Local News

  • Harry Wise Road zoning debate settled, for now

    The zone change saga on Harry Wise Road was put to rest Monday morning during a special called meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.
    By a 4-3 vote, magistrates upheld a recommendation from the planning and zoning commission to keep a 16-acre tract of property there zoned A1.
    The property owner, Larry Cann, has tried for the past year to have the zoning changed to A2, which would allow him to build 16 homes vs. the eight homes he could build on A1, which requires lot sizes of at least 2 acres.

  • Marching on, perhaps to state finals

    In the Anderson County marching band’s debut competition for the 2011 season, they took home the title of reserve grand champion.
    That’s not necessarily something band director Patrick Brady would have envisioned happening three years ago.
    When Brady came to Anderson County High School as a 23-year-old music instructor, he had with no previous experience as head director of a marching band, other than assisting as a paraprofessional for one year.
    “Got my feet wet pretty quick,” Brady said.

  • Another bad audit for county

    Last year’s audit of the Anderson County Fiscal Court’s finances wasn’t good, and neither is the one just released by the state auditor.
    From credit card purchases for items not explained on receipts to employees being paid without signatures on time cards, state Auditor Crit Luallen pointed out multiple problems with the fiscal court’s financial management, just as she did the previous year.

  • Pot grower’s nightmare

    Whoever had roughly $100,000 worth of pot growing near the old Southern States building on Highway 44 is going to be mighty disappointed the next time they stop by to water their plants.
    The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police used machetes Monday morning to chop down 47 fully budded marijuana plants in a secluded area almost directly behind Rite Aid.
    No arrests were made, but an investigation is ongoing, according to a news release from Chief Deputy Joe Milam.

  • Teenager admits stealing flags

    Misdemeanor theft charges have been filed against a 14-year-old boy who police say has admitted stealing three flags from the Healing Field memorial in Lawrenceburg.
    Detective David Decker with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office cracked the case of the stolen flags, which has outraged residents and families of soldiers who are memorialized there.
    On Friday, Decker, along with members of the American Legion Auxiliary, returned one of those flags to the mother of an Anderson County Marine who died while on a training exercise in the Philippines in 2007.

  • Despite objections, Harry Wise Road subdivision will likely be built

    Several hours of arguments, debate and impassioned pleas last Thursday to prevent a developer from building a subdivision off Harry Wise Road won’t likely amount to a thing.
    Larry Cann can and almost certainly will build his subdivision. The only real question is how many homes he’ll be allowed to build.
    Dozens of Harry Wise Road residents came out in force to make their case before the Anderson County Fiscal Court, including a Lexington attorney they hired to argue the law.

  • Girl Scout troop gives to, receives from soldiers

    The children in Afghanistan love Girl Scout cookies.
    “They like the Caramel DeLites and Tagalogs,” said Bobbie Mayes, a soldier who just returned from Afghanistan in May. “They absolutely loved it. It brought a true smile to their face.”
    Mayes, who worked to empower Afghanistan women to manage their own businesses, received a package of cookies, letters and other items from the states from a Lawrenceburg Daisy troop during her year-long deployment.

  • Troopers chase, catch armed robbery suspect

    A Harrodsburg man who police say robbed a Nelson County drug store Monday morning was nabbed in Anderson County following a vehicle and foot chase.
    William R. Keeton, 37, crashed his car and ended up in a field about 20 feet off Highway 53, about 10 miles south of Lawrenceburg. He then jumped from the vehicle and took off on foot, but was quickly tracked down by troopers with the Kentucky State Police.

  • Two popped for pills, ‘H’

    Two men were arrested on charges of first-degree trafficking and possession of controlled substances, city police said, after Lawrenceburg police officers searched an 105 Alice Drive apartment last Wednesday evening and found an undisclosed amount of heroin, marijuana, narcotics and cash in the residence.
    Daniel S. Hamill, 24, and Jimmy L. Wash, 36, were charged with first-degree trafficking of a controlled substance, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

  • Will Hurley get canned?

    Embattled health department director Brandon Hurley could be looking for a new job following next Wednesday’s Anderson County Board of Health meeting.
    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway, who sits on the health board, confirmed Monday that he intends to follow through with a promise he made in August to make a motion to have Hurley fired.
    “Yes, I will,” Conway said. “He is incompetent to be the director of the health department.”