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  • Prediction: Library on losing end of lawsuit

    By Ben Carlson

    Column as I see ’em …

    Were I a gambling man (I’m not, aside from an occasional foolish flutter when the Powerball jackpot soars) I’d bet a week’s pay that the Kentucky Court of Appeals will uphold two previous rulings that our library and others like it broke the law when setting tax rates over the past several decades.

  • Police: Man used booze to coerce sex from boy

    From staff reports

    A Frankfort man is in jail for allegedly giving alcohol to a 16-year-old Lawrenceburg youth and attempting to have sex with him, according to a report on file in Anderson District Court.

    Henry J. Coots, 34, “coerced the juvenile male into drinking several shots of vodka with him in order to get [him] intoxicated” while at his residence, located at 110 1/2 Arnett Ave., Frankfort, according to a report filed by officer Joe Massey of the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

  • Pipeline easements returned to landowners

    From staff reports

    Anderson County residents who sold easements to the developers of the defunct Bluegrass Pipeline project now have their land back and get to keep the money.

    An estimated 44 easements purchased by the developer were released last week, according to documents on file at the Anderson County Clerk’s Office.

    The developer suspended its investments in the controversial pipeline in April following months of debate over what some considered potential environmental impact and the company’s declared right of eminent domain.

  • Hatchett pleads not guilty to attempted murder

    From staff reports

    Bail has been set at $50,000 for man charged with attempted murder for allegedly pushing a woman from his vehicle before running her over, dragging her down the road and then trying to run her over.

    Leslie “Scott” Hatchett, 40, of 2309 Ballard Road pleaded not guilty Dec. 18 in Anderson District Court and is scheduled to appear again Jan. 8 on charges that include attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment and second-degree burglary.

  • Christmas dinner, for the masses

    News staff

    June Byrne and Joann Collins, whose husbands have both passed away, know first-hand that the absence of loved ones are felt the most during the holiday season.

    “We knew our Christmas would never be the same anymore, and we wanted to do something to reach out to people on Christmas Day,” said Byrne.

  • Anderson County's Top Stories of 2014

    From staff reports

    Two thousand fourteen will be a year remembered for sweeping changes in county government, the death of a divisive proposed pipeline, justice served to a woman who tied up her granddaughter for hours on end, sentencing of two admitted killers and the retirement of a remarkable county fire chief.

    It will also be remembered for the outstanding performances of its girls’ basketball and softball teams, which provided thrills and victories all through their respective seasons.

  • Top Stories of 2014 No. 1: Developers pull plug on Bluegrass Pipeline

    From staff reports

    An angry public, an unfavorable court ruling and an obstinate judge-executive who said “no” nearly from the start drove away a proposed pipeline that would have sliced through a portion of Anderson County and hauled the byproducts of hydraulic fracturing to the Gulf Coast.

    The project began in 2013 as contractors combed the county offering untold thousands of dollars to landowners in return for easements across their properties.

  • Top Stories of 2014 No. 2: Granny jailed for tying up granddaughter

    From staff reports

    She was photographed smiling following a hearing on charges that she was complicit in tying up a 3-year-old child for up to 16 hours a day in 2012.

    As 2014 comes to a close, Carolyn Case — following a guilty plea and an additional slap on the wrist for falsifying financial documents that forced taxpayers to pay for her attorney — is smiling no more. Instead, she’s sitting in a jail cell, serving a five-year sentence with no chance for parole for her crimes.

  • Top Stories of 2014 No. 3: Republican wave washes Democrats from power for first time in county history

    From staff reports

    Republicans had never experienced a night like the one Nov. 4 when they dominated nearly every countywide race and wrested control of the Anderson County Fiscal Court from democrats for the first time in history.

    Only one Democrat, magistrate candidate Rodney Durr, won in a contested race on an evening that saw Republicans secure the judge-executive office for only the second time when challenger Orbrey Gritton handily defeated incumbent John Wayne Conway be nearly 1,500 votes.

  • Top Stories of 2014 No. 4: Jenkins sentenced in Garmon’s death

    From staff reports

    A Hustonville man was finally sentenced to prison in July on a charge of second-degree manslaughter in the death of a well-known and well-liked Lawrenceburg woman.

    Eric D. Jenkins received a seven-year prison sentence in the death of Marie Garmon, who was killed when the dump truck Jenkins was driving slammed into her car head first on Versailles Road in September of 2012.