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  • Ag plays a huge part in the local economy

    Agriculture represents a large slice of the Henry County economic pie.
    The 2012 USDA — United States Department of Agriculture, Census of Agriculture, produced every five years through the NAS, reported 869 Henry County farms, compared to 962 in 2007.
    Lindsey Davie, Henry County High School agriculture teacher, pointed to the ag census results as a way to help non-farmers to realize the economic impact of agriculture on the county’s bottom line.

  • Foree is brewing up a new agritourism idea for Henry County

    An idea began fermenting in Josh Foree’s head in 2012 when he decided to relax during time off from his electrician’s job by volunteering at craft brewing events in Louisville.
    Now, Foree plans to add to the growing agritourism attractions in Henry County by opening his own microbrewery and events space on his farm this July. His idea both compliments the wave of distilleries and wineries sprouting in Kentucky and goes against the grain, too.
    For nearly two decades, Foree earned his living by taking on intense 15 hour a day, seven days a week electrical jobs that go on for months.

  • Donation to pay for splash pad at Henry County rec park

    Eminence officials recently decided to open the splash pad in Coach D Park for Memorial Day weekend. A few months after that, a second, larger recreational water feature should open in Henry County’s main park.
    Donald Buchanan of Pleasureville will spring for the new splash pad, which county officials have described as a gift to the children of Henry County.

  • Dogs loose on I-71 led to fatal wreck

    John Crawford made it a habit to help animals before he pulled off Interstate 71 to try to save two dogs threatened by traffic April 25, according to Henry County’s animal control officer.
    Crawford stopped his commercial vehicle and notified the Kentucky State Police Post 5 dispatch before calling Dan Flinkfelt himself, the animal control officer told the Henry County Local. Crawford knew Flinkfelt’s cell phone number because the citizen had been in contact with him on previous occasions.

  • Ag-Themed Commute

    Henry County High students, this year joined by members of the community, drove their Massey-Fergusons and their John Deeres to school May 1 as part of a larger, week-long celebration of agriculture in the community.

  • One killed, two injured in I-71 wreck

    A wreck on Interstate 71 in Henry County at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday killed one person and injured another two, including one Kentucky State Police trooper, according to a KSP news release.
    Trooper Mickey Gonterman responded to a call of dogs on the interstate near the 30 mile marker at 7:30.

  • Life After Cancer

    One year ago, doctors diagnosed Aleigha Hancock with B-cell ALL, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the lymphoid line of the blood cells.
    Left untreated, ALL progresses rapidly and is typically fatal within weeks or months. Today, Hancock is a young cancer survivor.

  • Zoning change could allow in craft distillers

    With one distillery that will attract tourists to Defoe and a separate warehousing operation setting up in an industrial park, Henry County has recently become attractive to the spirits industry.
    In case other distilling related facilities want to locate in agriculturally zoned areas, the Henry County Fiscal Court held the first reading of an amendment to the zoning ordinance that would allow them in as a conditional use.
    The topic came up during the planning and zoning report during the April 17 meeting, when Judge-Executive John Logan Brent explained the motivation behind the change.

  • Wash hands to avoid Hep A

    Hepatitis A, a highly contagious infection that targets the liver, is on the rise in Kentucky.
    Although no cases have been confirmed in Henry County, North Central District Health Department Environmental Director David Cammack urged caution.
    “We’re so close to Louisville, which is experiencing an outbreak, that we want to get the word out to educate people about what’s going on,” he said.
    According to Kentucky’s Department of Public Health, 214 cases were reported in Jefferson County alone as of April 16. One person has died from the disease since the outbreak began.

  • Louisville man may face child pornography charges

    There’s a question on the minds of a prosecutor in the case of a 37-year-old Louisville man accused of trying to lure local teens for sex over Instagram, according to a discussion in court April 12.

    After a citizen’s report of a suspicious man hanging around Coach D Park and talking to a group of 12-year-old girls, Eminence Officer Phillip Parham tracked down a suspect through his use of a bank card at a local fast food restaurant.