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  • News Briefs for April 8, 2015

    Community Service Day is scheduled for April 17 in Lawrenceburg, organizers announced.

    The date marks the second year for the event, which was declared by a proclamation signed by Lawrenceburg Mayor Sandy Goodlett and designed to encourage residents, groups and businesses to participate in community service projects.

    Project examples include Anderson County Chief Deputy Joe Milam and Lawrenceburg Police Chief Chris Atkins joining forces to restore bleachers at the Alton Ruritan baseball field.

  • News Briefs for April 8

    Benefit dance and silent auction

    A benefit dance and silent auction for Karen Bishop is scheduled for Saturday, April 11 in Mackville.

    Bishop has been ill and medical expenses have mounted up for her and her husband, Jeff.

    The Stick Tight Band will provide music. There will be face painting, a cake walk, raffles and plenty of food.

    There is a $10 fee, with all proceeds going to the Bishops. The benefit begins at 5 p.m. at the Mackville Community Center.

    For information contact Frankie Wood 502-229-9798.

  • Woman fumes after plow wrecks mailbox

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    Rosie Wells is getting angrier by the day.

    She started out miffed when an Anderson County Highway Department plow struck and ruined her mailbox on Deer Run Road during a Feb. 16 snowstorm.

    She got a little more upset when the driver of the truck didn’t stop to discuss the matter with her.

  • Police make heroin bust

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    A Lawrenceburg man said he was all set to turn himself into police Tuesday on a host of outstanding warrants.

    He didn’t get the chance.

    Instead, Johnathan Powell, 25, of 1021 Sunrise Lane went to jail a day early after being charged with first-degree heroin trafficking following a traffic stop at the intersection of Hilltop Drive and Court Street.

  • Diverted sentence for stepfather of tied up child

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    The stepfather charged with first-degree criminal child abuse for his role in tying up a 3-year-old child for up to 16 hours a day received a three-year diverted sentence last Friday in Anderson Circuit Court.

    Herbert Medley, the 3-year-old’s stepfather, accepted a plea deal with the Commonwealth Attorney’s office and entered an Alford plea, which essentially means the evidence against him would likely lead to his conviction but that he doesn’t have to admit wrongdoing.

  • ‘Grinch’ given diverted sentence

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    The former operator of a Dairy Cheer restaurant in Lawrenceburg received a three-year diverted sentence for stiffing a dozen employees out of over $8,000 in pay in 2011.

    Dubbed by former employees as “Dairy Grinch” because their paychecks started bouncing and she closed the Lawrenceburg location just before Christmas, Lou Emma Compton will remain on supervised probation during her sentence.

  • Wild Turkey employee among those indicted

    One Wild Turkey employee was among nine people indicted Tuesday by a Franklin County Grand Jury in the theft of bourbon from that distillery and Buffalo Trace, along with distribution of steroids.

    Mark S. Searcy was the Wild Turkey employee indicted. All were said to be part of what prosecutors called an organized crime syndicate that has operated since 2008.

    Authorities said that the stolen bourbon included the pricy Pappy Van Winkle.

  • How Anderson County schools are dealing with the N word

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    When former UK guard Andrew Harrison mumbled the N word during a postgame press conference after his team fell to Wisconsin, the word’s use once again became the subject of debate, including who can use it and in what context.

    In a letter to the editor that appears in this week’s paper, an African American Lawrenceburg resident says the word is used by both black and white students in Anderson County schools, a claim that school officials don’t deny.

  • Barr to investigate terrorism financing, offers bill to protect sex assault victims

    Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) was appointed to the Committee on Financial Service’s Bipartisan Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, his office announced.

    The task force will be led by Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-MA).

    The goal of the task force is to investigate terrorist financing and examine what, if any, changes are needed to upgrade and improve our nation’s ability to deny terrorists the funding they use to carry out attacks.

  • Mt. Eden man survives wreck on Glensboro Road

    A Mt. Eden man sustained what appeared to be minor injuries when the pickup truck he was driving went off Glensboro Road, rolled at least once and ended up blocking both lanes of traffic.

    Dewight Shular, 73, of Murphy Lane was apparently headed west when his pickup swerved into the ditch line, skimmed several trees and went back into the road.

    The wreck occurred near 3415 Mt. Eden Road.

    Shular, who appeared to have a small trickle of blood coming down his left cheek, was otherwise OK after being trapped in the pickup for about 45 minutes.