Local News

  • New Castle considers parking regulation revamp

    New Castle city officials are combing through old ordinances in an attempt to limit problems and add enforcement mechanisms, according to a discussion at the March 5 city commission meeting. At the top of the list of reforms is congested parking in the city.
    Formerly, New Castle allowed drivers to park in one spot for up to two hours and the disabled were granted four hours. To make the ordinance uniform, city commissioners are making all parking downtown two hours only.

  • Chandler campaigns for a smoke-free Kentucky and Henry County

    Convinced the state as a whole won’t pass comprehensive laws dealing with the health hazard of smoking in public, Ben Chandler, CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, will visit all Kentucky counties in hopes of getting smoke-free ordinances approved at the local level.
    Chandler, a former congressman, made his visit to Henry County Feb. 20 to campaign for no smoking spaces with Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent and North Central District Health Department Director Roanya Rice.

  • Reward offered to find pet pig’s killer

    The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has opened an investigation into the shooting death of a pet pig March 16 in Pleasureville.
    The incident occurred at the old Pleasureville recycling property at 160 Main Street, Cissy Cook reported.
    Her husband serves as the caretaker of the property, and he stopped by early Friday on his way to work to check on and take care of the animals there, including the pet pig.
    But when he returned after work, he realized someone else had been on the property, shot the pig, chased it, shot it a second time and then cut off its ears, Cook said.

  • Fire contained to porch in Bethlehem

    On March 12, the Pleasureville Fire Department responded to a report of a fire in the back porch of a residence in Bethlehem.
    The fire was caused by an electrical socket on the back porch of the home owned by Ray and Elaine Whitaker. Ray Whitaker was able to put the fire out using a garden hose just before the PFD arrived.
    “We had only been home about 45 minutes,” he said. “I had just gone to lay down when our dog started going crazy and I got up to see if someone was at the door. That’s when I saw the fire.”

  • Police seek man who fled March 9 traffic stop in excess of 100 mph

    Personnel from several law enforcement agencies searched the woods between Port Royal and River Road March 9 after a suspect crashed a vehicle in a curve on Port Royal Road after a chase and the subject fled on foot.
    Trooper Steven Dykes, post 5 spokesman, said police from Campbellsburg, Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police sought Zack Ethington, a 26-year-old white male who stands five-feet, five-inches tall and weights 125 pounds, has hazel eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a Carhartt jacket.

  • Henry County Court Clerk’s Office honored for Trust for Life work

    The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life recently honored 28 counties for exemplary achievements in educating communities about the lifesaving gift of organ donation, and Henry County is one of them, according to a news release.

  • In-person absentee voting begins March 20

    In-person absentee voting for the upcoming May 22 primary election can be cast at the Henry County Clerk’s Office beginning March 20 and continuing through May 21, according to Henry County Clerk Shanda Archer.

    Those who qualify to cast an absentee ballot include the following registered voters: • due to age, disability or illness will be unable to go to the polls on election day

    • students who temporarily reside outside the county in which the student is registered and will be out of the county on election day

  • Dow’s donation will pay for a wonderwall at new library

    When the new Henry County Public Library opens in 2019, the facility will feature a “wonderwall” activity space paid for with a donation from the Dow company plant located in Carrollton.
    The $5,000 donation to comes as company officials and employees celebrate the 50-year anniversary of Dow in Carroll County, according to a news release. In all, Dow donated a total of $50,000 to 10 libraries in the region surrounding the Carrollton plant.

  • Clean Water Saves Lives

    St. John Chrysostom members have scheduled a benefit sale in April to assist their musical director’s mission of saving lives around the globe by providing clean water to mothers by the tens of thousands.
    Sister Larraine Lauter helped launch Water with Blessings, based in Middletown, several years before answering a different kind of urgent call to Eminence.
    “A friend of mine who attends there — Kathy Long, she sings in the choir — they had lost their choir director just in time for the Easter holy week,” Lauter said. “So, I got drafted.”

  • EIS officials want an SRO, not armed teachers

    The Kentucky Department of Homeland Security grant to hire a school resource officer (SRO) at Eminence Independent Schools has been turned down for two years in a row, according to Eminence police and educators.
    Eminence Police Department’s Lt. Mike Wells spearheaded the initiative. He said the grants were lost due to lack of serious criminal activity.
    The effort to get a school resource officer in Eminence schools is an ongoing process, Wells said. In the meantime, Louisville and Lexington were both granted funds for four SROs.