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  • 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.”

  • Councilman escapes serious injury when garage bursts into flames

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    It could have been worse. Much worse.

    City councilman Bobby Durr narrowly escaped serious injury when his garage at 1031 Indian Trail caught fire Saturday afternoon while he was working to repair his lawnmower.

    “I was very blessed to get out,” Durr said following the fire that singed his hands, eyebrows and hair. “I could have been very easily laying in the funeral home.”

    Contacted Monday by phone, Durr said he was OK and thankful that he wasn’t seriously injured.

  • A humbling surprise

    Ben Carlson, News staff

    He processes hundreds of deer each year, but none give Denny Markwell as much pleasure as those he cuts and wraps for children who participate in the annual youth hunts organized by officers with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.

    Markwell, owner of Markwell’s Deer Processing on Bruner Road, doesn’t charge a fee for processing those deer but was rewarded for his efforts recently by being selected the 6th District Sportsman of the Year.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Firefighters douse trailer fire

    Firefighters were able to douse a trailer fire that broke out around 8 a.m. today at 1141 Versailles Road, lot 43. Chief Bobby Hume of the Lawrenceburg Fire Department said the cause of the fire, which filled the trailer with smoke and forced firefighters to break out several windows, was likely electrical. A woman was home at the time and appeared uninjured. For a full report, see Wednesday’s edition of The Anderson News.

  • Team Blake adds an all-American

    By Ashley Wilkins, Landmark News Service

    In 2012, Blake Hundley – just 6-years-old at the time – was diagnosed with brain cancer.

    And in the last three years he has battled and beat cancer time and time again.

    A great-grandson of Mt. Eden residents Junie and Phyllis Temple, Shelby County’s poster boy of inspiration has been in our thoughts for several years, but more recently he’s captured the heart of his own hero, University of Kentucky basketball all-American Willie Cauley-Stein.

  • BUSTED! Heroin, meth, pot land eight behind bars

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    Last week wasn’t a good one for those involved in the use and sale of heroin and other drugs in Lawrenceburg.

    Police made several arrests, including one involving a man allegedly selling the heroin.

  • Trash ‘just everywhere’

    Ben Carlson, News staff

    Health officials suspended food service Saturday evening at Wildcat Championship Wrestling on Hilltop Drive and someone apparently wasn’t happy with the decision.

    While a Lawrenceburg police officer escorted an environmental inspector through the building, someone “keyed” the officer’s car in the parking lot, leaving large scratch marks on the cruiser. That incident remains under investigation, according to Lawrenceburg Police Chief Chris Atkins.