Local News

  • News briefs: 9-5-12

    Mackville Community Center, Lion’s Club host truck and tractor pull
    The Mackville Community Center and the Mackville Lion’s Club will host a truck and tractor pull on Sept. 15.
    The weigh-in will be at 4 p.m., with the pull starting at 5 p.m. Concessions will be available. For additional information, contact Eddie Noel at 859-262-5104.

    Grill-Off fundraiser for clinic
    to be held Sept. 22

  • Jailed ex-social services worker seeks shock probation

    The former social services employee sentenced to five years in prison on nine felony counts of falsifying her investigations is scheduled to return to Circuit Court on Thursday for a shock probation hearing.
    Margaret “Geri” Murphy, 61, was sentenced in late July after pleading guilty to a host of felony charges.
    At that time, her attorney, Bill Patrick, said he would attempt to have her placed on shock probation after she served the required 30 days in jail.
    Murphy is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. in front of Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman.

  • School board keeps tax rate flat, gets earful about ECC

    The tax rate for the Anderson County school district may be flat again this year, but the district’s overall revenue won’t be.  
    The Anderson County Board of Education unanimously voted to maintain a flat tax rate for the fourth year in a row, but because of tax base growth, the district’s tax revenue will actually increase by $129,581 for the upcoming fiscal year.
    Last year’s tax rate, at $5.52 for real and personal property per $1,000 assessed value, brought in roughly $7.943 million of tax revenue for the school district.

  • Frankfort Regional Medical opens new emergency department

    Frankfort Regional Medical Center opened its new emergency department, the first completed phase of the facility’s $8.4 million expansion and renovation project, to incoming patients Tuesday morning.
    The emergency department, a 7,000 square feet wing featuring additional private rooms with central cardiac monitor capabilities, a triage center, EMS lounge, new reception area, MRI center and upgrades in technology, is the first phase of a three-phase renovation project scheduled to be completed by May 2013.

  • House catches fire twice in same day

    Two fires at the same residence last Wednesday has sparked an investigation by the Kentucky State Police.
    An unoccupied home at 1061 Long Road in western Anderson County caught fire two times in the span of five hours, the second causing heavy damage.
    The first fire was called in at 2:19 p.m.; the second at 7:17.
    “Three of us were at the Fire Station 4 working on air packs when the first call came out,” said Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes. “I was there in five minutes and it had fire burning through the back wall of the house.

  • Work continues on new county park football field

    A new football field in the county park is getting closer to reality.
    During the past week, county highway employees and others continued to haul in dirt while others installed drainage lines in an all-out effort to have the field ready to be seeded my the middle of September.
    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway briefed the Anderson County Fiscal Court on the project last Tuesday night, asking for and receiving permission to hire outside haulers to bring in dirt to complete the field.

  • 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.