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  • Janie says goodbye

    It’s a good thing Janie Buntain got her car started back on May 28, 1975.

    She was to start working at The Anderson News that morning, but her mode of transportation had other ideas on making the trip from her parents’ home on Benson Creek Road to downtown Lawrenceburg.

    “I had a car that Daddy’s older brother had given me. It was a ‘62 Buick and I hadn’t even driven it,” Janie says. “I went out and couldn’t get it started. I went to our barn and Daddy came out and got it started.”

  • ‘Janie-of-all-trades’ made journalism what it is intended to be

    By Don White

    Former publisher

    She may be just a smidgen over 5 feet tall. But when it comes to service to her family, faith, and having had a fantastic career in the newspaper business, no one stands taller than Janie Buntain Bowen.

  • By any name, Janie’s a pro

    I call Janie Bowen, “Fred.”

    At least sometimes I do.

    Then there are times I call her, “Ida Lee.” If you don’t know who that is, think about “Hee Haw” reruns. Ida Lee is that Roni Stoneman character, always yelling at her husband, Laverne, in those hilarious skits.

    It’s just to aggravate Janie. She believes I do not consider it a successful day unless I have found some way to annoy her big time. And, over time, she has learned to return the banter.

  • Janie met husband while on the job

    Janie Buntain Bowen has changed in many ways since she started working for The Anderson News on May 28, 1975. The most noticeable change is her name.

    She has been married to Steve Bowen for 15 years, a union that came about as a direct result of her work with The Anderson News.

    “I went to Western High School for a basketball game,” she remembers. “John Wayne Conway was there and had just won his first race for magistrate. I knew him and went over to say, ‘Congratulations on your race.’”

  • ‘Drag’ race?

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    An Indiana man was taken into custody early Tuesday morning after leading police on a high-speed chase that ended when his pickup truck got stuck in a creek bed in Mercer County.

    Michael A. Gibson, 38, of 490 Rocky Meadow Road, Salisbury, Indiana was chased down after allegedly driving off without paying for $30 in gas at the 4 Way Stop and Go in Lawrenceburg.

  • Woman killed in wreck on Bluegrass Parkway

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    A Lexington woman was killed Sunday evening when a car she was a passenger in veered off the Bluegrass Parkway and slammed into a cluster of trees.

    Beverly F. Miner, 70, and her caretaker, Shaniah Walden, 19, of Richmond, were traveling to Lexington from Elizabethtown, where they had just picked up a puppy for Walden, according to Anderson County Coroner Dr. Mark Tussey.

  • Property values continue to fall

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    The assessed value of real estate in the city of Lawrenceburg is down nearly $8.5 million from the previous year, according to figures released late last week by Property Value Administrator Brian Stivers.

    The decline marks the fifth consecutive year of decline of real estate in the city, which is down just over $12 million since 2010. That year, the city’s assessed value stood at $542,260,147. This year it stands at $530,167,902, a decline of about 2.25 percent.

  • Annual DARE Fishing Derby is Saturday

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    One thousand pounds of freshly stocked hungry catfish will be the prize attraction Saturday for the annual DARE Fishing Derby at Hope Community Church.

    The free event for children 15 and under begins at 8 a.m. and features prizes and trophies in two age categories.

    Sponsored by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, the event annually attracts hundreds of children and their parents, giving them a chance to spend time together and catch a few fish.

  • Alleged ToyBurg embezzler arraigned

    From staff reports

    A Lawrenceburg man indicted for embezzling nearly $20,000 from Lawrenceburg-based ToyBurg was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Anderson County Circuit Court.

    David Wolverton, 29, of 228 Hunter Ridge Drive had access to ToyBurg’s PayPal account and allegedly transferred just over $19,000 into an account under his mother’s name.

    Wolverton was indicted by Anderson County Grand Jury on May 5 on one count of theft by unlawful taking and as a persistent felony offender, according to court documents.

  • Tax incentives OK’d for Four Roses expansion

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    Hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax incentives were preliminarily approved last week for what is expected to be a major expansion at the Four Roses distillery here along with new warehouses at its facility in Coxs Creek in Bullitt County.

    Details of the expansion are expected to be released during a news conference scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at the distillery on Bonds Mill Road.