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    NRA to host ‘Muzzle Blast’

    at senior center

    The Central Kentucky Friends of the National Rifle Association will host a 10-gun raffle and dinner Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Anderson Senior Center, the organization announced.

    Tickets for the event are $75 through Sept. 30, $100 after that, and will enter participants in a “Muzzle Blast” raffle for guns that will be given away that evening.

    National Rifle Association membership is not required to participate.

  • Group 151 meets, preps for trial

    Highway 151 residents held an informational pep rally of sorts Monday night as they prepare to head to trial in their efforts to force the state’s Transportation Cabinet to ban non-local delivery commercial trucks from the highway.

    Leaders of Group 151, Don Isaac and Don McCormick, gave about 20 residents an update on the lawsuit, filed earlier this year following decades of wrecks, serious property damage and deaths that have occurred on the narrow stretch of dangerous state highway that truckers use as a shortcut between I-64 and U.S. 127 in Lawrenceburg.

  • Annual Cook-Off, eating contest highlight Burgoo

    Two new champs were crowned during this past weekend’s Burgoo Festival.

    Chris and Maeghan Disponett’s team from Applied Processes claimed first place in the annual Burgoo Cook-off, knocking off five-time champion Jesse Sanford, who won his crowns cooking for Four Ros-es Distillery but this year cooked for his own brand, Stoney Top Burgoo.

    The cook-off drew a huge crowd Saturday to the Lawrenceburg Green and raised a record $1,734 for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Shop With a Cop program to purchase Christmas gifts for chil-dren in need.

  • ‘News’ to host state rep debate

    From staff reports

    Still deciding who to vote for the in the upcoming race for state representative?

    “The Anderson News” will host a debate between incumbent James Tipton (R-Taylorsville) and challenger James Sargent (D-Lawrenceburg) on Thursday, Oct. 13 in the Anderson County Middle School auditorium.

    The debate will begin at 7 p.m. and is expected to last about one hour. Admission is free.

  • Armed robber hits gas station

    Police are searching for clues following an armed robbery Saturday night at the Marathon gas station at the corner of Versailles Road and Bluebird Court.

    The suspect pulled a handgun on the station’s clerk, demanded cash and left and left on foot with an estimated $600 in cash, according to Det. Jeremy Cornish of the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    Cornish said the suspect appeared to be wearing a wig and “odd” clothing when he entered the store.

  • Enrollment decline puts district’s facilities plan on ice

    Citing continuing declines in student enrollment, the school district’s Local Planning Committee declined to update its $23 million facilities plan during a meeting last Wednesday night.

    Since the committee’s last meeting in September of 2012, enrollment has dropped by 96 students. The committee meets every four years to review the district’s facilities needs and wants.

  • Chrysler dealership recognized by Secretary of State

    From staff reports

    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recognized Chrysler of Lawrenceburg and its owner Ron McCauley as a large business honoree in her office’s Corporations for the Commonwealth program.

    The program, which was launched last year, recognizes Kentucky businesses that demonstrate a commitment to giving, a drive to improve communities, and a culture of giving within their organizations, according to a news release.

  • Woman arrested for human trafficking

    A woman was charged with human trafficking Saturday night for allegedly "coercing” children to peddle cookies and candy in Lawrenceburg and keeping almost all of the proceeds for herself.

    Rhonda Bell, 32, of 4519 Cane Run Road, Louisville allegedly had nine male children between the ages of 9 and 16 selling “peppermint thin cookies” for her at the time of her arrest, according to a police report.

    She entered a plea of not guilty on the Class B felony charge Monday morning in Anderson District Court and was ordered held on a $10,000 bond.

  • ‘We’ll find, harvest and destroy it’

    Monday wasn’t a good day for whomever grew a sizeable patch of marijuana in western Anderson County.

    Sheriff Joe Milam, Chief Deputy Robbie Armstrong, Sgt. Greg Boblitt and deputy Loren Wells of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office each had a hand in chopping down and destroying what the sheriff called was a “mature” patch of marijuana plants, following a tip.

    Milam said there were 15 mature plants found with an estimated street value of around $30,000.

    “They usually go for about $2,000 a plant,” said Milam.

  • Luttrell guilty of murder

    The twice-convicted felon who shot and killed a Fairview Road man in his own driveway three years ago will likely spend at least the next 20 years in prison after being convicted last Thursday of murder.

    Gary Luttrell, 42, received a recommended sentence of 60 years last Friday from the same jury that found him guilty a day earlier of murdering Steven Briscoe in 2013.