Today's News

  • 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. 

  • Public Record: Aug. 21



    Leslie Ferriell, 39, New Albany, IN, was arrested Aug. 12 and charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place, first and second offense.

    Charles Brewer, 49, Pleasureville, was arrested Aug. 14 on charges of careless driving, operating a vehicle with an expired operator’s license, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, drugs, etc., .08 first offense, and excessive windshield/window tinting.

  • Local Buzz-Aug. 21

    Church Activities

    Sulphur Christian Church meets for Worship and Wellness, a whole wellness program that includes spiritual, physical and emotional wellness, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. each Wednesday.

    Drennon Christian Church meets from 6 to 8 p.m. most Wednesdays. Check the Facebook page for the current schedule.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bridge replacements set to begin

    Henry County motorists will soon notice a smoother, safer drive on KY 997 and Gullion Run Road as the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) replaces two aging structures as part of the Cabinet’s Bridging Kentucky program.

    Work will begin Monday, Aug. 26 on the KY 997 structure over White Sulphuric Fork (mile point 1.9). The road will be closed for 60 days. A signed detour will be in place.

  • 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.

  • Legislation defines, limits ‘home-based’ food processors

    SUBMITTED BY the North Central District Health Department

    Earlier this year, Kentucky lawmakers passed HB468, which further defined who qualifies to be a home-based processor and what products they can make. This bill went into effect on June 14.

    Home-based processors are Kentucky residents who make value-added products in their home kitchens. Processors may sell these products throughout the state at farmers markets, certified road-side stands, community events, fairs, festivals and from the home-based processor’s home.

  • New childcare center now open

    Business owners Victoria and Preston Hanna bought a building in New Castle as a real estate investment.

    But a community need — Peapod Childcare Center closed May 24 — called the couple to open a childcare center in the vacant building. “I heard there was a big need for child care,” Victoria Hanna said.

    The Hannas opened Nature’s Point Child Care in New Castle Aug. 14, a daycare with a twist.

    Outdoor activities and animals will play an integral role in the learning experience.

  • Henry County Review of Books

    By John Inscore Essick