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  • Former student homeless after former all-black school burns

    One of two remaining former all-black schools burned early Saturday morning, leaving a 74-year-old former student homeless and some of her former classmates saddened over the loss.
    Jean Cunningham, her son and another woman escaped the home uninjured after waking up around 5:30 Saturday morning when they smelled smoke inside their home at 1069 Lock Road, about a quarter-mile off Versailles Road.

  • $50,000 in stolen items seized on Wildcat Road

    Police seized an estimated $50,000 worth of stolen items and cracked the case of stolen saddles from a stable in Harrodsburg when they executed a search warrant Monday afternoon on Wildcat Road.
    The items were seized at 1044 Wildcat Road at a residence owned by John Crutcher.
    Det. Bryan Taylor of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said Crutcher was already in the Carroll County Jail on burglary and other charges stemming from his arrest in Trimble County, and that no charges based on what was discovered Monday are pending further investigation.

  • Inmate charged with escape

    By Lisa King

    Sentinel-News

    Police are looking for an inmate who escaped custody while on work release Wednesday by stealing a vehicle that was found ditched later in Anderson County.

    Andrew Joseph Wilson, 21, from Richmond, was serving time for burglary, theft by unlawful taking, and possession of a controlled substance, from Woodford and Pulaski counties.

  • Parents charged with abusing 10-month-old

    A Lawrenceburg couple is behind bars for allegedly abusing their 10-month-old child to the point that he's in danger of losing a kidney.

    Billie J. Combs, 20, and Aaron J. Gilbert, 21, of 1270 Jenny Lillard Road were arrested and charged early this morning for criminal child abuse following an investigation by the Kentucky State Police.

  • A year after Newtown, Anderson fine-tunes school security

    Change in school security came with two new buzzers.
    School staff at Robert B. Turner and Saffell Street Elementary now stop people at the door and ask for names before visitors to any Anderson County school are allowed to enter and sign in at the office.
    Diane Womack, bookkeeper and attendance clerk at Robert B. Turner Elementary, said the new security buzzer system at Turner — installed this past summer — requires front desk staff to ask visitors to identify themselves in addition to their usual offers of assistance.

  • Fairview Road murder suspect arraigned, pleads not guilty

    The man charged with murdering a Fairview Road resident in September pleaded not guilty during his arraignment last Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Lexington resident Gary Luttrell, 39, is charged with shooting Steven Briscoe in the chest Sept. 14 during a confrontation between the two in Briscoe’s driveway.
    His next court appearance is March 4 at 9 a.m.

  • State pension gap getting worse, not better

    By Kevin Wheatley
    The State Journal
    The funding gap in Kentucky’s pension plan for most state workers and retirees continues to widen while lawmakers hope to stop the bleeding in the upcoming budget session, actuaries told the Kentucky Retirement Systems’ Board of Trustees Thursday.

  • Pickup loses its top
  • Lawsuit would prevent pipeline company from using eminent domain

    By Ryan Quinn
    The State Journal
    A new nonprofit filed a lawsuit Thursday in Franklin Circuit Court seeking a ruling on whether Bluegrass Pipeline can use eminent domain in Kentucky.
    Kentuckians United to Restrain Eminent Domain is using the suit to determine the validity of Bluegrass Pipeline’s claim it has the power of eminent domain to build a natural gas liquids pipeline through the state.
    In cases of controversy, plaintiffs can sue under state law to seek a binding declaration of rights.

  • Council unanimously passes amended Alcohol Beverage Control ordinance

    The Lawrenceburg City Council unanimously passed the second reading of its amended Alcohol Beverage Control ordinance 5-0 on Dec. 9, effectively allowing the sale of alcohol on Election Day due to new state law regulations.
    Senate Bill 13, passed by the Kentucky legislature in March 2013, allows for the sale of alcohol on Election Day in areas where beer, wine and liquor are normally sold.
    The new ABC law went into effect June 25, according to the Kentucky League of Cities.