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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Duo busted for dealing meth at Walmart

    Two men are behind bars after police caught them allegedly dealing crystal methamphetamine from the entrance to Walmart last Thursday afternoon, according to police reports.

    Charged are Joseph Devon Barbee, 31, of 1328 Chinook Trail, Frankfort and Robert Lee Cardwell Jr., 31, of 2723 West Main St., Louisville. Both are charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, and Cardwell is charged with resisting arrest after officers were forced to subdue him just inside the store near Subway.

  • Tassel is worth the hassle

    It’s been 40 years since Marcella Reynolds graduated from Western High School, but she’ll mark it in a special way — by graduating from Kentucky Community and Technical College in the same class as her granddaughter, Tulsa Owens-Buffin.

    On May 8, Reynolds and Buffin will walk with their graduating class at the Frankfort Convention Center.

    “It’s awesome,” Reynolds said. “We found out about a month ago we’d be graduating together.”