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  • Fired ex-social worker in court Tuesday for disposition hearing

    The fired ex-social worker charged in tampering with public records in cases involving alleged sexual abuse of children is scheduled to appear Tuesday, Nov. 22 in Anderson County Circuit Court for a disposition hearing.
    The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m.
    Margaret “Geri” Murphy pleaded not guilty in September to nine felony charges based on a number of child custody cases she was supposed to investigate between 2006 and 2010.

  • Murder suspect in court Tuesday

    The man charged with murdering a Clay Burgin Road woman in January is scheduled to appear next Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Terrance Cram, 49, allegedly murdered Tena McNeely, 49, on Jan. 3 at her residence on Clay Burgin Road, about 14 miles west of Lawrenceburg.
    Cram disappeared, leaving a trail of receipts from credit cards he allegedly stole from McNeely following her murder.
    He was captured several months later in Arizona.
    He is also charged with tampering with physical evidence and fraudulent misuse of a credit card.

  • Citation Lane man indicted for trafficking to minor

    A Citation Lane man was indicted Nov. 8 by the Anderson County Grand Jury on multiple drug trafficking and possession charges, including one involving a minor.
    Jeffrey S. Perkins, 42, of 4129 Citation Lane, faces several felony and misdemeanor charges for possession and trafficking of Oxycodone, Phenergan and Trazadone in separate incidents dating back to March, according to the indictment.

  • Mom pulls son from flame-filled bedroom

    An Alton Station family is safe following a fire early Monday morning that caused significant damage to their home.
    But it was close.
    Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes said only fast action by a woman inside the home likely saved her child.
    “For whatever reason, the mother woke up, smelled smoke and went in to check on the boy, who is 3 to 4 years old,” Barnes said.

  • Dinner with Deputies Nov. 18 to benefit Shop With a Cop

    A deputy serving a search warrant or other legal documents?
    Happens all the time.
    But a plate of barbecue, slaw and beans? Happens once a year.
    For the second consecutive year deputies with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office will wait on tables Friday, Nov. 18 at Tony’s BBQ Barn, located at 1435 US 127 Bypass, just north of the intersection of Highway 151. Tips collected by the deputies will go toward the department’s annual Shop With a Cop program, which provides Christmas gifts for underprivileged children.

  • Son shot by dad on opening day of deer season

    A man accidentally shot his 21-year-old son in the arm early Saturday morning on Meadow Lane as they were preparing for the opening of deer season, according to a report released by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
    Lexington residents John Bailey Jr. and his son, John Bailey III, were at a relative’s residence on Meadow Lane when the elder Bailey was teaching his son, who had never been hunting, how to use a .30-.30 lever-action Marlin rifle, according to the report.

  • Taxpayers better served when elected control rates

    An examination of property tax rates since 2000 shows a stark contrast of rates set by those who are elected and those who are not.
    Predictably, those not elected are much quicker to raise tax rates at a pace not even those in Washington, D.C., could possibly fathom.

  • Former county clerk dies

    He was Anderson County’s clerk, and so much more.
    Julian Birdwhistell, 88, died Monday at Frankfort Regional Medical Center and is being remembered as a “fine, Christian man” who spent his life giving to others and the community that adored him.
    “He was a really good man, and I loved him,” said Rosalie Yocum, who served as Birdwhistell’s chief deputy in the county clerk’s office. “Everyone knew him and the vast majority liked him.”

  • ‘She will be sorely missed’

    One needed only to drive past the funeral home Sunday afternoon to understand the level of grief that gripped Lawrenceburg following last Wednesday’s fatal collision that killed two women on Versailles Road.
    Ritchie-Peach Funeral Home was literally stuffed with those mourning the loss of Morgan Hellard, 23, an aspiring pharmacy student described by those who knew and loved her as a wonderful young mother who was just an “all-around good girl.”

  • Victims' names released in fatal Versailles Road wreck

    The names of the two women killed in Wednesday’s head-on collision on Versailles Road in Lawrenceburg have been released.

    Morgan Hellard, 23, of Lawrenceburg and Vicki Fackson, 49, of Versailles were both pronounced dead at the scene by the Anderson County Coroner’s Office, according to a report released early this morning by the Kentucky State Police.