Local News

  • County has surplus revenue, but not very much

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court isn’t exactly flush with cash, but it isn’t broke, either.
    County Treasurer Dudley Shryock briefed magistrates during last Tuesday night’s fiscal court meeting, revealing that county government had approximately $1.2 million in surplus funds when its fiscal year ended June 30.
    That amount is deceiving, though, because it will take roughly 75 percent of the total to operate county government between now and the time property tax receipts start coming in, according to Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway.

  • Bourbon taxes pouring cash into taxing districts

    Taxing districts countywide will reap the rewards this year from Wild Turkey’s $55 million expansion.
    The distillery’s new barrel houses caused its distilled spirits inventory to skyrocket this year, jumping nearly $13 million in assessed value from $53.2 million to $66.4 million, according to information released this week by Anderson County Property Value Administrator Brian Stivers.

  • Burglars hit Western school

    Six unknown suspects on four-wheelers apparently broke into the old Western school building and stole a camera, the Kentucky State Police reported in a news release.
    The break-in happened July 25 around 1 a.m., police said.
    No other property was reported missing from the building, which served as a school for the western portion of Anderson County until it was closed around a decade ago.
    Troopers are analyzing video surveillance that was taken at the building, and are trying to determine the identity of the suspects, according to the news release.

  • Mayor’s land buy angers councilmen

    The July 11 city council meeting was the first time council member Ken Evans said he had heard about the $116,250 payment on the Lawrenceburg Green.
    A bill that, according to Evans, should not have been paid without city council approval.
    “I think the council was slapped in the face by not being informed of this expenditure,” he said.
    “When you got something that big, [Mayor Edwinna Baker] needs to inform the council anyway.”

  • High school students now have to pay

    Parents of high schoolers not receiving free or reduced lunches can add one more item to their back-to-school lists: $50.
    That’s how much it will cost students to attend high school this year, and not paying will result in students not being allowed access to textbooks or to graduate.
    Those receiving reduced lunches will be required to pay $25. Those receiving free lunches will pay nothing.
    The fee was approved by the school’s elected site based council to generate cash to purchase textbooks, according to Principal Ronnie Fields.

  • Soldier, racecar driver honored

    A retired member of the Kentucky National Guard was laid to rest last Friday with full military honors in Lawrenceburg Cemetery.
    William Carroll “Billy Carroll” Wooldridge, 61, passed away July 18 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. A racecar driver, Wooldridge died following a race at Richmond Speedway — a race named in honor of uncle, “Butterball.”

  • Secretariat Drive man indicted for child porn

    A Lawrenceburg man who police say admitted to having “sexual desires for children” has been indicted on 70 counts of possessing and distributing child pornography.
    Mark Hawks, 55, of 402 Secretariat Drive, as indicted last week by the Anderson County Grand Jury on 10 counts of first-degree distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, and 60 counts of possessing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, according to documents on file and Anderson County Circuit Court.
    All 70 indictments are Class D felonies.

  • Tyrone quarry celebrates 100 years in business

    The Hanson quarry in Tyrone celebrated 100 years of business with a pig roast for employees and dignitaries last Thursday afternoon.
    That the quarry has been operating for a century is a testament to its owners commitment to Anderson County, company officials said.
    “It shows the dedication to its employees, dedication to the community and to serving the community and to running an ethical business,” said Darrell Owsley, area operations manager for six of Hanson’s quarries in the central and western Kentucky region.

  • It’s called ‘parkour’

    They leap from things most folks would be uncomfortable standing on.
    They flip, run, jump and hang, scaring onlookers certain they’re going to break an ankle, or perhaps their necks.
    “They” are a growing number of Anderson County teenagers practicing the little-known but increasingly popular discipline known as parkour.

  • Backpacks, supplies given away July 28

    With schools inching closer to opening day, those in need of backpacks and supplies can get a hand during the annual Family Fun Fest, set for July 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Anderson County Middle School.
    Backpacks and supplies will be given to the first 750 students in line, organizers said.
    The event will also feature the appearance of a Blackhawk helicopter, emergency vehicles, a vehicle rollover simulator and more, organizers said.
    July 12 marks the 10th year of the event.