Local News

  • Fiscal court plans tax hike of 4 percent

    By Jane Ashley Pace


    Henry County Fiscal Court will vote on the second reading of a county real property tax increase of 4 percent Thursday night.

    The first reading was approved on July 16.

    The 2019-2020 budget proposed allowing a 4 percent increase on real property, from 11.7 cents per $100 of assessed value to 12.16 cents.

    This increase would be on real estate only, which is 10 percent of the total Henry Property Tax Statement.

  • Special ambulance taxing district proposed

    The Henry County Fiscal Court unanimously approved the first reading Tuesday on an ordinance that would establish a special ambulance taxing district. Under the tax, real property, including personal property, autos, boats and planes would be taxed at six cents ($.06) per one hundred dollars of value for the 2020 calendar year.

  • Henry County lowers school tax rate, raises revenue

    Lowering taxes is nearly unheard of for school districts.

    But Henry County Public Schools (HPCS) board voted Aug. 22 to lower school tax rates for its 2019-20 school year.

    In a unanimous vote, board members approved a 4-percent tax with exonerations, reducing the rate per $100 from 74.3 previously to 73.9.

  • Henry County Public Schools may lower tax rates but increase revenue

    It’s rare for school tax rates to go down, but a local school administrator has recommended just that.

    At its regular school board meeting Aug. 19 at the district office, Henry County Public Schools Superintendent Terry Price presented options for school taxes during the 2019-20 year.

    Price recommended to the school board that a lower individual real estate tax rate would actually reel more cash into the district.

  • Bentley’s son cleared to testify at trial

    An Aug. 20 competency hearing for the 5-year-old son of Tasha Bentley, who is accused of the murder of the boy’s father, resulted in a determination that the child can testify at trial. His mother could face the death penalty.

    Although he was taped by law enforcement soon after the crime, Judge Karen A. Conrad was reportedly going to ask the boy questions not related to the murder, and attorneys were not allowed to speak with the juvenile at the private hearing.

  • Port Royal man escapes fire thanks to barking dog

    There’s a famous, award-winning novel “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon.

    In Larry Ingabrand’s case, a curious dog that barked him awake around 3 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, may have saved the Port Royal resident’s life.

    “The dog kept barking and woke me up,” Ingabrand said. “When I stood up, I smelled smoke. I grabbed my coat and shoes and got out.”

  • Local dreams group reaches 500, gets its ‘Second Wind’

    It has been said if you have a heartbeat, there’s still time for your dreams. One local group that has been making elder dreams come true reached a big milestone last week.

    The Henry County Extension Second Wind Dreams Committee celebrated its 500th dream Wednesday, Aug. 20, with The Balloon Man.

  • Pleasureville author writes about priest

    Immigration is in the news.

    It seems at times as if U.S. immigration policy is changing weekly.

    Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc. recently released a biography by Pleasureville author Marian T. Call that highlights Rev. James Flynn, an advocate for immigrants and refugees.

    The paperback, “In Solidarity, Rev. James Flynn,” tells the of a retired Roman Catholic priest.

  • Local man is Marine sharpshooter

    PFC Laymon C. Durbin, above and at right, of Turners Station, graduated from the United States Marine Corp Recruit Training at Parris Island, South Carolina on Aug. 16. He was meritoriously promoted to PFC during training. PFC Durbin was awarded the High Shooter Award, shooting 345 out of 350. After a 10-day leave and one week performing recruiter assistance, he will report to Camp Geiger in Jacksonville, North Carolina, for nine weeks of advanced infantry training. PFC Durbin is the son of Joseph Durbin and Cristi Smith.

    Photos submitted 

  • First and Last Liquors destroyed by fire

    A family-owned Campbellsburg liquor store was destroyed in a fire of unknown origin last week.

    Campbellsburg Fire and Rescue Department, New Castle Fire and Rescue, Lake Jericho Fire and Rescue Department, La Grange Fire and Rescue Department, Bedford Fire Department and Milton Fire and Rescue responded to First and Last Liquors at approximately 7:14 a.m. on Aug. 13.

    Assistant Chief at Campbellsburg Fire Department Tim Congleton said the liquor store, at the corner of Leaview Avenue and U.S. 421, was fully involved when they arrived on scene.