Local News

  • School district to pay $183K to cover insurance shortfall

    The Anderson County school district is expected to foot a $183,479 bill to cover a portion of a debt-ridden insurance trust’s $60 million deficit.
    It’s been at least 10 years since the district last worked with Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust or KSBIT to provide accident insurance and compensation for sick and injured employees, among other services.
    But Anderson County, along with about 174 school districts as well as public and private Kentucky universities, are now finding they need to pay back fees to cover KSBIT’s losses.

  • Sequestration delivers no immediate local pain

    By Meaghan Downs
    and Ben Carlson
    News staff
    Federal spending cuts may trickle down to Anderson County by this summer, reducing funds for school district and senior center programs, but with little to no impact on local government, law enforcement or the health department.
    The process of “sequestration,” the term assigned to automatic spending cuts at the federal level, began Friday night after President Obama and Republican congressional leadership failed to come to a compromise on reducing the deficit.

  • Total loss

    Firefighters never stood a chance late Monday afternoon when a fire flattened a home at 2300 Glensboro Road.
    Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes was at the scene just minutes after the fire was called into 911, but the home, owned by Timmy Perry, was already fully engulfed in flames.
    Perry, who told reporters he had lived on that property his entire life, was among seven people who resided there and lost everything they owned but the clothes on their backs.
    The Red Cross reportedly found the family a place to stay Monday night.

  • The lifelong education of Louise Perry

    As her daughter Elissa lay dying, Louise Perry read.
    Not the fairy tales and animal fables Louise pored over as a child growing up in Fox Creek in the early ‘40s, but Bible stories.
    Anything Elissa wanted to read, mother and daughter read together until Elissa’s death from a brain tumor in 1975.
    As the 74-year-old Louise recalls now, sitting on a couch in her Lawrenceburg apartment on a rainy Wednesday afternoon, the loss of her daughter is just one part of her education.

  • Teens held at gunpoint during home invasion

    Three adults and a 17-year-old Anderson County High School student are behind bars after allegedly holding two teenagers at gunpoint while stealing guns and cash from a residence on Citation Lane.
    The 17-year-old allegedly followed two of the men into the home while the fourth man waited in a getaway car outside, according to documents obtained from the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

  • Judge orders doody duty for restroom vandals

    They probably would have preferred to go to jail.
    Four teens who allegedly smeared feces on commodes and damaged a restroom in the county park were ordered by Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway to clean it up Monday afternoon.
    With a deputy and some of their parents standing watch, the teens were forced to scrub fecal matter off the floor, commodes and walls, as well as clean up other messes they made Saturday afternoon.

  • Fire destroys home on Glensboro Road

    Firefighters never stood a chance Monday afternoon when a fire flattened a home at 2300 Glensboro Road.

    Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes was at the scene just minutes after the fire was called into 911, but the home, owned by Timmy Perry, was already fully engulfed in flames.

    Barnes said it doesn’t appear that anyone, including three children who live at the residence, was home at the time of the fire.

  • Rotary pancake breakfast to be held this Saturday

    The Rotary Club of Lawrenceburg will host its annual pancake breakfast Saturday, March 2 from 7 a.m. to noon at the Anderson County Middle School cafeteria, the club announced.
    The breakfast, now in its 56th year, is one of the club’s biggest annual fundraisers, with proceeds used to support the Rotary’s annual scholarship fund.
    Cost is $7, and children under 5 are free.
    Tickets are available through Rotarians or at the door.

  • Waiting for white smoke

    Instead of the pope, think of a grandfather.
    Which is how the Rev. Chris Clay of St. Lawrence Catholic Church said he reacted to news of Pope Benedict XVI’s unexpected resignation.
    “I was very surprised, I was actually very emotional about it,” Clay, who learned about the resignation in an e-mail from the diocese, said. “I think was overcome with what he was doing, how almost unprecedented.”

  • Library’s coffers grow despite lower tax rates

    Auditors reviewing the Anderson Public Library’s finances from last fiscal year have given the library a clean audit for 2012, according to Library Director Pam Mullins.
    Library board trustees discussed the 2012 independent audit last Tuesday, unanimously choosing to table an approval of the audit until the board’s March meeting to read it more closely.
    “I think it’d be a wise choice, just to look over it,” current library board president Bryan Proctor said during the meeting.