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Local News

  • Anderson News office phones briefly out of service for updates

    The Anderson News office's phone system will be briefly out of service Thursday, Oct. 10 starting at 2 p.m. due to scheduled upgrades in the newspaper's phone lines and Internet.

  • Gift shop opens next to Main St. bourbon mansion

    The proprietor of  “The Attic,” located on the T. B. Ripy house grounds, said he hopes the new gift shop will bring awareness of Lawrenceburg’s pre-prohibition history as well as some funding needed to restore the historic residence.
    Tom Ripy, a Pittsburgh-based businessman and descendant of distillery owner T. B. Ripy, said he brought up the idea of opening a visitors center and gift shop in the garage next to the mansion during a general meeting with the owners of the mansion.     

  • Middle school student sends note ‘threatening’ Saffell Street elementary

    A male middle school student allegedly handed a note “threatening in nature” to a Saffell Street student riding the bus last Wednesday afternoon, resulting in an investigation by school administrators and the city police.
    Police Chief Chris Atkins said last Thursday afternoon that a Saffell Street parent contacted police after an elementary student received a note from a middle school juvenile while riding the bus after school Oct. 2.

  • ‘Dances with Wolves’ actor stars in Avenstoke Road film shoot

    A Native American man is dying in a cabin on Avenstoke Road.
    Director and producer Ray Arthur Wang describes his three-and-a-half-minute drama art piece as “an existential meditation on death and rebirth” with the primary filming taking place this week in a run-down cabin on Avenstoke Road in Lawrenceburg.  
    The “golden hour” of a setting autumn sun served as the inspiration for Wang’s short, he said, specifically the fall colors of Kentucky.

  • Help bring soldiers home for holidays

    When Christmas neared last year, Rodney Goodlett wasn’t a happy man.
    While speaking with his son Seth, a soldier stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., Goodlett learned that many of Seth’s fellow soldiers simply couldn’t afford a trip home for the holidays.
    “Those soldiers fought for our country in Iraq and Afghanistan and shouldn’t have to spend Christmas alone on a base just because they don’t have the money to get home,” Goodlett said.

  • A Homecoming to remember

    Church members trickle into the church and shake raindrops off umbrellas as Pastor Bobby Chesser conducts a short tour through Mount Pleasant Baptist on Sunday morning.
    He points to the new drywall. New tile. New carpet.
    The small country church’s sanctuary has also been completely rewired since a flash flood hit the church eight weeks ago, Chesser said.
    The faint scent of new paint in the hallway gives away that volunteers worked the night before Sunday’s Homecoming service to finish small touch-ups.

  • Fiscal court spends $63,000 to purchase scales

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court voted last Tuesday to spend $63,562 to purchase a set of scales for its recycling center and sell off bleachers and other items from its now defunct pulling track.
    The scales, once installed, will allow the county to charge 5 cents per pound for items discarded at the recycling center, including contractor materials, household waste and yard debris.
    Recyclables will still be accepted at no charge.

  • Misery Manor open Friday, Saturday at Eagle Lake

    Misery Manor got off to a frighteningly good start when it debuted last week, and be open again Friday and Saturday.
    A fundraiser for Sheriff Troy Young’s Shop With a Cop program, Misery Manor will continue scaring people throughout October, including Friday and Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Eagle Lake Convention Center.
    Admission is $5 for the haunted house that features legendary Hollywood psychopaths such as Leatherface, Freddie Kruger and others.
    Young estimated nearly 500 people went through the haunted house during its debut last week.

  • Burgoo, ‘like Daniel Boone did it’

    Bring your own bowl.
    Say that to longtime Lawrenceburg residents as the leaves begin to turn and they’ll know it’s time to eat burgoo at the annual Farm Bureau membership meeting.
    This year’s meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 14 at Eagle Lake Convention Center, with burgoo served at 5:30 p.m.
    Although the meeting has changed locations through the decades, one constant remains the same: If it’s burgoo at the Farm Bureau meeting, a Warford is doing the cooking.

  • Hellard enters judge race for Family Court

    Lawrenceburg attorney Marie Hellard has spent the better part of the past two decades representing clients in Family Court.
    Now she wants to preside over it.
    Hellard filed a letter of intent to run for Family Court judge last week in the 53rd Judicial Circuit which includes Anderson, Shelby and Spencer counties.
    Judge John David Myles is the incumbent and has held the position since Jan. 1, 2007.