Local News

  • Magistrates bicker over how to pick roads for repair

    County highways again took center stage during the Anderson County Fiscal Court’s meeting last Tuesday, including when one magistrate rejected a previous suggestion that she shouldn’t be allowed to participate in deciding which ones should be resurfaced.

    Magistrate Juretta Wells represents the 3rd magisterial district, which has no county highways. During a meeting last month, Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton suggested because of that, Wells should be the only of six magistrates not to get to place a road on the county’s priority road list.

  • Hospital launches electronic check-in

    Patients who visit Frankfort Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Room can now use an electronic check-in process designed to expedite and improve their care and provide them with a better ER experience, the hospital announced.

    The process is similar to that used in airports and retail outlets. Patients first scan their driver’s license or type in basic identification information at the check-in station in the ER.

  • Douglass earns Eagle Scout
  • Hundreds participate in annual DARE Fishing Derby
  • Suspected drunk driver injures three in Tyrone Hill wreck

    Three people were injured, two seriously, when the car they were in was struck by an alleged drunk driver earlier this afternoon on Tyrone Hill, just before the bridge.

    The two with serious injuries, both females, were transported via helicopter to area hospitals. A third person, a male, was transported by ambulance. There names have yet to be released.

    The driver of the other vehicle apparently took off on foot up the hill toward Lawrenceburg before being stopped by motorists who witnessed the wreck who told him to wait until police arrived.

  • Janie says goodbye

    It’s a good thing Janie Buntain got her car started back on May 28, 1975.

    She was to start working at The Anderson News that morning, but her mode of transportation had other ideas on making the trip from her parents’ home on Benson Creek Road to downtown Lawrenceburg.

    “I had a car that Daddy’s older brother had given me. It was a ‘62 Buick and I hadn’t even driven it,” Janie says. “I went out and couldn’t get it started. I went to our barn and Daddy came out and got it started.”

  • By any name, Janie’s a pro

    I call Janie Bowen, “Fred.”

    At least sometimes I do.

    Then there are times I call her, “Ida Lee.” If you don’t know who that is, think about “Hee Haw” reruns. Ida Lee is that Roni Stoneman character, always yelling at her husband, Laverne, in those hilarious skits.

    It’s just to aggravate Janie. She believes I do not consider it a successful day unless I have found some way to annoy her big time. And, over time, she has learned to return the banter.

  • Janie met husband while on the job

    Janie Buntain Bowen has changed in many ways since she started working for The Anderson News on May 28, 1975. The most noticeable change is her name.

    She has been married to Steve Bowen for 15 years, a union that came about as a direct result of her work with The Anderson News.

    “I went to Western High School for a basketball game,” she remembers. “John Wayne Conway was there and had just won his first race for magistrate. I knew him and went over to say, ‘Congratulations on your race.’”

  • ‘Janie-of-all-trades’ made journalism what it is intended to be

    By Don White

    Former publisher

    She may be just a smidgen over 5 feet tall. But when it comes to service to her family, faith, and having had a fantastic career in the newspaper business, no one stands taller than Janie Buntain Bowen.

  • Property values continue to fall

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    The assessed value of real estate in the city of Lawrenceburg is down nearly $8.5 million from the previous year, according to figures released late last week by Property Value Administrator Brian Stivers.

    The decline marks the fifth consecutive year of decline of real estate in the city, which is down just over $12 million since 2010. That year, the city’s assessed value stood at $542,260,147. This year it stands at $530,167,902, a decline of about 2.25 percent.