Local News

  • Ren Faire focuses on commerce, community

    The Kentucky Renaissance Faire continues using commerce as a way to focus on community.
    Ed and Linda Frederick and Holly Sprabary, Directors of the Kentucky Renaissance Faire, have put their ideas together at the round table for possible expansion and more entertaining events next season.
    Eminence Festivals and the Kentucky Highland Renaissance Fair will host the 5th Annual Halloween Festival on Oct. 26 at the fairgrounds with a collaborative cast of community and school organizations.

  • Take 5: Pat Wallace

    Basic Bio

    Harrodsburg native
    Graduated from Mercer County High School
    EKU bachelor’s in History and English
    HCHS English Teacher
    Executive Director Henry County Chamber of Commerce

    How did you end up teaching in Henry County and later at the chamber?

  • Smith-Berry hosting Susan G. Komen benefit

    There will be a Halloween Bash Benefit for the Susan G. Komen Foundation from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Smith-Berry Vineyard and Winery on Drennon Road in New Castle. Come out and enjoy Halloween fun with a costume contest and enjoy dinner from 5-6 p.m. and music by Melody Resurrection. Tickets are $25 plus tax, with 20 percent of the cost of each ticket donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. For more information call 845-7091.

  • Campbellsburg bristles about economic development payment

    Campbellsburg will honor its commitment of $2,500 per year toward economic development in Henry County, though the commission had reservations about doing so.

    In September, Mayor Rex Morgan expressed concern about an invoice the city had received from Kentucky Connected, the six-county regional economic development group.

  • Once known as the Village Inn, house home to haunting history

    Many ghost stories contain a common thread.

    A tragic thread of love lost or the violence of the criminally insane commonly haunt the past, but these two haunts supposedly continue in the present under one roof.

    Thomas Smith known as the ‘Mercantile Prince of the West’ was born in 1790 when Kentucky was still part of Virginia. His father Nicholas Smith married Mary Jones and settled on 500 acres near New Castle. Smith inherited the farm from his father, but took an interest after his education in trading.

  • Amber Walker takes offer

    Amber Walker took a plea deal in a 2012 case involving a meth lab in her family’s home in Sulphur.

    Walker pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana in Henry County Circuit Court Thursday, Oct. 10. Charges for manufacturing meth, three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, unlawful possession of a meth precursor and unlawful distribution of a meth precursor were dismissed as part of her plea.

    But Walker was taken into custody Thursday on an active bench warrant after missing several drug screens as part of her monitored conditional release.

  • Port Royal girl finds magic


    Keylee Sturgeon sets her own limitations.

    Sturgeon underwent three open-heart surgeries before she was 6 years old.

    Despite her health complications, magic found her and her family in the most unsuspecting way.

    Jennifer Sturgeon and husband Buddy Sturgeon knew from an ultrasound that their daughter would have problems with her heart, but they didn’t know exactly what they would be.

  • Amid shutdown USDA and other agencies make contingency plans

    The federal government shutdown, now two weeks in, continues to affect Henry County not just farmers, but homebuyers.

    The shutdown caused the closing of the USDA office in Henry County where the Conservation District, a division of the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service operated.

    Farmers can’t make loan payments processed through the USDA nor obtain them along with homebuyers seeking loans through the agency.

  • Halloween Homes

    Everyone says they decorate for the kids.

    For some, it’s the kid still inside of them.

    If you are taking your goblins and ghouls out trick or treating, don’t forget to stop and enjoy these festive homes gussied up for the holiday.

    Alma and Harold Lindsay at 251 Hillcrest Drive in Eminence expect about 200 costumed characters every year at their home. The trees outside their home hang not with fruit but small ghosts dangling from the branches.

  • Take 5 with Bill Brammell


    Graduated EIS 1973

    Transylvania University

    Business major with minor in history 1977

    University of Louisville Louis B. Brandeis School of Law 1980

    Former Henry County District Court Trial Commissioner. 1982-2013

    Former President Henry County Historical Society

    Eminence, Smithfield, Campbellsburg, Pleasureville and Simpsonville City Attorney.

    Why did you major in business and later go into law?