Local News

  • No creepy clown costumes, please

    The investigation into a creepy clown incident late last Thursday night near the high school has local public safety officials asking people to be cautious when selecting costumes this Halloween.

    They stopped short of banning creepy clown masks and costumes, but are asking that people be mindful of what they choose to wear.

  • Trick or Treat planned

    The City of Lawrenceburg has set trick-or-treat hours for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

    The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office will hold its annual Project Safe Streets from 5 to 7 p.m., passing out glow sticks and candy in front of the Anderson County Courthouse.

    Trick-or-treat on Main, where local businesses hand out candy and other treats on Main Street, is also scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m.

  • Dog starver jailed for threatening to kill cop

    From staff reports

    The man sentenced in August for allowing his dog to starve is back behind bars, this time for allegedly threatening to kill a police officer.

    Howard Tinnell, 39, of 308 Ripy St., Lawrenceburg is charged with terroristic threatening, criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct and alcohol intoxication in a public place. He was arraigned Oct. 6 in Anderson District Court where he pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on a $654 cash bond.

  • Help for veterans available Saturday at American Legion

    From staff reports

    Are you a veteran or know of a veteran in need of services?

    On Saturday, Oct. 15, American Legion Post 34 in Lawrenceburg will team up with Open Hands Food Pantry for a Veterans Stand Down, an event designed to provide a variety of services to veterans from an eight-county region, including Anderson.

  • Families advocate for kidney donations

    For more than two years, Keith Barber, 48, has been playing the waiting game for a live-donor kidney.

    Barber, who lives just over the Franklin County line, has been battling a hereditary kidney condition called Alport syndrome since he was 21 years old. Alport syndrome affects 1-in-50,000 people. “There have been about nine or 10 kidney transplants in my family,” he said.

  • ‘Jill was love of our lives’

    Right about this time of the year, Jill Marie Evans would have been about halfway through her Christmas shopping.

    But this year will be different.

    Evans, a multiple kidney transplant recipient, passed away Aug. 28 at the age of 36.

    “Jill was the love of our lives,” her grandmother Faye Wade said. “She loved shopping and getting things for other people. Christmas won’t be the same without her.”

    Early signs

    Jill’s struggle with her kidneys started when she was less than a year old.

  • Tipton, Sargent will debate Thursday night

    From staff reports

    Still deciding who to vote for the in the upcoming race for state representative?

    The Anderson News will host a debate between incumbent James Tipton (R-Taylorsville) and challenger James Sargent (D-Lawrenceburg) on Thursday, Oct. 13 in the Anderson County Middle School auditorium.

    The debate will begin at 7 p.m. and is expected to last about one hour. Admission is free.

    Tipton currently holds the seat in House District 53, which includes all of Anderson and Spencer counties along with a portion of Bullitt County.

  • Welcome home, sailor
  • Plenty of tricks for a treat

    The family that scares together stays together.

    At least that’s what works for the family of Andrew and Kelly Smith of 202 Dogwood.

    For the past several years the Smiths have gone all-out in decorating for Halloween. “For two or three years we did a ‘Walking Dead’ theme,” Andrew explained. “This year it seemed appropriate to do some clowns.”

    For the past two weekends, Andrew and his children Dylan, 15; Jordan, 13; and Savannah, 11, have been busy disguising their home as an insane clown and freak asylum.

  • Drunk 12-year-old taken to hospital

    A 12-year-old boy was transported to an area hospital early this afternoon after police found him “extremely intoxicated” in the West Park Shopping Plaza.

    The child, whose name will not be released, allegedly went into the Dollar General store and stole alcoholic beverages and cigarettes before sitting in a chair in front of the store and drinking the alcohol, according to first responders.

    A customer noticed the child sitting in front the store in a highly intoxicated state and called police.