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Local News

  • ‘Fire Chief Mike’ to retire

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The instrument has yet to be invented that will accurately measure the impact Chief Mike Barnes has had on fighting fires in Anderson County.

    Barnes confirmed Monday that he will retire Nov. 15, leaving behind a legacy that includes taking what can be generously described as a modest county fire district and turning it into one that is emulated across Kentucky.

    “It’s been coming for a while,” Barnes said. “My wife and I have been discussing since May.”

  • Candidates to square off Thursday

    From staff reports

    Can’t decide who to vote for in the upcoming local elections?

    We can help.

    Along with blanket coverage in the Oct. 29 edition of the newspaper of all candidates heading into November’s races, The Anderson News will give voters a chance to hear and see candidates answer questions and ask for your vote during a candidate forum scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 23 at Anderson County Middle School.

    The event is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m.

  • Tornado sirens now cover estimated 90 percent of city

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Tornado sirens now cover 95 percent of the city, thanks to the newest one placed at Robert B. Turner Elementary School.

    The newest of five such sirens inside city limits was activated this week, giving about 90 percent of the city’s population base a chance to hear one blow during a tornado warning, according to Emergency Management Director Bart Powell, who announced the new siren Monday afternoon.

  • Firefighters plan Oct. 18 Cruise-in to benefit children with special needs

    By Shelley Spillman

    News staff

    It’s been a long-standing tradition for Anderson County firefighters to participate in an annual WHAS Crusade for Children fundraiser, but this year they decided to do something different with a cruise-in car show.

    Hosted by the Anderson County Fire District and American Legion Post 34, the event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Park on Broadway.

  • Water main break in city causes traffic issues, flooded garage

    By Shelley Spillman

    News staff

    Traffic was temporarily slowed Monday morning on South Main Street while city employees fixed a broken water main.

    Ed Ruggles, a homeowner on South Main, said he got a call from his wife Monday saying there was a water main break in front of their house.

    When Ruggles got home from a clothing bank in Versailles with his church he discovered a soupy lawn and muddy water running down his driveway and into his garage.

  • Three years, three DUIs for Lunsford

    From staff reports

    A Lawrenceburg man was charged with his third DUI in less than five years after allegedly leading police on a chase late Saturday night.

    James N. Lunsford, 32, of 1156 Pumphouse Road is charged with third-offense DUI, first-degree fleeing police in a vehicle, second-degree fleeing police on foot, resisting arrest and careless driving, according to documents on file in Anderson District Court.

  • ‘Dad’s not Spider-Man,’ is he?

    By Shelley Spillman

    News staff

    When Nycole Huber, Travis Huber’s wife of 10 years, learned that her husband aspired to rappel down a 31-story building for a Cub Scout Pack 38 fundraiser, she thought he was crazy.

    Travis served as a U.S. Army medic for eight years and returned home from Iraq in 2005.

  • Marching band named grand champions

    By John Herndon

    Sports Editor

    The Anderson County Marching Bearcats reached a new milestone Saturday when they were named grand champion of the Louisville Classic, held at Male High School.

    It marked the first time Anderson County has been named grand champion at any contest in director Patrick Brady’s six-year tenure as director. Records are unclear but it is believed to be Anderson’s first grand championship in recent memory.

  • Prepping for Ebola, just in case

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Bart Powell is no stranger to dealing with what ifs.

    Anderson County’s director of emergency management, Powell has spent his career preparing for worst-case scenarios ranging from earthquakes and tornadoes to floods.

    During the past couple of weeks, Powell has added the Ebola virus to his list and is doing everything he can to make sure Anderson County is prepared, just in case the dreaded virus makes it here.

  • Drunk driver who killed child freed

    From staff reports

    On Oct. 2, 2004, an Ohio man driving drunk on the Bluegrass Parkway in Anderson County slammed into a Harrodsburg family, killing a 6-year-old boy.

    One day short of the 10th anniversary of that crime, that same Ohio man walked out of prison a free man.

    Joseph Shreve, 51, was released from custody Oct. 1, placed on supervised parole and allowed to return to Ohio, having served only nine years and 11 months of a 20-year sentence for second-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence and traffic-related violations.