Local News

  • Merged fire departments discussion put on ice

    Those hoping to see the city and county fire departments merge can kiss that idea goodbye.

    At least for now.

    “Is it dead? From our perspective, no,” said Johnny Walls, chairman of the Anderson County Fire Protection District’s board of directors. “But if the city wants to stop the whole issue, that’s fine. We won’t push it.”

  • Suspect found not guilty of trying to murder cop

    John Thompkins is going to prison for more than a decade, but not for the attempted murder of a police officer.

    The 38-year-old Danville man who in 2015 was indicted on a charge of attempted murder for allegedly firing a handgun at former Lawrenceburg Police officer Clay Crouch was instead found guilty last week of first-degree assault and other charges.

    Two police officers swore under oath that they saw Thompkins point a handgun, and an eyewitness testified he saw Thompkins shoot at Crouch, heard the shot and saw the muzzle flash.

  • Progress continues on library expansion

    Most are aware that the Anderson County Public Library is under-going a renovation, although not everybody might be aware of what the new building will offer.

  • Don’t call her ‘baby’

    Jason and Erica Doss were given a scare when a high-risk pregnancy resulted in Erica giving birth at 22 weeks pregnant.

    Through a low survival rate, surgeries, oxygen tanks, breathing machines and medical supplies, they now have a thriving 3-year-old daughter, Jai’lynn.

  • Man charged with attempted murder of cop convicted of assault

    The man charged with attempting to murder former Lawrenceburg police officer Clay Crouch was convicted this afternoon on a lesser count of first-degree assault, but will still be facing a lengthy stretch in prison.

    The jury also convicted John Thompkins, 38, of Danville on charges including first-degree fleeing police, first-degree possession of methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a handgun following a three-day trial in Anderson Circuit Court.

    He was found not guilty on a charge of first-degree wanton endangerment.

  • Will Bible be going back to school?

    The state legislature has cleared the way for the Bible to again be taught in Kentucky schools, but it will be up to the high school’s site-based council to determine its fate in Anderson County.

    Gov. Matt Bevin recently signed into law House Bill 128, which requires the Kentucky Board of Education in the Commonwealth to establish an elective social studies course on Hebrew Scripture, the Old and New Testament of the Bible, or a combination of the Hebrew Scripture’s and the New Testament to be taught at the high school level.

  • Emma B. steals the show

    Emma B. Ward Elementary has returned from the 25th annual Model School Conference held in Nashville late last month where the school was so well received it was asked to present an additional session.

  • Cold water tossed on fire dept. merger

    Lawrenceburg’s fire chief, along with the chairman of the city’s public safety committee, both beat down Monday any notion that the city’s fire department would consider merging with the Anderson County Fire District.

    The possibility of a merger has been floated for months by some within the fire district. On Monday, Anderson County Fire Chief Pat Krogman said it is being discussed.

  • DeSoto mystery solved

    Imagine their surprise when Bobby and Patricia Smith found out they were the subject of one of my columns a few weeks ago, especially considering we’d never met or even spoke over the phone.

    Actually, the Smiths weren’t mentioned in that column by name. I focused instead on their car, a vintage DeSoto that I followed down North Main Street one warm Saturday afternoon, wondering where it was going, where it had been and whether I should follow it long enough to find out.

  • Splash park delayed, again

    Children in Lawrenceburg will have to wait until next year to cool off in a long-promised splash park.

    City officials say the park, which was slated to be open this summer after trying for years  to obtain a grant, now won’t be open until next year due to a delay in actually receiving federal grant funds.

    “It probably won’t be until next spring,” said Monte Rhode, the city’s public works director. “We had a delay in getting our grant, so we’re not doing a ton of work until it’s here for sure.