Local News

  • Defining Forces Veterans Club raises money for Evans

    From staff reports

    Local members of Defining Forces Veterans Club set out to host a fundraising event for Lance Corp. Cody Evans (United States Marine Corps, retired) Saturday, but the rain did not cooperate.

    Evans, of Speedwell, Tennessee, was injured by an IED while fighting in Afghanistan in 2011. At 19 years old, he became a double amputee. Defining Forces hosted the event to raise money for “A Soldier’s Journey Home,” a group that builds houses for armed forces injured in combat, which is building Evans a handicap-accessible house.

  • Golf tourney named for Basham

    Larry Basham is a man remembered well in the Anderson County community.

    In the less than two years since his death, his name will now headline the Larry Basham Memorial United Way Golf Classic.

    “Last year, they dedicated a hole and the longest drive competition to him,” Barbara Basham, Larry’s widow, said. “But this year they renamed the tournament for him.”

    She said her husband of 19 years was passionate about golfing and fishing with colleagues and friends.

  • Allegations fly over towing contract

    Tow truck operators cried foul last week when the fiscal court solicited bids for a contract that would end the decades-old rotation system of towing vehicles.

    Within hours of a legal notice appearing in last Wednesday’s edition of “The Anderson News,” tow operators claimed the equipment requirements in the bid package were designed to freeze them out and allow only one company, Carey’s Towing, to bid.

  • Banning biggest trucks not enough

    News that the largest trucks have been banned from Highway 151 (Alton Road) was tempered this week after a group suing the state’s transportation cabinet said the move doesn’t go far enough.

    State officials announced last Friday that they had successfully petitioned the Federal Highway Administration to remove the dangerous stretch of highway from the National Truck Network, which bans

  • Women sought for ‘Dinner With A Doctor’

    Women who register will get a free catered meal, gifts and a chance to win an iPad.

    More importantly, they might just have their lives saved.

    The Anderson County Health Department and Frankfort Regional Medical Center have teamed up for an event titled “Dinner With A Doctor,” scheduled for Thursday, May 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the health department, located at 1180 Glensboro Road.

    The event is free and will feature a presentation by Dr. Aruna Arekapudi about the prevention and early detection of cervical and breast cancer.

  • Duo busted for dealing meth at Walmart

    Two men are behind bars after police caught them allegedly dealing crystal methamphetamine from the entrance to Walmart last Thursday afternoon, according to police reports.

    Charged are Joseph Devon Barbee, 31, of 1328 Chinook Trail, Frankfort and Robert Lee Cardwell Jr., 31, of 2723 West Main St., Louisville. Both are charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, and Cardwell is charged with resisting arrest after officers were forced to subdue him just inside the store near Subway.

  • Feds kicks biggest trucks off Highway 151

    Alton residents were granted at least some measure of relief today when the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced that Highway 151, also known as Graefenburg or Alton Road, has officially been removed from the National Truck Network on an emergency basis.

    Based on the Federal Highway Administration [FHWA] emergency action, Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas issued an official order banning certain types of commercial vehicles from traveling on Highway 151, according to a news release from his office.

    The ban takes effect starting today, April 29.


    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Residents who live along Highway 151 in Alton have threatened legal action for months if state transportation officials continued to ignore their demands to get heavy trucks off that treacherous stretch of road.

    On Monday, their threats turned into reality.

  • High-speed chase ends near Wild Turkey

    Woodford County deputies forced an Ohio woman they were chasing off the road last Thursday near the Wild Turkey Distillery after she allegedly lead them on a high-speed chase and they clocked her in excess of 100 mph on Versailles Road.

    Stephanie Lynn Burchett, 33, of Lucasville, Ohio reportedly sped off when Versailles police officers attempted to pull her over following several reports that she was driving erratically.

  • Sheriff just says no to needles

    Only a handful of those serving on a needle exchange committee chose sides during a meeting Monday at the Anderson County Health Department, but those who did made no bones about the way they feel about providing free syringes to IV drug users.

    “The sheriff and I have over six decades of law enforcement experience combined, and we’ve used those to teach children about the dangers of drugs,” said Chief Deputy Joe Milam, who attended on behalf of Sheriff Troy Young. “We’re not going to say don’t use drugs, but if you do, use this.