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  • Police department receives new body armor vests
  • Granny avoids jail time, for now

    The grandmother accused of tying up a 3-year-old girl avoided jail Tuesday after pleading guilty to criminal abuse, but still faces an investigation for perjury based on an investigation conducted by The Anderson News.
    Carolyn Case, 65, pled guilty Tuesday morning in Circuit Court to one count second-degree criminal abuse, a Class D felony. The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office recommendation included a five-year sentence without the possibility of probation, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Donnell.

  • Ex-softball coach sues to get job back

    The former high school varsity softball coach who was ousted last summer when his brother was named interim principal wants his job back and has filed a lawsuit to make that happen.
    He isn’t alone. The parents of a softball player, Bryan and Jeannie Ashby, have joined the lawsuit, alleging their daughter’s future in softball was harmed when Brian Glass lost his coaching job.

  • Obamacare sign-ups in county only 10 percent

    Thousands of Anderson County residents are facing Obamacare fines now that the Dec. 23 deadline to have coverage Jan. 1 has passed.
    Only 10 percent of eligible Anderson County residents law have signed up, according to information released last week by Gov. Steve Beshear’s office, leaving 90 percent of them faced with paying fines equal to 1 percent of their income or $95, whichever is higher.

  • Hundreds in Anderson County without power during Monday's freeze

    As temperatures dipped to new freezing lows, roughly 340 northern Anderson County Blue Grass Energy customers found themselves without power Monday morning.   

    More than 3,000 western Franklin County residents and 340 Anderson County customers lost power at about 8 a.m. Monday morning following a night of wind chills and record-setting freezing temperatures for the region.  

  • Top 10 of 2013: No. 10 — Alleged drunk hunter finally agrees to plea deal offer

    The saga of a Lawrenceburg man who allegedly hunted under the influence and shot at another dove hunter finally came to a close with him pleading guilty on a Class D felony.
    David Gaines, 41, was first charged with a misdemeanor, but just days before he was to stand trial in Anderson District Court, the Commonwealth Attorney’s office took the case to the grand jury, which then indicted Gaines on three felony counts of wanton endangerment.

  • 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.