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  • Take 5 with Martin Washburn

    Basc Bio

    Henry County High School Graduate

    25 years at Safety Kleen

    Pleasureville Fire Chief since 2002

    Deputy Director of Emergency Management

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  • FDs to vie for $8k grant

    Rather than the $5 deed fee increase they had requested, fire departments in Henry County will split about $16,000 annually.

    In April, the court considered the request along with three scenarios presented by Judge-Executive John Logan Brent. Among those proposals was an option that would create two $8,000 grants.

    The court voted last week to go with that option in a 3-3 vote, with Brent breaking the tie. Magistrates Scott Bates, Roger Hartlage and Nick Hawkins voted against the proposal.

  • Outstanding Educator — HCPS: Paula Petree

    By Brad Bowman


    The Henry County Chamber of Commerce honored Paula Petree as an outstanding educator for Henry County Public Schools.

    Basic Bio

    Lived in Henry County since age 11.  Graduated  from Henry County High School and Cumberland College (now University of the Cumberlands).  

  • ‘I gave him two $5s’

    A man broke into a New Castle home Thursday night, robbing the resident at gunpoint before fleeing on foot.

    Nancy Clark said by the time she heard the sound of her back door getting kicked in on La Grange Road in New Castle, the unidentified man was in front of her.

    “I was just sitting in my living room and heard this big bang,” Clark said. “By the time I heard he was right here in front of me.”

  • Comer takes hemp to the hill

    After a three-day blitz on Washington, D.C., this month, James Comer, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture, felt assured industrial hemp had enough support for legalization.

    Jonathan Miller, member of the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission, former state treasurer and deputy political director for the Clinton/Gore 1992 presidential campaign, traveled with Comer and State Sen. Paul Hornback for nonpartisan talks.

  • A home of history and heart

    Diana Powell and Garry Baxter love family and country life.

    The couple’s recent renovation of Powell’s grandparent’s home led them not just on a journey of family history, but a discovery of historical significance for Henry County.

    Powell grew up in Woodford County and spent summers at her grandmother Pearl Duncan Powell’s house on Drennon Road. Her grandparents had bought the home in the 1920s and operated a dairy farm and grew tobacco.

  • Smith-Berry celebrating 11 years; introducing new wines

    Chuck Smith thinks there’s a wine for everyone.

    The Smith-Berry Winery’s multi-medal win earlier this year may have proven just that.

    Wineries throughout the United States put more than 5,500 entries of their best-bottled wines on the table for the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Smith said competition officials waived the winery’s entry fee just to have him, a winery from Kentucky, in the competition.

  • Outstanding Educator - Eminence Independent Schools: Kristan Lively

    The Henry County Chamber of Commerce honored Kristan Lively as an outstanding educator for Eminence Independent Schools.

    Basic Bio

    Originally from Kentucky moved to Arizona and graduated from Joseph City High School.

    Attended Spalding University for a business undergraduate degree and masters in education.

    Currently working on leadership program at University of Cumberlands.


    What do you think led to you being chosen for Outstanding Educator?

  • C’Burg Station building could be ready in six weeks

    The Campbellsburg Station Community Center may be six weeks from completion.

    The playground, however, is still months away from becoming a reality.

    Monday night, city council members got a tour of the building that will serve as the community center, and an update from Craig Bratton.

    Bratton said some line items, like excavation and painting, would exceed budget, while some items like plumbing were under budget.

  • Unemployment rates up in half of state

    Unemployment rates rose in 60 Kentucky counties between March 2012 and March 2013, while 54 county rates decreased and six stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
    Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 6.1 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 6.5 percent; Fayette County, 6.6 percent; Daviess, Franklin and Madison counties, 6.9 percent each; Ohio, Scott and Shelby counties, 7 percent each; and Hancock County, 7.1 percent.