Local News

  • Bungee jumpers buy high bridge, plan reality TV show

    Anderson County draws tens of thousands of visitors each year on a pilgrimage to walk the hallowed grounds of Kentucky’s bourbon trail.
    It could soon be drawing pilgrims of a different sort — the kind who like to leap from very tall bridges.
    Young’s High Bridge, the old train trestle that runs parallel to the S bridge over the Kentucky River in Tyrone, has been purchased by a group of investors intent on making Anderson County the premier destination for bungee jumpers, and perhaps the center of a reality TV show.

  • Two busted for stealing scrap metal

    Two people were arrested last Monday after police say they were caught trying to steal scrap metal from a location on Hammond’s Creek Road.
    Arrested were Daniel J. King, 37, of 246 Woodhill, Frankfort, and Brandy N. Woods, 36, of 104 Parker Place, Georgetown. Both are charged with theft by unlawful taking and third-degree criminal trespassing, according to citations issued by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

  • King on state pension fix: ‘There will be a lot of mad people’

    At least 1,200 state government retirees living in Anderson County are holding their collective breath as the legislature weighs how to fix a pension fund that could be bankrupt four years from now.
    The pension system, by some estimates underfunded by as much as $20 billion, is teetering on the brink of solvency and legislators are working on a plan they say could save it for years to come.

  • Sculptor, family create horse out of snow

    Most folks look at their snow-covered yards and grimace, waiting for it to melt.
    Donna Devers looks at it as an opportunity to do something she loves: sculpt.
    Devers, her daughter Kayla Higgins and grandsons Camdon and Calen Higgins, took advantage of last weekend’s snowfall, using the white stuff to sculpt a remarkably lifelike horse Sunday afternoon behind her home on Dejeddah Drive in Lawrenceburg.

  • News briefs: 2-6-13

    Retired teachers to meet
    The Anderson County Retired Teachers will meet Monday, Feb. 11 at noon at Foliage Restaurant for lunch.
    “Please join us as we will be updated on news of our state legislature and issues regarding retired teachers,” according to the group’s press release.
    The Anderson County Retired Teachers will also be collecting money to donate to Backpack Buddies.  

    Barr staff will available here each month

  • New state law allows firearms in govt. buildings

    It’s always been legal to walk around Lawrenceburg openly carrying a firearm.
    A state law that went into effect several weeks ago now makes it legal to walk into nearly every public building carrying a firearm, too.
    The law, which proclaims only the state can regulate firearms, breezed through the general assembly and was signed into law by the governor last spring. It effectively ends the ability of city and county governments to restrict people from openly carrying firearms into their offices.

  • Out of classroom and into the fire

    Junior firefighters don’t take pop quizzes or fill-in-the-bubble tests.
    The real test, according to junior firefighter Cassie Rowe, is at the scene of a structure fire or car crash.
    Firefighters need to be calm. Firefighters should be able to talk to people.  
    Developing both skills can be hard to take out of theory in trainings and put into practice, she said.  
    “If you ever roll up on a fire scene, you better know what you’re doing,” Cassie, a senior at Anderson County High School, said.

  • Police: Women threatened rape claim if man didn’t pay

    Two Mercer County women are charged with extortion for allegedly saying they would claim a local man raped them if he didn’t give them cash.
    Lynnette Marie Ballou, 26, and Shene Warfield, 31, both of 515 Marimon Drive, Harrodsburg, were taken into custody last week by the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

  • Teen pleads not guilty to high school threats

    The Lawrenceburg teen accused of sending text messages threatening to “choke the life out” of a female student and to “have another Columbine” at the Anderson County High School recently pleaded not guilty to numerous charges related to the Jan. 28 incident.
    James R. Tindal, 19, of 1430 Van Buren Road, Lawrenceburg, appeared in Anderson County District Court Jan. 31 and pleaded not guilty to 25 counts of third-degree terroristic threatening, one count of second-degree terroristic threatening and 41 counts of harassing communications.

  • Fast and furious

    For extra speed in the Pinewood Derby, rub graphite pencil shavings on the wheels.
    That’s what Pack 38 Cub Scout and first grader Clay Knight, 6, said he used on his winning entry during Lawrenceburg annual Pinewood Derby event held last Saturday.
    His brother Troy, 9, recommends using extra weights.
    “The heavier it is, the faster it will go,” the Emma B. Ward third grader said. “I put quite a few weights on it.”