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  • ‘Jobs jobs jobs!’

    Last summer’s $50 million expansion at the Wild Turkey Distillery created long-term stability.
    Last week’s announced $44 million expansion will create jobs, and plenty of them.
    Bottling of the world-famous bourbon will return to Anderson County next year, bringing with it up to 62 jobs, according to a news release from Gov. Steve Beshear’s office.

  • ‘Contact’ during wreck triggers charges against former cop

    Allegedly being intoxicated and giving false answers to police officers didn’t get him arrested, but a sexual act that caused an accident did.
    Former city police officer Kyle Lucas, 32, of 208 Hamlin Way was charged last week with second-degree wanton endangerment, several weeks after an accident that occurred while he was a passenger in a vehicle on US 127 in Franklin County.
    The driver, Courtney Chesser, 19, of 803 Leawood, Frankfort was also charged with second-degree wanton endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident.

  • Bottling comes back to Wild Turkey

    Gov. Steve Beshear today announced Gruppo Campari plans to invest approximately $44 million to build a new packaging facility at the Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg, where the iconic whiskey brand was born back in the mid-19th century.

    The expansion entails the hiring of up to 62 employees.

    The new facility is expected to be completed in 2013, giving brand owner Gruppo Campari full control over the Wild Turkey brand’s entire production from distilling to aging to bottling, all in Kentucky.

  • Retired attorney Walter Patrick dies

    Retired attorney Walter Patrick died late last night, sources confirmed.

    Patrick, a long-time member of First Christian Church, served the Anderson County community as an attorney for both the city and the board of education for many years. His most recent community effort was an attempt to unify Anderson County's city and county governments.

    A memorial service will be held at First Christian Church.

    More information will be released in the Feb. 29 edition of the Anderson News.

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  • Former resident engineering success for Kentucky graduates

    An engineer is not just a hard hat.
    She has to be a “doer,” someone who’s not content only working with the abstract.
    Ask biomedical engineer Elaine Duncan, a former Anderson County resident and now president and founder of Paladin Medical, Inc., a consulting firm for start-up companies producing new biomedical technologies.
    “For me, it was the innovation and the creativity,” Duncan said of her interest in the engineering field. “I wanted to make things, I wanted to create things.”

  • Anderson residents share passion for outreach ministry

    The Forgotten homeless ministry team travels twice a week to Louisville to listen.
    They listen to Steve, spending his retirement years in a homeless camp.
    They hear Ronnie’s story, a man who started rolling joints for his aunt and uncle when he was 5.
    “We want to hear it,” Charlie Blacketer, a Lawrenceburg resident and one of the original members of the outreach ministry, said. “We want to hear their stories.”
    Getting people off the streets isn’t the ultimate mission of The Forgotten.

  • Health board puts budget, personnel cuts on hold

    It’s back to the drawing board for the health department after board members failed to approve nearly $190,000 in spending and workforce cuts.  
    The health board decided to table its finance committee’s proposed cost-savings and reduction in workforce plans after spending an hour and a half in closed session at the board’s Feb. 15 meeting.

  • Indicted: Police nab seven in cocaine, narcotics roundup

    The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the following people on indictment warrants stemming from multiple investigations into the trafficking of crack cocaine and prescription narcotics in Anderson County.
    More indictments and arrests are pending, the sheriff’s office reported. 
    Tristan Lee Bean, 22, of 322 Lincoln St., Lawrenceburg was indicted and arrested on one count of first-degree trafficking of crack cocaine.

  • Wright vows to fix health department

    Tim Wright’s first official act as interim public health director was to turn off the lights.
    Namely, the outdoor safety lights that could help save money when it comes to the health department’s $900 a month electric bill.
    It’s small savings, Wright said, but the beginning of his plan to improve the public’s perception of the health department, and strengthen the department’s relationship with the Anderson County community.