Local News

  • Book recalling 1936 Henry County murder turns 2 years old

    Upon the second anniversary of a local author’s debut book on the tale of a 1936 Henry County murder, readers gathered to hear her speak about her findings last week at the Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL).

    Ann DAngelo dedicated six years of her life investigating the Nov. 6, 1936 shooting death of La Grange widow and businesswoman Verna Garr Taylor in Pendleton for her book “Dark Highway: Love, Murder and Revenge in 1930s Kentucky.”

  • Tranquil communities or development in Henry — an either — or proposition?

    Similar to Shakespeare’s Hamlet, who wondered, “To be or not to be—that is the question,” to develop or not to develop is on the minds of Henry Countians lately.
    The issue is more complex than “pro versus no development” or “just those citizens that are for everything or against everything,” Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent said.
    Most residents, he said, fall in the middle.
    Do Henry Countians want the area to be a bedroom community, defined as a small community that has no major industries lived in by people who work somewhere else?

  • Bourbon, property taxes to give thousands to schools

    Henry County Public Schools and other institutions could receive thousands in revenue from state bourbon barrel and property taxes, said John Logan Brent, Henry County Judge-Executive.
    Barrels of bourbon are only taxed after their second year, due to the aging process required for liquor to be considered straight bourbon, Brent said. However, property taxes on the distilleries’ land and buildings would be a constant source of tax revenue.

  • School security weighs on HCPS, Eminence administrators

    Keeping kids safe during school hours is a vital task for school districts everywhere, including Henry County Public Schools (HCPS) and Eminence Independent Schools (EIS).
    Pundits, politicians and pro- and anti-gun groups can’t even agree on the number of school shootings there were this year, each relying on a set of “facts” that bolster individual arguments.

  • Shamrock Farms celebrates three decades of day camp

    A secluded Smithfield farm is celebrating 30 years of rescuing “horses, dogs and people,” according to its owners.
    Shamrock Farm, located on McCoun Road, is home to a training and apprentice program, animal rescue and day camp for children with and without disabilities.
    Shamrock Farm, began in 1968 in Smithfield on land that the CB Wilson family owned. Rob Wilson, the youngest son, trained horses in barns he built after working on the farm all day.

  • Campbellsburg ordinance targets eyesores

    Campbellsburg City Council held a special meeting on July 20 and unanimously adopted Maintenance of Structures and Real Estate ordinance 2018-05 after a second reading and slight revision.
    Recent complaints from residents pushed the city to draft new rules to “protect, promote and improve the health, safety and welfare” of people residing in and traveling through the area, to rid the city of nuisances and to bolster property values.
    Residents testified at the previous council meeting about properties near their homes that needed attention.

  • Local vet promoting end-of-life training program

    Bob Hamilton is determined to help elderly veterans on their final mission.

    The Eminence resident, who’s lived in Henry County for 12 years, is one of two veterans helping promote a special training program for the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA). The program would equip veterans with the know-how to support fellow vets in hospice care or nearing the end of their lives, and is scheduled for September 15 and 16 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1170 in Louisville.

  • Eminence city clerk retiring after almost 38 years

    Since 1980, Sandra Doane has kept the Eminence City Hall running as city clerk. That all changes after July 31, when she begins her retirement.

    Having worked for almost 38 years under six mayors, Doane planned to retire around this time next year. However, it was the rapid changes to Kentucky’s retirement system in the past year that made her think “better safe than sorry.”

    “I know of several clerks that are going ahead and retiring the same time that I am,” Doane said. “I think that was a big factor with a lot of them.”

  • New creamery gives hope to industry in Henry County

    Bourbon isn’t the only new industry coming to the county.

    A dairy processing plant, which will produce cheese, butter and ice cream, will set up shop in the Henry County Commerce Park in Campbellsburg come 2019.

    The Rowlett family, soon-to-be-owners of The Milkhouse Creamery, saw a need this year to diversify their dairy farm’s services. On July 9, they signed an option agreement with Henry County Fiscal Court on a 2.23-acre plot in the commerce park.

  • New Castle rental headache for neighbors

    Four New Castle residents complained about a rental property near their homes at the New Castle City Commissioners’ meeting July 2.

    Claims of threats, vandalism, theft, drug activity, difficult renters and squatters (excluding one lawful tenant who leases a single apartment), barking dogs and non-payment of utilities topped the list.

    The four-plex, which sits on the corner of North Property Road and Cedar Street, is owned by David Wood.