Local News

  • For the love of pizza

    By Shelley Spillman

    News staff

    As a teenager, Troy Settles had his life planned out.

    The ambitious Settles worked hard to pursue a career in ministry, earning a scholarship at Campbellsville University to study Christian education, but his plans changed when he started working for Pizza Hut at the age of 17. Settles knew he had found his niche.

    “I felt like this is the direction I wanted to go,” he said.

  • 100 birthdays on 100 Christmas Eves

    By John Herndon

    Sports Editor

    Amid all the flurry of Christmas activity, the inundation of “must haves” and the reminders of the “can’t do withouts,” Lueticia Turner offers her recipe for a feast of Christmas joy.

    “I want my kids to be able to come see me,” says Mrs. Turner, an Anderson County resident who will be celebrating her 100th Christmas on Thursday.

    That’s one day after Mrs. Turner turns the page on a century of life. She was born on Dec. 24, 1914.

  • Six firefighters survive head-on collision with tree

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    In the aftermath of six firefighters being injured last Tuesday night while responding to a wreck on Puckett Road, interim Anderson County Fire Chief Donald Cox said there’s one thing people can do to help them and other firefighters.

    “If you see a fire truck coming, pull over and let us go by,” Cox said. “We do not let our people drive with red lights and sirens because it’s fun to do.

    “They’re going to a call; someone needs help.”

  • ‘Messiah’ performance packs Bearcat Theater

    By Shelley Spillman

    News staff

    The Anderson County High School Advanced Chorus, First Christian Chancel Choir and members of the Lexington Philharmonic were featured Sunday in a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” before a packed Bearcat Theater at the high school.

  • Young, wife honored by state sheriff’s association

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Sheriff Troy Young was sworn in as president of the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association last Thursday night in Bowling Green, but it was his wife who drew what was perhaps the loudest applause of the evening.

    Benita Young received the association’s Appreciation Award for 2014 for her efforts in supporting the sheriff’s many community programs while dealing with a serious health crisis of her own.

  • Auditor uncovers $380,000 shortfall in school district funds

    By Shelley Spillman

    News staff

    The results of an independent audit report conducted by Ray, Foley, Hensley & Company, PLLC and Superintendent Sheila Mitchell’s evaluation were released at the Anderson County Board of Education meeting Dec. 8.

  • Chance to see police as they really are

    By Ben Carlson


    It’s a shame that when police get together to congratulate each other on a job well done that they are typically the only ones who know about it.

    When something goes wrong, though, most have what usually amounts to an under-informed or downright ignorant opinion on the issue and are more interested in advancing the problem rather than fixing it.

  • Man killed in wreck on Wildcat Road

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    A Wildcat Road man was killed Saturday night when he was ejected from the pickup truck he was driving and pinned beneath.

    Logann Driskell, 30, was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple blunt-force trauma injuries he sustained, according to Anderson County Coroner Mark Tussey.

    The cause of the wreck remains under investigation by the Kentucky State Police.

    The wreck occurred near 1174 Wildcat Road, a winding, narrow road that connects Stringtown with Tyrone.

  • Police help give kids a merrier Christmas

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Christmas came just a bit early for about 50 Lawrenceburg children who otherwise might not have had Christmas at all.

    That’s how many children participated in this year’s Shop With a Cop program, an event sponsored by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office to purchase Christmas gifts for local children in need.

    Sheriff Troy Young, who started the program about five years ago, said it is amazing how it has grown in just a few years.

  • Open Hands Foood Pantry seeks donations for free Christmas Day meal

    From staff reports

    As it does each year, Open Hands Food Pantry will serve a Christmas Day meal to anyone who needs or wants one that day.

    Doing so isn’t easy, or cheap, and organizers are looking for all the help they can get.

    “As the economy has gotten worse over the past few years, we have seen more and more people joining us for this dinner, volunteers for the dinner said in a news release.