in, adding to a national debt that is already more than $14.3 trillion, two and a half times the size it was just a decade ago in 2001.

  • Summer tragedies can be avoided

    Summer is here and we’re already seeing the dreaded headlines about children who are left inside hot cars, leading to heat stroke and even death.

    Since 1998, at least 13 children in Kentucky have died as a result of being left inside sweltering vehicles while their parents or caregivers shop, go to work or run errands. It’s just another example of the abuse and neglect that plagues Kentucky’s children.

  • COLUMN: Kentucky is the heart of the nation in many ways

    One of the Commonwealth’s most famous authors, Jesse Stuart, once wrote that “if these United States can be called a body, Kentucky can be called its heart.”

    He was referring to more than just our location, of course, but his words have proven prophetic in a geographic sense as well.  It turns out that our literal place in the world is a great place to be when it comes to helping the world get what it needs.

  • HCHS students to get schedules next week

    Henry County High School students may pick up schedules July 26- 28. Pick up times are:
    July 26 and 27 – 1 to 7 p.m.
    July 28 – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Students must pay instructional fee of $60 when picking up schedules.
    Students on free/reduced lunch are not required to pay instructional fee.
    Parking passes can also be purchased at this time for $5 each. Parents and students will park in the front parking lot and enter through the front entrance.

  • Oldham crash injures Henry County teen

    Police are investigating the cause of a fatal crash near the intersection of U.S. 42 and Ky. 524 about 5 p.m. Sunday.

    Preliminary investigation revealed that a Ford F-250 pick up truck was traveling westbound on U.S. 42 when the vehicle struck the guardrail on the northside of the roadway.  The truck exited off the southside of the road.

    Trent H. Hunter, 18, of La Grange was driving. Clinton P. Diven, 18, of Pendleton  and Johnathan R. Powell, 18, of Prospect were passengers.

  • La Grange teen arrested for ‘prank’

    A so-called prank left more than 1,000 Oldham and Henry County homes with little or no water pressure this week as firefighters scrambled to shut off gushing fire hydrants and police searched for the pranksters.

    Oldham County Dispatch received calls from 100 to 150 homeowners without water late Tuesday and heard reports that the driver of a blue Jeep Cherokee had been opening hydrants.

  • Lightning strike sends Cropper father and son to hospital

    A lightning strike sent a father and his young son to the hospital Sunday evening as storms rolled through Shelby County.

    Shad Hinkley, 40, and his 11-year-old son Braedin, who are from Cropper, were fishing at the farm of Gene Wilder at 7248 Bagdad Road when the incident happened, said Dora Wilder, the mother of Gene Wilder.

    The two were fine by Monday, and Hinkley’s son had already been released from the hospital.

    Hinkley said they were preparing to leave the pond as the lightning started, but they hadn’t been there too long.

  • Teen raising money for a service dog

    Connie Hernandez can’t say enough about Ellie Pittman, the 13-year-old Eminence girl with an ambitious service learning project.

    Pittman was working on training her dog Eloise to be a therapy dog when she met trainer Kia Grace. Grace introduced her to the idea of training a service dog. “At first, I was excited and thought it was a great idea,” she said.

  • ‘You’re a drunk’

    A night of fun at the Henry County Fair landed a Defoe man in hot water last week.
    David Ethington was sentenced last year to 10 years in prison for his role in a 2008 drunk driving ATV accident that severely injured his passenger and friend, David Evans. He later was released through shock probation.

    Ethington was at the Henry County Fair, intoxicated, when his probation officer spotted him.

    Commonwealth’s Attorney Barry Baxter said that from his perspective, Ethington was “thumbing his nose at the Commonwealth.”