Local News

  • Unemployment here among state’s lowest

    Unemployment in Anderson County stood at 6.7 percent in May, down one tenth of a percent from the previous May, according to Kentucky Labor Force estimates.
    Anderson’s rate was among the lowest in Kentucky. Woodford County posted the lowest rate in the state at 5.8 percent, followed by Oldham County at 6.3 percent; Fayette County, 6.4 percent; Ohio and Scott counties, 6.6 percent each; Daviess and Hancock counties, 6.7 percent each; and Franklin and Jessamine counties, 6.8 percent each.
    Mercer County stands at 8.2 percent.

  • Boyfriend arrested after missing teen found

    A missing Mount Eden teen has been located and is safe after allegedly running away with a 19-year-old Louisville man last Monday.
    Ritchie A. Delk, 19, of Louisville, and the female teenager, whose name has not been released because she is a juvenile, were located in Elyria, Ohio, by the Lorain County Sheriff’s Department last Wednesday. Delk was arrested and is being held at the Lorain County Jail where he awaits extradition to Kentucky.

  • Little damage to roads during heavy rainstorm

    Several days of heavy rain caused no major damage to Anderson County’s roads, although trouble spots flooded as streams and rivers swelled.
    The crossings at Rice and Dry Dock roads were impassable throughout most of the storm, as was the crossing on Gilberts Creek Road.
    On Hammonds Creek Road, the water rose and subsided several times, forcing its closure at least three times during the storm.

  • 83-year-old buys first home

    Marian Masters will be 113 years old when her 30-year mortgage is paid off.
    If that sounds unusual it should because, unlike most people who take out their first mortgage early in life, Marian waited until she was 83 to purchase her first home — a home she says is a gift from God.
    “I just walk through it and thank the Lord for this home,” said Marian, who just moved into her new home and to Lawrenceburg a couple of weeks ago.
    “It’s so beautiful and I know the Lord is in every corner of it.”

  • ‘One big bruise’

    God leaped out of the passenger seat to protect Phyllis Oates when a log truck struck her car last Wednesday afternoon on Highway 555.
    That’s how Oates, 57, explains how she survived the violent wreck that left her battered, broken and bruised, but alive to talk about it.
    Speaking by phone Monday from her hospital bed at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Oates said she expects to fully recover from her injuries, which include a broken neck, wrist, sternum and ribs.

  • Fireworks rescheduled for Saturday

    From staff reports
    Anderson Countians might just get to see fireworks after all — weather permitting.
    After rain forced July 4 activities to be cancelled twice last week, the fireworks display is now scheduled for dusk in the county park this Saturday night.
    The veterans parade has been cancelled, but city officials said Tuesday morning there will be live entertainment on the Green that evening.
    The weather for Saturday was expected to be clear, but if it rains, the fireworks display will not be rescheduled, local officials said.

  • Services today for Democratic Party stalwart

    A woman credited by many as being the heart and soul of the Democrat Party in Anderson County has died.

    Gayle Dadisman, 79, passed away Sunday after a lengthy battle with cancer.

    Those who knew and worked with her said she will be greatly missed.

    “She meant everything to the party,” said local attorney Betty Springate. “She was the lifeblood of the Democratic Party in Anderson County.”

    Gov. Steve Beshear lauded Dadisman as someone who understood the role of government in people’s lives.

  • Storm wreaks heavy damage to tobacco crop

    Unrelenting rain last week proved disastrous for local farmers who on Monday were still trying to determine exactly how much damage it caused.

    Heavy rain started pounding Anderson County on Thursday and continued almost non-stop through Saturday night.

    Amounts vary by location, but Emergency Management Director Bart Powell said rain gauges he uses showed Anderson got around 6.5 inches during that period, but others reported getting significantly more over the past couple of weeks.

  • We’re soaked

    SATURDAY 11 A.M. — Anderson County remains under a flash flood watch with more rain expected to fall through Sunday.

    The county was under a flash flood warning through 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

    At least three roads are closed due to nearly 6 inches of rain that has fallen through Saturday morning, with several more inches expected by Sunday.

    Emergency Management Director Bart Powell said Rice, Gilberts Creek and Dry Dock roads are and will likely remain closed, with others, including Hammonds Creek, being accessible only when the rain relents.

  • Lawrenceburg woman in critical condition following wreck

    A Lawrenceburg woman was seriously hurt Wednesday afternoon when the vehicle she was driving collided with a log truck.

    Phyllis Oates, 57, of Long Road attempted to make a U-turn onto her road from Highway 555 when her vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer driven by Rodney W. Peace, 69, of Magnolia, according to a news release from the Kentucky State Police.

    The collision caused the tractor-trailer to overturn, spilling its load of logs onto Highway 555, about 20 miles west of Lawrenceburg.