Local News

  • Officer’s firing not ‘disciplinary’

    Former Lawrenceburg police officer Clay Crouch was not fired for disciplinary reasons, The Anderson News has learned, but just what that reason is remains unclear.

    In a termination letter obtained via an open records request, Mayor Sandy Goodlett told Crouch that the decision to end his employment with the city “is not disciplinary in nature,” although the actual explanation for firing Crouch was blacked out in the letter.

  • Woman killed when car slams wall

    A Frankfort woman was killed late Saturday afternoon when the car she was in went off U.S. 127 and smashed into a rock wall, throwing her from the vehicle.

    Tralaina Michelle Spence-Broughton, 34, was killed when the northbound vehicle went through the median near the Anderson-Franklin county line before striking the wall. Investigators said the driver of the vehicle apparently tried to overcorrection once the car went out of control. The car then overturned and struck the wall.

  • Finally!

    After six years of denials and bureaucratic red tape, Lawrenceburg will soon have its very own splash park.

    City Administrator Robbie Hume confirmed that the facility, which will be free to use, is expected to be open before the end of this summer.

    “It depends on how quickly we can get the equipment in,” said Hume, noting that the park is going to be about twice as big as originally planned six years ago and will be located in the city park behind the American Legion.

  • Showing ’em how it’s done


    Emma B. Ward Elementary School has been selected as a Model School for making dramatic and innovative improvements in teaching.

    The school will present at the 25th annual Model School Conference set for June 25–28 in Nashville. Principal Bobby Murphy attributes the school’s success to the philosophy of out with the old and in with the new.

  • A ‘Heisman Trophy for science nerds’

    Austin Adams was among 60 students selected for the Craft Academy at Morehead State University for the class of 2019, and was the only student from Anderson County who won this achievement.

    “Austin has always been very dedicated to making good grades,” said his mother, Machell Adams. “It was great to see him so excited about a program that will allow him to go wherever he wants in a STEM-based career field.”

  • Heroin dealer to get 20 years in federal prison

    A Lawrenceburg man who last summer bragged to police that he was trying to turn “heroin addicts into crackheads” avoided a possible life sentence in federal prison after pleading guilty to trafficking heroin.

    Troy Alan Sayre, 48, whose address listed on his indictment is 211 Lakeview Drive, entered a guilty plea in exchange for a 20-year sentence, Det. Jeremy Cornish of the Lawrenceburg Police Department confirmed Monday afternoon.

  • Popular city police officer given the boot

    A decorated officer with the Lawrenceburg Police Department has been let go, The Anderson News has confirmed.

    Lawrenceburg Mayor Sandy Goodlett said Monday afternoon that officer Clay Crouch had been “separated” from the city, but declined to say he was fired.

    “The language I used is separated from the city,” Goodlett said. “That may be a technical term for fired.”

    Goodlett said he wasn’t at liberty to discuss the reason Crouch was let go.

  • Board privatizes school health nurse service

    The Anderson County Board of Education voted Monday to contract with a private company to provide on-campus medical services to students and staff.

    The decision ends years of having nurses provided through the Anderson County Health Department, a move that officials say will benefit staff and students along with taxpayers.

    “This is a win-win for the taxpayers of Anderson County,” said Tim Wright, the county’s director of public health who gave his blessing to the decision before Monday night’s vote.

  • ‘He was the complete public servant’

    There are likely be who have done as much to make Anderson County what it is today, but one would have to look long and hard to find them.

    George Wilbur Kinne, described as the epitome of a public servant whose health had declined in recent years, passed away Monday at Heritage Hall Healthcare Center.

    He was 85.

    Kinne was perhaps best known for being the impetus behind the formation of what was then the Stringtown Fire Department back in the 1970s, but that’s only scratching the surface of his community involvement.

  • Maynards to create high bridge replica for renovated library

    Mathew and Karine Maynard handcraft one-of-a-kind pieces of art, and recently agreed to build a railroad bridge for the children’s wing in the renovated Anderson Public Library. The work is to be reminiscent of the local Young’s High Bridge. This bridge crosses the Kentucky River and spans between Anderson and Woodford counties.

    “Someone on the library board asked can you do that, and we said absolutely,” said Karine Maynard.