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  • Storm wreaks heavy damage to tobacco crop

    Unrelenting rain last week proved disastrous for local farmers who on Monday were still trying to determine exactly how much damage it caused.

    Heavy rain started pounding Anderson County on Thursday and continued almost non-stop through Saturday night.

    Amounts vary by location, but Emergency Management Director Bart Powell said rain gauges he uses showed Anderson got around 6.5 inches during that period, but others reported getting significantly more over the past couple of weeks.

  • We’re soaked

    SATURDAY 11 A.M. — Anderson County remains under a flash flood watch with more rain expected to fall through Sunday.

    The county was under a flash flood warning through 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

    At least three roads are closed due to nearly 6 inches of rain that has fallen through Saturday morning, with several more inches expected by Sunday.

    Emergency Management Director Bart Powell said Rice, Gilberts Creek and Dry Dock roads are and will likely remain closed, with others, including Hammonds Creek, being accessible only when the rain relents.

  • Lawrenceburg woman in critical condition following wreck

    A Lawrenceburg woman was seriously hurt Wednesday afternoon when the vehicle she was driving collided with a log truck.

    Phyllis Oates, 57, of Long Road attempted to make a U-turn onto her road from Highway 555 when her vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer driven by Rodney W. Peace, 69, of Magnolia, according to a news release from the Kentucky State Police.

    The collision caused the tractor-trailer to overturn, spilling its load of logs onto Highway 555, about 20 miles west of Lawrenceburg.

  • Fireworks, parade rescheduled for July 13

    Rain has again forced the cancellation of Lawrenceburg's Fourth of July festivities.

    The fireworks display and parade are now scheduled for Saturday, July 13, local officials have announced.

    The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at dusk.

    Following the parade, there will be a veterans recognition and live music featuring Puncheon Creek from 6-10 p.m. on the Lawrenceburg Green.

    There will also be games and food available on the Green, according to a press release from city hall.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Police searching for missing Mount Eden teen

    The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office joined the search Wednesday for a missing Mount Eden girl whose father said she apparently took off with a 19-year-old man.

    Deputies here were alerted by the Spencer County Sheriff’s Office around noon Wednesday that the girl’s father, John Ray, of 165 Goodlett Road had been able to track the 19-year-old’s cell phone to a location off Anderson City Road, about six miles west of Lawrenceburg.

  • Mitchell names Glass interim high school principal

    Chris Glass was named interim principal of Anderson County High School by Superintendent Sheila Mitchell after the school’s site-based decision making council decided to use an interim principal for the coming school year, the district announced.
    Glass, a 1993 graduate of the school, served three years as an associate principal and just completed his 12th year as a teacher and administrator, according to the news release.
    Glass replaces outgoing principal Ronnie Fields, who earlier this year accepted a position with the district’s central office.

  • Painting with pollen

    The semi-trailer stuffed with flowers would never be able to climb the hill.   
    David Kirchhoff and Mort Morss had hired five tractor-trailers — stacked five levels high with thousands of their prize-winning daylily hybrids — to follow them one by one, week by week from Florida to their new business location in Lawrenceburg.  
    The steep gravel drive off Gilberts Creek Road proved to be as insurmountable an ascent as climbing a mountain.  

  • Audits show taxpayers purchased Creatine for inmates

    A pair of state audits released last week show that Anderson County taxpayers purchased muscle building powder, urinary pain relief tablets, unnecessarily paid sales tax on numerous occasions and revealed a rash of other problems.
    Despite being classified by state Auditor Adam Edelen as “clean,” the 2011 and 2012 audits of the Anderson County Fiscal Court reveal issues ranging from how county employees handle cash to credit card purchases that were “unreasonable and/or unnecessary to the purpose of any county business,” according to the report.

  • Pool party on hold as fiscal court seeks bids

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday  morning to advertise for bids for a swimming facility, but not actually build it.
    By a 4-1 vote, magistrates approved soliciting bids for a proposed $2.8 million facility that will include a water slide, diving boards, splash park area and other features.
    That vote means only that the fiscal court will receive bids, and a separate vote is still required to actually approve building the facility.

  • Scalded inmate files federal suit against county

    A former Lawrenceburg resident has filed a federal lawsuit against Anderson County, its judge-executive, jailer and others claiming that he was burned by another inmate while incarcerated at the Shelby County Detention Center.