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  • Wild Turkey is county’s top taxpayer — by a lot

       Wild Turkey Distillery (Campari America) remained Anderson County’s top property tax payer in 2016, and it wasn’t even close, according to figures obtained from Property Value Administrator Brian Stivers.

       The world’s largest producer of Kentucky bourbon paid $652,234 in county property taxes and an additional $143,163 in tangible taxes for a grand total of just short of $800,000.

       Combined, the top 10 property tax payers listed here pay $1.8 million.

  • Tipton to play key roll in funding state’s colleges

    State Rep. James Tipton figures to play a key role in the upcoming battle to fund Kentucky’s public universities.
    Tipton (R-Taylorsville) will chair the budget review subcommittee on post-secondary education, the Kentucky House Republican Majority Caucus announced last week.
    Tipton is beginning his second term and represents Anderson County as part of the 53rd House District after being re-elected last month, and joins the first Republican majority in the House in decades.

  • Police searching for hit-and-run suspect

    Police were still searching for the person who plowed a pickup truck into an awning in front of a Main Street business and took off running.
    The incident happened early Sunday night when the unknown driver slammed into a vehicle parked in front of Bourbon Street on Main then careened into an awning in front of Bourbon Trail Cycles, destroying it and leaving a pile of rubble in its wake.

  • Water, sewer rates likely to increase

    Water and sewer rates will have to increase next year, an auditor told the Lawrenceburg City Council during its meeting Monday night at City Hall.
    Alan Zumstein, a Lexington-based certified public accountant, delivered what amounted to a clean review of the city’s books during the meeting. During a brief presentation of his findings, he pointed out that the city’s water and sewer operations fall short of a requirement for 1.25 times annual debt service, coming it at only 1.1.

  • City officer saves child’s Christmas

    A Lawrenceburg police officer saved a 5-year-old’s Christmas after a woman allegedly stole her present from her grandmother’s front porch.
    Kathryn Ballinger, 35, of 104 Maple Court, was cited for theft by unlawful taking and charged on an outstanding warrant.
    A neighbor spotted Ballinger pulling into grandmother Ann Little’s driveway on Pebble Beach Drive on Dec. 8, saw her get out of her car, go onto Little’s porch and swipe the gift, which had been left on her porch by a delivery service, according to a police report.

  • Granny who tied up child released from prison

    The woman sentenced to five years in prison for tying up her 3-year-old granddaughter up to 16 hours a day has been released after serving just over half of her sentence.
    Carolyn Case, who pleaded guilty to second-degree child abuse in July of 2014, served about 32 months of her 60-month sentence before being mandatorily released from prison Dec. 1, due to not being what is considered a violent offender.

  • This week's grand jury indictments

    The following people were indicted Nov. 22 by the Anderson County Grand Jury, according to records provided by Anderson Circuit Clerk Pam Rogers.
    Christopher McIntosh, 22, 1507 Daniel Drive, Lawrenceburg was indicted on a charge of second-degree assault for an incident that happened June 9. McIntosh allegedly committed the offense when he intentionally caused physical injury to Gabriel E. Grant by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, according to the indictement. The charge is a Class C felony, punishable by five to 10 years in prison.

  • This week's Anderson County jail log

    The following people were arrested and transported to jail, according to information provided by Anderson County Jailer Joani Clark.

    Nov. 14
    Jeffrey Bettiga was charged on a Shelby County warrant by the Lawrenceburg Police Department.
    Jenny Wright was charged with flagrant non-support by the Lawrenceburg Police Department.
    Thomas Combs was charged with failure to appear or pay by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

    Nov. 15

  • Holland pleads not guilty

    The man charged with fourth-degree assault after he allegedly choked the high school girls’ volleyball coach pleaded not guilty last Thursday in Anderson District Court.
    Kenny Holland, 43, of 108 Djeddah Drive, faces up to a year in jail and a maximum $500 fine for the incident that occurred Oct. 10 before a volleyball match at the high school.
    A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Jan. 18, followed by Holland’s next court appearance Jan. 26.

  • Woman charged with DUI, drugs after hitting utility pole

    A woman who told police that she crashed into a utility pole on North Main Street while using the GPS device on her phone is facing numerous drug and traffic charges.
    A vehicle driven by Nancy A. McCarty, 49, of 226 East Vista, Lawrenceburg struck the pole around 1:30 a.m. Dec. 3 in front of a residence on North Main Street, injuring three men in the vehicle and sending her to jail.