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Local News

  • Winter storm of sleet, ice and snow predicted to hit Sunday, continue into Monday

    A winter storm featuring freezing rain, ice, heavy snow and high winds is expected to hit the Anderson County area at about 11 a.m. Sunday morning, according to Public Safety Director Bart Powell, and the storm is predicted to continue into Monday, March 3. 

    Anderson County emergency management received an update on the approaching winter storm via conference call with the National Weather Service on Saturday, March 1 at 2:30 p.m., Powell said Saturday.

  • Hospital bills a big problem as deductibles, out-of-pocket costs grow

    By Laura Ungar
    The Courier-Journal
    Kentucky Press News Service
    Amos McGrew suffered from frequent ear infections, requiring ear tubes inserted two years in a row at two different hospitals.
    His mother, Crystal McGrew figured bills for the common procedure would be about the same — she had the same insurance coverage, the same doctor, and there were no complications either time.

  • Eighth graders’ math scores soar while sophomores straggle

    By Meaghan Downs
    News staff
    Science scores continue to be an issue for Anderson County’s eighth graders and sophomores, despite gains in math and reading on standardized tests that help gauge students’ college- and career-readiness.  
    According to test results recently released by the Kentucky Department of Education, Anderson County eighth graders who took the EXPLORE exam in September jumped 8.1 percent in meeting benchmarks for math scores for the 2013-2014 school year.

  • 'Days' of their lives

    A member of the Cooper sisters’ television family was about to disappear from the screen forever.
    Instead of her typical “Days of Our Lives” daily phone call to recap the show with her two sisters, Lawrenceburg resident Maxine Cooper Stinnett was able to break the news in person to the youngest sister, Patricia Cooper, last Wednesday afternoon.

  • Business, government officials discuss minimum wage hike

    By Kevin Wheatley
    The State Journal
    For Tommie Jenkins, feeding himself is enough of a struggle. Add a fiancée and four children — two his own — to the equation, and it becomes clear why he’s hunting for more lucrative work.
    Jenkins has sought positions in warehouses and through temporary employment services, but nothing has surfaced. The 34-year-old Chicago native has worked for minimum wage — $7.25 an hour — at Wendy’s on Lawrenceburg Road since arriving in Frankfort about a year ago.

  • Evidence of 1963 ‘home invasion’ still has profound effect today

    The home is a modest, nondescript house located at 2332 Margaret Walker Alexander Drive in Jackson, Miss. The house’s pale aqua exterior identifies its 1950s roots.
    It is the only house on the street that has no front door, an odd design chosen by its owners who felt they would be safer if the only front entryway was located off the carport.
    The same safety concerns prompted the parents of the home to put their children to bed on mattresses laid directly on the floor so they would be lower than the windows in their bedrooms when they went to sleep at night.

  • Bluegrass Pipeline postpones plans until 2016

    By Randy Patrick
    Landmark Media News Service
    Developers’ plans to complete the Bluegrass Pipeline have been postponed.
    The same day the Kentucky House of Representatives held its first hearing on legislation that would prohibit builders of natural gas liquids pipelines from acquiring easements through condemnation, and Gov. Steve Beshear said he favors such limits, the Tulsa, Okla., energy company Williams announced it has delayed its deadline for finishing the project from late 2015 to mid-to-late 2016.

  • Murder suspect to appear in court Tuesday

    The Lexington man charged with the murder of Fairview Road man Steven Briscoe is scheduled to appear in Circuit Court for a disposition hearing or trial date Tuesday at 9 a.m.
    Gary Luttrell, 39, is charged with shooting Steven Briscoe of 1433 Fairview Road, Lawrenceburg, in the chest Sept. 14, 2013, during a confrontation between the two in Briscoe’s driveway at 1433 Fairview Road.

  • School board seeks ‘immunity’ in lawsuit

    Anderson County Board of Education attorney Robert Chenoweth has filed a motion asking Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman to reconsider removing the school board as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by former girls’ softball coach Brian Glass against the school board and Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.  

  • More voters registering with GOP

    Anderson County’s been mostly “blue” as long as long-time Republican chairman Dave Disponett can remember.
    No, not University of Kentucky Wildcat blue.
    Democratic Party blue.
    The number of voters registering as Democrats was traditionally about 10 Democrats to one Republican in Anderson County, Disponett said, and Lawrenceburg has been solid Democrat at least as long as he’s been Anderson County Republican Party Chairman in 1969.