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  • Amendment says ‘yes’ to distilleries in county

    After a second reading at Henry County Fiscal Court of an ordinance that allows distilleries into the county under certain conditions, local cities are now adopting the amendment.
    The cities of New Castle and Pleasureville both approved the amendment on June 4, which requires distilleries to store bourbon on tracts of at least 50 acres and include one tasting room, warehouse, rack house and craft distillery. An additional warehouse or rackhouse may be approved for each 50 neighboring acres.

  • Rabbit Hole Spirits seeks permit to build in Henry

     Rabbit Hole Spirits Inc., a new distillery in the NuLu section of downtown Louisville, will petition the Henry County Planning and Zoning Department soon for a conditional use permit to build a distillery warehouse in Smithfield for its bourbon.
    Rabbit Hole plans to build a rack house off I-71, exit 28, for its bourbon products in phase one after Planning and Zoning approves its request for signage later this month and after 146 acres are purchased. No construction is currently underway.

  • Crusade for Children totals wow the county

    Henry County fire and rescue departments raised a total of $61,500 for the 65th annual Crusade for Children this year. The Crusade, which includes a telethon, is a yearly event established in 1954 by WHAS-TV in Louisville to raise money for agencies, schools and hospitals to improve the quality of life for children with special needs. Local volunteers and firefighters held events throughout the year to supplement totals from roadblocks across the county. New Castle Fire Department also held a fish fry that brought in $3,200.

    Totals from the Crusade:
    Eminence Fire & Rescue $13,430.43

  • Foundation repurposes horses to give them new life
  • Louisville groomers’ roots are firmly planted in Henry County

    William and Khris Berry share their roots in Henry County, but now their pet grooming and day care business has expanded to two states. The couple, co-owners of three See Spot Grooming salons in Prospect, on Shelbyville Road and Lime Kiln Lane in Louisville, grew up together.

  • Graduating into retirement

    Carole Sue Truman got the surprise of her career at Henry County High School during graduation practice on May 25.

    The longtime secretary of the high school was sitting at the piano, getting ready to rehearse for the last time when principal Shannon Sageser told her to come to the stage.

    “He handed me that cap and gown and said ‘Put this on.’ I said ‘What? It’s 90 degrees in here.’”

  • Historical society picnic brings the past home

     The Henry County Historical Society will hold a family-friendly event to share the history of Drennon Springs with the community.

    Drennon Christian Church will host the free event, which will begin with a picnic.

    The star of the evening is Drennon Springs, known for its salt flats and sulfur springs ‑ and its interesting past.

  • Kentucky Heritage Council honors two organizations

    The New Castle Grand United Order of Odd Fellows and New Castle Main Street, Inc., received a Grassroots Preservation Award at the 2018 Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation presentation on May 30 at the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort.

    Richard Smith, Grand Noble for the lodge accepted the award on behalf of the group.

  • Hepatitis A reported in Henry County

    Hepatitis A, the virus responsible for a 629-person outbreak in Kentucky reared its ugly head in Henry County recently. 

    Health officials are trying to keep the virus at bay through education and communication.

  • Veterans receive quilts from local group

    Disabled veteran Jami Anna Rose Williamson recently received a special gift – a Quilt of Honor to honor her military service and her giving spirit.
       The Future Federal Retirees Quilting Guild (FFRQG), a group of mostly retired and active employees from Robley Rex VA Medical Center, known as the VA hospital, in Louisville, create 12 quilts a year for vets.