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  • Judge Armstrong’s exit from race draws criticism

    By Todd Martin and Lisa King
    The Sentinel-News
    Longtime District Court Judge Linda Armstrong surprisingly withdrew late Tuesday as a candidate for re-election, and the process she used to declare that has come under scrutiny.
    Armstrong, who since 1998 has sat the bench in District 53 Division 1, cited health and personal reasons for deciding to withdraw her name as a candidate in the 2014 election, a decision she said she made on Sunday evening.

  • ‘Beast Feast’ to be held Feb. 22

    Sand Spring Baptist Church recently announced it will host its 2014 Beast Feast on Saturday, Feb. 22 after canceling the event last year because of a lack of meat.
    Last year’s feast was cancelled because there weren’t enough meat donations, organizers said.
    The Beast Feast program is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. in the new sanctuary. The program will begin by immediately serving food following a speaker presentation and distribution of door prizes.

  • Blaze guts former fireman’s home

    Beaver Lake Road neighbors offered hot coffee and a helping hand as David and Vanesca Harney’s home burned in a devastating structure fire late Sunday night.
    The Harneys, who reside at 1542 Beaver Lake Road in Lawrenceburg, received a phone call from a neighbor at about 10:45 p.m. that their home was on fire.

  • Fourth grader receives death threat

    A 9-year-old fourth grader at Robert B. Turner Elementary says she’s scared to come back to school after learning about a message threatening her life scrawled on the girls’ bathroom wall, according to her grandmother.
    Lawrenceburg resident Belinda Meece, the fourth grader’s grandmother and her guardian, said she was notified about the message, “Kill (the 9-year-old’s first name),” last Wednesday.
    According to Meece, a Turner Elementary janitor took a photo of the message with his phone before it was later erased.

  • Trial set for mother charged with tying up toddler

    The trial date for Rebecca Medley, the mother charged with tying up her 3-year-old daughter for up to 16 hours a day, has been set for Sept. 8-9.
    A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for Aug. 19.
    Medley appeared in Circuit Court Tuesday morning.
    Her husband, Herbert Medley, is scheduled to appear for a pretrial conference March 4. Both were due to stand trial in January 2014 on a charge of first-degree criminal child abuse.

  • No court Wednesday due to inclement weather

    County offices are announcing closings and delays as central Kentucky prepared for a predicted ice storm to hit the area Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday.

    Anderson County Circuit and District Court clerks' offices as well as the driver's license office in the courthouse closed early Tuesday afternoon and will reopen at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 4 due to inclement weather.

    All written and road driving tests have been canceled for Wednesday, Feb. 5 due to the weather.

    There will also be no court in Anderson County on Wednesday.

  • Pipeline would pump $1.2M a year into taxing districts

    The Bluegrass Pipeline would pump an estimated $1.215 million a year into local taxing districts once it’s fully operational, according to data released by the company proposing to build it.

    If that’s the case and the funds are distributed as is other ad valorem tax revenue, the Anderson County School District would by far be the largest recipient and would receive an additional $766,422 each year from the pipeline, based on its current property tax rate at $5.52 per $1,000 of assessed value.

  • Last-minute candidates file to run for local, state offices

    With a flurry of last-minute candidates filing to run, races for several local and state seats in 2014 officially kicked off Tuesday afternoon.
    Candidates filing the day of the Jan. 28 deadline included Jeremy Schell for 4th District Magistrate, a Republican; Meredith Hyatt Lewis for 4th District Magistrate, a Republican; Dale Montgomery for 5th District Constable, a Democrat; and Obrey Gritton for County Judge-Executive, a Republican.

  • Four charged with damaging property

    Four Mercer County residents were arrested for criminal trespassing and criminal mischief following an incident earlier this month on Hoophole Road, according to a news release from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
    Deputies were dispatched to property owned by Bobby Hooper on Jan. 13 following a complaint that the four people were using two vehicles to destroy his property, according to the release.
    Charged were Ashley Coulter, Michael Reeves, Eric Muller and Zachary Settles.

  • Reward offered in tire dumping case

    The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office wants to know who dumped a load of tires on Highway 395 and is offering a $500 reward to find out.
    Deputies responded Jan. 24 to a complaint about several tires being dumped on Highway 395 near US 44. According to a news release, Deputy Loren Wells found several identifying marks on several of the dumped tires. The marks included gray duct tape and masking tape with sales prices affixed to the tires.
    The reward is for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for dumping the tires.