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  • Hume elected to international position

    Robbie Hume says he’s honored to achieve what only two other city clerks in Kentucky have done before, but he’s more interested in what being elected to an international post will do for the people he serves.

    Hume, who serves as clerk and administrator for the City of Lawrenceburg, was recently elected to the board of directors for the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), becoming just the third clerk from a Kentucky city to hold the position.

  • 'An addict's life'

    Fresh out of his latest stint in rehab, admitted drug addict Matt Hayes overdosed and was moments from death as he laid helplessly on a friend’s bathroom floor.
    “I just thought I could celebrate one time,” Hayes said.
    His body no longer used to the drugs that were ruining his once-promising life, Hayes ended up on life support but lived to tell his tale.

  • ‘We’re going to blow it up’

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    What is expected to be the largest concert to ever hit Lawrenceburg is being planned for May 12, when rising country music star J.D. Shelburne performs a free concert on the Lawrenceburg Green.

    Joani Clark, Anderson County’s elected jailer, witnessed Shelburne’s huge concert earlier this summer in his hometown of Taylorsville and is trying to replicate the show that drew an estimated 4,000 fans by inviting Shelburne to perform here in an effort that will include collecting food for the Open Hands Food Pantry.

  • Naked man charged with biting cops apprehended

    From staff reports

    A Lawrenceburg man is behind bars months after police say he bit them, kicked them and intentionally exposed his genitals to them and others.

    William Whetzel, 22, of 1042 Dan Drive was wanted on a host of charges since an incident in April on Walnut Street that started as criminal trespassing and ended up with charges that include indecent exposure.

    Police say they found Whetzel working on a farm in Harrison County after he apparently posted a copy of a recent paycheck he received on his Facebook page.

  • Prayers sought for ailing fiscal court magistrate

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court paused during last Tuesday’s meeting to ask for prayers for an ailing magistrate.

    Juretta Wells, the court’s longest-tenured magistrate who represents the county’s 4th District, had complications arise from a medical recent medical procedure and was recouparating at Cardinal Hill in Lexington.

    “Everyone please keep her in their prayers,” said County Clerk Jason Denny, who once served as a magistrate with Wells.

  • ‘Moonshiners’ star to unveil signature whiskey here Friday

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Chico was in standard form Saturday morning when he pulled into the parking lot in a battered Montel Carlo with “Hazzard Life” emblazoned across one front quarter panel and a make-shift air scoop riveted to the hood — a redneck-mobile if there ever was one.

    A half-hour late for a media appearance to promote his new whiskey, he jumped out, complained about how one of his tires locked up en route from his home in Gravel Switch to Lawrenceburg, and about his missing pit bull.

  • Library to close Sunday for month

    From staff reports

    The Anderson Public Library will close its doors Aug. 28 to move into its temporary location as a large-scale expansion project begins.

    It is scheduled to reopen Sept. 26 at 1030 B Industry Road.

    The move is to accommodate the library’s $4 million expansion plan to its Main Street facility, with construction expected to last approximately one year.

  • Squabbling continues over system to pave county roads

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The surest way to spark a heated debate among magistrates is to get them talking about paving roads, and last Tuesday’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court was no exception.

    Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton asked magistrates to consider modifying the process of selecting roads to pave, which is currently done with each magistrate selecting roads in their districts and waiting to have those roads rise to the top of a rotating plan.

  • Magistrates vote to end last aspect of recycling program

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Magistrates put the final nail in county government’s failed recycling experiment last Tuesday night when they voted unanimously to end cardboard recycling next month.

    Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton recommended discontinuing picking up cardboard from area business, saying the county was losing too much money to provide the service.

  • Following her dreams

    Leah Fowler, DMD, knew she wanted to be a dentist in sixth grade.

    After attending her aunt Heather’s high school graduation, she and her mom got to talking about careers. “She impressed upon me to be thinking about it,” Fowler explained.