Local News

  • News briefs: 7-4-12

    Special-needs swim party to be held at Anderson-Dean Park
    A special-needs swim party will be held July 10 from 6-8 p.m. at the Anderson-Dean Aquatic Center in Anderson-Dean Park in Harrodsburg.
    The event is open to any age, and is open to residents and families of Anderson, Mercer and Boyle counties.
    Lifeguards and volunteers will be present, and there will be free refreshments.
    For more information, contact 859-325-0417.

    Maxfield receives promotion

  • CASA volunteer finds her voice for neglected, abused children

    When Amanda Neff met CASA volunteer Connie Riddell, she assumed Riddell only wanted to hear the same story about her past.  
    Neff was 15. A ward of the state. She had lived in a group home in Indiana, was living in a Frankfort group home with 14 other girls. Neff and her brother were in the middle of an extended custody battle.
    She repeated the same narrative to the social worker. The attorney. The judge. The probation officer assigned to her case after Neff got physical with her stepmother while living with her father in Indiana.

  • ‘Tragedy’

    Family and friends are mourning the loss of a teenager who was killed Sunday afternoon when the vehicle he was driving struck a tree on US 62.
    Cody Ramsey, 17, of Willisburg Road was on his way home during a break from his part-time job in the county park when the mini-van he was driving went off the right-hand shoulder of the road. Based on tire marks, it appears the van returned to the road, but went sideways and slammed into a tree on the opposite side.
    The van hit the tree on the driver’s side door, and Ramsey was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Fireworks display on for 4th

    With Sunday's brief-but-needed respite from the drought and only a 20 percent chance of rain today, Fourth of July activities in Anderson County are on.

    The annual fireworks display is scheduled for dusk in the county park. Rain dates are July 5 and 6, if necessary. Those attending are asked to refrain from setting off personal fireworks in the park.

    Today's parade is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. veterans recognition ceremony at Lawrenceburg Green (behind Town & Country Bank).

  • Old ECC sells for $75,100

    The Anderson County Board of Education approved the sale of the old Early Childhood Center to the Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg during a special called meeting last Thursday night.
    The academy submitted the only bid on the property, and purchased the 45,500 square-foot building and the 7.5 acres upon which it sits for $75,100, less than half of its $170,000 appraised value.
    The building, which closed at the end of this school year, has been replaced with a new building near Emma B. Ward Elementary.

  • Distillery ups county assessment; foreclosures drive city’s down

    The assessed value of real estate in the county floated a bit higher this year while assessed value in the city sank like a stone.
    The city’s assessed real estate value declined by $1.4 million, according to preliminary information released by Brian Stivers, the county’s property value administrator.
    Assessed real estate in the county went the other way, increasing by nearly $3.6 million.
    Stivers said the reason for the decline within city limits is primarily due the ongoing rash of foreclosures, which drives down the value of nearby homes.

  • Habitat for Humanity dedicates 13th home

    Doris Munsey never stopped trying.
    For 10 years, the Lawrenceburg woman applied for but didn’t get a Habitat for Humanity home, but that changed last week when she was officially welcomed into her new home on Coleman Drive.
    Anderson County Habitat for Humanity dedicated the 13th home it has provided June 10.
    Munsey said it took a long time to get her own home, but the effort was worth it.

  • Teen killed when mini-van slams into tree

    A teenager was killed Sunday afternoon when the van he was driving went off US 62 and slammed into a tree.

    Cody Ramsey, 17, of Willisburg Road, was pronounced dead at the scene of the one-vehicle wreck. He was the only one in the vehicle at the time of the wreck, officials said.

    Ramsey was headed west when his vehicle went onto the right-hand shoulder of the road, careened back onto the road, went sideways and slammed into a tree on the opposite side.

  • Drought declared in Anderson County

    Anderson County joined 65 of other Kentucky counties in being declared under Level 1 drought conditions, according to a news release issued by state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet.

    The drought declaration comes just one day after Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway signed a ban on all outdoor burning, citing unusually dry conditions.

    As of Wednesday, the burning ban did not include restrictions on setting off fireworks, but Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes said planning to do so should exercise extreme caution.

  • County under burning ban

    Outdoor fires and burning have been banned due to ongoing drought conditions, Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway’s office announced this afternoon.

    No outdoor burning of any kind is allowed, including trash barrels.

    Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes said the ban does not include fireworks, for now.

    “We don’t want to interfere with people’s Fourth of July, but if because an issue, we may have to restrict them.”

    Barnes said anyone setting off fireworks is asked to use “extreme caution.”