Local News

  • Annual poker run raises money to bring soldiers home for Christmas

    Four years ago, Rodney Goodlett went all over Lawrenceburg, hat in hand, trying to raise a few bucks to fly soldiers home for Christmas.

    Fast forward to Saturday and what started as a way to help out a few soldiers has grown into a way of helping many.

    Goodlett, who spearheads the local chapter of Defining Forces, said Saturday’s poker run said it was easily the most successful fundraiser he has held so far.

    “We brought 13 soldiers home last year,” Goodlett said. “This year, we will probably bring home close to 20.”

  • Martial arts group raising funds to assist families

    Martial arts enthusiasts say the sport does much more than teach self defense.

    They say it also builds character.

    Amid the hustle and bustle of Lawrenceburg Sidewalk Days on Saturday, members of Lawrenceburg Martial Arts on Woodford Street spent the day building that character by seeking donations to assist those in need this Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  • Shoppers welcome return of Sidewalk Days

    Sidewalk Days in Lawrenceburg made its debut last week, featuring live music, grilled food and businesses showcasing their goods in front of their stores.

    Business appeared brisk during the three-day event, which returned for the first time in decades and was sponsored by the City of Lawrenceburg and The Anderson News.

    As she sat watching Puncheon Creek perform, Jane Ross said she was thrilled to see Sidewalk Days revived.

  • Burgoo Festival kicks off Friday, cook-off Saturday

    A weekend filled with music, pageants and food is on tap as the annual Anderson County Burgoo Festival kicks off this week.

    The festival is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, highlighted again this year by the annual Burgoo Cook-off, a fundraiser for Shop With a Cop. The cook-off is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the Lawrenceburg Green, with trophies going to the top three teams.

    The festival kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. with music by R&R, followed by performances by Scott Said & Backroads Band at 7 p.m. and Killin’ Time Band at 8 p.m.

  • Firefighter charged with sex crime

    A Lawrenceburg man was charged Monday with trying to procure a minor in a sex offense, according to a news release issued Tuesday by Attorney General Jack Conway.

    Bruce Shane Meece, 29, was arrested at his home in Lawrenceburg, according to the news release, and transported to the Franklin County Jail.

    Meece is a volunteer at Station 5 of the Anderson County Fire Department, Chief Patrick Krogman has confirmed.

  • Fire hospitalizes homeowner, leaves nine homeless

    A fire Thursday evening gutted a home on Alton Station Road, leaving a family of nine homeless and the father hospitalized with smoke inhalation.

    Homeowner Toby McRoberts arrived home to see his house on fire before rushing inside to alert his son, Toby Jr., 18, to get out, according his wife, Donna McRoberts.

    Toby McRoberts was overcome with smoke, but his son managed to escape out of the back of the home.

    There was no immediate word on Toby McRoberts’ condition. His wife said one of their daughters traveled with him to the hospital.

  • Making a change, making a difference

    Even when he was chasing quarterbacks or putting his opponents on the mat, Zach Cotton knew his true nature was that of a gentle soul.

    “I am really not one to fight back,” the former Anderson County High School football player and wrestler admits. “I am like a rabbit.”

    Life can take some unusual twists and turns, but little did Zach Cotton know that a desire to change his lifestyle would lead him to an avenue to reach his dream of simply helping special needs children cope with what life has dealt them.

  • Two busted when cop eyes weed in window

    Officer Jamie Dunn of the Lawrenceburg Police Department did a double take while on patrol last Wednesday morning.

    As he passed by a residence at 200 Forrest Drive, he noticed what appeared to be marijuana plants visible from a basement window.

    “I turned around and could verify, from the street view, that the plants were marijuana,” Dunn wrote in a police report.

  • Sidewalk Days return to Lawrenceburg this week

    Bargain hunters will delight starting Thursday when Lawrenceburg Sidewalk Days kicks off in Lawrenceburg.

    The three-day event will culminate on Saturday with live music from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main Street, which will be closed to traffic to allow merchants to showcase their wares.

    The event, sponsored by the City of Lawrenceburg and The Anderson News, marks the first time in recent years that sidewalk days have been held. The goal is to promote local shopping opportunities and give new merchants and restaurants a chance to introduce themselves to the public.

  • Paying their respects

    Most Americans went about their normal, work-a-day lives when the anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks occurred last Friday.

    Not Glen and Jennifer Drury.

    The Lawrenceburg couple wanted to make sure proper respect was paid to those who lost their lives in the attacks, so they traveled to the site of the Flight 93 crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania for a ceremony remembering the brave men who forced the plane to crash into a field.