Local News

  • Adopted teen celebrates ‘Coming to America’

    Ricki Barker

    News staff

    Surrounded by his family last week in a booth at the Lawrenceburg Pizza Hut, one would never guess David Jay “DJ” Bierly, 13, is an outgoing kid who loves playing basketball, Kevin Durant, Nike and was recently grounded because of his cell phone, is anything but a typical American teenager.

    Except DJ is not typical at all, and his journey to this country is something he celebrates every year in the restaurant where he experienced his first taste of home.

  • Residents: Confederate monument should go

    As state officials grapple with what to do with the memorial to Civil War icon Jefferson Davis in the state Capitol’s rotunda, local officials might soon be trying to determine the fate of a Confederate monument in front of the Anderson County Courthouse.

    Some are calling for the monument, which has stood in its current location since the late 1800s, to be removed.

  • General Cable could add 54 jobs

    The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority board announced recently that it has approved tax incentives for General Cable Industries of Lawrenceburg.

    According to KEDFA, the approval of the $700,000 in tax incentives on the company’s proposed $2.5 million investment could create up to 54 jobs which earn an average $21 an hour, including benefits.

    Director of Communications for General Cable, Tina Reiber, said the company’s projected investment is part of an ongoing restructuring discussion.

  • ‘Frog’ was ‘all around good guy

    Tonya McKinney paused when discussing the death of Billy “Frog” Scrogham, who died Sunday after a vehicle struck the lawnmower he was driving across Woodford Street.

    “I keep expecting him to come in the back door,” said McKinney, owner of Tonya’s Buffett on Hilltop Drive, one of several businesses Scrogham was known to frequent.

    “I can’t believe he’s gone.”

  • ‘Pond monster’ captured

    There was something stirring beneath the pond on David Mountjoy’s farm in Lawrenceburg, something large and old.

    The beast’s size was clear as Mountjoy tracked the rippling waves formed from what looked like an enormous swimming boulder. He knew the ample fish in his pond provided the creature with a daily all-you-can-eat buffet and the brute was not likely to vacate this new home willingly.

    Mountjoy decided to take action — it was time to vanquish the usurping pond monster.

  • City council awards paving contract, names streets to be fixed

    The Lawrenceburg City Council voted Monday to award a paving contract to BJ’s Paving in the amount of $163,462. It was the lowest of three bids received.

    The amount will pave about 2 miles of city streets. Scheduled for paving are:

    l Ballard Street from North Main to Bluebird

    l Linden Drive from North Main to its end

    l Both entrances to Tara Way

    l Entrance to Butler Drive

    l McKee Lane from Walnut Street to Gailane

    l All of Maintenance Drive

    l All of Tahoe Drive

  • Fiscal court to move recycling bin if trash dumping continues

    If people keep throwing trash in and around the recycling trailer located at Highway 749 and US 62, it will be moved to another location.

    That was the takeaway from last Tuesday’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court, which also voted to lower speed limits on several more county roads.

  • Woman offers reward after thieves steal items from burned home

    A woman’s whose home burned June 1 on Clifton Road is offering a $500 reward for the arrest and conviction of those responsible for taking items from the burned-out residence.

    Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call deputy Paul Blackhurst at the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office at 839-4021.

    Teresa Carrier said Monday that a number of items that could have been salvaged from the residence have been stolen, including her grandmother’s china set she says is valued at $5,000.

  • Sweepstakes winners to share with Camp Calvary

    Fifty-thousand dollars will go a long way toward finishing a renovation project Richard and Barbara Wakefield have been working on in their Carey Mill Road home.

    It will also be put to good uses in other ways.

    Barbara Wakefield said she also plans to make a donation to Camp Calvary.

    “I just got the Camp Calvary newsletter and it says they need mattresses and bunk beds,” Barbara Wakefield said. “I’m going to make a contribution toward that.

  • Local couple win $50,000 from TV sweepstakes

    Anderson County residents Richard and Barbara Wakefield and their granddaughter, Cassie Fannin, pose with a $50,000 check they received yesterday after winning a sweepstakes promoted by HGTV.

    They were selected out of approximately 1.5 million entries, according to a news release.

    The Carey Mill Road couple say they plan to use the money to complete a home remodeling project they started months ago, but that’s not all.