Today's News

  • Trial set for man charged with trying to murder police officer

    A trial is scheduled to begin Monday for the Danville man charged with attempting to murder officer Clay Crouch of the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    John Tompkins, who was 35 at the time of his arrest, will stand trial for attempting murder, first-degree assault, fleeing police, felon in possession of a handgun and a rash of drug-related charges.

  • Girl, 15, beaten, slashed over Facebook spat

    A 15-year-old Lawrenceburg girl was beaten and slashed several times with a steak knife by a man who became angry when she looked at an ex-boyfriend’s Facebook page, according to police reports.

    Ryan L. Smith, 18, of Fayetteville, North Carolina was charged with first-degree unlawful imprisonment and second-degree assault in the March 8 incident that occurred on Djeddah Drive.

    Smith and the juvenile were in what police called a “sexual relationship” after meeting on the social media website.

  • Dead recycling building to be county morgue

    Having already killed the reason for which it was built, the Anderson County Fiscal Court has decided to turn a portion of its recycling building into a morgue.

    Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton confirmed the decision last week, saying work will begin soon to configure a portion of the building into a morgue.

    “We are going to section off about 16 feet in one of the bay areas, all the way to the back wall,” Gritton said. “It already has working water, an eyewash station and a drain.”

  • ‘He was a banjo man’


    It’s only fitting that Greg Breeding’s friends told him goodbye by playing bluegrass music during his funeral service last week at Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home.

    Breeding, who gained a considerable following playing banjo with a host of bluegrass bands since the mid-1970s, passed away March 4 following an illness.

    He was 62.

    “He was a banjo man,” said fellow musician and Lawrenceburg resident Marty Harley, who met Breeding in the late 1970s and spent the past two decades playing music with him.

  • She’s the boss

    Taylor Cook might be a 16-year-old junior at Anderson County High School, but that didn’t stop her from opening her own business.

    With help from the Future Farmers Association (FFA), she was inspired to open Taylor Belle’s after completing a supervised agricultural experience project about two years ago. Taylor Belle’s is a licensed and insured mobile ice cream trailer that serves hand dipped ice cream cones at local events.

  • Man charged for finding, keeping woman’s wallet

    A man was jailed March 10 after he allegedly found a woman’s wallet containing $1,300 at a local restaurant and kept it.

    Zachary Brewer, 31, of 113 Ash Court, Lawrenceburg is charged with theft of property mislaid following an investigation by Trooper Jerry Milam of the Kentucky State Police.

    The woman apparently left her wallet in a booth at the restaurant March 2. When she returned, the wallet, her cash, credit cards and ID were gone.

  • Man threatens to shoot woman ‘like a deer’

    A dispute over a fence on Djeddah Drive resulted in a man threatening to shoot a woman, landing him behind bars.

    Nathan Reece Burton, 36, of 1321 Wildcat Road was charged March 9 with third-degree terroristic threatening following the incident, which took place Feb. 22.

    The victim told police that Burton was yelling and cussing at her before threatening to shoot her, according to a report filed by deputy Zachary Ray of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Ag Credit celebrates grand opening in Frankfort

    A sizeable contingent of Anderson County officials were on hand last Wednesday to celebrate the grand opening of Ag Credit in Frankfort.

    Ag Credit, which previously serviced Anderson County from its Lexington and Danville locations, is now close by, offering agriculture-based loans and advice.

    “We are pleased with the turnout, particularly from Anderson County,” said Jim Caldwell, president and CEO of Ag Credit, who noted that the location on U.S. 127 in Frankfort works well for farmers in both counties.

  • Vaughn resigns from city council; Geoghegan tapped to replace him

    City Council member Paul Thomas Vaughn has resigned his seat after selling his home and moving out of the city.

    Vaughn, who was serving his fifth term two-year term, is staying in Anderson County, just not within city limits, which is required to serve on the council.

    “I really enjoyed serving,” said Vaughn, who retired from the Lawrenceburg Police Department and has been in public service nearly all of his adult life.

    Mayor Sandy Goodlett called Vaughn leaving a “loss.”

  • ‘She loved her family all the way to the end’

    She loved french fries, Huddle House hash browns, but most of all her family.

    Brooklyn Marie Durr, 13, died Saturday at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital following months of complications from heart surgery.

    “She loved her family all to the end,” said Brooklyn’s grandfather, Dudley Davenport. “She was fun-loving and loved everyone she met. She just didn’t know a stranger.

    “You could not know her when you walk into a room, but before you left she’d be giving you a hug.”