Local News

  • Fiscal court notebook: 12-28-11

    Conway: ‘I made a boo-boo’
    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway told the fiscal court last Tuesday that he made what he called a serious mistake in handling a $55,000 state grant to refurbish holding pens at the county’s animal shelter.
    Conway, who announced the grant a couple of months ago, said the construction work at the animal shelter should have been put out for bid, which should have then been approved by the fiscal court along with a contract to the winning bidder.
    None of that happened, he said.

  • Mom says teacher stuffed autistic son into duffle bag

    The story of a 9-year-old autistic Mercer County child allegedly stuffed into a duffle bag during school has made national news and has an autistic college student from Georgetown University petitioning to have school officials fired.
    Media outlets including the Associated Press and major TV networks have aired the story of fourth-grader Christopher Baker.
    His mother, Sandra, claims that she arrived at the school on Dec. 14 only to hear her son’s voice coming from inside of what appeared to be an Army-style duffle bag.

  • County declares war on fake pot, bath salts

    One might say the Anderson County Fiscal Court has been scared straight.
    With no hesitation and strong words of rebuke from Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway, the fiscal court voted unanimously to begin the process of outlawing the panoply of synthetic and marijuana-like drugs that are being sold openly — and legally — in Anderson County.

  • Teen indicted for shooting sleeping sister

    A Frankfort man was indicted last week on charges that he shot his sister in the head earlier this year.
    Anthony Wideman, 18, who formerly lived in Anderson County but now resides at 137 Douglas Ave., Frankfort, was arrested last Wednesday and charged with first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence. Both charges are felonies.
    The incident occurred at 96 Woodland Circle Avenue in Lawrenceburg.

  • Bustin out, Todd in as new health board chairman

    The Anderson County Board of Health continued its effort to draft a new list of responsibilities for its embattled director Monday night.
    It also has a new chairman.
    Harold Todd, a certified public accountant, was approved as the board’s new chairman last Wednesday night, and will replace outgoing chairman Dr. Andrew Bustin after the first of the year.
    Todd takes over as chairman as the health board battles to help right its financial ship, which is leaking what board members say is $13,000 each month in losses.

  • Man found dead in Main Street apartment

    A Lawrenceburg man was found dead in his Main Street apartment Sunday morning, and authorities are investigating the cause of his death.
    Brad Larison, 35, was pronounced dead at 9:50 a.m. in his apartment, located at 105 S. Main St., according to Anderson County Coroner Mark Tussey.
    His body was found in his bed, Tussey said.
    An autopsy was scheduled for Monday morning at the medical examiner’s office, the results of which were not available at press time.
    Tussey said the results of toxicology tests would not be available for several weeks.

  • Food pantry offers free Christmas meal

    A free community Christmas meal will be offered Dec. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Open Hands Food Pantry, the agency announced.
    Transportation is available for those who need it.
    For more information, contact June Byrne at 502-604-1255, Doug Haddix at 502-598-9297 or Charlie Blacketer at 502-598-1118.
    Open Hands pantry is located at 1111 Industrial Road in Lawrenceburg.

  • Dairy Cheer becomes a Dairy Grinch

    By Meaghan Downs
    and Ben Carlson
    Staff writers
    Many Dairy Cheer employees received bounced paychecks instead of Christmas bonuses this holiday season, and may need to fundraise to cover weeks of uncompensated work.
    Owner Lou Compton, who opened Dairy Cheer’s doors about six weeks ago, allegedly owes thousands of dollars of overdue pay for her Dairy Cheer employees, and closed the restaurant over the weekend without warning or explanation.   

  • Health director wins agency’s ‘Trailblazer’ award

    Anderson County’s embattled health director Brandon Hurley won the Kentucky Health Department Association’s “Trailblazer Award,” the agency confirmed Monday.
    Hurley, who serves as the association’s vice president, won the award during its meeting last Tuesday and received a plaque for his efforts.
    The award is given annually to “honor a creative and innovative public health director [who] has demonstrated great leadership skills,” according to criteria provided by the association.

  • Man’s son removed from ‘horrendous’ home

    The Lawrenceburg man whose child who was among six children removed from a Harrodsburg home earlier this month is seeking help in gaining permanent custody of his son.
    Mike Harrod’s son, 13, had just stepped off a Mercer County school bus Dec. 2 when he was placed in a car and taken to a local social services office.