Today's News

  • Woman jailed for DUI, abandonment after leaving small children in parking lot


    A woman is charged with felony child abandonment, DUI, wanton endangerment and possession of heroin-related drug paraphernalia after leaving three young children — including a weeks-old infant — alone in her vehicle last night at the West Park Shopping Plaza in Lawrenceburg.

    Erica Tracy, 23, of 5975 U.S. 127 South, Frankfort left the children alone for what an eyewitness told police was 45 minutes to an hour while she was in the Dollar General store.

  • Coroner claims ‘moral, legal victory’ over bills

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court voted to pay bills submitted by Coroner Dr. Mark Tussey more than a month after a magistrate called his spending “irresponsible.”

    Magistrates paid the bills after tabling them in March, but not before two of them expressed their frustration that Tussey does not attend meetings and give them reports.

    “Can we draw up an ordinance to make him come to a meeting a month?” Magistrate Kenny Barnett asked County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis.

    “No, you can’t do that,” Lewis said. “

  • Tipton addresses Fiscal Court

    State Rep. James Tipton gave a legislative update during last Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting, saying the legislature’s moves to shore up state retirements funds “was a good step forward” and was one of his top priorities heading into the session.

    Tipton also provided an update on Highway 151, the dangerous stretch of state highway that is the subject of a lawsuit filed by Alton residents.

    Tipton said he met with the state’s transportation secretary and that money to significantly upgrade the highway has been approved.

  • Fiscal court raids swimming pool fund


    The Anderson County Fiscal Court voted last Tuesday to drain $125,000 from a fund created several years ago that was earmarked to build a swimming pool in the county park.

    Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton said the money will be used to help balance the county’s proposed 2016-17 budget, which he characterized as “extremely tight.”

  • Cancer survivor shares story on eve of annual Relay for Life

    “I don’t view the cancer as a negative thing. It’s an inconvenient thing.”

    Opal Phillips, volunteer secretary at the Anderson County Senior Center, views her battle with cancer differently than most.

    In between helping people on the phone and doling out hugs to everybody who enters, Phillips, 68, tells of her journey with cancer just days before Lawrenceburg gathers for its annual Relay for Life fundraiser.

    The diagnosis

    It all started Feb. 25, 2012 when she fell and couldn’t use her arm to get up.

  • ‘Gun’ mention at high school triggers police investigation

    A student uttered the word “gun” during a verbal altercation last Thursday afternoon at Anderson County High School, sparking an investigation by police and a firestorm on social media.

    “No gun or weapon of any kind was found on school property and no students were ever in danger,” said Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.

  • Residents vow to push forward with lawsuit

    As residents steeled themselves in their fight to get tractor-trailers banned from Highway 151 during a meeting inside Alton Christian Church, outside, a state trooper was doing his part by having a tractor-trailer pulled over right in front of the church.

    The irony was not lost on the dozens of residents who attended what have become regular meetings of the group that has sued the state and says it will settle for nothing less than a temporary ban and a thorough safety study to determine if that ban should become permanent.

  • City council OKs budgets, higher alcohol fee

    Following Mayor Sandy Goodlett’s annual State of the City address, the Lawrenceburg City Council passed on first reading its annual operating and water and sewer budgets Monday night at city hall.

    The operating budget, which calls for $4.4 million in spending, was recommended by the city’s finance committee and will take effect July 1.

    “We’re not going to raise taxes. That’s what this comes down to,” said council member Steve Rucker, who serves on the finance committee.

  • ‘Gun’ reference sparks investigation at high school


    A student uttered the word “gun” during a verbal altercation yesterday afternoon at Anderson County High School, sparking an investigation by police and a firestorm on social media.

    No gun or weapon of any kind was found on school property and no students were ever in danger, said Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.

  • Two transported to UK following accident on US 127

    One woman sustained minor injuries and both she and her 8-month-old, who was also in the car, were transported to the University of Kentucky following an accident on U.S. 127 South in front of Bypass Motors Thursday morning. According to Anderson County EMS, a truck hauling two pickup trucks on a flatbed trailer pulled out in front of her, causing her to hit the trailer, knocking one truck off the trailer. The driver of the truck was unharmed in the accident, according to officials at the scene. Traffic was halted while crews cleaned up the scene.