Local News

  • Biker dies on Tyrone Bridge

    A Lawrenceburg man died Sunday after the motorcycle he was driving crashed on the Tyrone Bridge.

    Douglas R. Martin, 30, was driving eastbound on the bridge when he struck the concrete bridge rail just before exiting the bridge on the Woodford County side and was thrown from his motorcycle, according to Kentucky State Police.

    Public Affairs Officer Ronald Turley said Martin was trying to negotiate the turn on the bridge when he lost control.

  • In the family

    A family in Anderson County is keeping up tradition with tobacco farming. Walter and Mary Warford, their son, Mark, and his wife and children all play a role in raising tobacco.

    Mark Warford said his father has raised tobacco for as long as he remembers.

    "I've been raising it since I was 15," he said.

    "We've always done it, that's just the way it is."

    The Warfords farm about 4 acres of land, Mark Warford said. His parents; his sons, Luke and Allen; his daughters, Amanda and Mary Ann; and his wife, Leann, all play a role, he said.

  • Clean-up complete; Legion looks to repairs

    Clean up at Legion Park is almost finished, but the reconstruction has yet to begin, said Terry Rice, Kentucky's public relations director for the American Legion and a Lawrenceburg resident.

    Straight-line winds nearing 50 mph removed what appeared to be a 100-foot section of the grandstand's roof and destroyed Lawrenceburg's Healing Field, the only permanent healing field in the nation, during a storm on June 9. The storm was one of the worst to hit Lawrenceburg in years, according to officials.

  • The show will go on

    The Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show will go on as planned despite damages the Legion Park grandstand sustained during Monday night's storm, said Terry Rice, Kentucky's public relations director for the American Legion and a Lawrenceburg resident.

    "At our meeting (Tuesday) night, we even added another class (to the horse show), so it will be bigger and better than ever," Rice said.

  • Trees toppled across town

    What was possibly the largest oak tree in Anderson County was downed during Monday night's storm.

    The tree fell beside the home of Renita and Danny Crouch on Highway 62.

    Tuesday morning, Renita Crouch's aunt, Helen Bowman, was at the home and recounted hearing about the historic tree succumbing to the storm.

    "Renita said Danny looked out the door and said, 'Oh, no, there goes the big oak tree.' " Bowman said. "She called me this morning and said the big oak tree was gone. Renita really thought a lot of that tree."

  • Beloved historian W.J. Smith dies at 86

    Anderson County lost the man many regarded as the county's resident historian when William Johnson "W.J." Smith died last Wednesday.

    "I've known him for 50 years," said Helen Shryock, a longtime friend and neighbor of both W.J. and his late wife Nancy. "We met when I moved to Lawrenceburg with my first husband in 1957.

    "W.J. knew every newcomer who came to town. He was very intelligent and remembered everything. He was the best historian we ever had."

    Shryock said Smith was also an extremely kind and considerate man, sentiments that were echoed by others.

  • Community gathers to recall county clerk

    Every pew was full at First Baptist Church on Friday as the community gathered for Harold Ritchey's funeral.

    Ritchey, 64, died June 2 of an apparent heart attack. He was a life-long resident of Anderson County and served as county clerk for 18 years.

    Robert F. Ehr spoke at the service, and recounted Ritchey's life and the many community and leadership positions he held over the years.

    Ehr described Ritchey as a dedicated public servant and someone who always had a smile on his face.

  • Storm destroys Healing Field, damages legion's grandstand

    Straight-line winds nearing 50 mph destroyed Lawrenceburg's Healing Field, removed a large section of the grandstand at Legion Park and fell trees across the city Monday night.

    The Healing Field, the only permanent healing field in the nation which serves as memorial to soldiers killed in the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, sustained major damage. Strong winds ripped a number of flags from their poles, strewing them across the ground. Other poles were bent to the ground, and the rest sustained damage.

  • Storm wrecks Healing Field, damages grandstand

    A powerful storm Monday night pummeled the American Legion Auxiliary's Healing Field and tore off a large section of the grandstands at American Legion Park.

    The storm, which began about 10 p.m., toppled trees across the city and killed power to a number of homes.

    As of Tuesday morning, it was still too early to assess just how much damage was done at the park and what affect it might have on the upcoming Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show, scheduled to begin June 21.

    For full coverage of Monday's storm, see Wednesday's edition of The Anderson News.

  • Cornish appoints Hanks as county clerk

    Edith Hanks has been appointed as county clerk and will serve in that position until the general election in November, Judge-Executive Steve Cornish announced Thursday morning during a special-called meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    Hanks was the chief deputy in the county clerk's office under former county clerk Harold Ritchey, who died unexpectedly Monday night.

    According to Kentucky Revised Statutes, a vacancy in the office of the county clerk is to be filled by an appointment from the county judge-executive.