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Today's News

  • Top 10 Stories of 2012: No. 2: Wild Turkey, Four Roses sink millions into improvements

    The increased popularity of bourbon across globe was good news for Anderson County as both of its distilleries sunk millions into expanded facilities.
    Wild Turkey made the biggest splash by announcing in February that bottling its world-famous brand would return to Lawrenceburg after leaving in 2006.
    The distillery’s $44 million bottling plant remains under construction and is expected to provide around 60 new jobs.

  • Top 10 Stories of 2012: No. 1: Thousands mourn death of Marie Garmon

    Several deaths, including one murder, hit Anderson County particularly hard in 2012, but none worse than the loss of Marie Garmon, 43, a mom and hospice nurse who died after being struck head-on by a dump truck in September on Versailles Road.
    In what was described by a funeral director as one of the largest turnouts he’d even seen, an estimated 4,000 people paid their last respects to Garmon before she was laid to rest in Lawrenceburg Cemetery.

  • Sky-high bids for recycling building rejected by fiscal court

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court received what amounted to a lump of coal in its Christmas stocking when bids for its new recycling center proved to be at least double the amount it previously approved to spend.
    Bids for the proposed $325,000 building were opened during a special called meeting Thursday morning. The lowest bid of four came from Smith Contracting, Inc., for $667,000.
    Each of the other bids were over $700,000, the highest being from the Walker Company for $779,000.

  • Bad-tasting medicine best recycling solution

    The $125,000 recycling grant the fiscal court got from the state last year could prove to be the most expensive “free” money Anderson County has ever received.
    Like cash from a loan shark, that grant came with some mighty big strings attached, including that the county construct a recycling building.
    That building has become genuine nightmare for the fiscal court, which on Thursday rejected four bids  — the lowest coming in at more than double the $325,000 magistrates voted to spend to have it built.

  • Burglar swipes kids’ presents Christmas Eve

    Margaret Glover’s children cried Christmas morning, and one of her daughters took a hammer to bed with her that night.
    The crying was the result of someone stealing some of her children’s presents on Christmas Eve.
    The fear was the result of her children realizing that the burglar had broken into her house at 137 Ballard St. to do so.

  • Cops chase down escaped pigs on Christmas Day

    Forget chasing criminals.
    On Christmas Day, nearly a half-dozen police offers spent the better part of an hour chasing two pigs around Thoroughbred Estates, a housing development on North Main Street.
    Officer Jeremy Cornish of the Lawrenceburg Police Department said he and other officers with the Kentucky State Police and Anderson County Sheriff’s Office were involved in tracking down two pigs that had escaped from a pen at the end of Walker Lane near Peachtree Estates.

  • Top 10 Stories of 2012: No. 4: War rages on between city, county

    It’s a safe bet that 2012 will go down in Anderson County history as one of the most contentious on record between county and city government.
    From parking signs to solid waste grants to unified government to water bills, the past year was pockmarked with all manner of disagreements between Mayor Edwinna Baker and Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway’s offices.

  • Top 10 Stories of 2012: No. 3: Fiscal court votes to ban synthetic marijuana

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court ignored a group lobbying to keep synthetic marijuana legal and voted in January to make possessing or selling the controversial substance illegal.
    In what turned out to the year’s most outrageous quotes, one person arguing in favor of the substance during a public hearing said the fiscal court doesn’t have the right to tell users what they can and cannot do.
    “If someone wants to sit in their living room and have sex with chickens, they should be able to do that,” he said.

  • Top 10 Stories of 2012: No. 5: Two graduating seniors selected for United States Air Force Academy

    Former prom dates and Anderson County High School classmates Victoria Yeaste and Matt Sprague both received well-deserved and extremely competitive appointments last May to the United States Air Force Academy.
    More than 12,000 students across the country applied and only 1,033 applicants were accepted to attend the Air Force academy, located in Colorado Springs, Colo., according to a news release.

  • Top 10 Stories of 2012: No. 6: Trio await trial in child-tying case

    From staff reports
    Three suspects now wait to stand trial in Anderson Circuit Court after being charged with tying up a 3-year-old Lawrenceburg girl for up to 16 hours a day.
    Grandmother Carolyn Case and parents Rebecca and Herbert Medley are scheduled to stand trial Feb. 25-27 for charges brought against them in September 2012 following an investigation by Kentucky state police and social services.