Local News

  • 'Paul was tops'

    Anderson County lost one of its finest citizens when native son Paul Wickliffe Hanks died last Wednesday.

    A community stalwart, Hanks, 80, was the local Kentucky Utilities manager when he retired in 1987. The company employed him for 35 years, after he served with distinction in the Navy during the Korean War.

    A dedicated member of First Baptist Church since 1950, Hanks served in many capacities including that of deacon emeritus.

  • Don't forget Saturday's wine fest

    The Lawrenceburg Rotary Club's annual Wine Fest is scheduled for 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Lovers Leap Winery, located on Lanes Mill Road.

    The event will feature three bands, a variety of food and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit various Rotary projects. Last year, $1,000 of the proceeds went toward building a skate park.

    Admission is $5 in advance by calling the winery at 839-1299 to reserve tickets, or by purchasing them from any Rotarian. Admission is $6 at the gate. Children under 12 are admitted free.

  • Half-ton pot bust trial delayed

    The trial of a Lawrenceburg business owner charged with trafficking marijuana has been postponed because of "discovery issues," said Larry Cleveland, the commonwealth's attorney for Franklin County.

    Cleveland didn't elaborate on what those issues are.

    The jury trials of Randy Kendall Sr., 49, of Frankfort, and his son, Randy Kendall Jr., were scheduled to begin last Monday in Franklin Circuit Court, Cleveland said.

    Both Kendalls are charged with trafficking marijuana over 5 pounds, first offense.

  • Target: December

    Lawrenceburg's legion of skateboarders received some welcome news during Monday night's Lawrenceburg City Council meeting.

    The committee working to build a skate park said the project is "alive and well" and is closing in on having enough funds to get it built.

    Kaycie Len Carter spoke on behalf of the committee, saying that California-based skate park designer Kelly Saad, who has helped build parks and obstacles for skating icon Tony Hawk, is involved in designing Lawrenceburg's skate park.

  • Rail crossings to be shut down for short periods of time Tuesday

    Lawrenceburg Mayor Edwinna Baker announced Monday that railroad crossings throughout the county would be shut down for short periods of time on Tuesday.

    "They have told me that replacement rails and ties will be dropped and that the crossings should each be closed for about 15 minutes," Baker said. Baker added that she was also told that in about three to four weeks each crossing will be closed for longer periods as new rails and ties are set in place.

  • County issues burn ban

    A ban on outdoor burning was issued Wednesday afternoon for all of Anderson County.

    "That means no burning at all," warned Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes, who made the announcement after the decree was approved by Anderson County Judge-Executive Steve Cornish.

    Barnes said the ongoing lack of rain prompted the ban, along with a number of small grass fires that have flared up over the past couple of weeks.

  • Second postal unit to open Thursday

    Beginning Thursday, Anderson County residents will have two locations at which to fulfill their postal needs.

    A new contract postal unit will open at noon on Sept. 4 at Cash A Check in the Markwell Center at 1004 Bypass South. However, this opening is a "soft opening," said Regina Decker, Lawrenceburg postmaster.

    A grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house will be the following Thursday, Sept. 11 at noon.

    The Markwell Center CPU will be open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9-2 Saturdays.

  • Wine and song

    Logan Leet's chair sits perilously close to the precipice of Lovers Leap, a tiny outcropping of rock that overlooks the Kentucky River gorge.

    Despite being a foot or so away from plunging hundreds of feet to the river bottom, Leet appears undaunted as he strums his acoustic guitar and discusses the music he'll play Saturday, Sept. 13 during this year's Wine Festival, sponsored by the Lawrenceburg Rotary Club.

  • Magistrates OK tax hike

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court approved a new tax Tuesday morning that will increase property taxes $16 per $100,000 of assessed value.

    By a 5-2 vote, the fiscal court created a taxing district for the Anderson County Extension Service, giving it authority to levy taxes against real and personal property.

    The tax rate is set at 16 cents per $100 assessed value.

    The new tax has been debated for the past two months as magistrates haggled over what the rate should be and how much rent the county will charge the Extension for the building it occupies in the county park.

  • Judge-executive, Humane Society bury the hatchet

    A cease-fire agreement was apparently reached between Judge-Executive Steve Cornish and the Anderson Humane Society when the two sides met last week.

    During the meeting, Cornish said he handed over a $7,700 check to pay off a nearly two-year-old debt the county owed the Humane Society, and explained why he said "absolutely no" when voting against paying that amount earlier this month.

    "I explained that I was not against paying back the money, and if came across that way, I apologize," Cornish said after the meeting. "What I was against was paying it all back at once."