Local News

  • Wild Turkey’s ‘crowning jewel’

    Not even rain clouds looming overhead could dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd gathered Tuesday morning to celebrate yet another milestone for the Wild Turkey Distillery.
    Gov. Steve Beshear and other dignitaries helped the iconic company break ground on a new $4 million visitor center that will be perched atop Wild Turkey Hill overlooking the Kentucky River.
    “This is the crowning jewel of the site,” said Gerry Ruvo, chairman and CEO of Campari America, which purchased Wild Turkey in 2009.

  • Reduced bail denied for accused killer

    Relief. That was the reaction Monday from the family of a murdered Anderson County woman after a Circuit Court judge denied cutting in half bail for the man accused of killing her.
    Timothy Lee Branson, 48, was arrested in March for allegedly shooting Modena Branson, 50, during a domestic dispute at her home on Ballard Road.
    Following the shooting, police say Branson shot himself in the head but survived.

  • News briefs: 8-22-12

    Rotary Club to host wine festival
    The Lawrenceburg Rotary Club will hold its annual wine fest at Lovers Leap Winery on Aug. 25 from 6-11 p.m.
    Music will be provided by Conch Republic Band. There will also be a silent auction.
    All proceeds will provide for various programs for children in the community including backpacks, Shop With a Cop and dictionaries for all third graders in Lawrenceburg schools, according to the press release.

    Historical Society to meet Aug. 23

  • A true fish story
  • 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.