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Today's News

  • Library board approves $4 million expansion

    This time they mean it.

    After several votes in recent years to consider expanding the Anderson Public Library were put on hold due to a pending lawsuit, uncertainty and, at times, public unrest, the library’s board of trustees on Wednesday approved a plan that will cost an estimated $4 million.

    Afterward, library officials made it clear that this time, the project will move forward.

  • In Alton, the wrecks just keep coming

    Speed traps? Check.

    Angry residents? Check.

    Another car ending up in Brian Flood’s front yard on Graefenburg Road in Alton? Check.

    Despite efforts to slow traffic and calls from Alton residents to make improvements to Graefenburg Road, a woman’s car veered off the narrow state highway early Sunday morning, sheered off a phone pole and landed upside down in Flood’s front yard.

    Carol Miller of Simpsonville sustained minor injuries in the wreck and was transported to Frankfort Regional Medical Center via Anderson County EMS.

  • Pay to play OK’d by school board

    The Anderson County Board of Education approved the implementation of athletic fees for the 2015-16 school year during its monthly meeting last week.

    This is the first year the school system has asked student athletes to pay to participate in sports.

    High school athletes will be asked to pay a yearly fee of $70 with the second child in a household paying $50. Students at the middle and elementary schools will pay $25 per sport. All families will have a $150 cap regardless of number of children or sports played.

  • Giving Main Street another chance

    Life is slowly coming to downtown Lawrenceburg. Anyone who takes a stroll down the sidewalks on Main Street can see the fresh paint on the old buildings, new signs in the windows and construction crews, plumbers and electricians working long hours to bring new businesses to fruition.

    When asked why the resurgence, many new business owners say they were inspired by the sudden spike in bourbon’s popularity and, as the Bourbon Trail continues to attract thousands of visitors to local distilleries, they say they hope to offer out-of-towners a taste of Lawrenceburg.

  • WWII vet recalls events that shaped his life

    oe Gay said he cannot complain about the past 92 years he has spent on this earth.

    “I’ve been blessed all my life,” he confesses. “You know what they say about the youngest child in a family. Everyone takes care of the baby. I’ve been spoiled.”

    That is not to say that everything has been easy, but Gay said through the grace of God he has always ended up in the right place at the right time.

  • Man accepts plea deal in sexual assault case

    A man indicted more than three years ago on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse of an 8-year-old pleaded guilty Wednesday morning in Anderson County Circuit Court, just moments before his trial was scheduled to begin.

    Daniel Rohach, 22, of 1120 Northwood Loop, Lawrenceburg, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree sexual abuse in exchange for the prosecution’s offer of being on probation and a five year diverted sentence.

  • Readnower, Whetzel charged in methamphetamine bust

    A Lawrenceburg man scheduled for sentencing Tuesday on charges that include throwing a chair at police officers now faces additional charges after being busted for manufacturing methamphetamine.

    A second man with numerous criminal convictions was also charged at the time.

    Daniel L. Readnower, 31, of 1523 Nevins Station Road was charged July 14 with manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine by Det. Jeremy Cornish of the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

  • Woman offers reward after thieves steal items from burned home

    A woman’s whose home burned June 1 on Clifton Road is offering a $500 reward for the arrest and conviction of those responsible for taking items from the burned-out residence.

    Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call deputy Paul Blackhurst at the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office at 839-4021.

    Teresa Carrier said Monday that a number of items that could have been salvaged from the residence have been stolen, including her grandmother’s china set she says is valued at $5,000.

  • Adopted teen celebrates ‘Coming to America’

    Ricki Barker

    News staff

    Surrounded by his family last week in a booth at the Lawrenceburg Pizza Hut, one would never guess David Jay “DJ” Bierly, 13, is an outgoing kid who loves playing basketball, Kevin Durant, Nike and was recently grounded because of his cell phone, is anything but a typical American teenager.

    Except DJ is not typical at all, and his journey to this country is something he celebrates every year in the restaurant where he experienced his first taste of home.

  • ‘Pond monster’ captured

    There was something stirring beneath the pond on David Mountjoy’s farm in Lawrenceburg, something large and old.

    The beast’s size was clear as Mountjoy tracked the rippling waves formed from what looked like an enormous swimming boulder. He knew the ample fish in his pond provided the creature with a daily all-you-can-eat buffet and the brute was not likely to vacate this new home willingly.

    Mountjoy decided to take action — it was time to vanquish the usurping pond monster.