Local News

  • Eminence man faces new sexual assault charges

    An Eminence registered sex offender is in jail after police say he kidnapped three children and forced them to do tasks around his home while sexually abusing one of them in front of the others. And after his court appearance on Monday, he is now facing new charges.

    Roderick D. Whitney, 51, is accused of sexually abusing and imprisoning a 17-year-old girl, as well as showing her pornographic material.

  • Angel’s Envy warehouses and distillery likely to come to Henry County

    The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to push through a zoning change, proposed by Louisville Distilling Company, to the Henry County Fiscal Court.
    The zoning change, if approved by the Fiscal Court, would allow a Louisville Distilling Company barrel storage warehouse and distillery on approximately 354 acres, located at the 4600 block of Campbellsburg Road.
    Phase 1 would include the construction of three barrel storage warehouses, 59,000-square-feet a piece. Construction would start, if approved by Fiscal Court, in fall 2018.

  • KSP Post 5 to help identify missing persons

    By Staff
    Kentucky State Police Post 5 is partnering with The National Missing and Unidentified Person System (NamUs) to help law enforcement identify missing loved ones.
    The free event, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 30 at the Campbellsburg Community Center, located at 8191 Main Street in Campbellsburg.

  • Relay for Life kicks off Hope campaign

    The statewide American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life will kick off its virtual Hope campaign on September 20 to fundraise for cancer research and treatment.
    Donors of $15 or more to the charity will receive a commemorative 2018 Kentucky-themed “Hope Starts At Home” T-shirt.
    Relay supports life-saving research and treatment innovation through donations. The Henry County Relay for Life event in New Castle on June 23 raised funds for the organization earlier this summer.

  • Sweet Home Spun: A hidden county tradition

    BY Tammy Shaw
    JoAnn Adams and husband Sam love their Sweet Home, a centennial farm in Pleasureville, on land early pioneers settled shortly after the Revolutionary War.
    The farm is also home to retired middle school teacher JoAnn’s business, a spinning and knitting studio — Sweet Home Spun — which occupies an historic reconstructed Low Dutch meetinghouse.

  • Eminence passes chicken coop ordinance amendment

    A local 10-year-old walked proudly out of Monday’s Eminence City Council Meeting, after his proposed ordinance amendment was unanimously voted in favor.
    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 in June, Mayor Drane Stephens said he was still “uncomfortable” making a first reading of the amendment to allow the animals at city residences.

  • Henry County contractor in court again on fraud charges

    By Taylor Riley and Amanda manning
    A Campbellsburg-based contractor, who was indicted by grand juries in four counties on theft charges, was back in court last week.
    Jason Whitaker and his construction company face lawsuits from three separate parties seeking monetary awards in Henry County. The civil complaints allege fraud and breach of contract in connection with his business, Jason Whitaker Concrete and Construction.

  • Pleasureville hangs snapshot of town

    Tammy Shaw
    Pleasureville has a new calling card — a large canvas mural, such as the art hanged from buildings in Louisville and Shelbyville, which will greet citizens and visitors alike.
    The Pleasureville Economic Council and Pleasureville Florist owner and operator Mike Yount partnered with a Henry County High School (HCHS) art teacher and her class to create a visual representation of the southeastern Henry County town.
    Mike Grimes contacted HCPS art teacher Laura Lenz Bowman in late winter about having a poster contest for the mural. 

  • Organ donation saved lives of two children

    Tammy Shaw 
    When a rare disease struck two babies, their families didn’t complain. They dove into research about the illness, which required a liver transplant, and found the value of something they’d never considered — organ donation.
    It’s hard to imagine a baby, born without incident, becoming deathly ill a few weeks later, but that’s exactly what happened to Talayha Hanlon, 13, and Nolan Marlette, 5, soon after birth.

  • Garrison retires after 32 years at Henry County Extension

    For over 32 years, a Henry County Extension agent has inspired and educated the community, and last week, the office boardroom was filled with residents thanking her for her service.
    The Henry County Extension Office celebrated Maryellen Garrison’s retirement last week with gifts, kind words and certificates of achievement.