Local News

  • 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.

  • Chainsaw accident nearly severs woman’s leg

    A Lawrenceburg woman whose left foot was nearly cut off in a chainsaw accident last week is recovering following a pair of surgeries at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
    Terri Champion, 53, of 1190 Beaver Lake Road, was operating what family members said was a bush-whacker when a chainsaw chain flew off and struck her just above the ankle.
    “It was severed except for one tendon,” said Champion’s sister-in-law, Regina Edington.

  • Cat fans party like it’s 1998

    Well, now, wasn’t that fun?

    Wasn’t it fun to finally breathe when Michael Kidd-Gilchrist blocked Tyshawn Tayler’s layup with a minute to go Monday night?

    Wasn’t it fun to let out that scream, pent up since 1998, when Marquis Teague sank a couple of free throws nine seconds later that all but put the national championship trophy on Kentucky’s plane back to Lexington?

    And for about 90 percent of the college basketball fans in Anderson County, it became a great day to be a Wildcat.

  • Police called hour after city inmate ‘walks off’

    An unwatched inmate on work release to the city of Lawrenceburg stepped outside for a smoke break Monday afternoon and simply walked away.
    Woodford County Jail inmate Kevin Spurlock, a 31-year-old white male with the words “white boy” tattooed on the left side of his neck, took off around 12:40 p.m. from the city’s maintenance garage, located near the county park.

  • Nothing common about 1 million baseball cards

    Jerry Milburn, a passionate Lawrenceburg baseball card collector, wanted to turn his hobby into something more.
    His mission: collect 1 million baseball cards and donate them to less fortunate children across Kentucky.
    It’d take at least a decade, Jerry said.
    Or so he thought.
    In only seven months since starting the Commons 4 Kids charity organization, however, Jerry will have donated more than a quarter million baseball cards to needy children and charities, with about 200,000 cards waiting to be given away.  

  • Lower speeds for Main and Woodford?

    City Council member Larry Giles requested last week that a letter be drafted to the Department of Transportation in an effort to reduce Main Street and Glensboro Road’s speed limits from 45 to 35 mph.  
    “What we’re doing in effect is cutting speeds to 35,” Giles said.
    The request is to reduce the speed limit from Mack Drive to Carlton Drive in both directions and from the Walmart intersection of Highway 44/Glensboro Road to about Saffell Street.

  • Brothers arrested, charged with car break-ins

    Justin Thornberry, 23, and his brother Jason Thornberry, 20, of 139 Ballard St., have been charged with eight counts each for more than 100 car break-ins in Anderson County over the last three months.
    Both Thornberry brothers were arrested March 14 and each charged with three counts of alleged theft by unlawful taking, distribution of firearms; one count of theft of uncontrolled substance; and four counts of fraudulent use of credit card after reported lost/stolen for under $500.