Local News

  • Health board OKs spending, pay increases

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    The Anderson County Board of Health voted 7-1 last Tuesday to approve a budget for the coming fiscal year that includes a 5 percent pay increase for employees.

    The $1.576 million spending plan is an increase of 24 percent over the previous year, with the bulk of the $377,000 increase going toward the health department’s family care clinic.

    The board previously voted not to increase its tax rate, which has remained flat since 2006.

  • Judge wants magistrate removed from road priority list

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    A discussion about the Anderson County Fiscal Court’s priority road list came to an abrupt halt last Tuesday shortly after Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton recommended excluding 3rd District Magistrate Juretta Wells from participating in the process.

    Gritton recommended excluding Wells because the portion of Anderson County she represents doesn’t include any county highways.

    Wells didn’t attend last Tuesday’s meeting because she was serving as a poll worker during the primary elections.


    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    Turnaround was fair play for Sgt. Brad Sizemore and his wife, Tiffany.

    Two weeks ago, the duo surprised their families when he came home from a yearlong deployment in the Middle East, including an unannounced visit to his second grade son’s classroom.

    When the Sizemores returned home from a trip to Disney World on Saturday, their families were there to greet them, along with new landscaping at their home in Running Brook, a refurbished deck, including new patio furniture and a gas grill.

  • Remembering fallen soldiers

    From staff reports

    Dozens of people gathered Sunday afternoon at the Healing Field to commemorate Memorial Day and honor those who have given their lives in service of their country.

    The event was filled with patriotic tributes, including the haunting reading the of the name of every soldier from Anderson County killed in action, dating back to World War I. Anderson County Jailer Joani Clark and Clerk Jason Denny read those names.

  • Shed fire ignites busy holiday weekend for firefighters

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    A shed fire at the corner of Mill Creek Pike and US 62 highlighted what proved to be a busy Memorial Day weekend for Anderson County firefighters.

    The shed fire was apparently sparked by a lawnmower that its owner had been using to move a log splitter around his yard, according to Major Chris Harrod of the Anderson County Fire District.

  • Phillips wins Trailblazers volunteer of year award

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    Most folks know Opal Phillips as a seemingly tireless advocate for Anderson County’s aging population.

    What they might not have known until now is how much she also helps the county’s youth.

    Phillips was named last Thursday as the RSVP Trailblazers United Way of the Bluegrass Volunteer of the Year for her efforts in pairing seniors with students in need of someone to assist them in learning.

    Patrick Tuck, the program’s director, said choosing Phillips for the award was easy.


    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    Two women were taken into custody last Thursday after what appeared to be a drunken crime spree came to an abrupt end when police officers corralled them on Main Street.

    The women, Jamie Bolen, 24, of 1576 Harrodsburg Road and Ashley Donovan, 26, of 1139 Versailles Road, Lot 2 allegedly lead police on a short but wild chase that culminated in their arrest and an hours long profanity-laced tirade against police officers while and after they were taken into custody.

  • News briefs, May 27, 2015

    Johnson earns degree

    Mr. and Mrs. Neal and Sharon McGee are proud to announce the graduation of their daughter, Dr. Erika Johnson, from the Indiana University School of Optometry, according to a news release.

    Johnson graduated with honors and is a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa and Gold Key International Optometric Honor Societies, the release states.

    She has accepted a position with Dr. Ali Haider, MD in Louisville.

    Quilts of Honor program scheduled

  • Duncan Hines more than name of cake mix

    The Kentucky Humanities Council series, “Telling Kentucky’s Story,” will be presented by speaker Louis B. Hatchett Jr. on May 21 at 7 p.m.

    The program titled “The Importance of Duncan Hines” will be held at the Senior Citizen’s Center located at 160 Township Square in Lawrenceburg.

    Hatchett will tell the remarkable story of the Duncan Hines family and how Mr. Hines’ effort culminated in his name being placed on cake mix boxes.

  • Scholarship fund names recipients

    Thirty-four students were selected for $96,000 in scholarships from the Anderson County Scholarship Fund, the organization announced.

    The fund’s selection committee chose 31 recipients, and three were chosen by the United Methodist Church Scholarship Committee of Lawrenceburg.

    Each of the 31 students selected will receive a $3,000 scholarship. The other three students will receive $1,000 each.

    Half of the money will be distributed in August, with the balance distributed in December.