Local News

  • Music seen as critical to education

    Staff writer/photographer

    Russell Cooper, director of vocal music and theater is giving the students of Henry County middle and high schools something to sing about.

    The choral program is on an upswing after declining numbers and little participation in the past.

    Cooper has 20 students in seventh grade chorus, 18 in eighth grade chorus and 21 in high school chorus. “It’s up from 12 in high school last year,” he said.

  • Dead animal removal continues

    General Manager

    After an unexpected halt, dead animal removal in Henry County has resumed.

    Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent said Monday afternoon that Warsaw-based Harmon Brothers is available to pick up dead animals, a service previously provided by Shelbyville-based Nation Brothers.

  • Denim day - step up to end sexual assault

    March is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Kentucky.  SAAM raises awareness of sexual violence and its prevention through special events, while highlighting sexual violence as a major public health issue and reinforcing the need for prevention efforts.

    The “Sexual Violence: kNOw MORE” campaign provides a great opportunity to get the word out!  The foundation of this campaign is sharing vital information in print and through special awareness activities such as Denim Day.  First, here are just a few of the myth-busting facts everyone should know.

  • Conservation District presents awards program

    The Henry County Conservation District Board of Supervisors co-sponsors each fall with Farm Bureau Federation, a Conservation Art/Writing Contest for all students in the Henry County and Eminence school systems.  On Thursday evening March 12 they hosted an Awards Program for the winners.   The theme of this year’s contest was “Working Trees: Kentucky Renewable Future”.  A large crowd of parents and students enjoyed a cook-out meal and an informative presentation from Steve Graves, Senior Forester from Kentucky Division of Forestry.  He reminded the

  • Doane earns ‘master municipal clerk’ designation

    The City of Eminence now has one of the 615 clerks worldwide who holds a Master Municipal Clerk designation working for them.

    Sandra A. Doane, City Clerk/Treasurer for the City of Eminence recently received her Master Municipal Clerk designation through the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. 

    Doane joins a very elite group of clerks in Kentucky becoming only the ninth active clerk in the State of Kentucky who has achieved this prestigious designation by completing all of the master municipal clerk certification requirements.

  • CATS testing will proceed this year

    Staff writer/photographer

    Though there’s a state senate bill that could replace the much debated Commonwealth Accountability Testing system on the floor of the state house, testing for this year will carry on as usual.

    Monday night, the Henry County Board of Education discussed the bill.

    “It is going to change how we test somewhat drastically over the next few years,” Superintendent Tim Abrams said, “but, we don’t look at kids as test scores anyway.”

  • It’s academic

    Staff writer/photographer

    Twice a week, its members gather after school, and put in hours of extra study. And that hard work might be paying off for a group of local students.

    Eastern Elementary School’s Quick Recall Team will enter regional competition this weekend, having faced down all its opponents in a double elimination without suffering a single loss.

  • Boil water advsiory lifted

    Staff writer/photographer

    A boil water advisory for eastern portions of Henry County has been lifted.

    Barry Woods of Henry County Water District No. 2 said much of eastern Henry County was under a boil water advisory after a broken water line was detected around 6 p.m. Saturday. “We hunted all night and found a main artery ruptured coming into Pleasureville around 11 a.m. Sunday,” he said.

  • Economy makes it difficult for all

    Staff writer/photographer

    According to the Working Poor Families Project, a large number of poor families in Kentucky work, yet remain in poverty.

    The report states “these are families who ‘play by the rules’ by working and contributing to the productivity and prosperity of Kentucky but who struggle day to day to meet their most basic needs.”

    Earlene Ellis of Jericho can relate.

  • Junie Berry: ‘Family man, community man, business man’

    Staff writer/photographer

    He is soft spoken, a self-effacing gentleman.

    And on Saturday night, friends, family and members of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce gathered to honor Claude “Junie” Berry Jr. with the Patrick Henry Award.

    When it came time for him to speak, Berry adjusted the microphone down and spoke, breaking a mood that had become perhaps just a little too somber and respectful for his tastes.