Local News

  • Shed fire ignites busy holiday weekend for firefighters

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    A shed fire at the corner of Mill Creek Pike and US 62 highlighted what proved to be a busy Memorial Day weekend for Anderson County firefighters.

    The shed fire was apparently sparked by a lawnmower that its owner had been using to move a log splitter around his yard, according to Major Chris Harrod of the Anderson County Fire District.

  • Phillips wins Trailblazers volunteer of year award

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    Most folks know Opal Phillips as a seemingly tireless advocate for Anderson County’s aging population.

    What they might not have known until now is how much she also helps the county’s youth.

    Phillips was named last Thursday as the RSVP Trailblazers United Way of the Bluegrass Volunteer of the Year for her efforts in pairing seniors with students in need of someone to assist them in learning.

    Patrick Tuck, the program’s director, said choosing Phillips for the award was easy.


    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    Two women were taken into custody last Thursday after what appeared to be a drunken crime spree came to an abrupt end when police officers corralled them on Main Street.

    The women, Jamie Bolen, 24, of 1576 Harrodsburg Road and Ashley Donovan, 26, of 1139 Versailles Road, Lot 2 allegedly lead police on a short but wild chase that culminated in their arrest and an hours long profanity-laced tirade against police officers while and after they were taken into custody.

  • News briefs, May 27, 2015

    Johnson earns degree

    Mr. and Mrs. Neal and Sharon McGee are proud to announce the graduation of their daughter, Dr. Erika Johnson, from the Indiana University School of Optometry, according to a news release.

    Johnson graduated with honors and is a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa and Gold Key International Optometric Honor Societies, the release states.

    She has accepted a position with Dr. Ali Haider, MD in Louisville.

    Quilts of Honor program scheduled

  • Duncan Hines more than name of cake mix

    The Kentucky Humanities Council series, “Telling Kentucky’s Story,” will be presented by speaker Louis B. Hatchett Jr. on May 21 at 7 p.m.

    The program titled “The Importance of Duncan Hines” will be held at the Senior Citizen’s Center located at 160 Township Square in Lawrenceburg.

    Hatchett will tell the remarkable story of the Duncan Hines family and how Mr. Hines’ effort culminated in his name being placed on cake mix boxes.

  • Scholarship fund names recipients

    Thirty-four students were selected for $96,000 in scholarships from the Anderson County Scholarship Fund, the organization announced.

    The fund’s selection committee chose 31 recipients, and three were chosen by the United Methodist Church Scholarship Committee of Lawrenceburg.

    Each of the 31 students selected will receive a $3,000 scholarship. The other three students will receive $1,000 each.

    Half of the money will be distributed in August, with the balance distributed in December.

  • Hickory Drive abuzz over honeybee swarm

    By Janie Bowen, News staff

    When bees started coming from everywhere Thursday afternoon around the residence of Charlotte Guthrie on Hickory Drive, neighbors started buzzing. Several saw the swarm and came out to check it out.

    “I walked to the door and they were swarming,” said Guthrie. She said they had gathered into what looked to be about the size of a softball. Her daughter, Jean Mansfield, had a doctor’s appointment and couldn’t get to the car.

  • Chickens, and so much more

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    People come from all over Kentucky and neighboring states to visit the wildly popular Lawrenceburg Chicken Swap, but it’s a safe bet Wendy Hume is the only one driving a refurbished meter maid cart that once roamed the streets of New York City, looking for illegally parked cars.

    Hume, who lives in Stringtown, said she uses the three-wheeled vehicle emblazoned on each door with a bug-eyed bird and the words “crazy chicken” to haul what she buys and sells back and forth to her home.

  • Memorial Day service is Sunday

    Memorial Day services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, May 24 at the Healing Field, located in the American Legion Park on Broadway, the organization announced.

    Services are scheduled to be held inside of Patriot Hall if it rains.

    The names of the 118 soldiers who are honored in the Healing Field will be read aloud, along with the names of all Anderson County soldiers who died while serving their country.

  • Fire destroys man’s SUV

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    An electrical problem is being blamed for a fire that destroyed a vehicle on Ballard Street early Saturday morning in Lawrenceburg.

    Bill Lane, who owned the vehicle, said he was asleep when a neighbor knocked on his door, saying there was smoke coming from his 2006 Ford Explorer.

    It didn’t take long for the entire vehicle to be engulfed in flames, which was the case by the time firefighters with the Lawrenceburg Fire Department arrived.