Local News

  • Injured man who captured county's heart dies in sleep

    The man who sparked an overwhelming show of generosity from Anderson County residents as he tried to recover from an accident that tore his jaw from his shattered face is dead.

    Gregory Harp Jr., 28, died in his sleep Saturday while visiting his father's home in Lexington, according to family members.

    Harp was injured seriously last June when the bicycle he was riding left the road, plummeting him head first into an 8-foot-deep culvert in Winchester.

    Harp's face took the brunt of the impact, which shattered his facial bones into 100 pieces and ripped off his jaw.


    The final words school bus driver Diane Driskell heard her great-niece Dezarae Driskell say when she dropped her off Monday after school were 'Bye, Aunt Diane, see you tomorrow.'

    But just minutes later, Dezarae was dead, the victim of an apparent accidental shooting after a hunting rifle being used by her teenage stepbrother discharged, according to Kentucky State Police.

    'The last thing I saw of her was walking up the hill to her home,' her great-aunt said.

  • Fallen soldiers' families help dedicate memorial

    Under clear blue skies on a crisp autumn Sunday afternoon, the Healing Field at the American Legion Park was dedicated before hundreds of respectful attendees.

    The park of 70 American flags erected in straight rows with granite plaques memorializing soldiers from Kentucky who have died in the global war on terror is part of a nationwide tribute to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the United States.

  • Struck twice by cars, plucky pooch survives

    Cats, not dogs, are reputed to have nine lives.

    But one plucky Chihuahua that was struck by two vehicles last Friday and lived to bark about it is challenging that old wives' tale.

    Lance Roe, a Lawrenceburg man who witnessed the dog being struck, said he can't believe it's still alive.

    'I'm just amazed,' he said. 'After the two vehicles hit it, I went over the side of the road and it had blood coming out of its mouth and wasn't breathing. We all thought it was dead.'

  • Teen dies of gunshot wound

    An Anderson County High School student died yesterday from a gunshot wound.

    Dezarae Driskell, 16, reportedly was found dead at her home on Cheese Lick Road.

    The shot reportedly came from a rifle.

    A sibling, also a juvenile, was the only other person at the residence, police said.

    The Kentucky State Police are investigating.

    For a full report, see Wednesday's edition of The Anderson News.

  • Christmas parade organizers seek participants

    Those interested in participating in this year's Christmas parade in Lawrenceburg are asked to complete registration forms soon. The parade is scheduled for Dec. 1 at noon in Lawrenceburg.

    Participants must register and sign a liability waver, organizers said. Forms, available at city hall or online at www.lawrenceburgky.org, must be returned to city hall or mailed to 100 N. Main St., Lawrenceburg, KY 40342. Participants also may submit their forms during the parade line-up. Entry is free.

    The route will be down Broadway, left on Main Street to Mustang Drive.

  • City to collect leaves through Dec. 31

    Leaves that are bagged, securely tied and set by the curb will be collected by the city of Lawrenceburg through the end of December, cofficials announced.

    There is no charge for collection. Residents are asked to make sure bags are not placed on sidewalks or streets. Collection will be random, but all areas will be serviced, officials said.

    Call 839-5372 for more information.

  • Healing our hearts

    Saturday will mark the official dedication in Lawrenceburg of the state's only permanent Healing Field, designed to honor Kentucky service members who died while fighting America's war on terrorism.

    The event, scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at American Legion Post 34 on Broadway, is free and open to the public.

    The guest speaker will be Maj. Gen. Donald Storm, adjutant general for Kentucky, and several families that have lost loved ones in the war on terrorism are scheduled to attend, organizers said.

  • Schools taking steps to prevent MRSA outbreak

    A letter sent to the homes of all Anderson County public school students last week warns parents about risks of methicillin-resistant Staphylociccys aureus, or MRSA, was intended as a precautionary measure, said school nurse Michelle Searcy.

    "We've been in daily contact with the county health department and physicians," she said Thursday. "There are no confirmed cases that we're aware of. If we do have one, we will treat it appropriately."

    Two days ago, Searcy said there were still no confirmed cases in Anderson County schools.

  • Stevens wins race for 2nd District magistrate

    Democrat Forrest Stevens defeated Republican Martin Harley on Tuesday in a runoff election to determine who would serve the remaining three years of a four-year magisterial term.

    Harley, the incumbent in the 2nd District, was appointed by Gov. Ernie Fletcher to replace Democrat Hubert Shields, who resigned last spring.

    Stevens, who was elected by about a 10-percent margin, credited his victory to a lot of hard work on the campaign trail.