Local News

  • County courthouse to close for business Sept. 3-4

    The Anderson County Courthouse will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 4 as part of a statewide shutdown of the Kentucky Judicial Branch, it was announced.
    The court system also will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3, to observe the Labor Day holiday.
    This will be the first time since Kentucky’s modern court system was formed in 1976 that the Judicial Branch must close courthouse doors to balance its budget, officials said in a news release.
    The court system will also be closed Monday, Oct. 15.

  • Bike rally for National Guard is Sunday

    Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.
    The second annual ‘Ride II Remember’ bike rally and Kentucky Headhunters concert will be roaring into town on Sept. 2 starting at 4 p.m. at the American Legion fairgrounds and Legion Auxiliary Healing Field.
    National Community Outreach Coordinator Freddie Maggard II said supporting the troops and riding motorcycles “match up perfectly.”  

  • Trashed Hammond Road house finally torn down

    A demolition crew began razing a home Monday on Hammond Road just two weeks before its owner was to go on trial for refusing to tear it down.
    The owner, Steve Gay, was to stand trial Sept. 12 in Anderson District Court.
    The saga over the crumbling home dates back more than year. Gay was originally given 10 days to tear down the home when it was declared unsafe by the county fire chief.
    It wasn’t.
    Gay was then cited and ordered to appear in District Court, where a judge gave him until July 5 to tear it down.

  • Local quartet wins state fair gospel competition

    You can forgive Ben Gee for not letting the speaker finish his sentence last Thursday.

    “All I heard was, ‘The winner, from And …,’ and I lost it,” said Gee, an Anderson County resident who sings bass for New Vision Gospel quartet, the newly crowned winners of the annual rural gospel quartet contest at the Kentucky State Fair.

  • Business drying up for county’s last water hauler

    Loneliness can seep in when waiting for water.
    Professional water hauler Wayne Phillips said he sometimes thinks about his late father and former water hauler William “Mush” Phillips while he waits for his 1,500 water tank to fill a customer’s cistern.
    It usually takes about 10 minutes, but 10 minutes can feel like a long time, Wayne said.
    To pass the time, he’ll listen to country music in the cab of his large, red truck. Read a book. In the past, he flipped through The Anderson News.

  • Man shot at Eagle Lake

    Police are investigating an early Sunday morning shooting at Eagle Lake Convention Center that sent one unidentified man to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
    The center’s owner, Brad Smith, confirmed the shooting Monday afternoon, saying that it occurred during a private party for a group of around 500 college students who rented the facility.
    He said those involved are not from Anderson County.

  • Wild Turkey’s ‘crowning jewel’

    Not even rain clouds looming overhead could dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd gathered Tuesday morning to celebrate yet another milestone for the Wild Turkey Distillery.
    Gov. Steve Beshear and other dignitaries helped the iconic company break ground on a new $4 million visitor center that will be perched atop Wild Turkey Hill overlooking the Kentucky River.
    “This is the crowning jewel of the site,” said Gerry Ruvo, chairman and CEO of Campari America, which purchased Wild Turkey in 2009.

  • Reduced bail denied for accused killer

    Relief. That was the reaction Monday from the family of a murdered Anderson County woman after a Circuit Court judge denied cutting in half bail for the man accused of killing her.
    Timothy Lee Branson, 48, was arrested in March for allegedly shooting Modena Branson, 50, during a domestic dispute at her home on Ballard Road.
    Following the shooting, police say Branson shot himself in the head but survived.

  • News briefs: 8-22-12

    Rotary Club to host wine festival
    The Lawrenceburg Rotary Club will hold its annual wine fest at Lovers Leap Winery on Aug. 25 from 6-11 p.m.
    Music will be provided by Conch Republic Band. There will also be a silent auction.
    All proceeds will provide for various programs for children in the community including backpacks, Shop With a Cop and dictionaries for all third graders in Lawrenceburg schools, according to the press release.

    Historical Society to meet Aug. 23

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