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  • Schools close for snow

    All Anderson County district schools will be closed Friday, Jan. 13 due to inclement weather.

    Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg will also be closed.

  • Ex-social worker in Fla. as court date set

    The former social worker facing nine felony counts of tampering with public records in cases involving the sexual abuse of children did not appear Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court, but a date was set for her next appearance.
    Margaret “Geri” Murphy, who lives in Florida, previously worked here in social services as a field worker charged with investigating child abuse.
    She pleaded not guilty last year to each of the charges against her.

  • Phony pot, bath salts vote set for Tuesday

    Those who think synthetic marijuana and bath salts should remain legal in Anderson County will have a chance to say so next Tuesday night.
    That’s when the Anderson County Fiscal Court is expected to approve a ban on the sale and possession of those substances, and future variations of them, into law following the second of two public hearings.
    A workshop is scheduled for 6 p.m., followed by the court’s regular meeting at 7. Both are open to the public.

  • Saying goodbye, again

    Jackie Black has sent her husband off to war once before.
    “We had four days’ notice, and then he left,” Jackie said of her husband First Sgt. John Black’s sudden deployment to Iraq with the National Guard in 2004.
    Last Tuesday afternoon Jackie and her daughter Taylor, 14, were able to send John off for his second deployment, this time to Afghanistan, during a departure ceremony for the Agribusiness Development Team #4.
    Jackie said she refers to the deployment process as a “journey.”

  • Man police say shot sister enters plea

    The man charged with shooting his sleeping sister in the head pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Anthony Wideman, 18, was indicted last month and charged with first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence stemming from the shooting last year of his sister, Shawnna Wideman.
    Anthony Wideman appeared in prison garb and shackles and told Judge Charles Hickman that he did not have an attorney.

  • Alleged crime syndicate busted

    It isn’t what legendary mobster Al Capone might have done to earn his reputation in organized crime, but four people have been charged with operating a criminal syndicate in Lawrenceburg.
    A mom, her daughter and two others were charged last month in a scheme to swipe Xbox game controllers at the Game Stop store in US 127 Bypass. Monica Smith, her daughter Oquala Smith, Johntez Smith and Roberto Middlebrook were each arrested Dec. 2.
    Middlebrook, Oquala Smith and Monica Smith are from Versailles. Johntez Smith is from Lexington.

  • Cops looking for ‘Doobie’

    The trial of the Lawrenceburg man charged with stomping an 8-month-old puppy to death and setting it on fire is scheduled to begin next Wednesday.
    The question now is whether the defendant, Paul “Doobie” Dearinger, or the prosecution’s star witness will show up.

  • Mayor’s vote kills unified government

    Mayor Edwinna Baker cited a lack of city and county unity and funding concerns as the reasons for her tie-breaking vote to kill the first reading of the city’s unification ordinance.
    The city council split 3-3 at its Jan. 9 meeting on approving its ordinance, which would authorize the mayor to form a 20-member body to study the issue of unification.

  • Woman recovers after stabbing herself while fleeing police

    A Frankfort woman who stabbed her self repeatedly in the neck during a high-speed police chase through Anderson and two other counties has been released from the hospital.
    Rebecca Manley, 31, had stabbed herself six times in the neck with a knife before being taken into custody by Kentucky State Police last Tuesday, but her injuries were not that serious, said Hunter Martin, the trooper who initiated the traffic stop that led to the pursuit.

  • 2011: Year of joy, tears and one saucy trial

    Anderson County had plenty to celebrate during 2011, but it also had plenty of reasons to mourn, cry or simply be embarrassed at the admitted shenanigans in the former judge-executive’s office.
    It was a year when a small town rallied behind its underdog high school football team, came together as one to support unified government, and applauded its hometown sheriff for being named the state’s best.