Local News

  • Joseph indicted for tattooing vulgar word on woman

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    A Lawrenceburg man was indicted last week on charges that include him allegedly tattooing the word “slut” on a female victim’s back while holding her at gunpoint.

    Michael Aaron Joseph, 30, was indicted by the Anderson County Grand Jury on charges that include second-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree unlawful imprisonment.

    A warrant for Joseph’s arrest was issued in November of 2014 for the incident, which dates back to last May.

  • Heroin: ‘It’s here, it’s real and it’s a problem’

    By Ben Carlson

    News Staff

    Police are called to a domestic dispute involving a mother and her son arguing over a dirty needle.

    A man in his early 20s shoots heroin, climbs behind the wheel of his car and crashes into a telephone pole in front of the library.

    Another man shoots heroin in the parking lot of a local store. He overdoses, turns blue and passes out with his foot on his car’s gas pedal, revving the engine.

    Twenty people overdose in November and December, requiring life-saving actions from first responders.

  • Anti-heroin bill passes state Senate

    From staff reports

    Saying they’ve heard the call to fix Kentucky’s exploding heroin epidemic, state Senate members passed a bill without opposition last Thursday that would provide more treatment for abusers while increasing penalties for dealers.

    “It is no secret to the members of this body, those in the audience or the people of the commonwealth that heroin use has reached epidemic levels here in Kentucky,” Sen. Christian McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, who introduced the legislation known as Senate Bill 5, said in a news release.

  • Three teens, driver injured in wreck

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The last thing Austin Warford said he remembers before waking up in a CT scanner at the University of Kentucky Medical Center is turning onto Anderson City Road late last Friday afternoon.

    Warford and three teenagers sustained serious injuries when the car he was driving left the road and collided head-first with a tree.

    Warford and one of the teens had been released from the hospital as of Monday. The other teens remain hospitalized, including one with a fractured skull and other serious injuries.

  • Ritchie pleads not guilty to sexually abusing child

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The sometimes gruesome testimony of a Lawrenceburg police officer resulted in a man charged with sticking his hand down the back of a 7-year-old girl’s pants being held in jail.

    Gary Wayne Ritchie, 53, remained in jail after having his probation revoked from a previous charge during his appearance last Thursday in Anderson District Court.

  • Sizing up the 30th District at season’s midpoint

    The jockeying for 30th District seeding positions is just about complete with only two district game left. However, those two contests will determine three spots in the district tournament, which is set to be held the week of Feb 23-28 at Spencer County High School.

  • Four injured in wreck on Anderson City Road

    Two people are in critical condition and two in serious condition following a wreck late this afternoon (Friday) on Anderson City Road.

    The two people in critical condition were airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, according to John Shuttleworth, Anderson County’s deputy director of public safety. The two in serious condition were taken to UK via Anderson County EMS, Shuttleworth said.

    First responders initally said all four victims were conscious and speaking shortly after the wreck.

  • Lawrenceburg store ‘a sacred, spiritual space for natural healing’

    News staff

    Pam Giles, owner of Antiques, Uniques & Metaphysics, considers her store a space to share her two main passions in life: collectibles and natural healing.

    Though Giles has owned several antiques stores over the years in different locations including Danville, Springfield and Harrodsburg, she decided to make this store different, adding a metaphysics twist. The back of the store is lined with colorful gemstones, incense and large glass jars filled with herbs.

  • Lewis continues Distinguished Young Woman legacy

    News staff

    Just before McKenna Lewis’ grandfather Robert L. “Bobby” Hyatt passed away in May, Lewis made him a promise that she’d win the local Distinguished Young Woman competition for him.

    She kept good on her word and was crowned Distinguished Young Woman of Anderson County in August.

  • Huge crowd on hand as public officials sworn in

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Several hundred people kicked off their New Year’s Eve parties a bit early last Wednesday when they packed the county courthouse to watch public officials sworn in to their new offices for 2015.

    The crowd, considered one of the largest to attend a swearing-in ceremony in recent memory, cheered and clapped as they welcomed a new judge-executive, mayor and a pair of judges to their new positions.