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  • ICE STORM 2009: Shelter relocates to Lawrenceburg Methodist Church

    An emergency shelter for those seeking refuge from power outages and freezing temperatures has been relocated to Lawrenceburg Methodist Church on Carlton Drive.

    The shelter opened this morning in the Anthony Stratton Building at the community park as an estimated 25 to 30 percent of households in the county were without power in the midst of a winter storm that dumped several inches of ice and snow in the area.

    But this afternoon, Lawrenceburg Methodist offered to open its doors, said Charlie O'Neal, emergency management director.

  • Crash kills high school junior

    UPDATED 8:15 P.M. MONDAY -- An Anderson County High School junior was killed this afternoon in a one-car accident on Bardstown Road.

    Zachery Morey, 16, of 1183 Ashby Road, died when the car he was driving left the road and struck a tree.

    The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. just before Beaver Lake Road.

    Morey was pronounced dead at the scene.

    He was the only son of Steven and Audrey Morey.

    The Anderson County Sheriff's Department is investigating. Also responding were the Anderson County Fire Department and EMS.

  • Teen killed in Bardstown Road wreck

    An Anderson County High School junior was killed Monday afternoon when the vehicle he was driving went out of control and slammed into a tree on Bardstown Road.

    Zachery Morey, 16, of 1183 Ashby Road, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred around 3:30 p.m. near Beaver Lake Road.

    He was the only son of Steven and Audrey Morey, Anderson County Deputy Coroner Brian Walden said.

  • Man leaps to death from bridge

    The death of a Lawrenceburg man who jumped Wednesday afternoon from the Tyrone Bridge was confirmed as a suicide, the Anderson County Coroner’s office confirmed Monday afternoon.

    Jeffrey L. Wainscott, 43, of 207 Suzanne St., was pronounced dead shortly after rescuers with the Anderson County Fire Department and EMS recovered his body from the Kentucky River.

    An autopsy performed the followed day revealed that Wainscott died from blunt force trauma that resulted from his nearly 300-foot fall from the bridge.

  • ‘A great hometown sheriff’

    A former Anderson County sheriff, magistrate and devoted Lions Club member is dead.

    William Harold “Hoot” Birdwhistell, 91, died Monday at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore. He served as sheriff from 1974-78, and magistrate from 1978-82.

    “He knew everyone and treated everyone fairly,” said current Anderson County Sheriff Troy Young, who worked as a dispatcher when Birdwhistell was sheriff.

    “He was a great hometown sheriff and really good to work with.”

  • Update: Coroner IDs apparent suicide victim

    UPDATED 2 P.M. THURSDAY — The Lawrenceburg man who apparently jumped to his death from the Tyrone Bridge yesterday afternoon has been identified as Jeffrey L. Wainscott, 43, of 207 Suzanne St.

    Deputy Anderson County Coroner David Walden confirmed Wainscott's identity, and said the investigation into his death continues by his office and Kentucky State Police.

    Walden said an autopsy was performed Thursday morning and it was determined that Wainscott died from blunt force trauma that resulted from his body slamming into the water.

  • Firefighters battle blaze on Bardstown Road

    UPDATED 2:30 P.M. THURSDAY — Anderson County firefighters worked for nearly eight hours Wednesday afternoon and night trying to contain a blaze at 3747 Bardstown Road.

    The fire department got the call at 3:47 p.m. Wednesday and did not leave the scene until around 11:30 that night, said Fire Chief Mike Barnes.

  • County schools closed Wednesday

    Anderson County Schools will not be in session Wednesday, Jan. 21.

    School officials made the decision around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon.

    Schools were also closed Tuesday because of snow in the area.

  • ‘I wanted to kill him’

    On a horrible morning in November, a woman in Waddy walked into a room and found a grown man with his hands down the pants of her 6-year-old daughter. She reacted with the sort of rush of rage that would embrace most parents.

    “I wanted to kill him,” she said.

    She quickly removed the child from the room and then reached for a weapon.

    “I grabbed the first gun I could find,” she said.

  • ‘A monumental event in history’

    FRANKFORT — Tuesday afternoon, Katianna Yates witnessed what she could only describe as a “monumental event in history.”

    Barack Obama was sworn into office and became the nation’s first black president.

    “It’s something I never thought I’d see,” Yates said. “I know it’s something my grandparents and parents never thought they’d see.”

    Yates, a Lawrenceburg resident who is a sophomore at Kentucky State University, said she believes Obama will be a great president.