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  • Tornadoes of '74 were most violent ever

    It was called the Super Outbreak. For 24 hours, tornadoes plowed through the U.S. and a portion of Canada on April 3 and 4 in 1974.

    At the time, it was the largest outbreak ever with 148 confirmed tornadoes in 13 states and the province of Ontario. The outbreak from April 25 through 28 in 2011 topped that but the 1974 storm is still considered the most violent with 30 F4 and F5 tornadoes reported.

    Damages were in excess of $600 million and the death toll hit 319 as a 2,600-mile swath was cut through the Midwest and parts of the East and South.

  • Woman indicted for embezzling more than $67,000 from local animal shelter

    Melanie Aitken, 47, of Versailles, who was the former treasurer of Home at Last, an animal rescue organization in Lawrenceburg, was charged with three counts of theft by unlawful taking of more than $10,000 by the Anderson County Grand Jury Tues., April 8.

  • Photo gallery: Wild Turkey celebrates new visitor center, Jimmy Russell's 60th Anniversary

    Wild Turkey Distillery celebrated the opening of its new visitor center Tuesday of last week with family, friends and special guests. The event was topped off with a toast to Wild Turkey Master Distiller Jimmy Russell with Diamond Anniversary, a bourbon created by his son, Associate Distiller Eddie Russell, to commemorate his 60 years at Wild Turkey.

  • EMS works on Severe Weather Warning project

    Budget requests, monthly bill payments and department head reports were the primary topics of discussion at the Anderson County Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday.

    Department heads submitted the monthly reports.

    * Joani Clark, jailer presented her monthly report citing that there were 77 people arrested in March with 137 total charges. In comparison, February there were 91 arrested with 146 total charges. Currently, Clark said there are 61 people in custody at the Shelby County Detention center.

  • Buddha of Bourbon

    Like bourbon, Jimmy Russell stopped aging as soon as he was bottled. Russell, now 79, reached the shelf at Wild Turkey 60 years ago and the lifelong Anderson County resident’s reputation as the master of all master distillers continues to grow.

    Russell is a rock star. On any given day, he signs countless autographs, says hello to throngs of fans who call him “Jimmy” and has his photo made a million times.

  • Murder suspect will appear in circuit court

    Eric D. Jenkins, who was indicted for the vehicular murder of Marie Garmon, is scheduled to appear in Anderson County Circuit Court for a disposition or trial date Tuesday, May 6.

  • Central Baptist Church nears 10,000th pair of donated shoes

    Rick Clark, pastor at Central Baptist Church in Lawrenceburg, keeps a pair of worn sandals made out of tire in a display case in his office to remind him of the simple comforts that others may not possess.

  • New statewide, teacher assessments pass

    The Kentucky Board of Education recently passed a new statewide teacher evaluation model for teachers and principals.

    The Professional Growth and Effectiveness System aims to help ensure consistency in methods of evaluating the effectiveness of principals and teachers.  While the model for superintendents is still in development, the new teacher and principal evaluation takes in multiple factors to attempt to capture a more full performance picture.

  • Kentucky Automotive Industry Association is launched

    Kentucky Press News Service

  • Shelby Co. company will close doors after 42 years

    By Lisa King
    The Sentinel-News

    After 42 years, a longtime Shelby County company will close its doors in June because of a conflict with the building’s landlord, company officials say.

    Cenveo, headquartered in Texas, last year, purchased National Envelope Company, which has been located at 252 Pearce Industrial Road since 1972.

    A spokesperson for Cenveo announced the plant’s closing recently.