Local News

  • Rabbit Hole Distilling pulls out of warehouse plan in Smithfield

    The Henry County Courthouse erupted into applause Monday night as Rabbit Hole Distilling announced they were pulling their application for a conditional use permit.

    Henry County residents voiced their opposition to Rabbit Hole, which had expressed interest in a warehouse coming to Smithfield, because they feared black fungus would lower property value. Their complaints bombarded representatives from Rabbit Hole, who assured residents they wouldn’t be adversely affected.

  • Harrod lives one day at a time since cancer
  • Eminence man appears again on kidnapping, abuse charges

    A 51-year-old Eminence man appeared in court Thursday where he faces several charges after he allegedly held two women against their will in his Mulberry Pike home in February.
    Timothy Lynn Baer appeared in Henry County Circuit Court last week at a pre-trial conference in front of Judge Karen Conrad with his attorney Elizabeth Curtin.

  • Circuit Clerk’s Office to close for one week

    he Henry County Courthouse in New Castle will be closed for major remodeling and new construction soon, so the Henry Circuit Clerk’s Office and all court functions will close for a week for its temporary move to Eminence.
    During the week of June 25-29, the courthouse staff will be moving its phones, desks, computers, driver’s license lines and cameras and courthouse video equipment, according to Gina Lyle, Henry County Circuit Clerk.
    Docket hearings, driver’s licensing and all other functions will close at 4 p.m. Friday, June 22 and will remain closed the week of June 25-29.

  • Eminence still undecided about chickens

    A local 10-year-old will have to wait another month to learn if his desire to keep chickens will be allowed in Eminence.
    Reese Morgan submitted a request in May to ask Eminence City Council members to have three chickens for eggs. Reese is on the autism spectrum and said he would use the chickens as “therapy animals.”
    At the follow-up city council meeting last week, Mayor Drane Stephens said he was still “uncomfortable” making a first reading of the amendment to allow the animals at city residences.

  • McDonald’s in Eminence cracking down on security

    The Eminence Police Department is “actively working” to diminish concerns of loitering young adults in the McDonald’s parking lot in Eminence.
    George Saliba, owner of the McDonald’s restaurant in Eminence and 13 other locations, voiced his concerns at the Eminence City Council meeting last week about the loitering kids who have caused “trouble” outside his restaurant for weeks. He said three young adults, in particular, were the cause of the problems.

  • National childhood cancer act helps local child

    Eminence resident Johnna DeWitt has spent the past eight months helping her one-year-old daughter beat brain cancer. A national bill passed on May 22 might make it easier for her to do so.
    On June 5, President Donald Trump signed the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access and Research (STAR) Act, a bipartisan bill that will advance research and treatments for pediatric cancer. The bill received unanimous approval in the U.S. Senate on March 22 and passed by voice vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 22.

  • Can’t make it to Relay For Life? You can still honor your loved one

    If you’re unable to make it to The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Henry County on June 23, you can still honor your loved one.
    Luminaria bags and a Lantern of Love can be purchased before the ceremony to remember the passing of a family member or friend of cancer.
    During Relay For Life, participants will share in a Luminaria Ceremony to remember those individuals who have been affected by cancer.

  • KBA honors Ben Coomes at annual convention in Lexington
  • Eminence Police warn local banks after failed robbery Monday

    The Eminence Police Department responded to a failed robbery attempt at Limestone Bank around 11 a.m. Monday.

    The two clerks inside told police that a male, approximately 6 feet tall, thin and wearing all black, approached the bank’s locked front door and shook it violently for three to five seconds before fleeing. The suspect was carrying a bag and did not appear to be armed.

    Other details about the suspect’s appearance are currently unknown, Eminence Police officer Mike Wells said.