Today's News

  • Charges dismissed for woman who alleged police coercion

    Charges against a Lawrenceburg woman who claimed police pointed a gun at her to force her to confess to a crime were dismissed just before she was supposed to stand trial last Wednesday morning.
    Heather Hume, 32, of 201.5 Saffell St. was charged last August with falsely reporting an incident when a man at that address, Zachary Penwell, allegedly shot himself in the leg to avoid paying rent and claimed he was robbed.
    David Nutgrass, a prosecutor with the Anderson County attorney’s office, explained why the charges against Hume were dropped.

  • Wednesday morning high school sports update: Aug 15, 2012

    The Anderson County boys' soccer team got the season off to a good start when the Bearcats defeated Lexington Sayre on Tuesday night at the Anderson field.
    Bearcat junior Joe Rose broke a 1-1 tie when he won a loose ball battle with the Sayre goalie, then tapped the ball into the net with just over seven minutes to play. Sayre never seriously threatened again.

  • Dozen file for city council, four for school board

    Twelve candidates filed by Tuesday’s deadline for six seats on the Lawrenceburg City Council, including each of the six incumbents, according to information provided by Anderson County Clerk Jason Denny.
    They will face off in the Tuesday, Nov. 6 general election, with the highest six vote getters earning  council seats.
    The six challengers include Dustin Burley, George Geohegan III, David Allen Kays, Troy Settles, Dan Stumph and David Watts.
    The incumbents are Bobby Durr, Ken Evans, Larry Giles, Steven Rucker and Paul Thomas Vaughn.

  • Gas leak stops traffic on Hammond Road

    A male driver ran his pick-up truck over a gas meter near 1088 Hammond Road on Friday afternoon, causing a brief gas leak in the area.
    County fire chief Mike Barnes said a driver ran over the meter of a low-pressure gas line, but that the leak was not significant and not a danger to residents on Hammond Road.
    “It’s more noisy than major loss of product,” Barnes said.
    The driver also destroyed a portion of a wooden fence separating two residential properties.

  • Burley in the barn
  • City OKs paving projects, new equipment for water plant

    The city council unanimously approved more than $318,000 in paving projects and a replacement chlorinator for the city’s water plant at its monthly meeting on Aug. 13.
    Public works director Larry Hazlett announced the chosen bid of $141,890 with BJ’s Striping, Paving and Sealing for a total 1,867 tons of city street paving in the upcoming year.  
    Planned paving projects for city streets include:
    Court Street: 2,630 feet
    Hilltop Drive: 100 feet
    Eagle Drive: 975 feet
    Hummingbird Drive: 385 feet  

  • Lower tax rate would generate more money for school district

    Preliminary numbers show that the school board can lower the tax rate property owners pay in the coming year while receiving more total revenue.
    The numbers, released last Friday by Anderson County Property Value Administrator Brian Stivers, show that a so-called “compensating” rate would lower the rate on real estate from $5.52 per $1,000 assessed value to $5.48, a drop of about 1 percent.
    Even with the rate drop, the district would collect around $62,000 more than it did the previous year.

  • Annual poker run to benefit Healing Field, Wall

    The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 34 will host its annual poker run Sept. 15 at the Healing Field and American Legion clubhouse.
    Registration will be from 10-11:30 a.m., with kick stands up at noon. Each hand will be $10 and an extra card is $5, with each participant being limited to two.
    There will be a complimentary cookout of hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, chips and baked beans for riders served at 4 p.m., with $5 per plate for non-riders. Other activities and prizes include first and second place winners, including the worst hand, a 50/50 pot and pull tabs.

  • Taxpayers on hook to fix road years after bond cashed

    One bond was cashed in 12 years ago, but the work it was supposed to pay for was never done.
    Another bond, this one to fix the small road that leads to 4 Way Stop and Go and Century 21 off Frankfort Road, means taxpayers will be on the hook for thousands to make repairs.
    Both problems surfaced following last Tuesday’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

  • Lessons learned from gardening mistakes

    I really love silver linings. Sometimes, however, it’s really tough to find them.
    Take this summer for example. We’ve had a high number of insect pests, unseasonably hot weather and record low rainfall. Needless to say, it has been a challenging summer for gardeners and farmers.