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  • Covert camera will monitor trash dumpers, dope growers

    By Ben Carlson
    News staff
    Illegal trash dumpers, pot growers and others who break laws when they think no one is watching will soon have to worry about another way of being caught.
    The Anderson County Fiscal Court voted last Tuesday to share the cost of a surveillance camera system with the sheriff’s office that will be used to monitor those problems and more.

  • All in the family

    Grape stomping is in Joe Sloan’s blood.
    His Italian grandfather taught him how, and Joe kept the tradition alive, passing down his knowledge to his three sons.
    “We’ve done the ‘Lucille Ball’ thing, get in there and smash them up with your feet,” Joe said.
    The art of wine making stayed in the family as well, with the Sloan family opening its Rising Sons Home Farm and Winery to the public for the first time this summer.   

  • State police bust man for growing pot

    A Lawrenceburg man was arrested last week after the Kentucky State Police uncovered 68 marijuana plants growing in his apartment Thursday afternoon on Lynn Drive, according to a news release.
    Arrested was Chester L. Byrd, 46. He has been charged with cultivating marijuana over five plants, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    He was charged and transported to the Shelby County Detention Center, according to the news release.

  • Library board: lowered tax rate a ‘goodwill gesture’

    Homeowners can shave a few dollars off their property tax bill next year, at least when it comes to Anderson Public Library’s tax rate.
    The library board of trustees voted 3-2 at its July 24 meeting to lower both its real property and tangible personal property tax rates for the upcoming fiscal year.
    The board lowered its tax rate from 88 to 86 cents per $1,000 assessed value, a 2.3 percent decrease.
    The board also lowered its tangible personal property tax rate from $12.68 to $8.80 per $1,000 assessed value, a 30.6 percent decrease.

  • Woman says family court judge should be indicted

    As Margaret “Geri” Murphy was being sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday morning, a woman outside of the Anderson County Courthouse carried a sign lobbying for the indictment of a family court judge she says was complicit in Murphy’s crimes.
    Taylorsville resident Deborah Klotz, who failed to perform a citizen’s arrest on Family Court Judge John David Myles on July 2, carried a large cardboard sign that said “Indict Myles for Complicity,” drawing attention from area media and curious looks from passersby.

  • ‘Disturbed’

    The former social services worker who pleaded guilty to nine felony counts of falsifying child welfare investigations was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Margaret “Geri” Murphy, 61, heard her fate, was taken into custody, shackled and placed among about a dozen other inmates as families affected by her actions looked on in delight.

  • Lynn Drive man busted for indoor pot patch

    A Lawrenceburg man is behind bars after the Kentucky State Police uncovered 68 marijuana plants growing in his apartment Thursday afternoon on Lynn Drive, according to a news release.

    Arrested was Chester L. Byrd, 46. He has been charged with cultivating marijuana, over five plants, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    He was charged and transported to the Shelby County Detention Center, according to the news release.

  • ‘Everybody loved Cody’

    Terri Ramsey sat in amazement Monday night as dozens of people filled Edwardo’s Pizza to show how much they cared about the son she and her husband, Gerald, lost earlier this month in a car wreck.
    “We are astonished there are so many people,” she said. “We loved Cody, but we didn’t know so many other people loved Cody, too.”
    Cody Ramsey, 17, was killed earlier this month when the mini-van he was driving slammed into a tree on US 62.

  • Atkins discusses next steps for city police

    For about 20 years, Lt. Chris Atkins has served in the Lawrenceburg Police Department, moving from patrolman to corporal to lieutenant.
    Now he’ll be moving on a new role — interim police chief.
    “[Chief Tommy Burris] kind of introduced me to all of it already,” said Atkins, who has served under four city police chiefs during his tenure as officer. “It’s definitely going to be more administrative than what I do now.”

  • School board OKs $30,000 increase in district athletic budget

    The Anderson County Board of Education approved an $83,450 high school athletic budget, a 10-cent increase for school lunches and a change in its drug and alcohol policy at its July 16 meeting.
    All five board members were present, including new board member Scott Brown.
    High School Athletic Director Rick Sallee presented his annual budget to the board, with an additional $59,362 requested for cheerleading uniforms, baseball field resurfacing and new scoreboards.