Local News

  • Japanese beetles ruin your day and your garden

    Sometimes, I have requests about subjects for my articles, and this week I got one — Japanese beetle control.
    These little critters have gotten into just about everything this year.
    A Japanese beetle is a 3/8-inch long metallic green beetle with copper-brown wing covers.
    They also have small white spots around their wing covers and down their abdomen.
    The reason these beetles are a problem is because they can feed on over 300 species of plants ranging from roses to poison ivy.
    They usually feed in groups, starting at the top of the plant and working their ways down.

  • Remember sun protection at the county fair

    After a long winter, many of us want to spend as much time as possible outdoors.
    As you venture outside, remember to protect yourself from sun and heat, no matter your age.
    Anyone who spends a considerable amount of time out in the sun with unprotected, exposed skin runs the risk of developing skin cancer.
    The fairer your skin, the greater your risk. Oftentimes, parents remember to put sunscreen on their young children but forget about protecting themselves.

    Older adults may choose not to wear sunscreen thinking, “the damage has already been done.” This is far from the truth.

  • Drennon Springs

    History lovers throughout the community gathered at a Henry County Historical Society event on June 19 to celebrate the storied history of Drennon Springs. Drennon Christian Church hosted with trademarked Henry County hospitality.

  • Berry Center gets $14,000 grant to promote culture in county

    The Berry Center, located in New Castle, received a large grant recently from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    The Agrarian Literary League with the Berry Center is the recipient of a grant of $14,700 to host the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read in Henry County.

    “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support opportunities for communities across the nation, both small and large, to take part in the NEA Big Read,” said NEA Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter.

  • Broadband internet planned for county

    Henry County will be among the first counties to receive fiber optic cable from KentuckyWired, a public-private partnership that seeks to deliver broadband internet to all 120 counties.

     Jim Askins, a representative with contractor NG-KIH Design Build LLC and the KentuckyWired Project, went into detail at the June Henry County Fiscal Court Meeting. Making high speed internet more available in the county could bring economic and educational benefits, he said.

  • 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.