Local News

  • DeSoto mystery solved

    Imagine their surprise when Bobby and Patricia Smith found out they were the subject of one of my columns a few weeks ago, especially considering we’d never met or even spoke over the phone.

    Actually, the Smiths weren’t mentioned in that column by name. I focused instead on their car, a vintage DeSoto that I followed down North Main Street one warm Saturday afternoon, wondering where it was going, where it had been and whether I should follow it long enough to find out.

  • Splash park delayed, again

    Children in Lawrenceburg will have to wait until next year to cool off in a long-promised splash park.

    City officials say the park, which was slated to be open this summer after trying for years  to obtain a grant, now won’t be open until next year due to a delay in actually receiving federal grant funds.

    “It probably won’t be until next spring,” said Monte Rhode, the city’s public works director. “We had a delay in getting our grant, so we’re not doing a ton of work until it’s here for sure.

  • Jailer: Obamacare repeal will wreak havoc on budget

    The threatened repeal of Obamacare could devastate the county’s budget for providing medical care to inmates, Jailer Joani Clark said during a recent meeting of The Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    “Since Obamacare kicked in, the jail’s inmates are charged the Medicaid rate for payment of hospital, doctor bills, etc., when they’re in custody,” said Clark. “If this all goes away, the county will be paying all hospital and doctor bills and any other type of medical at full regular prices.”

  • She wants to take you fishing

    Emily Stein said she started fishing with her father before she can remember.

    Growing up playing with bait (minus the hooks) instead of dolls, Stein said she would accompany her father to professional muskellunge (muskie) tournaments. Now, years later she is hoping to turn her hobby into a full-time job by becoming the first female guide for muskie in the state of Kentucky.

  • Chief explains slow response to gun heist

    A lengthy police response time to a smash-and-grab theft of guns from a business early last Thursday morning has Lawrenceburg’s police chief saying he’s working to beef up his force.

    The incident occurred around 4 a.m. at Auto Max, a used-car and firearms business located on U.S. 127 Bypass. Thieves apparently smashed the windows, ran inside, grabbed a handful of guns and took off.

  • Man charged with stalking in Thoroughbred Estates

    A man spotted walking in the Thoroughbred Estates community wearing a hoodie on an 80-degree day was charged with second-degree stalking after allegedly calling and texting the mother of his child hundreds of times a day, according to an arrest report.

    A person on Affirmed Court called police around 10 p.m. June 30 when they saw Paul Wagers, 39, of 826 Ridgeview Drive, Frankfort walking in that area. When Police arrived they found him on Lookout Lane, where the mother of his child lives.

  • Remembering Sydney

    The tears that flowed as Christy Wise read the poem “Remember Me” indicated what kind of impact Sydney Peffer had on those closest to her.

    “For if you always think of me, I will never be gone.”

    Sydney Peffer, 17, died May 12 when the car she was riding in failed to negotiate a curve on Alton Station Road and overturned. The driver of the car, also 17, has not been charged, pending toxicology reports, according to the Kentucky State Police.

  • White named ‘Bell’ of the fair

    Carrie Bell White, 19, was crowned the 2017 Miss Lawrenceburg Monday night at the Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show.

    A graduate of Anderson County High School, White said this pageant marked her return to the stage for the first time in almost three years.

    “I call this my coming out of retirement pageant because I have not done them in so long,” said White. “I grew up doing them, and this is my first one in three years. I won Miss ACHS before and went to state, this is going to be a completely new experience for me. I am so excited.”

  • Fireworks, parade will highlight Fourth of July

    A parade, live music and fireworks are scheduled to help Lawrenceburg celebrate the Fourth of July.

    The annual fireworks display is scheduled for dusk in the county park, with a rain date set for July 8.

    A veterans parade will kick off the festivities at 5:30 p.m., with all local veterans encouraged to participate.

    Veterans interested in being in the parade are asked to meet at the American Legion at 4:30 p.m., where hot dogs, chips and other refreshments will be provided.

  • Living to dance

    Marlie Garmon was the only dancer from Anderson County chosen for the Kentucky Governor’s School of Performing Arts program, which will be held over the next three weeks at Centre College in Danville. The program received 1,400 applicants, auditioned 650 students, and choose 256 performers. It will run through July 8, and is designed to offer performing arts training for Kentucky’s high school age students.

    “I have been dancing for as long as I can remember,” said Garmon.