Local News

  • Eminence Schools a-buzz after grant news

    Eminence Independent Schools won a grant from Whole Kids Foundation recently to install a honey bee pod at the school.

    EIS Superintendent Buddy Berry applied for the grant, which was awarded and announced at the December school board meeting.

    The bee housing will stay in the hallway between the old and new buildings, Berry said.

    The grant–over $1,500–will pay for honey bees, educational resources, curriculum and equipment necessary for an observational hive with clear glass and a tube that leads to bee-friendly plants outside. 

  • Chance encounter leads to 24-year tradition

    A chance encounter at a restaurant began a Christmas tradition—an annual party for neglected and abused children—lasting 24 years, so far.

    Jo Brewer, Community Action Agency (CAA), was working at a Waffle House in Louisville when a pair of boys sat down at a booth.

    “I could tell they were freezing,” Brewer said, and she offered free hot chocolate.

    They refused, saying they just needed to warm up before moving on.

  • Local history: the Doug and Cassie McCoun house

    By Corey Beatty

    Back in July, when we visited Nina Mason’s home for a similar interview, I noticed a painting hanging above a door.

    Mason commented that it was a painting of the home where she grew up, that it was in the Smithfield area, and that it was quite an interesting historic home as well. She explained that it now belonged to her nephew and his family, the son of her brother Scotty McCoun.

  • Longtime public defender, Elizabeth Curtin, retires

    By Andrew Henderson

    The Oldham Era

     A throng of people gathered together at the Main Street Bourbon and Ale House in La Grange Thursday, Dec. 27, after a day of hard work.

    Oldham District Court Judges Diana Wheeler and Jerry Crosby were there, Oldham Circuit Court Judge Karen Conrad was too and so was Oldham County Attorney John Carter amongst many others.


    The year 2018 has come to an end and many of you are ready for a fresh start. But, we’ve come to the time of the year to reflect on previous days–and boy–this year was a doozy!

    From the darker court cases to lighter stories about the strength of the farming community and development of new businesses, this county produced a lot of news in the past year.

    Just for our loyal readers, we’ve broken down the top five news and sports stories of the past year (in no particular order). Enjoy!

    2018 General Election

  • Eminence man, 53, shot and killed in Shelbyville

     An Eminence man was shot and killed in Shelbyville on Sunday evening.

    Kentucky State Police identified Jon Monroe, 53, after being shot on Southlawn Drive, according to The Sentinel-News.

    Police say Monroe was with his friend Stacie Whitaker at her home off U.S. 60 just East of Shelbyville when they heard a knock at the door around 7:30 p.m.. When Monroe opened the door, he was shot multiple times.

  • Lt. Gov. hopeful visits county, listens to retired teachers

    Editor's note: In a previous version of this story, Brad Bowman's role was listed incorrectly. He is spokesman for Beshear/Coleman campaign.

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    On Tuesday, Dec. 18, a candidate for the Kentucky lieutenant governorship visited Henry County to speak to retired teachers and guests about what she hopes to accomplish for the state.

  • No decision on New Cut Road yet to be made by fiscal court

    he Henry County 4-H building was packed as residents of New Cut Road were eager to voice their opinion on the intention of the fiscal court to discontinue the road project.

    Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent addressed the public and the court that there would be no decision made on the road project until the county’s road aid request comes back from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

  • Court rules accused sex offender may see his juvenile children

    An Eminence man, charged with sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment and other charges appeared in Henry County Circuit Court on Dec. 13 for an arraignment and to discuss contact with his children.

    On Nov. 30, Roderick Whitney received new charges of first degree sexual abuse, second degree unlawful imprisonment, distributing obscene material to minors and second degree persistent felony offender.

  • Movie made by locals winning top prizes

    Henry County is no Hollywood, but one woman is proving that you don’t have to be in California to make an award-winning film.

    In 2010, The Theatre Downstream Director Ashley Raymer-Brown decided to make her dream come true after a nightmarish event happened that changed her life.

    Raymer-Brown decided to turn her post-traumatic stress from a car accident ten years prior, into a movie script based on her life.

    “I never really dealt with that,” she said, until she wrote and filmed “The Hepburn Girls” in 2011.