Local News

  • Briscoe steps aside as Bearcat volunteer

    Brad Briscoe announced Monday night that he will no longer volunteer as a trainer for the Anderson County High School football team.

  • Tax incentives approved for distribution center

    State and local economic development officials are preaching caution following what appears to be an inaccurate news report that claimed a distribution center “is coming” to Lawrenceburg.

    A Lawrenceburg-based website picked up a news item that originated on the Cincinnati Business Courier’s website which reported only that tax incentives were approved for Verst Group Logistics to construct a $17.5 million distribution center in Lawrenceburg.

  • Restaurant tax worries halt tourism merger plan

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court backed out of a joint meeting with the Lawrenceburg City Council just days before the two were scheduled to vote Tuesday on a plan that would allow the city to join the county’s tourism commission.

    Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton said lingering concerns over the possibility of the city council passing a restaurant tax without the county’s input was one of several reasons why the meeting was called off.

  • City keeps tax rate flat

    The Lawrenceburg City Council opted to keep its tax rate flat during its meeting Monday night at City Hall.

    The decision followed a recommendation from the council’s finance committee, which met just before Monday night’s meeting.

    During the committee meeting, City Clerk Robbie Hume explained several options, including taking a compensating rate that would have raised the per $1,000 of assessed value rate on homes from $1.95 to $2.04, generating an additional $31,201 in revenue from the previous year.

  • Hitting his mark

    Chris Hanks readily admits he took a gamble last June when he opened Full Draw Archery, the first full-service archery shop of its kind in Anderson County history.

    “Was it a gamble? Sure it was,” Hanks said. “My wife Melissa tells me that all the time.”

    It’s a gamble that apparently has paid off.

    Standing amid a shop stuffed with over 100 compound bows, crossbows and everything required to hunt with either, Hanks said although he’s been in business only a year, he’s already planning to expand significantly.

  • Former Bearcat star QB, NFL eyeing each other

    All Jacob Russell wants is a shot. Just any kind of shot.

    That’s all the Anderson County High School graduate can ask now. He just wants a chance to pursue his dream of playing professional football.

    After an illustrious three-sport career at Anderson ended in the spring of 2010, Russell’s collegiate journey has taken him to three schools and through two sports before finding a home at Campbellsville University.

  • Football team's bus vandalized in Winchester

    When players with the Anderson County High School football team went to board their team bus after defeating Clark County last night in Winchester, they found the bus vandalized with graffiti, including at least one vulgarity.

    Athletic Director Rick Sallee said the driver of the bus followed protocol and reported the incident to local police in Winchester. He said that local officials there are going to rectify the situation.

    "There was never a safety issue and we had a good win in a tough environment," Sallee said.

  • Fiscal court pulls plug on joint tourism vote

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court earlier today (Thursday) cancelled a Sept. 1 joint meeting with the Lawrenceburg City Council that was expected to include a vote to allow the city to join the county’s tourism commission.

    It wasn’t immediately clear why the fiscal court, which had already held a first reading on an ordinance that would have created a joint tourism commission, cancelled the meeting, other than to say that the fiscal court needs “more information” before proceeding.

    The meeting has not been rescheduled.

  • Craftsman creates brooms with recycled tobacco sticks

    Richard Day holds his tongue pressed to the outside of his mouth in that particular way that can only mean an artist is concentrating hard on his work.

    Day is crafting a brightly colored broom at the Old Depot Farmer’s Market, cranking away on an antique broom-making machine from the 1800s that he purchased almost 16 years ago.

    “It’s just a hobby,” he smiles.

  • Man jailed for driving on suspended license for fourth time

    A Lawrenceburg man was jailed Monday after being ticketed for driving on a suspended DUI license for the fourth time this summer.

    Brent Wayne Campbell, 41, of 1131 Salt River Road was stopped Monday afternoon by Anderson County Sheriff’s deputy Chad Cox driving his motorcycle at a “very high rate of speed” on Harrodsburg Road, according to police reports.