Local News

  • Lewis continues Distinguished Young Woman legacy

    News staff

    Just before McKenna Lewis’ grandfather Robert L. “Bobby” Hyatt passed away in May, Lewis made him a promise that she’d win the local Distinguished Young Woman competition for him.

    She kept good on her word and was crowned Distinguished Young Woman of Anderson County in August.

  • Huge crowd on hand as public officials sworn in

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Several hundred people kicked off their New Year’s Eve parties a bit early last Wednesday when they packed the county courthouse to watch public officials sworn in to their new offices for 2015.

    The crowd, considered one of the largest to attend a swearing-in ceremony in recent memory, cheered and clapped as they welcomed a new judge-executive, mayor and a pair of judges to their new positions.

  • No office for Hellard another bad decision by state

    By Ben Carlson


    Column as I see ’em …

    Newly minted Family Court Judge Marie Hellard raised her arms and pumped her fists to the delight of several hundred people who were busy giving her what proved to be one of Wednesday’s loudest ovations during swearing-in ceremonies at the county courthouse.

    As loath as I am to toss a wet blanket on that party, I’m going to do it anyway because, as usual, when it comes to judicial issues it appears Anderson County once again is poised to take it in the shorts.

  • Answering a call for help

    By Shelley Spillman

    News staff

    Steve Votaw, chief deputy of the Anderson County Coroner’s Office, says he speaks with his friend Shelby Phillips weekly, but when he spoke to her the Saturday before Christmas, he could sense something was wrong by the tone of her voice. Phillips told him it was the end of the month, and she was out of food.

    As a senior on a fixed income, Phillips said she can pay her rent and utilities but little else. She said she only receives $90 each month in food stamps.

  • Police warn of vehicle break-ins

    From staff reports

    The Lawrenceburg Police Department issued a warning Monday for vehicle owners to not leave valuables inside of their parked cars.

    The department is working on several cases involving items stolen from vehicles and several arrests have been made, according to a news release.

    Police said to avoid having items stolen, vehicle owners should:

    l never leave anything of value in plain sight

    l always lock glove compartments and center consoles

    l always lock tool boxes on trucks

  • Mystery deputy thanked for help

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    She didn’t know the name of the deputy who helped her during a remarkably difficult time, but she does now.

    Indian Trail resident Sherry Richardson let her two dogs outside Dec. 18 while getting ready to go to work. One came back before she and her children had to leave, the other didn’t.

  • Lawrenceburg teen raising funds to visit North Korea, run in 10K race

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    It appears no one wants Lawrenceburg’s Duncan Adams to travel to North Korea, so he’s going anyway.

    “My family thinks I’m crazy, but they’re warming up to it a bit,” said Adams, an 18-year-old freshman at Kentucky State University who graduated from Anderson County High School last year.

  • School district poised to oppose higher electricity rates

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    After spending the past five years trimming an estimated $1 million off of the school district’s utility bills, Superintendent Sheila Mitchell doesn’t want to see some of those savings evaporate due to higher electric rates being proposed by Kentucky Utilities.

    If those rates go into effect later this year, Mitchell said the impact on the district’s budget could be as much as $82,000 annually, money she says isn’t in the district’s budget.

  • Convicted felon jailed for pointing gun at wife on Christmas morning

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    A Lawrenceburg man is being held on $10,000 cash bail for allegedly pointing a loaded handgun at his wife on Christmas morning.

    Jeffrey Brewer, 49, of 1300 Dry Dock Road pleaded not guilty to charges that include first-degree wanton endangerment and possession of a firearm by convicted felon during his arraignment last Wednesday morning in Anderson District Court.

    Judge Betty Springate kept his previously set bail at $10,000 at the urging of County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis.

  • Car slams into home, totals two other vehicles

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    A Lawrenceburg man whose vehicle ran off Highway 151 and hit a home in Alton early Sunday morning is lucky to be alive.

    Gabriel Grant of 1682 Alton Station Road was traveling north when his vehicle swerved into the southbound lane and tore the front porch off a home owned by Jeff Ping.

    Grant’s car continued on and struck a telephone pole before hitting and totaling two vehicles parked at Alton Motors, Ping’s car dealership located next to his home.