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  • Mitchell serves two years of 10-year sentence

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    A Lawrenceburg man sentenced to 10 years in prison for a host burglaries was set free earlier this month after serving only years of his sentence.

    Kris Lowell Mitchell, 36, was released by the state’s probation and parole board despite a lengthy criminal record that includes previous time served for unlawful imprisonment and beating his wife.

  • Second trial finds man guilty of assault

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    A jury convicted a Lawrenceburg resident David Shirley last Friday for fourth-degree assault, domestic violence, and gave him the maximum penalty of a year in jail.

    The conviction came less than two months after a jury failed to reach a verdict during Shirley’s initial trial.

    Angry because the victim and their son were about to leave for a trip to Miami without his permission, Shirley allegedly beat her up in the bathroom and threw her suitcases in the shower in attempt to keep her from going.

  • Trial postponed for couple charged with child abuse

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    The trial of a couple charged with second-degree criminal child abuse of a 10-month-old that was set to begin March 12 has been postponed.

    Billi J. Combs and Aaron J. Hilbert of 1270 Jenny Lillard Road were charged in late 2013 with abuse after doctors determined the child was severely malnourished, had swollen kidneys and had multiple contusions, according to police reports.

    Combs and Hilbert are now scheduled to appear April 21 in Anderson Circuit Court, when a new date for their trial will be set.

  • Pierian Club meets March 19

    The Lawrenceburg Pierian Woman’s Club is scheduled to meet Thursday, March 19 at the Anderson Public Library.

    The 6:30 p.m. meeting will include a salad buffet with Beta Sigma Phi and a business meeting.

    Music will be provided by McKenna Lewis, winner of this year’s Distinguished Young Woman of Anderson County.

    Guests are welcome.

    For more information call Maxye Henry at 839-1232.

  • Extension Homemakers offer Festival of Foods

    Sample tastes from the South, Southwest and New England regions of America during the Festival of Foods, sponsored by the Anderson County Extension Homemakers.

    The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 24 in the lower level of the Extension office, located at 1026 County Park Road in Lawrenceburg.

    Tickets are $5 for adults; $2 for students and children under 5 are free. Tickets can be purchased at the Extension office, from an Extension Homemaker for at the door.

  • Louisville professor to discuss quilt art

    A discussion on the art of quilting is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 19 at the Anderson Senior Center.

    The program is free and open to the public.

    Pearlie M. Johnson will present a program titled “Quilt Art: Examining the Narrative in Kentucky Quilts.”

    Johnson is an assistant professor of Pan-African Studies and Art History at the University of Louisville.

  • Magic show to raise money for DARE

    A magic and illusion show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, March 20 at Robert B. Turner Elementary School to raise money for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office’s DARE program.

    Tickets are $8, with children 5 and under admitted free.

    Dinky Gowen: Master of Illusion, is scheduled to perform.

    The show will feature Adrienne Phoenix, Kentucky’s only professional female escape artist and fire eater, and the Houdini straight jacket escape by award winning teen magician, Jake Wisdom.

  • Egg hunt is March 29 at Legion

    The annual Community Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Sunday, March 29 at the American Legion, located at 725 W. Broadway in Lawrenceburg.

    The hunt will begin at 1 p.m., organizers said in a news release.

    The hunt will include over 8,000 eggs and is for children ages 1 to 12, who will attempt to win prize baskets and find eggs that include money.

  • Recycling trashing county’s budget

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton said Monday that he is considering major changes to the county’s recycling program, which is losing an estimated $175,000 a year.

    Data obtained by The Anderson News show that revenue from recyclables in 2014 totaled just under $30,000 while expenses were nearly $205,000.

  • Dad finds daughter’s home burned to ground

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    Police are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a Lawrenceburg woman’s home but wasn’t discovered until the following day.

    Battalion Chief Chris Harrod of the Anderson County Fire Department said he was alerted to the fire last Friday morning, hours after the 800-square-foot cabin had already burned to the ground at 1153 Tracy Road.