Today's News

  • Fair carney charged with rape

    Federal marshals swooped into the Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show tonight and arrested a carnival worker wanted on a charge of aggravated rape.

    The worker is identified as Sean Halper, 28, of Worcester, Massachusetts, where the alleged rape occurred.

    Agents with the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force, along with Det. Sgt. Bryan Taylor of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, made the arrest around 6 p.m. at the fair.

    Taylor is a member of the Eastern District of Kentucky Fugitive Task Force.

  • Blackhurst wins fair crown

    Jordan Faith Blackhurst was crowned Miss Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show Monday night at the American Legion Fairgrounds.

    “I’m so excited,” she said, minutes after winning the title. “It’s fun to be able to represent your hometown.”

    Blackhurst isn’t a stranger to pageants. She previously was Miss Lexington Bluegrass Fair and Miss Teen in the Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show.

    She said the competition was tough. “All the girls are pretty and had a fair chance of winning,” she added.

  • Autopsy: Dog starved to death

    The Ripy Street man facing a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge for tying up his dog and allowing it to starve cannot be be charged with a felony, according to County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis, who is prosecuting the case.

    During a hearing last Thursday in Anderson District Court that included Howard D. Tinnell, 39, of 308 Ripy St., entering a plea of not guilty, Lewis revealed that although an autopsy of the dog shows that it starved to death, that does not rise to the level of torture, which is required under Kentucky statutes to bring a felony charge.

  • County paid utility bills for months after coroner moved

    Taxpayers continued to foot the bill for natural gas and electricity for months after the coroner’s office at Eagle Lake was closed.

    According to documents obtained by The Anderson News, the Anderson County Fiscal Court approved payments totaling just over $1,000 from the time the coroner’s office was moved to the Extension building in the county park in July of 2015 through June 1 of this year.

    Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton called continuing to pay those utility bills an “oversight.”

  • Elfin magic?

    If you live in Lawrenceburg, you may have seen Mary Cappello zipping around town in her ELF — a bright orange, odd-looking contraption that is actually a bike, but looks more like a bike trailer for a child.

    “People stop me all the time,” she said with a smile.

    Cappello bought the ELF after a leg injury left her immobile. Pedaling the ELF helped in her recovery.

    “I was laid up for about a year and a half and had gained a lot of weight,” she explained. “(Using the ELF daily) also helped me lose 150 pounds.”

  • Fireworks display scheduled for July 4

    The annual fireworks display in Lawrenceburg is scheduled for dusk Monday, July 4 in the Anderson County Park.

    The day’s festivities will kick off at 5:30 with the annual Veterans Parade that will travel from American Legion Post 34 on Broadway to Main Street and Lawrenceburg Green.

    Participants are asked to begin lining up at 4:30 p.m. at the American Legion. The Legion’s Auxiliary will provide hot dogs, chips and other refreshments to participants.

  • Passion for rodeo carries teen to high school nationals

    While most teenagers spend the summer lounging around the pool, soon-to-be Anderson County High School senior Avery Reynolds will be traveling across the country with her family to the National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyoming.

    Avery earned a spot in the world’s largest rodeo by winning the barrel racing and pole bending competitions at the state level. She was also named Miss Central Kentucky Regional High School Rodeo Queen.

    “Rodeo is what I love,” she explained. “It’s my passion.”

  • Horse competitions, pageants highlight rest of fair week

    The 2016 Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show continues through Saturday at the American Legion Fairgrounds.

    Cost of admission is $10 per person and includes all shows, carnival rides and attractions.

    The side shows continue each evening. Joey’s Bubble Factory opens the shows each evening at 6:30 p.m. Jurassic Kingdom performs at 7:30 p.m. Beast Riders Motorcycle Globe Show begins at 8:30 p.m., followed by Zega the Robot at 9:30 p.m.

  • Teenagers learn, bond during Fire Cadet Camp

    Finding one teenager willing to spend a week of summer vacation away from home doing hot, sweaty work with no pay might seem impossible.

    Finding eight of them? Forget about it.

    The Anderson County Fire Department did just that, however, when it conducted Fire Cadet Camp last week for eight willing participants eager to learn about life as a real firefighter.

  • Speedsters tour Lawrenceburg

    No top. No fenders. No problem.

    Model T Speedster enthusiasts made Lawrenceburg home for four days last week during the Horses, Bourbon and Back Roads Tour.

    A speedster is built from a Model T Ford (1908-31) and is powered by a four-cylinder Ford engine. The cars are topless and often have the fenders removed.

    Twenty-nine speedsters and 62 folks made the trip to Lawrenceburg for the 13th annual tour. Each year, the tour takes place in a different setting. Organizers choose Lawrenceburg this year for the country roads and local attractions.