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  • Police called when church hoops game turns violent

    By Ben Carlson and John Herndon

    News staff

    Police were called after a men’s church league basketball game ended in what a 911 caller described as a “riot” last Tuesday night at First Baptist Church on Main Street.

    Witnesses offered varying accounts of what happened when a team from Tyrone Baptist Church played a team from First Baptist, including differing views of which side started an altercation between a player who was ejected from the game for dunking and the game’s time keeper.

  • Locals named in ‘organized crime ring’

    Courtesy of The State Journal

    Five Lawrenceburg residents were among 12 people indicted last Tuesday by the Franklin County Grand Jury for what prosecutors say is their involvement in organized crime involving property theft and trafficking methamphetamine.

    Each was indicted for a Class B felony.

  • Woman jailed for punching officer in mouth

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    A woman is behind bars after being charged with punching a Lawrenceburg police officer in the mouth early Tuesday morning on Poplar Drive, according to police reports.

    Katherine D. Yarborough, 31, 207 Hawthorne St., Frankfort, faces a host of charges that include second offense DUI, third-degree assault of a police officer, second-offense alcohol intoxication in a public place, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, prescription not in proper container and resisting arrest.

  • Get out!

    Ben Carlson, News staff

    Sheriff Troy Young says he’s had about all he can stand of so-called “gypsies” showing up here from the Carolinas each spring and scamming unsuspecting residents.

    “I’ve been dealing with these people for 23 years,” said Young. “Every year it’s fence painting, barn painting or a blacktopping scam.

    “I pretty much have come to expect they’re going to show up, just like the dandelions. Sometimes you just gotta go out and spray.”

  • Skeletal remains ID’d

    Ben Carlson, News staff

    The skeletal remains of a man found last fall in western Anderson County were identified last week.

    The remains were of Justin Michael Smith, 27, of Indianapolis, according to Anderson County Coroner Mark Tussey.

    The cause of Smith’s death is not known.

    “There is no evidence of blunt force trauma,” Tussey said, “and no evidence of penetrating trauma.”

    Smith disappeared about a year ago but wasn’t found until last fall when hunters came across his remains.

  • City firefighters save woman’s home from fire

    Ben Carlson, News staff

    This time, the trailer survived.

    A fire damaged but didn’t destroy a woman’s house trailer on Versailles Road, thanks to quick action by the Lawrenceburg Fire Department and some remodeling of the structure.

    The fire broke out around 8 a.m. Monday at 1141 Versailles Road, Lot 43, in a home owned by Jacqueline Lendrum, who was home when it broke out but escaped without injury, according to Lawrenceburg Fire Chief Bobby Hume.

  • State funds OK’d to resurface part of Highway 749

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court voted last Tuesday to accept nearly $500,000 in state funds, the bulk of which will be used to resurface 4.9 miles of state highway 749 between Hickory Grove and Bonds Mill roads.

    Magistrates approved the state’s recommendation to spend $335,588 on that portion of the road, but rejected the recommendation to use the balance of the funds — $151,063 — to pave an additional two miles of that road.

  • Dare Graduation 2015
  • ‘Oh, my God, Daddy!’

    Ben Carlson, News staff

    Ethan Sizemore was already busting at the seams.

    While he and his second-grade classmates at Emma B. Ward Elementary School were busy making American flags out of construction paper last Wednesday afternoon, Ethan made it clear why he was making his.

    “My dad’s in the military and he’s coming home this weekend,” he said, nearly bubbling over with enthusiasm. “I can’t wait to see him.”

    He didn’t have to wait nearly that long.

  • Readers wish moms happy Mother’s Day

    Dear Mother, (Iris Case)

    Hello, mother, just wanted to let you know that I am truly blessed to have you as my mother.

    You will always be my Mother Bear and I will always be your baby boy.

    I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

    Love,

    Adam Case

    Dear Mom, (Amanda Case)

    Mom, I want you to realize that my sister and I are very lucky to have you as our mother.