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  • Like father, like son

    By Ben Carlson

    Lawrenceburg’s Eddie Russell is joining his dad, Jimmy, as master distiller at Wild Turkey, the company announced Monday.

    “It is with great pride that I announce today that Eddie Russell has been promoted to Wild Turkey Master Distiller,” Jimmy Russell wrote in a letter provided by the distillery.

    “After 34 years, I think he’s finally earned it, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to go any easier on him — or that I’m going anywhere anytime soon.

  • 7,305 days and counting

    By Ben Carlson

    It wasn’t a fire or smoke alarm that startled Jack Grugin from his sleep one night about 10 years ago.

    A retired US Army lieutenant colonel who flew helicopters during the Vietnam War, Grugin awoke that morning to a severe thunderstorm, went to work, came home, had dinner, watched a little TV and hit the sack.

    “I woke up, rolled over and it was 10:30,” Grugin, 67, said. “I sat up and said, ‘Oh, my gosh, I haven’t run today!’ and got up and ran.

  • Wild Turkey visitor center wins award

    Wild Turkey may stick to time-honored traditions when making bourbon. However, when it came time to expand and modernize its visitor experience, the result was a “modern marvel” that caught the attention of the design and architecture world, according to a news release.

  • Rescue squad helps remove horse trapped in pool

    By Ben Carlson

    VERSAILLES — First responders from Anderson County assisted in rescuing a horse that became trapped in an in-ground pool last Thursday in Woodford County.

    “The horse stepped on a pool cover, not realizing there was a pool under it,” said Bart Powell, Anderson County’s director of emergency management and a member of the Anderson County Specialized Rescue Squad.

  • Hoping to just break even

    By Ben Carlson

    Money crunched beneath the field-worn soles of Brent Stevens’ work boots as he walked through his brother’s greenhouse last Wednesday on Glensboro Road.

    Outside, money is strewn all over the ground — cash Stevens and his family will never tuck into their wallets or deposit in a bank.

  • $400,000 fiscal court deficit not discussed

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court ignored the specter of its $400,000 budget deficit when it met last Tuesday afternoon, choosing to focus instead of other projects, most of which are not in its current operating budget.

    The fiscal court also received an update on negotiations with the Administrative Office of the Courts over vacant space in the courthouse. (See related story.)

  • Eddie Russell joins dad as Wild Turkey master distiller

    Lawrenceburg’s Eddie Russell is joining his dad, Jimmy, as master distiller at Wild Turkey, the company announced this morning.

    “It is with great pride that I announce today that Eddie Russell has been promoted to Wild Turkey Master Distiller,” Jimmy Russell wrote in a letter provided by the distillery.

  • Man jailed after trial ends with hung jury

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The man who once dubbed himself “Black Neck Chevy Johnson” on Facebook figured he was free to go last Wednesday after a jury couldn’t reach a unanimous decision on a charge that he beat up the mother of one of his children last June.

    He wasn’t.

  • Fiscal court facing $400,000 budget deficit

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court will likely have to borrow upwards of $400,000 to balance its next budget, County Treasurer Dudley Shryock confirmed Monday afternoon.

    “We spent way too much money on that recycling building,” Shryock said when asked why what was said to be a sound county budget now has such a glaring hole.

  • Lawrenceburg adds four to Kentucky State Police ranks

    From staff reports

    Four Lawrenceburg men all graduated from the Kentucky State Police Academy during a ceremony last Friday morning in Frankfort, according to a news release.

    Donald McCormick, Gerald Milam and Matthew Sudduth were all assigned to serve at Post 5 in Campbellsville, and Eric Chrisman was assigned to serve at Post 1 in Mayfield.

    The foursome was among 69 new troopers who graduated and part of the agency’s 92nd cadet class.