Local News

  • Lexington officials continue seeing trends with heroin use

    By Justin Madden
    Lexington Herald-Leader
    Emergency crews from the Lexington Division of Fire responded to four calls last month about individuals who overdosed on heroin. Firefighters were able to save three of the four by giving them a shot of Naloxone, also known as Narcan, an antidote that can reverse the effects of opiate drug overdoses. The fourth person died, said Public Safety Commissioner Clay Mason.
    More often firefighters are responding to calls about overdoses, and Narcan shots are being administered — and saving lives.

  • Stinnett selected to serve as interim Saffell Street principal

    Gary Stinnett, current district Energy Manager, has been selected to serve as Saffell Street Elementary school’s interim principal for the remainder of the school year, according to a news release.
    Stinnett will take on the role of interim principal March 31 as current principal Robin Arnzen transitions into retirement in April.
    Stinnett has more than 40 of experience in education and currently serves as the district’s energy manager, according to Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.

  • Search under way for new high school principal

    The district has begun its search for a permanent principal at the high school and has tentatively set a start date for the new principal for July 1, according to Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.
    The Anderson County High School’s site-based decision making council met last Thursday afternoon during a special-called meeting to discuss the principal selection process, and decided to move forward to find someone to fill a permanent principal position.

  • Pills taking back seat to heroin as drug of choice

    Last Tuesday’s heroin bust is a start, Det. Jeremy Cornish of the Lawrenceburg police department said, but one arrest can only do so much toward ending heroin trafficking and abuse in Anderson County.
    Demand in the U.S. is high and the drug is cheap, and the use of the opiate is definitely on the rise in Anderson County and across the state, according to Cornish and Det. Bryan Taylor of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Ford program partners with public schools to develop students’ job skills

    By Chris Kenning
    The Courier-Journal
    At Southern High School, students in a machine-tool career program are fabricating model rockets while using chemistry to learn about fuel, and algebra to calculate flight paths.
    At Jeffersontown High, welding instructors do summer “externships” at local businesses to ensure they’re teaching students cutting-edge skills. Elsewhere, business leaders are helping shape what students learn, while teachers help map their students’ educational course.

  • Briarwood Drive garage goes up in flames Monday

    Firefighters were able to stop a fire from spreading to the rest of a Briarwood Drive residence Monday afternoon, County Fire Chief Mike Barnes said, but the two-story home’s garage and sunroom were completely destroyed by flames and smoke.
    Before firefighters arrived at about 3:15 p.m. Monday, the fire had already engulfed a garage and an attached sunroom that 1090 Briarwood Drive homeowners appeared to use as a dining room, Barnes said.

  • Three ‘suspicious’ grass fires near Anderson-Nelson line spark investigation

    Three grass fires that sprung up seemingly out of nowhere at the Anderson and Nelson County line are being investigated as “suspicious,” according to Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes.
    Barnes was notified by dispatch at about 2:50 p.m. Thursday afternoon of a large grass fire across the road from 4718 Bardstown Road, about one mile from the Anderson-Nelson county line.
    Roughly 3-4 acres of bluegrass farmland had caught fire, Barnes said, and 23 mile per hour winds whipped the flames to heights of up to 6-8 feet tall.

  • Kentucky reaction mixed to same-sex marriage ruling

    By Katie Brandenburg and Laurel Wilson
    Bowling Green Daily News
    Not surprisingly, reaction was mixed to last Thursday’s federal ruling that Kentucky must recognize other states’ same-sex marriages.
    “I’m pretty proud of the state right now,” said Christin Mulwitz, who has been married more than three years to her wife Marcie.
    Conservative Christians have a different view.

  • Living with Alzheimer's: Her turn to care for Mom

    Doris is searching for her children.
    A baby doll is usually the only thing that will console her when she’s in the hospital, daughter Debbie Lottes said.
    Doris Halwes of Evansville, Ind. — former Girl Scout leader, Sunday school teacher and creative, thrifty stay-at-home mom — expects to see her two kids or grandchildren always running underfoot.
    Doris asks for them. She forgets. She asks again.
    She searches, always.

  • Man flees police after heroin bust

    A 27-year-old Oldham County man led Lawrenceburg city police officers on a high-speed chase across three counties Tuesday afternoon after police observed the man allegedly trafficking heroin in Anderson County.
    According to Det. Jeremy Cornish and Det. Mike Schell, city police were conducting an investigation involving Ahmad M. Ghazawi, 3500 West Highway 22, Crestwood, a little after 4 p.m. when Ghazawi fled in his vehicle, weaving in and out of traffic at speeds over 100 miles per hour.