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Today's News

  • County schools closed Wednesday

    Anderson County Schools will be closed Wednesday, school officials announced Tuesday afternoon.

    Schools were also closed Monday and Tuesday because of the weather.

  • ICE STORM 2009: Shelter relocates to Lawrenceburg Methodist Church

    An emergency shelter for those seeking refuge from power outages and freezing temperatures has been relocated to Lawrenceburg Methodist Church on Carlton Drive.

    The shelter opened this morning in the Anthony Stratton Building at the community park as an estimated 25 to 30 percent of households in the county were without power in the midst of a winter storm that dumped several inches of ice and snow in the area.

    But this afternoon, Lawrenceburg Methodist offered to open its doors, said Charlie O'Neal, emergency management director.

  • Crash kills high school junior

    UPDATED 8:15 P.M. MONDAY -- An Anderson County High School junior was killed this afternoon in a one-car accident on Bardstown Road.

    Zachery Morey, 16, of 1183 Ashby Road, died when the car he was driving left the road and struck a tree.

    The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. just before Beaver Lake Road.

    Morey was pronounced dead at the scene.

    He was the only son of Steven and Audrey Morey.

    The Anderson County Sheriff's Department is investigating. Also responding were the Anderson County Fire Department and EMS.

  • Here’s to an open government

    Last week I wrote about the reasons I got into journalism and the reasons why I stay. In that column, I also stated that I believe people have a right to be informed and, at the very least, you deserve to know what’s going on around you.

    Well, praise God, we finally have a president who agrees with me — at least to a certain extent.

    One of President Barack Obama’s first duties in office was to issue a memo encouraging government agencies to better comply with the Freedom of Information Act.

  • Teen killed in Bardstown Road wreck

    An Anderson County High School junior was killed Monday afternoon when the vehicle he was driving went out of control and slammed into a tree on Bardstown Road.

    Zachery Morey, 16, of 1183 Ashby Road, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred around 3:30 p.m. near Beaver Lake Road.

    He was the only son of Steven and Audrey Morey, Anderson County Deputy Coroner Brian Walden said.

  • More than special

    Senior Night is supposed to be special but that adjective might not be sufficient to modify the kind of finish for Anderson County wrestling last Wednesday night.

    Trailing 38-27 with two bouts remaining, Bearcats Travis Kaelin (215 pounds) and Dylan Hughes (heavyweight) recorded rare pins to upset 17th-ranked Harrison County 39-38. Kaelin, a freshman, and Hughes, a junior, gave the Anderson seniors a big send off in their final home meet.

    The victory was perhaps the biggest of the year for the Bearcats as they prepare for the regional meet, set for Feb. 14 at Fort Knox.

  • Man leaps to death from bridge

    The death of a Lawrenceburg man who jumped Wednesday afternoon from the Tyrone Bridge was confirmed as a suicide, the Anderson County Coroner’s office confirmed Monday afternoon.

    Jeffrey L. Wainscott, 43, of 207 Suzanne St., was pronounced dead shortly after rescuers with the Anderson County Fire Department and EMS recovered his body from the Kentucky River.

    An autopsy performed the followed day revealed that Wainscott died from blunt force trauma that resulted from his nearly 300-foot fall from the bridge.

  • ‘A great hometown sheriff’

    A former Anderson County sheriff, magistrate and devoted Lions Club member is dead.

    William Harold “Hoot” Birdwhistell, 91, died Monday at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore. He served as sheriff from 1974-78, and magistrate from 1978-82.

    “He knew everyone and treated everyone fairly,” said current Anderson County Sheriff Troy Young, who worked as a dispatcher when Birdwhistell was sheriff.

    “He was a great hometown sheriff and really good to work with.”

  • Cold night, hot Bearcats

    OWENTON – Forget the deep freeze outside. Anderson County knew how to heat things up last Thursday.

    On a night when the outside temperature was bottoming out near or below zero, the Bearcats turned up the heat to dismantle host Owen County, 67-49. Leading 25-24 at the half, Anderson scored the first nine points of the third quarter, then cruised to a victory over a team considered to be a dark horse contender for the Eighth Region championship.

  • Update: Coroner IDs apparent suicide victim

    UPDATED 2 P.M. THURSDAY — The Lawrenceburg man who apparently jumped to his death from the Tyrone Bridge yesterday afternoon has been identified as Jeffrey L. Wainscott, 43, of 207 Suzanne St.

    Deputy Anderson County Coroner David Walden confirmed Wainscott's identity, and said the investigation into his death continues by his office and Kentucky State Police.

    Walden said an autopsy was performed Thursday morning and it was determined that Wainscott died from blunt force trauma that resulted from his body slamming into the water.