Local News

  • Faul Family Riverside Farm approved for new venue

     A Sulphur farm will soon be getting into the business of entertaining.

    Faul Family Riverside Farm was unanimously approved Monday night by the Henry County Board of Adjustments for a Conditional Use Zoning Ordinance for an event venue on its farm, 4845 Sulphur Road in Sulphur.

    The barn, which is already standing on the property, will soon be used as an event venue for weddings and parties.

    Andre Faul, owner of the farm, was present at the meeting to explain the new venture.

  • Mike Hilliard to direct county EMA

    Mike Hilliard was appointed as part-time director of the Henry County Emergency Management Agency (HCEMA). The state approved the move on Jan. 18.

    Hilliard replaced Jody Rucker, who left the county’s employ late last year.

    “I made the decision to go in another direction with staffing of these duties,” Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent said.

    The new director served the county for eight years as Planning and Zoning administrator, 911 coordinator, flood plain coordinator and Director of Emergency Servicces.

  • Clean sweep gets standing ovation at Eminence Independent Schools Board meeting

    A standing ovation erupted during a recent Eminence Independent Schools (EIS) meeting, a gesture of appreciation for its new cleaning staff.

    Facilities Management Services (FMS) signed a contract with the district in October and began services in November.

    “Even in the short time (FMS) has been here, they’ve gotten the building in the best shape it’s been in over a year and a half,” EIS Superintendent Buddy Berry said.

  • Constable pleads not guilty to burglary charges

    A Henry County constable arrested in early January on burglary charges was arraigned in court earlier this month.

    Richard Jaehnigen, 31, pleaded not guilty to charges of burglary, second degree, and illegal possession of a legend drug, when he appeared in front of Judge Jerry Crosby on Jan. 17.

    His arraignment included bond requirements such as alcohol and drug assessment. Jaehnigen was also ordered no contact with Henry County Emergency Management Services or the EMS garage, where he was an EMT.

  • Shutdown over: USDA workers back on the job

    The federal government shutdown recently ended, after a month. As of Jan. 25, President Trump ended the shutdown without a deal from Congress and set a three-week deadline for negotiations to take place.

    If talks don’t conform to what Trump wants, the shutdown begin again.

    The only local federal agency affected by the shutdown was United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (USDA FSA) workers, who were furloughed after New Year’s and came back without pay on Jan. 22 on a limited capacity. 

  • 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.