Local News

  • Local family searches for an organ donor

    New Castle native Phoebe Thurman-Thompson has gone through life knowing that at any moment the hereditary kidney disease that killed her father could strike her, too.
    Doctors have tested Phoebe every year since birth for signs of organ deterioration, she said. At 23, blood calcium levels began to rise and Thurman-Thompson consulted a nephrologist, a medical doctor who specializes in kidney care and kidney diseases.
    She received a kidney transplant 12 years ago and donated kidneys last from 10 to 12 years, and she’s in need of another now.

  • Military Appreciation Day set for June 3

    The Service Members, Veterans and Families Taskforce (SMVF) invites Henry County military families to a Military Appreciation Day to honor vets and their families, who serve alongside service members.
    The organization wants to treat these families to a day of fun at Lake Jericho Recreational Area in Smithfield on Sunday, June 3, volunteer Richard Hayes said.
    Music, food, fishing poles, kayaks, rowboats, corn hole, a bouncy house, a bubble bus will be on hand.

  • Memorial held for slain trooper in sulphur
  • Adult education recognizes 11 GED graduates

    Henry County Adult Education honored 11 program graduates who earned their GEDs in a May 18 ceremony, according to a news release.
    “Earning your GED takes self-discipline and hard work,” Betty Rankin, the director, said. “Congratulations, graduates.”
    Three students earned their GED in the fall of 2017, including Robert Kidwell, Christina Rutherford. and Cheyene Smith. Eight others have earned their GED since the first of the year, including Kristan Fox, Rebecca Goodman, Morgan Gregory, Dylan Milby, Bailey Miller, Justin Robertson, Shaun Smith and Alexa Zinser.

  • Delivering more assistance

    When a Henry County Help Center volunteer retired earlier this year, the food distribution network had to find a replacement for his dedication, his driving skills and his truck.
    Ed Rockwell brought his truck with him to the cause, picking up food at Dare to Care in Louisville and delivering to the food pantry.
    Center co-directors James and Olivia Dills turned this missing piece at the food pantry into a blessing.

  • Cravens and Brent to face off for judge-executive in fall

    Henry County voters in the primary election decided which two candidates for judge-executive will appear on the fall ballot.

    In all, the outcome of five local contests were decided in the primary with a total of 2,531 voters coming out to the polls. Henry County residents also participated in choosing a Democrat to run for Congress in the 4th District this fall.

  • Primary election features six races

    Henry County voters in the primary election May 22 will decide the outcome of five local contests.
    Democrats may participate in selecting the countywide candidate who will appear on the general election ballot in November in races involving both the judge-executive and the jailer. Democrats will also choose among three candidates vying to unseat U.S. House Rep. Thomas Massey in the fall.
    Two Democrats filed for the judge-executive office with the county clerk including incumbent John Logan Brent and challenger Glenn Baxter.

  • Candidate responds to eligibility question

    A question has arisen about whether running an AirBNB would disqualify an election candidate in the lead up to the primary May 22.
    In correspondence addressed to the Henry County Local, Sandy Allison of Campbellsburg inquired about a rumor that’s been discussed in the community about the race for magistrate in District 4 involving Chuck Smith and Hugh McBurney.

  • College students to learn the lay of the land in farming program

    Many a farmer has learned their skills while tilling the ground in Henry County. Now Sterling College students will have an opportunity to earn a liberal arts degree while working in some of those same fields.
    This collaboration between the The Berry Center, which maintains an archive of the writings of the influential family that helped craft the burley tobacco program, and the college based in Craftsbury Common, Vt., will merge classroom study with hands-on work in local forests and fields, according to Berry Center Director Mary Berry and farming program Director Leah Bayens.

  • Woman dies in May 14 accident

    Emergency officials responded to a May 14 accident at 3710 Ballardsville Road in Smithfield in which a woman got pinned between a vehicle and a boat, according to an investigation by a Henry County Sheriff’s deputy. The victim was identified as Kimberly C. Rybicki of Smithfield.
    First responders received a report at approximately 11 a.m., and personnel from the sheriff’s office, Henry County EMS, Eminence Fire Department and the Henry County Coroner responded to the scene, according to information from Deputy Josh Jamiel.