Today's News

  • Hoping to just break even

    By Ben Carlson

    Money crunched beneath the field-worn soles of Brent Stevens’ work boots as he walked through his brother’s greenhouse last Wednesday on Glensboro Road.

    Outside, money is strewn all over the ground — cash Stevens and his family will never tuck into their wallets or deposit in a bank.

  • $400,000 fiscal court deficit not discussed

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court ignored the specter of its $400,000 budget deficit when it met last Tuesday afternoon, choosing to focus instead of other projects, most of which are not in its current operating budget.

    The fiscal court also received an update on negotiations with the Administrative Office of the Courts over vacant space in the courthouse. (See related story.)

  • 7,305 days and counting

    By Ben Carlson

    It wasn’t a fire or smoke alarm that startled Jack Grugin from his sleep one night about 10 years ago.

    A retired US Army lieutenant colonel who flew helicopters during the Vietnam War, Grugin awoke that morning to a severe thunderstorm, went to work, came home, had dinner, watched a little TV and hit the sack.

    “I woke up, rolled over and it was 10:30,” Grugin, 67, said. “I sat up and said, ‘Oh, my gosh, I haven’t run today!’ and got up and ran.

  • Like father, like son

    By Ben Carlson

    Lawrenceburg’s Eddie Russell is joining his dad, Jimmy, as master distiller at Wild Turkey, the company announced Monday.

    “It is with great pride that I announce today that Eddie Russell has been promoted to Wild Turkey Master Distiller,” Jimmy Russell wrote in a letter provided by the distillery.

    “After 34 years, I think he’s finally earned it, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to go any easier on him — or that I’m going anywhere anytime soon.

  • Wild Turkey visitor center wins award

    Wild Turkey may stick to time-honored traditions when making bourbon. However, when it came time to expand and modernize its visitor experience, the result was a “modern marvel” that caught the attention of the design and architecture world, according to a news release.

  • Column: Silent treatment on deficit won’t last long

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Column as I see ’em …

    Something tells me we won’t see very many repeat episodes of the silent treatment the fiscal court’s budget woes received during last Tuesday’s meeting.

    It was stunning, really, to sit through that meeting knowing full well the fiscal court is staring straight down the barrel of a $400,000 budget deficit and not hearing one single mention of that problem.

  • Put down burger, phone and just drive

    Distracted driving was in the news recently after a man in California was given a ticket for eating a burger while driving. There will be some people who will argue that was wrong.

    What I’m most concerned about is revisiting the subject of distracted driving so we are all safer on the road.

  • Don’t get lazy as the long cold winter continues to drag on

    Here today and gone tomorrow — that’s my kind of snow. All of you wishing for a snow day got your wish. Now, hush! This has been my warmest winter in Kentucky and I am loving it. Of course, I’m going to pay the price this spring when I try to use these muscles that have been hibernating.

  • Rescue squad helps remove horse trapped in pool

    By Ben Carlson

    VERSAILLES — First responders from Anderson County assisted in rescuing a horse that became trapped in an in-ground pool last Thursday in Woodford County.

    “The horse stepped on a pool cover, not realizing there was a pool under it,” said Bart Powell, Anderson County’s director of emergency management and a member of the Anderson County Specialized Rescue Squad.

  • Anderson County Jail Log, Jan. 28, 2015

    From staff reports

    The following people were recently arrested and transported to jail, according to information provided by Anderson County Jailer Joani Clark.

    Jan. 12

    Micky Goins for a diversion violation, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

    Agnes Krug for a Hardin County warrant by the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    Scott Hall for a Woodford County warrant by the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    Rick Edwards for a Lincoln County warrant by the Kentucky State Police.

    Jan. 13