Local News

  • 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.

  • Collision on US 127 causes diesel spill

    A pick-up truck and an 18-wheeler collided at the intersection of US 127 and Glensboro Road near Walmart on Wednesday afternoon, causing a diesel spill that stopped east and westbound traffic on Glensboro Road.

    State Trooper Harris said the accident happened when the female driver of the pick-up failed to yield the right of way to the southbound semi.

    The driver of the pick-up truck, the only occupant in the vehicle, was taken to the University of Kentucky hospital, Harris said. The driver of the semi was not injured.

  • Bearcat mom wins $500 ticket stub drawing

    Cathy Whitehead bought an extra ticket, just to keep as a souvenir of her son’s first state championship game.
    With the other she won $500, courtesy of David and Lisa Ruggles, fellow Bearcat fans and parents.
    Whitehead is the mother of Matthew Whitehead, a freshman on the Anderson County Bearcat football team.

  • Deputy, city officer are a drunk driver’s nightmare

    Drunk drivers who fear blue lights in their rearview mirrors should shiver even more when these two cops are on duty.
    Sgt. Kyle Lucas of the Lawrenceburg Police Department and Deputy Brian Wooldridge of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office are the reigning DUI champions of Anderson County, and received recognition for their efforts earlier this month.