Today's News

  • Cigarette smoking among Kentucky high school students drops significantly

    Kentucky Press News Service

    Kentucky dropped to sixth place among surveyed states in 2013 for high school cigarette use, a significant improvement from the state’s first place ranking in 2011, according to a recently released Centers for Disease Control Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System report.

  • Proposed sign ordinance stalled

    The new city, county and chamber of commerce sign ordinance efforts came to a screeching halt when the fiscal court failed to approved the first reading Tuesday of last week.

    The old sign ordinances have been criticized for being too vague and far too open for interpretation. A committee was put together to revise the old sign ordinances, which made the former five-page sign ordinance to a 30-page document designed to be more clear and concise.


    By Ashley Wilkins

    Landmark News Service

    With less than three weeks until opening day for The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, construction workers on the property are hard at work.

    The 365,000-square-foot retail center located just south of Interstate 64 in Simpsonville is scheduled for a VIP opening on July 30 and the grand opening July 31.

  • School district honors several retirees

    Laughs and memories were shared at a banquet to honor 20 retiring Anderson County Schools’ employees for their service at board of education meeting Monday of last week.

    Combined these 20 employees had more than 357 years of service to Anderson County students. Retiring employees were invited to a dinner and received a lamp for 14 years of service and under or a personalized rocking chair for 15 years and more of service.

  • Three arrested in liquor store robbery

    According to the Kentucky State Police, Joseph “Blake” Penny, of Lawrenceburg, a third suspect identified in the Go Big Blue Liquor store armed robbery on July 10, was arrested and charged with first degree robbery Wednesday of last week.

    Dathan K. Spalding, 21, and Cody R. Baker, 20, both of Lawrenceburg, were arrested at the scene and also charged with first-degree robbery.

    According to court documents, Penny was identified as a subject of interest in KSP’s investigation.

  • City/county tourism divided over restaurant tax

    City of Lawrenceburg Mayor Edwinna Baker and Anderson County Judge Executive John Wayne Conway have been in recent negotiations for a joint city county tourism commission.

    Negotiations broke down last week over lack of agreement on the possibility of a restaurant tax.

    In an interview Thursday, Conway said he’s not in favor of a restaurant tax, and he could not support a joint city and county tourism effort if it meant pursuing a restaurant tax.

  • Unit 34 members recognized at Department Legion and Auxiliary Convention

    The American Legion and Auxiliary Department of Kentucky Convention was held June 19-21. Unit 34 received many certificates and trophies. Those awards were best history, best press book, best scholarship program, best field service, best national security program. Unit 34 member Ann Ripy received Department of Kentucky Unit member of the year and community service member of the year.

    Members attending were Betty Butler, Pam Brough, Nettie Halvorson, Shirley Thornberry and Junior Chairmen Chrisie Halvorson and Robin Browning.

  • Anderson County Jail Log, July 23, 2014

    The following people were charged and transported to the Shelby County Detention Center during the past week, according to information provided by Anderson County Jailer, Joani Clark.

    July 13

    Joshua Gemmell for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of heroin by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

    July 14

    Zachary Holt for theft by unlawful taking under $500 and theft by deception under $500 by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

  • District Court Docket (Judge Springate), July 23, 2014

    Judge Betty A. Springate heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings on July 7, 2014.

    Jessica Blackwell, hearing, theft by deception (less than $500) – pleaded guilty, sentenced to 29 days (conditionally discharged two years), $183, installment/deferred payment and restitution review Aug. 4.

    Keelan R. Dean, hearing, possession of marijuana, buy/possess drug paraphernalia – pleaded not guilty, continued to July 24.

    Mary L. Francis, arraignment, driving on DUI suspended license – bonded out.

  • District Court Docket (Judge Springate), July 23, 2014

    Judge Betty A. Springate heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings on July 10, 2014.

    Edward C. Bryant, arraignment, flagrant non support – pleaded not guilty, preliminary hearing July 17.

    Justin M. Christmas, hearing, theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting less than $500) – show cause July 24.

    Jason S. Hulker, arraignment, two counts of flagrant non support – pleaded not guilty, preliminary hearing July 17.