Today's News

  • Resisting the Nanny State

    I don’t like when someone tries to hold my hand.
    Particularly, the government.
    Or really, anyone that makes it his or her business that I mind my own.
    Recent news stories wormed their way into my head the last few weeks, stories that continue to irritate me like bug bites that just won’t stop itching.
    For example, New York.  My birthplace. The land of sea salt air and sand and the most delicious pizza you’ve ever tasted.

  • An eye-opening look at your county tax bill

    It comes in your mailbox every fall, an envelope from the sheriff’s office that contains a yellow slip of paper replete with a dizzying array of numbers.
    If you’re like most people you glance at the bottom line, mumble an expletive or two and shove it into a folder for use when filing an income tax return.
    In these days of 30-year mortgages that include an escrow account for property taxes, an alarming number of people don’t really take a moment to digest that slip of paper, which tells us much more than a grand total.

  • Wild Turkey partners with Operation Once in a Lifetime

    Wild Turkey Bourbon and non-profit organization Operation Once in a Lifetime are announcing a long-term partnership that will bring together America’s boldest bourbon whiskey and America’s toughest heroes, according to a news release.

  • Main, Broadway becoming more accessible

    Both Broadway and Main streets will be under construction this summer as the state Department of Transportation brings them up to code with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.  
    According to Charlotte Faeth, the Danville Section Supervisor for Anderson, Boyle and Mercer counties, the project consists of asphalt resurfacing of two Lawrenceburg routes: a 1.62-mile section of US 62/S. Main Street to Woodford Street, and 3.64 miles from the US 127 Bypass to Broadway.

  • Officer friendly, indeed

    Officer Joe Saunier said only a stick of dynamite will remove him from his position as school resource officer.
    Lt. Chris Atkins said it would take the force of a two-ton truck.
    No matter the metaphor, Saunier, who will be honored June 19-21 as the state’s School Resource Officer of the Year, loves his job.  
    It wasn’t always that way.
    About three years ago, when Atkins and Chief Tommy Burris told Saunier he would replace Nathan Doty as the school district’s resource officer, Saunier thought about retirement or resigning.

  • Magistrate, judge-executive spar over county budget

    The 2012-13 budget passed last Tuesday by the fiscal court shows the county’s priorities aren’t in order and is not fair to its largest magisterial district, according to 6th District Magistrate Kenny Barnett.
    Barnett cast the lone dissenting vote last Tuesday morning on a budget that calls for just over $7 million in spending.
    Following that meeting, Barnett voiced his displeasure for the budget, saying that more money should be directed at paving county roads.

  • Questions linger in woman’s death

    The family of a Lawrenceburg who died June 9 after falling into the Kentucky River has more questions than answers about what lead to her death.
    Mitsey Ann Barnett Garlen, 43, of Ninevah Road died at the University of Kentucky Medical Center after spending several days there on life support, according to her stepfather, Henry Adams.
    Garlen apparently fell from a houseboat docked in the river not far from the governor’s mansion in Frankfort, but no one saw her fall in, Adams said.

  • Three indicted for trafficking heroin, morphine, oxycodone

    Just days after a Lawrenceburg mom and her brother were arrested on heroin charges, the Anderson County Grand Jury indicted three people on separate charges for allegedly trafficking heroin, morphine and oxycodone.
    Indicted June 2 were Colton T. Riggs, 24, of 1500 Mac Drive, Cody L. Stratton, 18, of Town Terrace Apartments, and Kelly R. Isham, 29, of 1095 Tara Way.

  • Jumping for more than joy

    A Lawrenceburg man doesn’t want to set a new state record for the most skydives in one day.
    He wants to shatter it.
    Troy Woods will start jumping out of a perfectly fine airplane at daylight Friday, June 22 and doesn’t plan to stop doing so until dark.
    If all goes well, he hopes to make 80 jumps that day, twice as many as the current Kentucky record of 40.

  • COLUMN: Anderson County great for high school sports, but that’s not all

    It happened again. Three times.

    Make that three times in less than two hours.

    Three times I was asked, “What are you doing these days now that the ball games are over?”

    I could only laugh about it since one of the inquiries came at Wild Turkey Trace Golf Course, where I was shooting some photos from the Pepsi Junior Golf Tour tournament. The others came shortly after.