Local News

  • Extension helps Anderson farmer renovate hayfield

    When Anderson County livestock producer Mike Wilson bought a 60-acre hayfield in Franklin County, he knew he had a lot of work in front of him.

    The previous owners had let people cut hay for nearly 30 years without putting any nutrients back into the ground, which meant the existing grass stand was a mixture of Kentucky 31 tall fescue and weeds.

    As he worked on improving the ground’s nutrients, Wilson knew from attending a University of Kentucky grazing school that he also wanted to renovate his field with a novel endophyte tall fescue variety.

  • Ag commissioner visits, urges donations for farm tags

    Kentucky Agriculture Commission Ryan Quarles met with 4-H and Kentucky Future Farmers of America members Monday at the Anderson County Clerk’s Office in Lawrenceburg.

    Quarles was there to encourage Kentucky motorists who buy or renew their farm vehicle license plates to place donations in order to help organizations like Kentucky 4-H, Kentucky FFA and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

    With a donation as low as $10, Kentucky motorists can help to offset expenses, and help raise awareness for these local groups.

  • Pesticide training offered at Extension

    The Anderson County Extension Service will offer training for handling and using agriculture chemicals on Tuesday, March 14 at 1:30 p.m., and Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension office, located in the county park.

    Proper use and handling safety of agriculture chemicals makes both economic and personal health sense, according to a news release from Tommy Yankey, a natural sciences and agriculture agent at the Extension office.

  • Fuller joins News staff

    Brittany Fuller has joined The Anderson News as a staff writer.

    Fuller recently moved from California with her husband and three children. She has a degree in journalism and communications, and says she is eager to meet and greet Lawrenceburg residents and get involved with the community.

    “Kentucky is like a dream come true for me and my family,” said Fuller. “It has been a long road getting here, but now that we have arrived I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves, get involved, and meet as many people as I can.”

  • Anderson declared ‘Work Ready’

    Anderson County received a large arrow for its economic development quiver when it was named one of only a handful of Kentucky Work Ready Communities last week.

    “I’m elated,” said Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton, who worked with a team of local officials, business leaders and educators to achieve the distinction shared by only 34 other counties.

    “It shows we are work-ready and committed to getting our people the proper training they need. I think it’s huge.”

  • Eighth grader wins math contest, full UK scholarship

    Justin Hunter won’t likely be visiting very many colleges as he nears high school graduation.

    That’s all taken care of, and he’s only in eighth grade.

    Hunter, 13, won the regional Mathcounts competition last week in Frankfort, and with his victory comes four years of free tuition at the University of Kentucky.

    The team, coached by Justin’s dad, Alex, placed fourth out of 10 teams, with teammate Zachary Edwards finishing sixth overall.

  • Burglary suspect found snoozing on victims’ couch

    A Lawrenceburg man was arrested on burglary charges early Sunday morning after allegedly kicking in the front door of a residence on Copperfield Drive and falling asleep on a couch.

    Jacob P. Cunningham, 20, of 258 Goodlett Road was apparently drunk when he kicked down the door, according to Anderson County Sheriff’s deputy Cody Slone.

    “He was quite drunk,” Slone said. “He said he thought he was at friend’s house when I woke him up and kept saying he didn’t kick in the door, but he did.”

  • Warm weather now could prove ‘devastating’

    Basking in the low 70s in February seems great now, but experts are warning there will be a heavy price to pay later this year if, as expected, winter makes a vengeful return.

    “I’m very concerned,” said Tommy Yankey, a natural sciences and agriculture agent at the Anderson County Extension office.

    “Mother Nature has a way of getting even.”

  • Better, cleaner animal shelter

    Anderson County’s animal shelter was declared among the state’s worst a year ago, but that almost certainly isn’t the case anymore.

    “I would encourage them to come out and check it out again,” said Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton. “That would be great … go right ahead.”

    The shelter ranked 17th worse in the state, according to information released following a statewide study titled the Current Status of Kentucky County Shelters, conducted by six students from the University of Kentucky and Lincoln Memorial College.

  • Meth bust lands four behind bars

    Two men and two woman were arrested Saturday night on methamphetamine charges.

    Derek L. Cooper, 26, of 307 Center St., John Russell, 48, of 1779 U.S. 127 Bypass, and Donna Williams, 51, of 1081 Johnson Road were charged around 2:30 Saturday morning when an Anderson County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the two men stopped alongside U.S. 127, standing outside of a van.