Local News

  • Child porn suspect rejects offer

    A Lawrenceburg man who told police he had “sexual desires for children” has rejected a plea offer from prosecutors on child pornography charges.
    Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell said her office has been working on a plea agreement for Mark Hawks, which he turned down April 16 in Shelby Circuit Court.
    “We’ve extended an offer, but he hasn’t accepted it,” Donnell told a reporter during a break in court proceedings. “That’s why he asked for a continuance.”

  • Insurer vows to leave city, may run for mayor

    The agencies that insure city and county government don’t have business licenses, prompting one local insurance agent to say he shouldn’t have to buy licenses, either.
    Outraged that the city threatened him a hefty fine and possible closure for not purchasing a business license, Rodney Goodlett of Goodlett Insurance Group said Monday that he has refused to pay for the license on principle after reading nearly a year ago in The Anderson News that neither the Kentucky Association of Counties nor League of Cities have business licenses.

  • Sheriff’s office to conduct checkpoints

    The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at approved locations.
    These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Special attention will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), sobriety, insurance and registration violations.

  • Judge-Executive proposes buying pothole-patching machine

    Patching paved roads and fixing potholes is expensive and doesn’t work very well.
    That was the message Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway delivered to the Anderson County Fiscal Court last Tuesday night, along with a means of fixing the problem.
    Conway, who had about two decades of roadwork experience before taking office, recommended that the county consider purchasing a $69,000 machine to patch and pave roads that he says will save taxpayers money in the long run.

  • City sewer service for Bob-O-Link?

    John Collins of 1056 Hazel Drive spoke before the city council at its April 9 meeting to request that the city make sewer lines available for residents in the Bob-O-Link and Westwood subdivisions currently limited to septic systems.
    “I’ll be brief, because I need your help,” Collins said with a laugh.
    Residents of the subdivision formed a four-person committee, he said, and have been knocking on doors in the Bob-O-Link and Westwood subdivisions to get homeowners’ opinions on getting hooked up to sewer lines.

  • Logged in

    He admits he knew virtually nothing at the time about owning and operating a sawmill.
    So Lawrenceburg’s Gary McInturf did the logical thing: he bought one.
    The year was 2009. A storm blew over some oak trees in his yard on Ballard Road, but instead of sawing and removing the trees, McInturf’s wife suggested getting the logs turned into lumber.
    “My wife said, ‘Let’s get some furniture made from the oak trees,’” McInturf said. “So I took them to a guy in Shelbyville who had a sawmill.

  • Lazy people eating poorly

    Comedian Steven Colbert announced last year that Lexington was the laziest city in the country.
    Anderson County, however, may be competing for that title after a new health study reported mixed results for the county’s outlook of overall health.  
    The 2012 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, released by the University of Wisconsin Population Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, measured everything from low birth weight to smoking to availability of fast-food restaurants as an assessment tool for counties to examine health habits.  

  • House still stands year after ordered torn down

    Exactly one year ago, the county’s fire chief gave the owner of a trashed-out house on Hammond Road 10 days to tear it down or risk fines and jail time.
    The house wasn’t torn down, and its owner, Steve Gay of 1221 McCormick Road, was neither fined nor jailed.
    Now, 365 days since the that deadline was issued, another has been set, this time by a District Court judge who has given Gay until July 5 to remove the house, according to the county’s code enforcement officer, Doug Ingram.

  • Local grandmothers invent way to keep kids safely in car seats

    A grandmother’s concern created the necessity for a new product in seat belt safety —the Johnny Guard.
    Ama Lovins and her husband David Lovins of Lawrenceburg were traveling from Jackson with 20-month-old grandson Johnny safely secured his booster seat.
    But Johnny managed to unlock himself from his seat belt and climbed into the back of the vehicle as they were leaving the Knott County Walmart parking lot.

  • Turkey bottling comes home

    Master Distiller Jimmy Russell waited while politicians ranging from the mayor to the governor said their piece before summing it up perfectly: “Bottling is coming back home, where it belongs,” he said.
    That was the overriding sentiment last Thursday when the owners of the Wild Turkey distillery hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate its announced $44 million bottling facility.