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  • Man sentenced to 10 years in home invasion case

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    The man who pleaded guilty to sticking a gun in the faces of two teenagers during a robbery was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday in Anderson Circuit Court.

    Kendall Cunningham, 19, was denied his attorney’s attempt to be placed on probation due to what Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman said were the seriousness of his crimes.

  • Cub Scouts to host District Pinewood Derby

    Cub Scout Pack 38 in Lawrenceburg will host the organization’s 2015 District Pinewood Derby on April 18-19 at the American Legion Fairgrounds, according to a news release.

    The event will feature the top five winners from each Cub Scout pack within the Elkhorn District, and marks the first time the event will be held in Lawrenceburg.

    Competitors will race for a spot in the upcoming regional Pinewood Derby.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ‘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.

  • 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.

  • Woman saved from flooded home

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    Ruth Wilhoit admits she held her breath when the damaged rescue boat she was in became caught in roiling floodwater and was swept across Bridge Hill Road.

    “We were all holding our breath when we went over that,” she said. “But I wasn’t worried about me. I was worried about my car and the dogs.”

    Wilhoit, 67, became trapped in her parents’ home last Friday morning after an estimated 6 inches of rain fell, causing the Salt River to spill over its banks and surround the house.

  • City council not giving up on splash park

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The Lawrenceburg City Council isn’t taking no for an answer when it comes to getting a grant to build a splash park.

    Mayor Sandy Goodlett confirmed Monday that the city will again apply for a $75,000 Land and Water Conservation state grant to build the splash park in the city park located next to the American Legion.

    A grant submitted in 2013 was denied.

  • Krogman named Anderson County’s new fire chief

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Following a months-long search, the Anderson County Fire District has a new chief.

    Patrick Krogman, a retired captain who twice served as acting chief with Newport Fire and EMS in northern Kentucky, was selected by the fire district board late last month.

    A career public servant, Krogram’s career began in 1978 as a volunteer with the Bellevue Fire Department, where was promoted to the rank of lieutenant while serving as a firefighter and emergency medical technician.