Local News

  • Fuel truck wreck forces evacuations in Alton

    The wreck of a tanker truck filled with 2,000 gallons of gasoline and 5,500 gallons of diesel fuel forced the evacuation of dozens of homes in the Alton area Tuesday morning as first responders worked to plug the leak and contain the spill.

    The truck was headed into Alton on Highway 151 when it veered off the road, traveled several hundred yards in front of at least four homes and struck a tree.

  • Hay baler destroyed in fire on Jenny Lillard Road

    The seemingly non-stop rain this summer has left farmers struggling mightily to get their cut hay dry enough to bail.

    For Beverly Hockersmith, it just became even harder.

    Hockersmith’s hay bailer was destroyed by fire early Sunday afternoon when her brother-in-law, Marshall Hockersmith, was bailing hay in a field she owns on Jenny Lillard Road, about 4 miles east of Lawrenceburg.

  • Gritton puts end to costly recycling program

    Anderson County’s recycling program is headed for the trash.

    Come April, the county will relinquish all but a small portion of its role in recycling when Republic Services begins picking up items curbside every other week.

    Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton said the trash hauler has given him a date of April 4, 2016, which means the county can mothball a recycling program that ended up costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past several years.

  • School board OKs higher tax rate

    The Anderson County Board of Education unanimously approved a slightly higher property tax rate during its meeting Monday night.

    The board also bid farewell to 14 retiring staff members and approved a request from an organization called Bearcat Pride Foundation to begin selling commemorative bricks that will be laid at the entrance to the athletic complex at the high school to raise funds to resurface the football field with synthetic turf.

    The tax rate on real estate was increased to $5.86 per $1,000 in assessed value, up from the previous rate of $5.85.

  • Tourism merger nearly complete

    The Lawrenceburg City Council took its first step toward merging tourism efforts with county government by approving an ordinance during its meeting Monday night.

    The move means the city council and fiscal court have each approved the measure on its first reading, and a second reading is now scheduled for a joint meeting Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. in the fiscal court’s chambers, located in the judge-executive’s office on Main Street.

    The meeting is open to the public.

  • A different kind of jet set

    Tiffany Davenport, 24, has come a long way since her time as a Lady Bearcat basketball and softball player who graduated from Anderson County High School in 2009.

    An aviation boatswain’s mate in the US Navy, Davenport is currently serving aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington as part of Talisman Sabre 2015, a biennial exercise that provides an opportunity for approximately 30,000 US and Australian defense forces to conduct operations in a joint environment.

  • Carpenter named Most Distinguished

    Just two days after being named Anderson County’s Distinguished Young Woman, Brooklyn Carpenter was equal parts happy and humble.

    “I feel very undeserving,” she said, “but very excited to be able to represent Anderson County and my school.”

    Carpenter won this year’s pageant Saturday night at the high school, edging out five other hopefuls in what was formerly called Junior Miss.

  • Keeping a family’s tradition alive

    The Guernsey heifer appeared to lay its head on Amy Kate Smith’s right shoulder.

    There was no gimmickry involved. It was just a touching moment between a large animal and its owner and manager.

    And Amy Kate, a junior at Anderson County High School, smiled broadly.

    It should not be a surprise that Smith and her heifer have such a bond. It’s just in the Smith nature to be showing cattle and getting ready for the Kentucky State Fair.

  • Local News Briefs: August 5, 2015

    Senior center to sponsor AARP Smart Driver Course

    A smart driving session will be presented at the Anderson senior center Thursday, Sept. 10 from 12:30-5 p.m.

    The classes will cover defensive driving techniques, safety strategies and new traffic laws. Upon completion, participants can receive a multi-year discount on their car insurance. Cost is $15 for AARP members at $20 for non-members.

    To register, call the Anderson Senior Center at 839-7420.

    Yoga classes offered at health department

  • Fire damages home on Powell Taylor Road

    A fire early Monday morning caused major damage to a home at 1146 Powell Taylor Road.

    Connie Snipes said she was home when the fire broke out. Her husband, Bud Snipes, said he had already gone to work.

    “I was sleeping on the couch when the smoke woke me up,” Connie Snipes said. “I just went outside and called 911.”

    The couple’s three dogs were with them as they watched firefighters battle the blaze. Connie Snipes said their cat was missing.