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  • Top 10 of 2013: No. 9 — Expansion continues as bottling returns to Wild Turkey

    Gov. Steve Beshear should consider renting a home in Lawrenceburg.
    Thanks to Wild Turkey, the governor comes to town to celebrate the world’s largest bourbon distillery’s latest expansion project so often having him here has become almost commonplace.
    Beshear was in town again in September to inaugurate the distillery’s latest project, a $40 million packaging facility that returned bottling to Lawrenceburg for the first time in nearly a decade.

  • Top 10 of 2013: No. 8 — Marching band breaks school record, again

    The Anderson County Marching Bearcats envisioned being #finalsbound by the end of the 2013 season.
    Looks like the power of positive thinking (and a lot of hard work) paid off for the middle and high school students who placed second at the state competition this fall.
    This season’s aspirational mantra “#finalsbound” — boldly proclaimed on the band’s T-shirts, bandanas and other gear — was no longer a promise, but a fact.  

  • Top 10 of 2013: No. 7 — Puncheon Creek flash flood devastates homes, church

    Satan couldn’t destroy Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, but a flash flood that dropped 5 inches of rain in under and hour certainly did major damage to the church and nearby homes, leaving one family devastated and church members scrambling to rebuild their house of worship.
    The church, which sits just in front of Puncheon Creek, and a home owned by Rick and Lorraine Coffman, took the worst of nature’s force when the creek rose an estimated 15 feet in about an hour.

  • Top 10 of 2013: No. 6 — Lexington man flees following murder of Lawrenceburg man

    A Fairview Road man’s apparent murder in September sparked a manhunt that ended in Ohio with the arrest of a Lexington man charged with shooting Steven Briscoe in the chest.
    Gary Luttrell, 39, has pleaded guilty to a murder charge and is being held on $500,000 bail.
    Police collared Lutrell at his cousin’s home in Chillicothe, Ohio, just three days after the shooting.
    Luttrell reportedly fled Anderson County after the shooting, taking his wife, Leslie, with him against her will.

  • Top 10 of 2013: No. 5 — Anderson County’s swimming pool saga continues

    Will Lawrenceburg ever get a swimming pool?
    The long-debated and often rejected notion of building a public swimming facility in Anderson County seemed like it might be realized after all after magistrates approved a $15,000 feasibility study this summer.
    Having a swimming facility in Lawrenceburg has been a decade-long debate following the closure of a public pool in the Legion park.
    Numerous fundraisers have been held since that time, and a pool committee several years ago received grant funds to move the project forward.

  • Lawrenceburg resident addresses his role as ‘Mr. Lincoln’ for Arts Council

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald Leader
    In the driveway of a small, red-brick house on winding Alton Station Road in rural Anderson County sits a 2007 Lincoln Town Car. Its license plate reads “ITS-ABE.”
    A nearby farm truck on the property has a plate that reads “ITS-ABE2.”
    Inside the house stirs the owner of the vehicles, Jim Sayre, 78.
    Take a quick look at him, and the inscriptions on the license plates suddenly make sense.

  • Top 10 of 2013: No. 4 — Massive industrial park blaze flames seen for miles

    Life stopped on May 3 as Lawrenceburg residents looked up in awe, fear and disbelief.
    Above them was an enormous cloud of black smoke, towering over their streets and homes, intermittently blocking out the sun and prompting people from as far away as Lexington, Frankfort, Georgetown and Nicholasville to say, nearly in unison, “What in the heck is burning?”
    The short answer was a gigantic pile of a vinyl material used to bind automotive glass and prevent it from shattering.

  • Top 10 of 2013: No. 3 — Library battles lawsuit over tax rates

    The Anderson Public Library joined several northern Kentucky libraries getting sued in 2013 by taxpayers that claim the special taxing districts had been collecting tax revenue illegally for decades.
    The suit, filed by Lawrenceburg resident Harold Todd in Anderson County Circuit Court on behalf of taxpayers in May, mirrored three suits filed against northern Kentucky libraries in Kenton, Campbell and Boone counties.

  • Top 10 of 2013: No. 2 — Bluegrass Pipeline stirs controversy in Anderson County

    The Bluegrass Pipeline became a line in the sand for many in 2013: those who see the project to transport the byproducts of fracking through Kentucky and onto the Gulf of Mexico as a potential economic boon and others who viewed the pipeline as an environmental disaster waiting to happen.
    Williams and Boardwalk, the companies proposing the joint venture, have been seeking easements for the pipeline from landowners for the better part of 2013.

  • Top 10 of 2013: No. 1 — ACLU threats end Bible distribution, football prayer

    Threatened litigation by the ACLU over Bible distribution in schools and a change to post-game prayer at high school football games sparked one of the most passionate and controversial debates to hit Anderson County in recent memory, and deserves first place for 2013.
    The conversation over religious speech really began at the end of August, when all superintendents in the state received letters from the American Civil Liberties Union of KY over the common practice of allowing Gideons International to pass out Bibles during school hours.