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  • 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.

  • Man indicted for having guns on school property

    The Lawrenceburg man charged with carrying two firearms on Anderson County Middle School property last September was indicted in December by the Anderson County Grand Jury, according to documents on file in the county courthouse.
    William Whetzel, 20, of 1042 Dan Drive was indicted on two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon on school property, receiving stolen firearms and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.
    Whetzel was seen by school personnel outside of the building carrying a shotgun and had a handgun up his sleeve. He was also reportedly carrying a gas can.

  • Couple’s home catches fire Christmas Day

    City firefighters were able to save a couple’s Gatewood Drive home when a fire broke out in their bedroom Christmas Day.
    Lawrenceburg Fire and Rescue Chief Robert Hume said firefighters were called to 125 North Gatewood around 6:30 p.m. when the home’s occupants, Billy Neal and Kathy Akins, reported that the ceiling in their bedroom was on fire.
    Hume said the fire had spread into the home’s attic, forcing firefighters to remove some of the ceiling in two rooms and remove smoldering insulation.

  • High school senior injured in ATV wreck

    An Anderson County High School senior remained in the intensive care unit at the University of Kentucky Medical Center on Monday following an ATV wreck early Sunday morning.
    Megan Schell, a daughter of Tim and Janet Schell, had both lungs punctured by broken ribs and other injuries when the ATV on which she was a passenger flipped several times, throwing her an estimated 50 feet, according to her sister, Sarah Lynn Schell.

  • Late Marine’s death benefits ‘misused’

    When Marine Cpl. Timothy Lewis volunteered to defend his country, he made it clear that if he died doing while doing so, his young daughter was to receive the financial benefits paid to survivors of those who make the ultimate sacrifice.
    That apparently didn’t happen, though, and the child’s mother is now facing 33 felony counts for theft by failure to make required disposition.