Local News

  • Report: Mitchell violated statute transferring Fields

    Superintendent Sheila Mitchell violated state statute last year and had to complete mandatory training after she transferred former high school principal Ronnie Fields to an administrative position that was not properly posted as a vacancy, according to an investigative report released by the Office of Education Accountability.

  • Gritton vies for open state rep seat

    The other two candidates he’ll face in the primary election — current school board member Donna Drury and former state representative Kent Stevens — are as equally qualified as he is for the open 53rd District seat, fellow candidate Stewart Gritton said.
    Voters will have a tough choice during the May primary election, he said, but he hopes voters in all three counties he’d represent will take a strong look at his experience and dedication to move the 53rd District forward.  

  • Burglars cost gas station $75,000

    The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and Crime Stoppers are actively seeking information regarding a commercial burglary of the 4 Way Stop-N-Go located at the corner of US 127 and KY 151 last Friday.
    According to Det. Bryan Taylor, an unknown number of suspects entered the gas station located across from McDonald’s sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. last Friday morning.

  • Expo set for next Saturday

    The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the annual free “Business & Community Expo” on Saturday, March 22 at the Eagle Lake Expo Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    All businesses, churches, clubs, teams, organizations, and politicians are welcome to set-up a booth, event organizers said. Booth rentals are also available for all businesses, churches, clubs, teams, organizations and politicians who would like to set up at the Expo.

  • Now grown up, Lady Bearcats going for state championship

    They've grown up right before my eyes, and the eyes of those who quickly realized they were witnessing something special.

    I can't really tell you the first time I ever saw this group of Anderson County girls' basketball players. But I can tell you my first thought was, “They've got a chance to win the whole shebang before they are done.”

    And, I didn't just mean winning the Eighth Region.

  • Living with Alzheimer's: From home care to nursing home, a new normal for Mom

    Doris Halwes settles into an armchair to eat dinner.
    The armchair faces away from the large window behind her because the lights and traffic peeking out of the darkness agitates Doris.
    Nighttime often increases the symptoms of her Alzheimer’s, her daughter and Anderson County Senior Center Director Debbie Lottes said.
    On that Wednesday night in January, the 85-year-old Doris pushed around a plate of chicken, corn, potatoes and cottage in her lap.
    For one reason or another, Doris didn’t want to eat off that plate.

  • Dispatchers honored for rescuing woman stranded in snowstorm

    Lawrenceburg 911 coordinator Todd Sparrow and telecommunicator Courtney Fyffe were recognized Saturday with a SmartSave Award for helping to rescue a motorist stranded during the March 3 snowstorm by using Smart911.
    According to a release from Smart911, Teresa Cooper of Lawrenceburg was driving down the Bluegrass Parkway last Monday when her windshield wipers stopped working during the heavy snowstorm.

  • News briefs: 3-12-14

    Young Women to host organizational meeting
    The Distinguished Young Women of Anderson County organization will be hosting an orientation and information meeting March 17 at 6 p.m. in the community park building for young women interested in participating.
    Distinguished Young Women, formerly known as Junior Miss, is open to students currently in their junior year of high school, according to a news release.
    All interested girls and their parents are invited to attend.

  • 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.