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  • Councilman wants to ban gunfire in city

    Past complaints of broken headlights and windows triggered city council member Ken Evans to propose an ordinance regulating the discharge of firearms in the city of Lawrenceburg.
    Evans said he was surprised to learn the Lawrenceburg didn’t already have an ordinance to that effect, and that the police department thought
    “There’s no ordinance prohibiting that, and I don’t think that should be happening in this town,” Evans said at Monday’s night council meeting.

  • Girls advance to Sweet 16, play tonight

    An epidemic of Lady Bearcat fever has broken out in Anderson County.
    That became official about midday Monday when Anderson County High School announced it had sold out of its allotment of tickets for the girls’ state high school basketball tournament where the Lady Bearcats will take on Henderson County tonight, Wednesday, March 13, at Diddle Arena on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

  • Vigilante jailed for whacking home invasion suspect in head

    An act of vigilantism by a man whose teenage son was held at gunpoint while his home was being robbed resulted with his arrest.
    Josh Hillyer, 40, of 4128 Citation Lane allegedly found one of the men involved in the March 1 invasion of his home hours later at a residence on Hunter Ridge Drive.
    Hillyer allegedly struck him in the head with a police baton after the suspect refused to allow Hillyer to take him to the Lawrenceburg Police Station.

  • Drunk hunting suspect indicted on three felonies

    The Lawrenceburg man charged with hunting under the influence and second-degree wanton endangerment is now facing a host of felony charges for an incident that took place last September.
    David Gaines, 40, of 1040 Lakeshore Drive was indicted last week on three felony counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, along with harvesting wildlife while under the influence.
    Gaines was indicted by the Anderson County Grand Jury just days before his Monday trial was supposed to begin in Anderson District Court on the original charges, which were misdemeanors.

  • Two-vehicle crash sends three to hospital

    Three women, two drivers and a single passenger, sustained non life-threatening injuries in a two-vehicle accident at North Main and Walker Lane on Tuesday morning.
    According to Officer Clay Crouch, the female driver of a Dodge Neon was turning left from Walker Lane onto North Main when another vehicle headed south on North Main T-boned the Neon, sending the vehicle into the front yard of a North Main residence.
    The Neon eventually hit a tree and large rock in the front yard before coming to a stop, according to Crouch, who was working the scene of the accident.

  • Man charged with DUI while reporting theft

    A Frankfort man was charged with DUI after allegedly driving to the Kentucky State Police Post 12 to report items stolen from his home, according to a news release from the state police.
    Victor Smith, 67, was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and was lodged in the Franklin County Detention Center, police said.
    Troopers are investigating Smith’s theft allegations, they said.
     

  • Survey data to gauge substance abuse in Anderson County

    To address substance abuse in Anderson County, one board says it needs data and the community’s help.  
    A substance abuse prevention board is asking for volunteers to fill out a substance abuse survey — either online or in hard-copy form — in order to address substance abuse in the county.
    The Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy or ASAP operates out of the Office for Drug Control Policy and is funded through the state legislature, according to a release from Bluegrass Prevention Center.

  • Deputy injured in head-on wreck

    An Anderson County sheriff’s deputy was injured Sunday morning when his vehicle was struck head on as he was responding to a call on Highway 44, about five miles from Lawrenceburg.
    Deputy Tony Likens suffered a broken wrist in the wreck, which was likely caused by icy road conditions at that time.
    Sheriff Troy Young said Likens was on Highway 44 when a vehicle driven by a woman went out of control and slammed into Likens’ vehicle.

  • School district to pay $183K to cover insurance shortfall

    The Anderson County school district is expected to foot a $183,479 bill to cover a portion of a debt-ridden insurance trust’s $60 million deficit.
    It’s been at least 10 years since the district last worked with Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust or KSBIT to provide accident insurance and compensation for sick and injured employees, among other services.
    But Anderson County, along with about 174 school districts as well as public and private Kentucky universities, are now finding they need to pay back fees to cover KSBIT’s losses.

  • Sequestration delivers no immediate local pain

    By Meaghan Downs
    and Ben Carlson
    News staff
    Federal spending cuts may trickle down to Anderson County by this summer, reducing funds for school district and senior center programs, but with little to no impact on local government, law enforcement or the health department.
    The process of “sequestration,” the term assigned to automatic spending cuts at the federal level, began Friday night after President Obama and Republican congressional leadership failed to come to a compromise on reducing the deficit.