Today's News

  • Retailer opens, receives USDA solar grant

    United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced federal grants to aid energy efficiency June 11, one in Henry County.

    The USDA’s rural development arm picked 58 grantees in 17 states and Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, to receive $1 million in rural energy development assistance to boost renewable energy and energy-efficient systems in rural counties.

    A Henry County retail operation, Cadres Inc., received one such grant.

  • HCPS superintendent receives highest rating from board

    The Henry County Public Schools (HCPS) Superintendent jumped up a notch this year to the highest rating in the eyes of the board of education.

    In his second year on the job, Superintendent Terry Price received an overall “Exemplary” rating for the 2018-2019 school year after a vote by the board at the June 17 board of education meeting, jumping one level from the 2017-2018 year.

     The Superintendent Evaluation resulted in Price obtaining the following scores:

    Strategic Leadership—4 Exemplary

  • News Briefs: June 26, 2019

    New Cut Road update

    New Cut Road, a problematic spot for commuters at the center of the county, has found some relief.

    As of a couple weeks ago, the road is open to traffic, and at the June Fiscal Court meeting, Judge-Executive John Logan Brent said the county has received its $75,000 from the state to pay for restorative projects.

    Road Supervisor Kenny Tindle said earlier in the month that the “worst spots” were fixed. But, the county recently found a new problem spot and much of the road is still slipping.

  • American Red Cross needs your blood

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    The American Red Cross needs donors to bring back the missing As, Bs and Os. A few missing letters may not seem like a big deal in a sentence, but for patients who need A, B, O and AB blood types, these missing letters mean life. The Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to give now to help prevent delays in medical care this summer.

  • Better Business Bureau: Beware of ‘storm chasers’

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    Recent storms have produced thunderstorms, flooding, and heavy rains. As residents begin to evaluate damage that may have occurred, Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Louisville, Southern Indiana and Western Kentucky wants to remind consumers to beware of “storm chasers” and out-of-town contractors soliciting business.

    BBB offers the following tips to help you avoid a scam:

  • County considering property tax increase to aid ‘struggling’ funds

    A proposed 4 percent increase in property taxes, among other cost savings, might help a flagging Henry County economy, according to county officials.

    In a 2019-20 budget proposal, the fiscal court proposes a 4 percent increase in property taxes to generate an estimated $33,000 to a budget that Judge-Executive John Logan Brent says is “struggling.” For property owners, this would mean going from the current 11.7 cents per $100 to 12.16 cents per $100.

  • Eminence continues ‘beautify’ campaign with new ideas

    Eminence wants to clean up eyesores in town and help first responders find house numbers quickly and easily.

    Beautify Eminence is a campaign designed to make the town more livable for residents and attractive to visitors, and to facilitate health, safety and welfare of residents and drive-through commuters.

    Code enforcement ordinances have been on the city books for years, but a new enforcement officer will add teeth to existing property statutes.

  • Murder case still waiting on lab results

    Pieces of discovery evidence in a 2018 murder case are still waiting at a the Kentucky State Police (KSP) Central Laboratory in Frankfort.

    Co-defendants Joshua Jackson of Bethlehem and Gregory Mason Heightchew of Smithfield appeared in Henry County Circuit Court in front of Judge Jerry Crosby on June 13.

  • State, county: Preventing elder abuse starts with you

    World Elder Abuse Day may have been June 15, but Henry County and the state of Kentucky hope residents will recognize and report year-round.

    Last week, Judge John Logan Brent signed a proclamation marking the 14th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The first proclaimed day to support seniors with respect was in 2006, when the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse recognized the significance of the abuse as a public health and human rights issue.

  • Painting happiness

    Denise Coombs and Carol Bowen didn’t mean to start a business after they both retired. But the sisters’ company Jericho Barn Quilts is attracting a lot of attention.

    Once neighbors and passers-by noticed a vibrant painted quilt on the Coombs barn last year, requests started and kept rolling in.

    These sisters create many one-of-a-kind signs on cut aluminum sheets, painted and sealed to last, instead of the traditional wooden signs that fade and split over the years similar to the old wooden barns they adorn.