Local News

  • First case of flu reported

    Staff at the Anderson County Health Department are encouraging residents to get vaccinated as soon as vaccines are available after news broke last week that the first cases of seasonal influenza has been reported in Kentucky.
    The reported cases are residents of Boyd County, and the seasonal H3N2 type of influenza virus was identified in each case, according to a news release from the health department.
    Acting local Health Director Tim Wright said his office hopes to begin providing vaccines by Sept. 1.

  • School board to ponder 4% revenue hike

    The Anderson County Board of Education is weighing a 4 percent revenue increase for the upcoming fiscal year, which would give it an additional $378,000 in revenue.
    The board of education has kept its tax rate flat since the 2008-09 school year, with the current tax rate set at $5.52 per $1,000 of assessed value on real estate.

  • High-speed chase leads to smashed bike, tickets

    A motorcyclist who led police on a high-speed chase through Lawrenceburg on Saturday night can add a host of charges to his bumps, bruises and the damages his bike received when it ended up smushed under the front end of two cars on North Main.
    Nicholas Reed, 22, of Harrodsburg received only minor injuries after a police cruiser chasing him on Ballard Street struck the rear end of his bike and sent him and his bike flying into a used car lot on the north side of the train tracks.

  • Want to eat melons without getting sick? Wash ’em

    Anderson County’s acting health director has a simple solution for those worried about contracting salmonella from eating tainted muskmelons or cantaloupes.
    A bleach solution, that is.
    With news spreading about two deaths in Kentucky and dozens of people sickened from melons likely grown in southwestern Indiana, Tim Wright said Tuesday morning that concerned Anderson County residents should wash melons in a simple bleach solution before cutting them.

  • Fire district approves flat tax rate

    The Anderson County Fire Taxing District joined taxing districts countywide in either keeping their tax rates flat or lowering them.
    The fire district voted unanimously recently to keep its rate at 66 cents per $1,000 assessed value, a decision that will nevertheless result in an additional $7,800 thanks to an increase in the county’s overall assessment.
    “Basically, looking at the overall economy, we didn’t want to throw any additional burden on folks,” said Fire Chief Mike Barnes.

  • Parents charged with selling pot to 17-year-old son

    The parents of a Lawrenceburg teen were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Anderson Circuit Court on charges that include selling marijuana to their 17-year-old son.
    Hershel and Karen Brown of 124 Dove Drive face numerous charges after police searched their residence and reported finding marijuana, hydrocodone, Oxyconton, cash and guns.
    Police also found 1.3 ounces of marijuana in their son’s pocket that was divided up in small baggies for resale, according to a complaint filed by officer Jeremy Cornish of the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

  • Ready for some football?

    There’s no need to wait for UK, the Bengals or any of the other college or NFL teams to start playing for real — the Bearcats do that tonight when they host Bryan Station in their season opener.

    Kickoff is 7:30 at the high school. Admission is $5.

    The Bearcats made it to the state finals last year and are expected to field a rugged team again this year under head coach Mark Peach.

  • Charges dismissed for woman who alleged police coercion

    Charges against a Lawrenceburg woman who claimed police pointed a gun at her to force her to confess to a crime were dismissed just before she was supposed to stand trial last Wednesday morning.
    Heather Hume, 32, of 201.5 Saffell St. was charged last August with falsely reporting an incident when a man at that address, Zachary Penwell, allegedly shot himself in the leg to avoid paying rent and claimed he was robbed.
    David Nutgrass, a prosecutor with the Anderson County attorney’s office, explained why the charges against Hume were dropped.

  • Dozen file for city council, four for school board

    Twelve candidates filed by Tuesday’s deadline for six seats on the Lawrenceburg City Council, including each of the six incumbents, according to information provided by Anderson County Clerk Jason Denny.
    They will face off in the Tuesday, Nov. 6 general election, with the highest six vote getters earning  council seats.
    The six challengers include Dustin Burley, George Geohegan III, David Allen Kays, Troy Settles, Dan Stumph and David Watts.
    The incumbents are Bobby Durr, Ken Evans, Larry Giles, Steven Rucker and Paul Thomas Vaughn.

  • City OKs paving projects, new equipment for water plant

    The city council unanimously approved more than $318,000 in paving projects and a replacement chlorinator for the city’s water plant at its monthly meeting on Aug. 13.
    Public works director Larry Hazlett announced the chosen bid of $141,890 with BJ’s Striping, Paving and Sealing for a total 1,867 tons of city street paving in the upcoming year.  
    Planned paving projects for city streets include:
    Court Street: 2,630 feet
    Hilltop Drive: 100 feet
    Eagle Drive: 975 feet
    Hummingbird Drive: 385 feet