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  • Teen saves choking grandmother

    Shelby Phillips is always happy to get a visit from her granddaughter, but Tuesday, Oct. 26 provided a visit neither will soon forget.
    Phillips and her 18-year-old granddaughter, Deanna Zeitz, were sitting around enjoying a snack, when Phillips started choking on a potato chip.
    Phillips is on oxygen and says she doesn’t have any teeth.
    “So I didn’t have any business eating them anyway,” she said.
    But one of the chips went down the wrong way, blocking her airway.

  • Warrants, without the wait

    A Lawrenceburg man blows off a court appearance in Louisville, convinced that it will take a week or two before police here will be wised up to the bench warrant issued by a Jefferson County judge.

  • Burn ban remains in effect

    With approximately 50 acres already scorched by assorted wildfires, the burn ban in Anderson County is alive and well and still in force.
    That’s according to Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes, who on Monday reiterated that outdoor burning of any kind is strictly prohibited and violators can be ticketed and fined.
    “A person burning can be cited and fined and, should a fire burn onto someone else’s property, they can be held responsible for any damage,” Barnes said.

  • It's John Wayne!

    In the end, it wasn’t even close. Magistrate John Wayne Conway (D) fended off challenges from a Republican and independent candidate while cruising to a relatively easy win for Anderson County judge-executive.

  • Cops pop suspected pill pushers

    Five people, including a 74-year-old man, were arrested Sunday for allegedly trafficking Oxycodone-type prescription medication, according to a news release from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
    Another man was arrested for unlawful possession of a methamphetamine precursor, meaning he purchased too much Sudafed-type medication, the news release states.
    Those charged with trafficking were:
    Jimmy Wash, 36, of Woodford Street for second-degree trafficking a controlled substance, a Class D felony. He was jailed on a $10,000 bond.

  • Ex-youth minister paid victim

    A former youth minister agreed to pay a woman he admitted victimizing as a youngster as part of deal that helped him be placed on probation.
    Gordon Lunceford, 46, agreed to pay the victim $7,500 as part of a sentencing agreement, his attorney, Guthrie True of Frankfort, said Monday afternoon.
    Lunceford, a former youth minister at First Baptist Church in Lawrenceburg, pleaded guilty to unlawful transaction with a minor and sexual misconduct and was given five years probation last Tuesday morning in Circuit Court.

  • Ready to get your trick-or-treat on?

    Ghosts, goblins, princesses and pirates will fill the city streets Saturday as the official time for trick-or-treating is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to stop by the courthouse lawn beginning at 5 p.m. for Project Safe Street.
    The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office will hand out items for successful trick-or-treating, including safety glow sticks, reflective bags and candy.
    A citywide trunk-or-treat is planned for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lawrenceburg Green, located behind Town and Country Bank.

  • Voters head to polls on Tuesday

    Will it be Chambers, Conway or Drury for judge-executive?
    Can incumbent Troy Young fend off a second challenge in a year, this one from sheriff hopeful Jeff McCormick?
    Will the six current members of city council survive, or will a newcomer pick off one, two or more?
    Then there’s the mudslinging foursome of Jack Conway vs. Rand Paul and Ben Chandler vs. Andy Barr. Who will win those races?
    The answer to all of those questions will perhaps be decided next Tuesday when Anderson Countians go to the polls to vote in the Nov. 2 general election.

  • Alleged puppy killer in court Thursday

    The Lawrenceburg man accused of stomping on his girlfriend’s puppy and setting it on fire is scheduled to make his first appearance in District Court on Thursday, Oct. 28.
    Paul “Doobie” Dearinger is due in court at 9 a.m. for a pretrial conference, according to court records.
    Dearinger made headlines across the Bluegrass earlier this month for allegedly killing an 8-month-old puppy following an argument with his girlfriend.
    A search for Dearinger ensued, including police offering a cash reward for information leading to his arrest.

  • Street leading into school to be named for Helen Turner

    The street leading to Robert B. Turner Elementary School will soon be named in honor of another member of the Turner family.
    Helen B. Turner Drive will be christened during a public ceremony Monday, Nov. 1.
    Mrs. Turner and her late husband were very influential figures in the history of education in Anderson County.
    Mr. Turner was the second principal of Western School and worked at the school for several decades.
    Mrs. Turner also taught at the school for many years, including a few after her husband retired.