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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Hot car safety tips

    submitted by Kentucky State Police

    With the mercury levels on the rise this week, Kentucky State Police is renewing its plea for parents to be extremely cautious about leaving children in hot cars. It may seem like common sense, but statistics show that these deaths are on the rise in the U.S.

  • Fur therapy helps kids adjust, interact

    Pet owners understand the positive impact a furry companion contributes to a person’s well-being.

    Judy Rice gets it. As a service and therapy dog breeder, she knew the joys of canine affection, but seeing a pooch change lives was a “lightbulb” moment.

    Rice, director of CEO, Center for Educational Options, Henry County Public Schools’ alternative program, brought her German Shepherd Ruger to school once a month to further the dog’s training as a therapy K-9 and witnessed firsthand the positive interactions between students and Ruger.

  • Capital case gets public defender

    A Henry County woman arrested for first-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence appeared in court June 6 with new attorneys to defend her capital case.

    Tasha Bentley, in a new brunette hair color from her previous blonde, is accused of shooting husband Gary Bentley to death Dec. 10, 2017 and is now eligible for the death penalty.

    This eligibility means the case will be tried as a capital case, which means Bentley could be put the death if found guilty by a jury.

  • HCPS’ budget shortfall to be covered; raises approved

    Henry County Public Schools (HCPS) unveiled its 2019-20 tentative budget at its regular meeting May 20, indicating nearly $1.1 million less revenue than expenses potentially.

    However, the shortfall will be covered by a healthy HCPS contingency fund, HCPS Chief Financial Officer Megan Klempner said.

    Funding from the Kentucky Department of Education’s SEEK (Support Education Excellence in Kentucky) program calculates how much local school districts throughout the commonwealth receive each year.

  • County: Few answers to many road problems

    Road conditions have long-since been of high interest to many in Henry County.

    Residents along Highway 146 came out to a packed Henry County Fiscal Court meeting in March to discuss with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials what exactly was going to happen to the decaying and dangerous roadway.

    In that meeting, Judge-Executive John Logan Brent and the fiscal court presented the history of the once multi-million dollar project that collapsed after state money dissolved.

  • EPD welcomes new officer

    There’s a new officer in town.

    David Patterson recently joined the Eminence City Police Department (EPD), to replace outgoing officer John Wilson.

    “I bring expertise to the table,” Patterson, who joined the force April 11, said.

    According to EPD Assistant Chief, Major Mike Wells, Patterson has 23 years of law enforcement experience, most recently a corporal with the Harrodsburg Police Department (HPD).