Local News

  • Another day, another wreck on Alton Road

    For residents in Alton, the hits just keep coming.

    Just two days after a tractor-trailer nearly killed a woman walking her dog in her own driveway, a passenger car careened off of Alton Road near the caution light, narrowly missing a family’s home.

    Homeowner Beth Willoughby said the vehicle likely went off the road around noon and caused considerable damage to her yard.

    She said some construction workers witnessed the incident, but did not get the vehicle’s license plate.

  • 'An addict's life'

    Fresh out of his latest stint in rehab, admitted drug addict Matt Hayes overdosed and was moments from death as he laid helplessly on a friend’s bathroom floor.
    “I just thought I could celebrate one time,” Hayes said.
    His body no longer used to the drugs that were ruining his once-promising life, Hayes ended up on life support but lived to tell his tale.

  • Pajama pants now OK at high school

    As of Monday, high school students are now allowed to wear a variety of clothing items that were previously banned, including pajama pants.
    The decision to alter the school’s dress code was made during a meeting of its site based development council last Thursday afternoon.
    “If we are going to err, we should err on the side of being comfortable,” said Principal Chris Glass, who presides over the council, which includes four teachers and three parents.

  • Group rejects gov’s $32M offer to fix Alton Road

    Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget includes $32 million in safety improvements for Alton Road over the next six years, but that is not the answer a group pushing to have heavy trucks banned on that dangerous stretch of state highway wants to hear.
    “We have zero interest in it,” said Tom Isaac, one of the group’s organizers who lives on Alton Road.
    “It’s real simple with us. We will not accept but one solution, and that can be a temporary ban. We won’t accept anything less.

  • Local family affected by stockyard fire

    For the David Holt family, the fire that destroyed the Bluegrass Stockyards in Lexington last weekend, consumed their livelihood.
    “It was prominent,” Dana Holt, David’s wife said. “It’s been there for 70 years and has had an impact on our whole family.”

  • Solutions few for city council to stop train delays

    The Lawrenceburg City Council concluded during a meeting Monday night that when it comes to lengthy delays caused by trains, not much can be done.
    The conversation was sparked in part when a Norfolk Southern train blocked the crossings at Woodford and Court streets for nearly 30 minutes last week, frustrating motorists and forcing city officials to turn traffic around to avoid congestion on Main Street.

  • City council to consider overhauling business license ordinance

    The city council will consider an overhaul of its business license ordinance, including merging it with one being used by the Anderson County Fiscal Court.
    During a special called meeting Monday afternoon, City Clerk Robbie Hume outlined the plan for council members, saying the city’s current ordinance is a “complex, complicated system is hard for businesses to use and for [city employees] to understand.”

  • Man stabbed, kicked in face after meeting to make rap video

    From staff reports
    What started out as two men meeting to make a rap video ended with one of them behind bars and the other repeatedly stabbed and kicked in the face.
    Joseph Blake Penny, 21, of 109 Brenda Drive, was charged with first-degree assault for allegedly stabbing Michael James Cunningham and kicking him in the face Jan. 26 behind a convenience store on Hilltop Drive, according to a report filed by the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

  • Friends raise money for man killed in wreck

    Justin would have loved it.
    That was the overriding takeaway from an event Saturday afternoon to honor the late Justin Thurman, a 21-year-old man killed last month when his truck crashed on Glensboro Road.
    Dozens of his friends and their pickup trucks gathered in the county park for a fundraiser to assist Thurman’s family.
    With a sheriff’s deputy escorting them onto US 127 Bypass, they traveled to Thurman’s home in Alton Station to show their respects for his parents, then onto the site of the crash that took his life on Glensboro Road.

  • ‘This is madness!’

    Alton Road residents added an arrow to their quiver in their efforts to ban heavy trucks from Alton Road when a tractor-trailer wrecked mid-morning Tuesday, injuring the driver.
    The wreck occurred in front of the home of one of the leading voices trying to get the trucks banned (see related story in this week's paper), adding yet more fuel to the fire.
    “Here we go again,” said an agitated Tom Isaac. “It just keeps happening.”