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Local News

  • Henry County Public Library hires new director

    You could say it was “time” for Tony Jones to come to Henry County.

    He may not be from around here, nor live here–yet, but as the new director of the library, he already feels right at home.

    Jones took over the main role at the Henry County Public Library in January after Jessica Powell left for Oldham County.

    Growing up in the Okolona neighborhood of Louisville, Jones never thought he would work for a library; he didn’t even like school. The library, he said, was a “punishment,” to him as a kid.

  • Mayor King readies initiatives

    New Castle Mayor Bobby King hit the ground running after his election in November.

    The new administration’s priorities are crime deterrence and public safety within his jurisdiction, while curbing drug addiction.

    And King plans to ask commissioners to approve new initiatives for youth, adults and senior citizens at the Feb. 4 meeting, which will include ways to involve community members to make the city a better place and to keep kids out of trouble.

    King wants to connect high school students with senior citizens.

  • Code enforcement working, despite limited resources

    Henry County’s incorporated cities have adopted nuisance ordinances to force homeowners to get rid of trash, junk cars, overgrown lawns and uncontrolled weeds, scrap metal and to fix structural issues. Also, Campbellsburg and New Castle amended their ordinances in 2018.

    City councils and commissions say they deal with code enforcement as best they can, limited by budgets and personnel.

    Eminence is trying to hire a code enforcement officer, but in the meantime, Mayor Drane Stephens performs that task, then hands complaints off to Eminence Police Department.

  • The story of Angela Hall

    Angela Hall was reported missing on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 and found dead three days later, but the news is still fresh in the minds of her family who is just simply trying to live its day to day life.

    Hall was a drug addict. Her family doesn’t try to hide that fact.

    What they do want though, is for the public to know that she was so much more; she was a mom, a daughter and wife. Drugs just simply overcame her life, her family said, as it does for so many families.

  • Henry County feels nationwide firefighter shortage

    Running into burning buildings isn’t everyone’s first thought, but Henry County volunteer firefighters risk their lives on every run to rescue people, pets and property.

    Volunteer shortages in rural and small departments are rampant throughout the country, including Henry County, similar to EMS worker shortages, covered in the Local in 2018.

    Local departments don’t have the budget to hire career firefighters and rely on volunteers.

  • Shutdown update: USDA FSA opens temporarily

    Henry County’s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) FSA office, is currently open. The federal government shuttered the local office the Friday before New Year’s Day due to the ongoing shutdown, now near a 4-week mark. 

    However, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue sent a press release announcing “many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers.”

  • New Cut Road receives some relief

    Henry Countians received good news last week when it was announced that New Cut Road, a contentious road project, would be opened again.

    It was announced at the fiscal court meeting on Jan. 15 that the county received emergency road aid funding of $150,000 from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

    The original aid request identified eight sites on the county road that connects Highway 202 and Highway 193, but with news from the state, the plan was revised.

  • AT&T rolls out wireless internet in Pleasureville

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    AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet for rural and underserved locations is now available to residents and small businesses in parts of Henry County.

     This rollout, now in 18 states, began in 2017. The company now offers Fixed Wireless Internet to over 440,000 locations across 18 states with plans to provide access to over 1.1 million locations by the end of 2020.

  • Victims of convicted construction company owner speak out

     A resolution still hasn’t been made in the cases involving a Campbellsburg-based contractor, who was indicted by grand juries in four counties on theft charges.

    Jason Whitaker, owner of Whitaker Concrete and Construction, appeared in front of Judge Karen Conrad in Trimble County on Thursday to discuss his case.

  • Miniature toys, momentous idea: Company signs to move into commerce park

    Henry County natives, who made their living by owning a farm toy company, are bringing their successful business back home.

    Christopher and Alissa Burnett, owners of Burnett’s Farm Toys, signed an option agreement Jan. 9 with Henry County Fiscal Court to build a warehouse and showroom on Lot 2 at the Henry County Commerce Park in Campbellsburg.

    The 1.038-acre lot was sold to the couple, who lives in Bedford, for $15,000 and will be located across from The Milkhouse Creamery.