Local News

  • Three teens, driver injured in wreck

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The last thing Austin Warford said he remembers before waking up in a CT scanner at the University of Kentucky Medical Center is turning onto Anderson City Road late last Friday afternoon.

    Warford and three teenagers sustained serious injuries when the car he was driving left the road and collided head-first with a tree.

    Warford and one of the teens had been released from the hospital as of Monday. The other teens remain hospitalized, including one with a fractured skull and other serious injuries.

  • Ritchie pleads not guilty to sexually abusing child

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The sometimes gruesome testimony of a Lawrenceburg police officer resulted in a man charged with sticking his hand down the back of a 7-year-old girl’s pants being held in jail.

    Gary Wayne Ritchie, 53, remained in jail after having his probation revoked from a previous charge during his appearance last Thursday in Anderson District Court.

  • Sizing up the 30th District at season’s midpoint

    The jockeying for 30th District seeding positions is just about complete with only two district game left. However, those two contests will determine three spots in the district tournament, which is set to be held the week of Feb 23-28 at Spencer County High School.

  • Four injured in wreck on Anderson City Road

    Two people are in critical condition and two in serious condition following a wreck late this afternoon (Friday) on Anderson City Road.

    The two people in critical condition were airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, according to John Shuttleworth, Anderson County’s deputy director of public safety. The two in serious condition were taken to UK via Anderson County EMS, Shuttleworth said.

    First responders initally said all four victims were conscious and speaking shortly after the wreck.

  • Lawrenceburg store ‘a sacred, spiritual space for natural healing’

    News staff

    Pam Giles, owner of Antiques, Uniques & Metaphysics, considers her store a space to share her two main passions in life: collectibles and natural healing.

    Though Giles has owned several antiques stores over the years in different locations including Danville, Springfield and Harrodsburg, she decided to make this store different, adding a metaphysics twist. The back of the store is lined with colorful gemstones, incense and large glass jars filled with herbs.

  • 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