Local News

  • 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.

  • Business drying up for county’s last water hauler

    Loneliness can seep in when waiting for water.
    Professional water hauler Wayne Phillips said he sometimes thinks about his late father and former water hauler William “Mush” Phillips while he waits for his 1,500 water tank to fill a customer’s cistern.
    It usually takes about 10 minutes, but 10 minutes can feel like a long time, Wayne said.
    To pass the time, he’ll listen to country music in the cab of his large, red truck. Read a book. In the past, he flipped through The Anderson News.

  • Man shot at Eagle Lake

    Police are investigating an early Sunday morning shooting at Eagle Lake Convention Center that sent one unidentified man to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
    The center’s owner, Brad Smith, confirmed the shooting Monday afternoon, saying that it occurred during a private party for a group of around 500 college students who rented the facility.
    He said those involved are not from Anderson County.

  • 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

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  • 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.