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  • Briarwood Drive garage goes up in flames Monday

    Firefighters were able to stop a fire from spreading to the rest of a Briarwood Drive residence Monday afternoon, County Fire Chief Mike Barnes said, but the two-story home’s garage and sunroom were completely destroyed by flames and smoke.
    Before firefighters arrived at about 3:15 p.m. Monday, the fire had already engulfed a garage and an attached sunroom that 1090 Briarwood Drive homeowners appeared to use as a dining room, Barnes said.

  • Three ‘suspicious’ grass fires near Anderson-Nelson line spark investigation

    Three grass fires that sprung up seemingly out of nowhere at the Anderson and Nelson County line are being investigated as “suspicious,” according to Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes.
    Barnes was notified by dispatch at about 2:50 p.m. Thursday afternoon of a large grass fire across the road from 4718 Bardstown Road, about one mile from the Anderson-Nelson county line.
    Roughly 3-4 acres of bluegrass farmland had caught fire, Barnes said, and 23 mile per hour winds whipped the flames to heights of up to 6-8 feet tall.

  • Kentucky reaction mixed to same-sex marriage ruling

    By Katie Brandenburg and Laurel Wilson
    Bowling Green Daily News
    Not surprisingly, reaction was mixed to last Thursday’s federal ruling that Kentucky must recognize other states’ same-sex marriages.
    “I’m pretty proud of the state right now,” said Christin Mulwitz, who has been married more than three years to her wife Marcie.
    Conservative Christians have a different view.

  • Living with Alzheimer's: Her turn to care for Mom

    Doris is searching for her children.
    A baby doll is usually the only thing that will console her when she’s in the hospital, daughter Debbie Lottes said.
    Doris Halwes of Evansville, Ind. — former Girl Scout leader, Sunday school teacher and creative, thrifty stay-at-home mom — expects to see her two kids or grandchildren always running underfoot.
    Doris asks for them. She forgets. She asks again.
    She searches, always.

  • Man flees police after heroin bust

    A 27-year-old Oldham County man led Lawrenceburg city police officers on a high-speed chase across three counties Tuesday afternoon after police observed the man allegedly trafficking heroin in Anderson County.
    According to Det. Jeremy Cornish and Det. Mike Schell, city police were conducting an investigation involving Ahmad M. Ghazawi, 3500 West Highway 22, Crestwood, a little after 4 p.m. when Ghazawi fled in his vehicle, weaving in and out of traffic at speeds over 100 miles per hour.

  • Couple plead not guilty to abuse

    A Lawrenceburg couple charged with allegedly abusing their 10-month-old child to the point that he was in danger of losing a kidney both pleaded not guilty to criminal abuse charges Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Billi J. Combs, 20, and Aaron J. Hilbert, 21, of 1270 Jenny Lillard Road were arraigned March 4 in Anderson Circuit Court.
    A disposition or trial date for Combs and Hilbert has been scheduled for April 22 in Anderson Circuit Court.

  • Home invasion suspect released day before trial

    A Lawrenceburg man facing five felonies including robbery and stealing firearms was released the day before his jury trial after the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office filed a motion last Wednesday to dismiss all charges against him.   
    Charles D. Peach is one of four Lawrenceburg men arrested and charged for a February 2013 home invasion on Citation Lane, according to court documents.

  • Judge says school board entitled to ‘immunity’ in lawsuit

    Anderson County Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman ordered Tuesday that the school board be removed from a lawsuit filed by former girls’ softball coach Brian Glass.
    During a hearing held Tuesday afternoon in Circuit Court, Judge Hickman said a motion filed by Board of Education attorney Robert Chenoweth clarifies that the board was indeed entitled to governmental immunity regarding damages.
    Chenoweth filed a motion Feb. 12 asking Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman to reconsider removing the school board as a defendant in the lawsuit.   

  • Sunset Drive home heavily damaged in Friday fire

    A Sunset Drive home caught fire around 5 p.m. last Friday afternoon as a result of children allegedly playing with either a cigarette lighter or matches in a back bedroom, according to the homeowner and City Fire Chief Bobby Hume.
    Homeowner Robert Harley said he tried to put out the fire with a wet towel, but was unable to contain the flames.
    Harley was able to exit the home safely along with his daughter Nicole Harley, her children Clay Harley, 8, McKenna Harley, 6, Nicole’s fiancé Kevin McDaniel and Kevin’s son Ryan, 4.

  • Snow shuts down courthouse, city hall Monday

    City hall and the Anderson County courthouse closed Monday, March 3 due to a Sunday night winter storm that covered city and county roads with a thin sheet of ice and up to 4 inches of snow in some areas.

    As of 8 a.m. Monday morning, measured readings of snow depth varied from 1.8 to 4.5 inches for snow drifts in Anderson County as a result of Sunday's storm, according to the National Weather Service's website.