Today's News

  • Henry County Public Schools may lower tax rates but increase revenue

    It’s rare for school tax rates to go down, but a local school administrator has recommended just that.

    At its regular school board meeting Aug. 19 at the district office, Henry County Public Schools Superintendent Terry Price presented options for school taxes during the 2019-20 year.

    Price recommended to the school board that a lower individual real estate tax rate would actually reel more cash into the district.

  • First and Last Liquors destroyed by fire

    A family-owned Campbellsburg liquor store was destroyed in a fire of unknown origin last week.

    Campbellsburg Fire and Rescue Department, New Castle Fire and Rescue, Lake Jericho Fire and Rescue Department, La Grange Fire and Rescue Department, Bedford Fire Department and Milton Fire and Rescue responded to First and Last Liquors at approximately 7:14 a.m. on Aug. 13.

    Assistant Chief at Campbellsburg Fire Department Tim Congleton said the liquor store, at the corner of Leaview Avenue and U.S. 421, was fully involved when they arrived on scene.

  • Odd Fellows Day

    For more than 100 years, Odd Fellows Day has been celebrated in Henry County on the third Saturday in August. The event, hosted by Washington Lodge #1513, focuses on cultural diversity by honoring the African-American community. A parade begins in New Castle, a queen is named, and a cookout ends the day. 

  • Longtime driver’s test administrator killed in automobile crash

    The woman who administered driver’s tests in Oldham County for the past 18 years was killed Aug. 13 in a car accident.

    Mary “Renee” McCoy, 62, of Bedford, was driving on Highway 146, approximately one mile west of New Castle, when she lost control of her vehicle, exited the road and struck a tree just before 8 a.m., Kentucky State Police said in a press release.

    No other passengers or vehicles were involved in the accident.

  • Oh, Henry! Day One: School starts Aug. 14

    The school year is off to a great start for Henry County Public Schools. The first few days of school were filled with great excitement as teachers and students hit the ground running on day one, Aug. 14. These photos provide a look at how things got started. Our thanks to Melissa Blankenship for sharing these images she captured of the beginning of the 2019-20 school year.

  • Ricketts supports board’s sludge farm decision, despite disagreeing

    Planning and Zoning Administrator Amanda Ricketts gave a presentation to Henry County Board of Adjustments at its last regular meeting, Aug. 13, and recommended revocation of the R&R Septic and Excavation LLC landfarming, which some call sludge farming, permit in Defoe.

    Ricketts based her conclusions after reviewing Division of Waste Management and Division of Water data obtained through an open records request. Both agencies are folded into the Kentucky Dept. of Energy and Environment Cabinet.

  • Opioid epidemic strikes at heart of state; Shelby, Henry included

    The opioid crisis has ravaged communities across the nation.

    No state, no county is immune.

    U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) studied the growing crisis from 2006 to 2012, combing through distribution, manufacturing, prescription and sales records regarding this class of pain-killing prescription medication.

    This national database drills down to state and county levels, sharing data about the epidemic of opioids throughout the U.S.

    More than 76 billion opioid pills were distributed nationwide within the 7-year period.

  • Blessing or piling on?

    A planting season with daily heavy rainfall hampered Henry County farmers from sowing crops this year and farmers wished for drier weather.

    Due to highly saturated ground, many farmers in Henry County planted late. Some reported a total crop loss, while others planted partial fields due to low-lying areas within fields.

    But recent dry weather affects farmers, too.

    In farming, each season brings the possibility of feast, famine and everything in between.

  • Odd Fellows finally receive resolution

    A Pleasureville man charged with stealing from the Eminence Odd Fellows chapter accepted the commonwealth’s offer to plead guilty to a decade-long crime.

    Richard Rynes pleaded guilty on Aug. 8 to theft by unlawful taking all others $10,000 to $1,000,000, a Class C felony after he unlawfully took from the Odd Fellows Lodge from Jan. 1, 2008 through May 1, 2016. He was arrested on May 30, 2016.

    Rynes allegedly “wrote checks from the Odd Fellows lodge account that is located in Henry County to himself,” according to court records.

  • Sludge farm operator had past violation

    By Jacob Blair

    Landmark News Service

    A company looking at starting wastewater operations in Trimble County was cited earlier this year by the Kentucky Division of Water for violations at an already existing operation.