Local News

  • Cancer survivor shares story on eve of annual Relay for Life

    “I don’t view the cancer as a negative thing. It’s an inconvenient thing.”

    Opal Phillips, volunteer secretary at the Anderson County Senior Center, views her battle with cancer differently than most.

    In between helping people on the phone and doling out hugs to everybody who enters, Phillips, 68, tells of her journey with cancer just days before Lawrenceburg gathers for its annual Relay for Life fundraiser.

    The diagnosis

    It all started Feb. 25, 2012 when she fell and couldn’t use her arm to get up.

  • Residents vow to push forward with lawsuit

    As residents steeled themselves in their fight to get tractor-trailers banned from Highway 151 during a meeting inside Alton Christian Church, outside, a state trooper was doing his part by having a tractor-trailer pulled over right in front of the church.

    The irony was not lost on the dozens of residents who attended what have become regular meetings of the group that has sued the state and says it will settle for nothing less than a temporary ban and a thorough safety study to determine if that ban should become permanent.

  • Voters head to polls Tuesday for primaries

    From staff reports

    Anderson County Republicans did their part to select their party’s nominee for president during a caucus earlier this year.

    On Tuesday, Democrats have their turn when they will head to polls for the primary election that features the ongoing battle between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

    But that doesn’t mean Republicans need to stay home.

    Two names appear on the ballot in a primary election for Sen. Rand Paul, including Stephen Howard Slaughter and James R. Gould.

  • City council OKs budgets, higher alcohol fee

    Following Mayor Sandy Goodlett’s annual State of the City address, the Lawrenceburg City Council passed on first reading its annual operating and water and sewer budgets Monday night at city hall.

    The operating budget, which calls for $4.4 million in spending, was recommended by the city’s finance committee and will take effect July 1.

    “We’re not going to raise taxes. That’s what this comes down to,” said council member Steve Rucker, who serves on the finance committee.

  • Heritage Hall seniors dream of hitting the beach

    “I want to put my toes in the sand.”

    That’s what 88-year-old Charlotte Glass said of the prospect of being one of the two Heritage Hall residents chosen to go on a beach vacation this fall.

    “It’s real nice,” she added. “I don’t think I’ve ever been to the beach before.”

    Signature HealthCare, which bought Heritage Hall last year, offers two residents from each of its facilities a vacation to one of four predetermined destinations.

  • News briefs

    Distinguished Young Women orientation

    is planned

    The Distinguished Young Women of Anderson County Committee will hold an orientation for interested girls and a parent for the upcoming 2016 program at 2 p.m. on May 22 at the Stratton Building in the county park.

    The program is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 6.

    Any young lady currently in her junior year of high school is

    eligible to participate.

  • ‘Gun’ reference sparks investigation at high school


    A student uttered the word “gun” during a verbal altercation yesterday afternoon at Anderson County High School, sparking an investigation by police and a firestorm on social media.

    No gun or weapon of any kind was found on school property and no students were ever in danger, said Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.

  • Two transported to UK following accident on US 127

    One woman sustained minor injuries and both she and her 8-month-old, who was also in the car, were transported to the University of Kentucky following an accident on U.S. 127 South in front of Bypass Motors Thursday morning. According to Anderson County EMS, a truck hauling two pickup trucks on a flatbed trailer pulled out in front of her, causing her to hit the trailer, knocking one truck off the trailer. The driver of the truck was unharmed in the accident, according to officials at the scene. Traffic was halted while crews cleaned up the scene.

  • Defining Forces Veterans Club raises money for Evans

    From staff reports

    Local members of Defining Forces Veterans Club set out to host a fundraising event for Lance Corp. Cody Evans (United States Marine Corps, retired) Saturday, but the rain did not cooperate.

    Evans, of Speedwell, Tennessee, was injured by an IED while fighting in Afghanistan in 2011. At 19 years old, he became a double amputee. Defining Forces hosted the event to raise money for “A Soldier’s Journey Home,” a group that builds houses for armed forces injured in combat, which is building Evans a handicap-accessible house.

  • Golf tourney named for Basham

    Larry Basham is a man remembered well in the Anderson County community.

    In the less than two years since his death, his name will now headline the Larry Basham Memorial United Way Golf Classic.

    “Last year, they dedicated a hole and the longest drive competition to him,” Barbara Basham, Larry’s widow, said. “But this year they renamed the tournament for him.”

    She said her husband of 19 years was passionate about golfing and fishing with colleagues and friends.