Local News

  • Fiscal court: Spending up 4% in proposed budget

    Spending in the proposed Anderson County Fiscal Court budget is slated to increase 4 percent, if approved by magistrates who had little to say last Tuesday when the budget was presented for a first reading.
    The budget calls for spending to increase from $7,173,172 to $7,462,735 — a jump of $289,563, nearly half of which is in payroll increases.
    Budgeted revenue is anticipated to go up 3.3 percent, from $6,720,502 to $6,944,336, an increase of $223,834 that includes anticipated gains in property tax revenue, EMS collections and an increase in county road aid.

  • Trial dates set for three charged with tying up child

    Trial dates have been set for the three people who allegedly tied up a 3-year-old girl for up to 16 hours each day.
    Where those trials will occur has not been settled, but a change of venue hearing is scheduled for May 28 in Anderson Circuit Court at 9 a.m.
    The child’s grandmother, Carolyn Case, is scheduled for trial for Dec. 9-11. The child’s mother, Rebecca Medley, is scheduled for trial Jan. 13-15, 2014. The child’s stepfather, Herbert Medley, is scheduled for trial Jan. 16-17, 2014, according to documents on file in Anderson Circuit Court.

  • ‘Hoarders’ nightmare discovered on Beth Drive

    Used toilet paper piled several feet high around a toilet.
    Several inches of what appeared to be animal feces in the kitchen sink and literally coating the kitchen counters.
    Trash, including expired food items dating back to 2009, piled waste high in nearly every room of the house.
    Live and dead animals, including what appeared to be a decomposing cat.
    Those are just a sample of what police found last Friday morning when an officer made a safety check at 104 Beth Drive.

  • UPDATE: Parents arrested as ‘Hoarders’ nightmare on Beth Drive continues

    UPDATED FRIDAY, 6:45 P.M — Two people are now behind bars after police found them and their 2-year-old child living in a home filled with animal and human feces, and garbage reportedly piled several feet high throughout.

    Michael W. Hutchens, 24, and Anna G. Mauer, 24, both of 104 Beth Drive, Lawrenceburg, were each charged with one count of second-degree wanton endangerment.

    They are both currently lodged in the Shelby County Detention Center and are likely to be arraigned by video Monday morning in Anderson Circuit Court.

  • BREAKING: ‘Hoarders’ nightmare unfolding on Beth Drive

    Police and child protective services removed a 2-year-old child and two adults who have apparently been living in squalor so bad it stunk from the street in front of their home at 104 Beth Drive.

    There are reports of dead animals in the home, including what could be a decomposed cat, rats and what appeared to be cat feces.

    A second child has also been taken into protective custody and is a student at Saffell Street Elementary School.

  • Vehicles collide, flip on Bypass
  • News briefs: 5-8-13

    Mount Eden Saddle Club hosts horse show
    Mount Eden Saddle Club will host a horse show May 11 at 6 p.m.
    The event will feature youth, adult Western, gaited pleasure and contest classes.
    The horse show will be located at the Mount Eden Ruritan Grounds on Mount Eden Rd/Highway 53.
    For more information, contact Leslie Smitha at 502-321-8166, Sharon Gilbert at 502-738-9741, Chasidy Hawkins 502-680-0497 or Brooke Gilbert 502-902-1754 or visit www.mtedensaddleclub.weebly.com.
    Humanities Council hosts Chautauqua presentation

  • Property owners on historic district: ‘Don’t do it’

    Property owners raised their hands high during last Tuesday’s public hearing to say one thing to the city council about a proposed historic district in Lawrenceburg.
    Don’t do it.  
    “People that live there don’t want it,” city councilman Thomas Vaughn, who attended the hearing along with four of his fellow councilmen, said in a follow-up interview. “They live there, they don’t want it.”

  • Heroin suspect leads police on foot chase

    A Lexington man is behind bars after leading police on an early-morning foot chase Saturday that began on Broadway and ended Suzanne Street.
    Deputy Brian Wooldridge of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office noticed that Jarrod T. Baker, 20, of 1658 Maywick View Lane was unsteady on his feet while pumping fuel at Five Star on Broadway, according to a report filed by officer Josh Satterly of the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

  • Library lawsuit moving forward, donations sought

    The lawsuit threatened two weeks ago against the Anderson Public Library has yet to be filed, but those suing say they still plan to do so.
    “We’re in the developing stages and getting our briefs together,” said Harold Todd, one of those involved. “We still have some legwork to do, but we are still moving forward.”