Local News

  • Federal shutdown may affect loans, taxpayers

    NOTE: This report is as noon on Jan. 8. No deal had been reached at that time.

     The current partial federal government shutdown has reached its 19th day with no end in sight. 

    Most other recent shutdowns lasted a few days, except for a 1995-96 instance, which lasted three weeks.

    And Henry County is not immune to one closure in particular. The only office in the county directly affected by the shutdown is the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) FSA (Farm Service Agency), Judge-Executive John Logan Brent said. 

  • Lost and found

    At first, Sparky was skittish. The homeless mutt hung around the crossroads at Highway 22 and Highway 421 in Eminence.

    Motorists dodged the canine as he watched cars along the highway and searched out food, moving from one field to the next, until the homeless canine claimed a sinkhole in a field across from Southern States next to Dollar General on Elm Street.

    But when bulldozers invaded the dog’s territory for a new storage facility, the weathered pooch moved to the Southern States parking lot.

  • Man accused of abusing a corpse caught trespassing

    A Campbellsburg man, facing abuse of a corpse charges, was arrested again for being on the property of his dead girlfriend.

    Patrick Hill was arrested on Dec. 19 by Kentucky State Police after they received a call saying Hill was on the Melody Lane property from which he was evicted.

    When KSP arrived, an officer found Hill sitting outside of the out building in the backyard working on some tools, according to a citation.

  • A woman, three turkeys feed hundreds 

    Doris Matthews Peak, three turkeys and a community were basically the makings of a Christmas feast.

    But in the beginning, there was Doris Matthews Peak.

    Peak was depressed and alone. She lost her husband last year and her three children were grown and out of the house.

    One night, a knot developed in the woman’s stomach, a tightness.

    “It might be a heart attack,” she thought.

  • Bentley’s murder trial rescheduled for July

    By Taylor Riley and Amanda Manning

    A woman accused of murdering her husband will have a jury trial in July.

    Tasha Bentley, accused of shooting her husband Gary Bentley, 33, on Dec. 10, 2017, appeared in Oldham County Circuit Court on Jan. 4. There were nearly 20 people present in the courtroom hearing Bentley’s case, all wearing matching blue T-shirts.

  • Eminence Schools a-buzz after grant news

    Eminence Independent Schools won a grant from Whole Kids Foundation recently to install a honey bee pod at the school.

    EIS Superintendent Buddy Berry applied for the grant, which was awarded and announced at the December school board meeting.

    The bee housing will stay in the hallway between the old and new buildings, Berry said.

    The grant–over $1,500–will pay for honey bees, educational resources, curriculum and equipment necessary for an observational hive with clear glass and a tube that leads to bee-friendly plants outside. 

  • Chance encounter leads to 24-year tradition

    A chance encounter at a restaurant began a Christmas tradition—an annual party for neglected and abused children—lasting 24 years, so far.

    Jo Brewer, Community Action Agency (CAA), was working at a Waffle House in Louisville when a pair of boys sat down at a booth.

    “I could tell they were freezing,” Brewer said, and she offered free hot chocolate.

    They refused, saying they just needed to warm up before moving on.

  • Local history: the Doug and Cassie McCoun house

    By Corey Beatty

    Back in July, when we visited Nina Mason’s home for a similar interview, I noticed a painting hanging above a door.

    Mason commented that it was a painting of the home where she grew up, that it was in the Smithfield area, and that it was quite an interesting historic home as well. She explained that it now belonged to her nephew and his family, the son of her brother Scotty McCoun.

  • Longtime public defender, Elizabeth Curtin, retires

    By Andrew Henderson

    The Oldham Era

     A throng of people gathered together at the Main Street Bourbon and Ale House in La Grange Thursday, Dec. 27, after a day of hard work.

    Oldham District Court Judges Diana Wheeler and Jerry Crosby were there, Oldham Circuit Court Judge Karen Conrad was too and so was Oldham County Attorney John Carter amongst many others.


    The year 2018 has come to an end and many of you are ready for a fresh start. But, we’ve come to the time of the year to reflect on previous days–and boy–this year was a doozy!

    From the darker court cases to lighter stories about the strength of the farming community and development of new businesses, this county produced a lot of news in the past year.

    Just for our loyal readers, we’ve broken down the top five news and sports stories of the past year (in no particular order). Enjoy!

    2018 General Election