Local News

  • Man arrested for crossing school property while carrying shotgun, pistol

    A 19-year-old Lawrenceburg man was arrested by city police Monday morning after a middle school staff member spotted him carrying a shotgun while crossing Anderson County middle school property.

    William Whetzel, 19, 1042 Dan Drive, Lawrenceburg, was arrested and charged with one count of carrying a concealed deadly weapon and two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon on school property.

  • Police continue search for 'armed and dangerous' man in suspected homicide investigation

    Police continue to search for a Lexington man — described by police as armed and dangerous — with connections to an ongoing suspected homicide investigation in western Anderson County.

    Gary Luttrell, 39, of Lexington is a suspect in the death of a 54-year-old Lawrenceburg man who died of a gunshot wound to the chest Saturday morning, Kentucky State Police spokeswoman Trooper Kendra Wilson confirmed Monday morning.

    Luttrell is considered to be armed and dangerous, Wilson said.

  • Lawrenceburg man killed in Shelbyville wreck

    For the second time in less than a week, a traffic accident has claimed a life in Shelby County, this time, 57-year-old James Walker of Lawrenceburg.

    A second man, Jonathan Denning, 28, of New Albany, Ind., was taken to the University of Louisville with unknown injures.

    The accident happened at about 11 a.m. in the 7400 block of Frankfort Road, as Denning, who was driving east in a Freightliner dump truck, lost control of the vehicle when he lost tire tread, KSP spokesperson Kendra Wilson said.

  • Board gets earful, raises taxes anyway

    The Board of Education heard both pleas from staff and criticism from angry taxpayers during its special-called public hearing and meeting on the 2013 tax rates last Wednesday night.
    Following a heated public hearing, the board approved 3-2 to set a 3 percent revenue increase tax rate at $5.70 per $1,000 assessed value, a 3.26 percent increase.
    School board president James Sargent, vice president Scott Brown and board member Donna Crain Drury voted for the increase. Board members Lee Hahn and Roger McDowell voted against the rate.

  • News briefs: 9-11-13

    Healing Field Poker Run
    to be held Sept. 14
    The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 34 will host its 6th Healing Field Poker Run on Sept. 14.
    The poker run will start at the American Legion Post 34, 725 W. Broadway in Lawrenceburg, with registration held 10-11:30 a.m. on the day of the ride. Kickstands go up at noon sharp.
    Poker hands are $10 each, and extra cards are $5 with a limit of two extra cards.
    “The Healing Field honors all Kentucky soldiers who have given their lives in the War on Terrorism,” event organizers said.

  • Fans want answers after coach told he can’t pray with team

    Hundreds of Anderson County citizens simply want to know, “Why?”

    Why was the decision handed down to modify the tradition of post-game and post-practice prayers by the Anderson County High School football team? Why were head coach Mark Peach and his staff told they could not participate in the prayers, even if they are not leading them.

  • Packaging plant opens at Wild Turkey

    The owners of Wild Turkey Distillery celebrated the opening of their new $40 million packaging facility Tuesday morning, then moved on to more important matters.
    As Gov. Steve Beshear, Mayor Edwinna Baker and company officials made remarks, shot glasses filled with the famous amber bourbon were passed out to dozens of invited guests, employees and dignitaries who then joined together to congratulate Master Distiller Jimmy Russell on the anniversary of his 59th year at the distillery.

  • Superintendent reviews schools’ policies, explains decision

    Superintendent Sheila Mitchell is currently reviewing district policies on all religious activities following legal guidance from the state and the school district’s attorney.
    Mitchell said she sought legal counsel after the ACLU of KY sent letters to superintendents in August asking for the district to stop Gideons International from handing out Bibles during school hours or face potential litigation.

  • City, county will continue opening in prayer

    By Meaghan Downs
    and Ben Carlson
    News staff
    Attorneys for the city council and fiscal court confirmed this week that, despite the ACLU’s contention that it violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution, both will continue to open their meetings in prayers.
     “We’re living in a poor place when you can’t have a prayer for the community,” council member Ken Evans said Monday afternoon.

  • Schools crack down on prayers, city, county don’t follow suit

    Just days after the Anderson County School District issued an edict against coaches and staff leading students in prayer, attorneys for the city council and fiscal court vowed to pray on before holding public meetings.
    Threatened litigation by the ACLU over Bible distribution in schools has sparked one of the most passionate and controversial topics to hit Anderson County in recent memory, and has already resulted in drastic changes to school policy that were on full display last Friday night.