Local News

  • Police help give kids a merrier Christmas

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Christmas came just a bit early for about 50 Lawrenceburg children who otherwise might not have had Christmas at all.

    That’s how many children participated in this year’s Shop With a Cop program, an event sponsored by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office to purchase Christmas gifts for local children in need.

    Sheriff Troy Young, who started the program about five years ago, said it is amazing how it has grown in just a few years.

  • Open Hands Foood Pantry seeks donations for free Christmas Day meal

    From staff reports

    As it does each year, Open Hands Food Pantry will serve a Christmas Day meal to anyone who needs or wants one that day.

    Doing so isn’t easy, or cheap, and organizers are looking for all the help they can get.

    “As the economy has gotten worse over the past few years, we have seen more and more people joining us for this dinner, volunteers for the dinner said in a news release.

  • UPDATE: Injured firefighters released from hospital

    UPDATED 11:45 A.M. -- All six of the firefighters injured in the wreck last night on Puckett Road have been released from the hospital and are recovering at home, according to interim Anderson County Fire Chief Donald Cox.

    Cox said in the moments following the wreck, it was believed that two of the firefighters sustained serious injuries but hospital tests proved negative.

    “We’ve spoken to all of them this morning,” Cox said. “They’re stiff and sore from being in the wreck.”

  • You can call him Mr. President

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Troy Young is about to do something no other sheriff in Anderson County his has done before.

    On Thursday, Young is scheduled to be sworn in as president of the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association during a ceremony in Bowling Green, marking the first time in the organization’s 85 years a sheriff from here has served in that capacity.

  • ‘He could feel her spit in his face’

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Summer Grace says two of her children were crying when they stepped off the bus Sept. 26.

    She says her other three children, along with the rest of the children on the bus that day, were “very frightened” after witnessing a bus monitor who was supposed to be there to protect them allegedly scream, use profanity, tear up one child’s homework and grab another by his face, break his glasses and shove his head into a seat.

  • Victim: ‘Man, that truck is going fast’

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Scott Richards says he never had time to react during the split second when he realized the pickup truck barreling toward his car and the one behind him wasn’t going to stop.

    “I was stopped at the light, looked in my side view mirror and said, ‘Man, that truck is going fast.’ Just when the thought came that it wasn’t going to stop, it hit me,” Richards said. “I never had time to react.”

  • Man charged with sexual abuse of 7-year-old girl

    From staff reports

    The case of a Lawrenceburg man charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a 7-year-old has been waived to the Anderson County Grand Jury, court records show.

    Gary W. Ritchie, 53, of 1039 Virginia Ave. has pleaded not guilty to the charge that stems from an incident that police say occurred at 106 Smith Court.

    He remains jailed in the Shelby County Detention Center on a $15,000 bond.


    Compiled by Janie Bowen

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    50 YEARS AGO

    Thursday, Dec. 10,1964

    New officers

    The Alton Ruritan Club installed new officers at its annual banquet at the Alton School. They were: Joe Garrity, vice president; Bob Elliott, secretary; Harley Stucker, president; Ellis Hostetter, treasurer; and outgoing president Coy Davis.


  • Three-vehicle wreck leaves two with life-threatening injuries

    Two people sustained life-threatening injuries and another serious injuries in this three-car wreck earlier this afternoon (Wednesday) at the intersection of US 127 and Highway 151.

    None of the victims have been identified.

    First responders said two were transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center and another to Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

  • Old English Ford gets new look

    Some people might see a beat up ride in the shop, but Darrel Poe, owner of Inside and Out, sees what it can be.
    Poe, who also works for the Bearcat Speed Shop, opened his own shop six months ago to utilize his 25 years of auto experience. His favorite projects are vintage car restorations. His latest work is on a 1954 Ford English.