Today's News

  • City of New Castle implements active shooter drill

    A veteran public employee killed a dozen Virginia Beach, Virginia residents and injured others recently at a government workplace in the latest workplace shooting spree, one of an ever-growing number of massacres happening throughout the nation.

    School and workplace mass shootings dominate the news so often that it gets easier and easier to trade action for apathy.

    New Castle Mayor Bobby King read an account of the deadly small-town incident and put a plan into action, a trial balloon of sorts.

  • Eminence Police Department chief says ‘hello’ to retirement

    Kevin Kemper is soon going to have a lot more time on his hands.

    The Eminence Police Chief is looking forward to his retirement at the end of the month after 26 years in law enforcement.

    “I’m excited and nervous,” he said. “I don’t know what that’s going to be like to not have that to do.”

    Kemper, who is married and has two children, is a former Marine who began his police work in Shelbyville in 1994. He joined the small force in Eminence in 2000.

  • Police: Couple arrested for endangering children

     A New Castle couple was arrested after a Fourth of July incident allegedly involving alcohol.

    Kentucky State Police responded to a complaint around 8:20 p.m. on July 4 on Carter Street in New Castle. When troopers got to the incident, a woman and her husband were showing signs of intoxication.

    The couple’s child was in the street playing and running around, according to a police citation. The woman and man had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and the odor of alcohol on her breath.

  • Forgotten cemetery needs help, volunteers

    A black cemetery abandoned and forgotten, hidden from public view for years, found a champion last year, but what it really needs is a clear owner.

    When the National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS) local chapter found out about the overgrown, hidden-in-plain-sight graveyard known unofficially as Ditto, O’Bannon or South Pleasureville Cemetery, NABVETS board members stepped in and found volunteers to clear thick weeds, tall grass and tree limbs temporarily until ownership of the property is determined.

  • Fire destroys Campbellsburg lumber yard

    A fire destroyed a downtown Campbellsburg building this weekend.

    A Main Street commercial building began burning at around 1:19 a.m. Saturday, according to Campbellsburg Fire Chief David Noe.

    Noe said his crew responded to the fire that began in the warehouse area of the main building and progressed into the office area.

    The building was vacant, but in the past had been owned by Barnett’s Lumber and Whitaker Concrete Construction.

  • Wet soil, lower yield

    Wet fields and saturated soil have presented challenges for farmers throughout the state, including Henry County, this year.

    Seemingly unending rain has waterlogged plants already in the ground or prevented planting altogether, and farmers are uncertain what Mother Nature will deal out in coming months. Farmers felt the brunt of heavy precipitation as infant plants struggled to survive in standing water, and they are having trouble getting equipment through fields to plant or spray.

  • Man arrested on several charges after drunkenly hitting fire hydrant

    By Taylor Riley


    A Simpsonville man was arrested on several charges after he struck a fire hydrant and drove off.

    Eminence Police Department Officer David Patterson was dispatched on July 4 on a call of a possible hit and run on Elm Street in Eminence. A 2001 silver passenger car hit and broke off a fire hydrant, according to an arrest citation.

  • Clean up on aisle New Castle

    New Castle Mayor Bobby King has spent the past six months getting his feet wet and is ready to push important initiatives for the community and to keep one campaign promise in particular — to clean up New Castle.

    The initiative will involve a three-tiered plan: clean up drugs, beautify the city and accommodate visitors, according to the mayor.

    Clean up drugs

    July 1 marked the start of New Castle’s “war on drugs,” King said.

  • Normandy trip filled with family memories

    Dignitaries flocked to Normandy in June for the 75th anniversary of the Normandy D-Day operation by United States, Canadian and British troops during World War II (WWII), which began June 6, 1944.

    One visitor, retired Henry County Extension Agent Steve Moore, along with family, traveled over 4,000 miles to honor Moore’s late father, a U.S. Air Force pilot, and the thousands of citizen-soldiers who died on that beach.

  • Immunizations in question?

     Henry County is a close-knit community where kids play, go to school, ride buses and attend church together.

    But the national increase in non-immunized students in schools, public and private, has led to measles and chickenpox outbreaks throughout the country, according to community health agencies.

    The higher the non-vaccination rate, the more likely adverse consequences may be felt by vulnerable groups in the community, say health officials.