Local News

  • Marnon hired as staff writer


    Christian Marnon has been hired as a staff writer at “The Anderson News.”

    He began his new job last Friday, and replaces former staff writer Brittany Fuller, who accepted a position with the Danville school system.

    Marnon grew up in Harrodsburg and is a graduate of Mercer County High School.

    He earned a news-editorial journalism degree at Western Kentucky University and says he is looking forward to providing news coverage of Anderson County.

  • Teens charged with breaking into school cafeteria

    Two teenagers and a juvenile have been charged with breaking into the Anderson County High School cafeteria, following an investigation by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

    Kenneth Bailey Smith, 18, of 109 Seminole Court, Lawrenceburg, and Christopher W. O’Brien, 19, of 729 Moss Lane, Frankfort allegedly broke into the cafeteria Sept. 12 around 8:30 p.m., according to police reports.

    They were accompanied by an unnamed juvenile.

  • ‘Idol’ winner visits cook-off; new burgoo champ crowned


    There is little consensus about what ingredients and methods comprise true burgoo. Some swear by broth thickness and spice. Others insist on using century-old kettles to prepare their batch.  Even the name burgoo is shrouded in mystery. Culinary writers have argued it’s a portmanteau of barbecue and ragout, but no one can be certain. 

  • Teenager who committed robbery now on probation


    The teenager who was sentenced earlier this year to 10 years in prison for his part in a string of armed gas station robberies was released from prison last month and placed on probation.

    Paul Tomlinson, who was 16 at the time of the armed robberies, turned 18 at the end of July and was in court to be sentenced as an adult but was instead placed on probation.

  • Boy, 12, pulled over while driving drunk dad home

    A Lawrenceburg man who was allegedly drunk while his 12-year-old son drove him home pleaded not guilty last week in Anderson District Court.

    John Peace, 43, of 1287 Wildcat Road, was cited for endangering the welfare of a minor and first- and second-offense alcohol intoxication in a public place after police stopped the vehicle his son was driving last month on Fox Creek Road.

  • Buckmeadow Farm Fest to begin Sept. 23


    Anderson County will get a new place to enjoy fall festivities this year at Buckmeadow Farm Fest. A few years in the making, the Farm Fest will be open weekends starting Sept. 23 and continue through Oct. 29.

    Located 10 minutes from Lawrenceburg at 1323 Ninevah Road, the six weekend long event will feature a wide range of activities for the entire family.

  • Nightmare on Main Street


    A claustrophobic nightmare filled with evil clowns, a chainsaw wielding pig, a fright-filled funeral and a visit from the not-so-jolly old elf himself begins Friday for those brave enough to enter.

    Those horrors and plenty more await during this year’s haunted house, dubbed 105 Evil on Main. The nightmares begin Friday at 8 p.m. and continue through Halloween.

    Located above The Mix on Main Street, the haunted house is a continuation of the one conducted by Troy Young and friends that were held at Eagle Lake.

  • Burgoo highlights busy weekend


    One of the busiest weekends of the year is on tap Friday through Sunday in Lawrenceburg.

    The annual Burgoo Festival, featuring an array of entertainment and food options, kicks off Friday night with a live concert on the Lawrenceburg Green at 7 p.m. Vendors will open at 5 p.m.

    Saturday brings two of the festival’s biggest highlights, the annual Burgoo Cook-Off, a fundraiser for Shop With a Cop, and the Burgoo Eating Contest, a fundraiser for CASA.

  • Local Democrats hope new message equals wins


    Local Democrats are looking to their past to find a winning way into the future.

    Like nearly all of America, the Obama years proved costly to the local Democrat Party as key seats such as judge-executive, county clerk and the ruling majority on the fiscal court fell by the wayside after decades of Democrat dominance.

  • Driver charged with murder in high school student's death

    The teenager driving the car in a wreck that killed 17-year-old Sydney Peffer in May has been charged with murder, The Anderson News has confirmed.

    The driver’s name has not been released, due to her age, but she will be charged as an adult.

    Peffer was ejected from the 2004 Nissan Sentra when it failed to negotiate a curve in Alton and overturned, according to the state police.

    Other charges are pending against the driver.