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  • 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.

  • Top Stories of 2014 No. 5: Lady Bearcat fever takes over Anderson County

    From staff reports

    What an incredible run the Anderson County Lady Bearcats gave the community in girls’ high school basketball.

    With most of the Class of 2014 playing varsity basketball since the eighth grade, they compiled a career record of 129 wins against 33 losses.

    For virtually their entire junior and senior seasons, the Lady Bearcats were ranked at the top of the Eighth Region and were considered one of Kentucky’s top five teams. For a good portion of the 2013-14 season, Anderson County was ranked No. 1 in the state.

  • Top Stories of 2014 No. 6: Cram sentenced for murder; Branson for manslaughter

    From staff reports

    Two men charged in a pair of murders were sentenced to prison in 2014.

    Terrance Cram, who murdered his landlord, Tena McNeely in 2011, was sentenced to a total of 25 years in prison in June.

    In a separate case, Timothy Branson was received 20 years in prison in the shooting death of his wife, Modena Sutton Branson after accepting a plea deal to have his murder charge reduced to manslaughter.

  • Top Stories of 2014 No. 7: New health department clinic first of its kind in Kentucky

    From staff reports

    Tim Wright saw an opportunity and seized it.

    When the director of the Anderson County Health Department found out that a local medical practice was going out of business this summer, leaving thousands with primary medical care, Wright was bound and determined to do something about.

    By fall, Wright and his staff unveiled the Anderson County Health Department Family Care Clinic, becoming the first health department in Kentucky to offer primary care services to the general public.

  • Top Stories of 2014 No. 8 ‘Dairy Grinch’ captured after skipping town in 2011

    From staff reports

    Former employees of the defunct Dairy Cheer restaurant got an early Christmas present this year when the woman they claim stiffed them out of thousands of dollars in pay three years earlier was finally behind bars.

    Dubbed “Dairy Grinch” by employees furious that she closed the restaurant and skipped town without paying them, Lou Compton, 68, was arrested in late October in Detroit after Det. Bryan Taylor of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office used social media to track her down.

  • Top Stories of 2014 No. 9: Fire Chief Barnes hangs up his ax after 10 years at helm

    From staff reports

    He was a constant at all wrecks, fires and seemingly every emergency scene for more than a decade.

    In November, though, Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes hung up his turnout gear for the final time when he retired, leaving a void that has yet to be filled.

    “It’s been coming for a while,” Barnes said at the time. “My wife and I have been discussing since May.”