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  • Taking the Bait

    Kentucky State University’s College of Agriculture received a Teaching, Research and Extension Capacity Building Grant in May 2017 for $147,500 to fund a three-year project to encourage students, including Eminence High School biology and aquaculture club students, to participate in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities through aquaculture.

  • Home rehab reveals a message from the past

    A relic that Jody Patterson found hidden in the walls as she restored a classic Main Street home in Smithfield was a real blast from the past.
    Over the years, Patterson made a habit of living in old homes she would rehabilitate and then flip. She’s tackled six or seven such projects, including one two doors down from Dehaven Baptist Church in La Grange.
    “It’s a big, two-story house with a wrap around porch,” Patterson noted. “It turned out nice, but I like this house here a lot better.”

  • Burglary ring busted by credit cards use

    Two Turners Station men have been arrested in connection with a series of burglaries as a result after a report of a break-in and theft at a home in Campbellsburg March 11, according to police reports.
    Kentucky State Police Trooper Steven Dykes identified the suspects as Jason Wayne Gregory, 35, and Roger Dean Wilson II, 24. Multiple agencies have been investigating burglaries at homes and a business in Henry and Shelby counties.
    Police believe the burglaries were motivated by drugs, Dykes said.

  • Grants assist sheriff’s office in meeting safety needs

    When budgets are tight, one way the Henry County Sheriff’s Office can enhance services stems from getting grants, according to Sgt. Chase Dewitt. He recently secured funds for officer safety as he continues working on other applications.
    “The sheriff, he’s always looking for grants,” Dewitt said. “Because our budget here is pretty much zero to nil, he’s always looking for ways to get stuff for free through federal and state grants.”

  • 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.