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  • Bringing the Heat

    Bourbon isn’t the only thing being produced in Tyrone these days that sets people’s throats ablaze.
    Just down the road from the Wild Turkey distillery, a family is growing peppers that are the hottest on the planet as part of their ongoing effort to turn what were once pasture and tobacco fields in a thriving family farm.
    And they’re succeeding.

  • Suspect who swiped church’s copper gutters charged

    The man suspected in a rash of copper thefts — including stealing the copper gutters right off of First Baptist Church — is now behind bars.
    Officers Jeremy Cornish and Teddy Melton of the Lawrenceburg Police Department announced Tuesday morning that Rodney Wash, 43, whose last known address was 109 Woodford St., Apartment 1, is facing six felony charges for alleged copper thefts across Lawrenceburg.

  • Two days, two shootings in Lawrenceburg

    A Lawrenceburg woman was shot in the head Monday night, and a Lawrenceburg man was shot in the leg Tuesday morning in separate incidents.
    Both were transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, and are expected to survive.
    The woman was shot late Monday afternoon at a residence at the corner of Woodland Park Circle and Gailane Drive.
    The man was shot at a residence at 102 Saffell St., directly across the street from Lawrenceburg Community Baptist Church.

  • Magistrates OK unified government meeting

    The possibility of merging city and county governments received a kick-start Tuesday morning, thanks to a vote of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.
    Magistrates voted unanimously to approve a joint meeting with the Lawrenceburg City Council to allow the force behind merging, attorney Walter Patrick, to speak to both governing bodies at once.
    The city council will likely consider agreeing to the meeting when it meets later this month.

  • No ruling on second trial for Beasmore

    Lea Beasmore’s attorney pushed Tuesday to get her a new trial in her sexual harassment lawsuit against the fiscal court, but will have to wait for the judge to make a decision.
    Beasmore’s contention that a juror in her $1.5 million lawsuit is related to current Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway was verified Tuesday afternoon in Anderson Circuit Court when Carolyn Burton took the witness stand and said Conway’s wife is her niece.

  • Fiscal court misses chance for solid waste grant — again

    An employee’s request for pressed polo shirts at taxpayer expense, coupled with news that the county failed yet again to apply for its share of millions in solid waste grants, left magistrates grimacing and eyeballs rolling during last Tuesday night’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

  • Sheriff receives DARE Lifetime Achievement Award

    Anyone wishing to hear Sheriff Troy Young speak for what could be hours on end need only bring up the topic of DARE — the school program designed to teach children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
    His passion-bordering-on-obsession with the program he helped launch a quarter-century ago in Anderson County has provided him with untold pleasure, and just recently statewide recognition as well.
    Young received the state DARE committee’s lifetime achievement award earlier this month for his virtually non-stop dedication to the program.

  • Kaboom!

    Bottle rockets, roman candles and artillery shell fireworks are on the market for Kentucky residents looking for a more powerful bang for their buck on the Fourth.
    In March, the state legislature passed House Bill 333, a law allowing the immediate sale of consumer fireworks that shoot and spin into the air, as well as dictating stricter regulations and fees for seasonal retailers, manufacturers and fireworks enthusiasts.

  • Rogers wins fair crown

    Alexandria Lee Rogers received her second Fair crown, this time as the 2011 Miss Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show on June 27.
    Rogers, an incoming senior at Anderson County High School, won Lawrenceburg Fair Miss Teen in 2009.
    “It’s like winning a cheerleading competition,” she said of her most recent win. “It feels so good.”    
    Rogers competed against eight other girls, beating out second runner-up and Miss Photogenic Alex Patrick, and first runner-up and Miss Congeniality Whitney Gritton.

  • Dunk me, if you can

    Remember the times you’ve read my columns and been so frustrated you would have paid good money to knock my wisecracking fanny into a tank of cold water?
    Of course you do. Now, I could argue that you feel that way because I’m right and you’re wrong, but let’s not get into that right now.
    Instead, here’s your one chance to take out those frustrations and put me in my place.