Local News

  • ‘She will be sorely missed’

    One needed only to drive past the funeral home Sunday afternoon to understand the level of grief that gripped Lawrenceburg following last Wednesday’s fatal collision that killed two women on Versailles Road.
    Ritchie-Peach Funeral Home was literally stuffed with those mourning the loss of Morgan Hellard, 23, an aspiring pharmacy student described by those who knew and loved her as a wonderful young mother who was just an “all-around good girl.”

  • Victims' names released in fatal Versailles Road wreck

    The names of the two women killed in Wednesday’s head-on collision on Versailles Road in Lawrenceburg have been released.

    Morgan Hellard, 23, of Lawrenceburg and Vicki Fackson, 49, of Versailles were both pronounced dead at the scene by the Anderson County Coroner’s Office, according to a report released early this morning by the Kentucky State Police.

  • Trial requested for child porn suspect

    The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office has requested a trial date for a Lawrenceburg man facing more than 100 child pornography charges here and in Shelby County.
    Mark Hawks, 55, of 402 Secretariat Drive, Lawrenceburg appeared Monday in Shelby County Circuit Court for a pretrial conference on charges in both counties.
    Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Donnell requested a trial date, and Hawks is scheduled to appear again in Shelby Circuit Court on Monday, Dec. 5 at 9 a.m.

  • Better results expected in audit of schools

    After last November’s district audit Superintendent Sheila Mitchell faced $1.1 million in excess spending by Anderson County Schools, leading to a pay increase freeze for staff and 13 terminated teaching positions.
    This year, however, Mitchell said she believes Anderson County Schools have met their goal of cutting 5 percent from every department across the budget.
     “We’ve worked very hard on it,” Mitchell said regarding the 2010-11 school district’s budget. “Our goal is to set a budget and stick to it.”

  • Curbside pickup of recycling could end

    By Ben Carlson
    General Manager
    Getting recycled materials picked up by the county might soon be a thing of the past.
    The question now is will rural residents be the only ones shut out of having that service provided, or will it also include those who live in the city.
    The Anderson County Fiscal Court last Tuesday voted unanimously to begin what will be an overhaul of its recycling program by selecting a recommendation from its recently formed environmental committee.

  • Damages, no injuries
  • 11 on 11-11-11

    Makayela Lewis is no stranger to the number 11.
    Born on Nov. 11 (11-11) in 2000, the Lawrenceburg youngster is celebrating her 11th birthday today, Nov. 11, 2011 (11-11-11).

    The next time the calendar will read 11-11-11 it will be Nov. 11, 2111.
    Here’s hoping that Makayela, who will turn 111 on the next 11-11-11, is still around to enjoy it.

  • ‘Why veterans serve’

    The veteran serves — whenever and wherever they’re called.
    At the American Legion Auxiliary Veterans Day service on Sunday, that sentiment was echoed in the prayers, the songs and the speeches made at Patriot Hall.
    Auxiliary Post 34 vice president Pam Rice spoke not only as a member of the Legion, but as a mother of a son in active duty.  
    Rice, who said her son will be returning from Iraq in two weeks, said she didn’t know what a veteran meant until her son was deployed.

  • Less hours, probation for embattled health director

    After three and a half hours in closed session, the Anderson County Board of Health voted 9-2 Thursday night to reduce health director Brandon Hurley’s full-time position to part-time status, including contingencies for a 90-day probationary period and improvement plan.
    Hurley and the board have come under public ire and scrutiny regarding the health department’s 2008 decision to build a new health department building as well as the department’s mounting debt.  

  • Beshear a clear choice here

    Anderson County voters chose incumbent Democrat Gov. Steve Beshear by a nearly 2-1 margin in Tuesday night’s statewide elections.

    Unofficial results show that Beshear pulled 50.23 percent of Anderson County votes, leaving challengers David Williams (R) with 25.99 percent and Gatewood Galbraith (I) with 23.78 percent.

    For results from each of Anderson County's voting precincts, see the graph that appears with this article.

    Beshear was easily re-elected Tuesday, and was joined by fellow Democrats in winning all but one of the statewide races.