Local News

  • Pay to play OK’d by school board

    The Anderson County Board of Education approved the implementation of athletic fees for the 2015-16 school year during its monthly meeting last week.

    This is the first year the school system has asked student athletes to pay to participate in sports.

    High school athletes will be asked to pay a yearly fee of $70 with the second child in a household paying $50. Students at the middle and elementary schools will pay $25 per sport. All families will have a $150 cap regardless of number of children or sports played.

  • Man accepts plea deal in sexual assault case

    A man indicted more than three years ago on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse of an 8-year-old pleaded guilty Wednesday morning in Anderson County Circuit Court, just moments before his trial was scheduled to begin.

    Daniel Rohach, 22, of 1120 Northwood Loop, Lawrenceburg, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree sexual abuse in exchange for the prosecution’s offer of being on probation and a five year diverted sentence.

  • Readnower, Whetzel charged in methamphetamine bust

    A Lawrenceburg man scheduled for sentencing Tuesday on charges that include throwing a chair at police officers now faces additional charges after being busted for manufacturing methamphetamine.

    A second man with numerous criminal convictions was also charged at the time.

    Daniel L. Readnower, 31, of 1523 Nevins Station Road was charged July 14 with manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine by Det. Jeremy Cornish of the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

  • AT&T adds wireless capacity for Lawrenceburg, Salvisa

    AT&T announced today that it has added more wireless capacity to its 4G LTE network for Lawrenceburg and Salvisa, according to a news release.

    The improvements add more capacity to the latest generation of wireless technology, according to the release.

    Residents and business customers should notice improvements in speed and reliability when using their mobile devices.

    The changes are in response to customer demand and are part of the company’s ongoing investment in high-speed Internet in the area, the release says.

  • Adopted teen celebrates ‘Coming to America’

    Ricki Barker

    News staff

    Surrounded by his family last week in a booth at the Lawrenceburg Pizza Hut, one would never guess David Jay “DJ” Bierly, 13, is an outgoing kid who loves playing basketball, Kevin Durant, Nike and was recently grounded because of his cell phone, is anything but a typical American teenager.

    Except DJ is not typical at all, and his journey to this country is something he celebrates every year in the restaurant where he experienced his first taste of home.

  • Residents: Confederate monument should go

    As state officials grapple with what to do with the memorial to Civil War icon Jefferson Davis in the state Capitol’s rotunda, local officials might soon be trying to determine the fate of a Confederate monument in front of the Anderson County Courthouse.

    Some are calling for the monument, which has stood in its current location since the late 1800s, to be removed.

  • General Cable could add 54 jobs

    The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority board announced recently that it has approved tax incentives for General Cable Industries of Lawrenceburg.

    According to KEDFA, the approval of the $700,000 in tax incentives on the company’s proposed $2.5 million investment could create up to 54 jobs which earn an average $21 an hour, including benefits.

    Director of Communications for General Cable, Tina Reiber, said the company’s projected investment is part of an ongoing restructuring discussion.

  • ‘Frog’ was ‘all around good guy

    Tonya McKinney paused when discussing the death of Billy “Frog” Scrogham, who died Sunday after a vehicle struck the lawnmower he was driving across Woodford Street.

    “I keep expecting him to come in the back door,” said McKinney, owner of Tonya’s Buffett on Hilltop Drive, one of several businesses Scrogham was known to frequent.

    “I can’t believe he’s gone.”

  • ‘Pond monster’ captured

    There was something stirring beneath the pond on David Mountjoy’s farm in Lawrenceburg, something large and old.

    The beast’s size was clear as Mountjoy tracked the rippling waves formed from what looked like an enormous swimming boulder. He knew the ample fish in his pond provided the creature with a daily all-you-can-eat buffet and the brute was not likely to vacate this new home willingly.

    Mountjoy decided to take action — it was time to vanquish the usurping pond monster.

  • City council awards paving contract, names streets to be fixed

    The Lawrenceburg City Council voted Monday to award a paving contract to BJ’s Paving in the amount of $163,462. It was the lowest of three bids received.

    The amount will pave about 2 miles of city streets. Scheduled for paving are:

    l Ballard Street from North Main to Bluebird

    l Linden Drive from North Main to its end

    l Both entrances to Tara Way

    l Entrance to Butler Drive

    l McKee Lane from Walnut Street to Gailane

    l All of Maintenance Drive

    l All of Tahoe Drive