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  • Police: Man staged his own shooting

    A Lawrenceburg man stands accused of faking his own shooting Tuesday morning on Saffell Street and has been charged with several crimes, according to a news release from the Kentucky State Police.
    Zachary S. Penwell, 30, of 201 Saffell St. is charged with first-degree conspiracy to commit assault, theft by unlawful taking and falsely reporting an incident, according to the news release.
    Penwell called 911 dispatch at 9:23 a.m. Tuesday and reported that someone had robbed and shot him in the leg.

  • Coupons return to paper July 20

    Few products offer individuals the opportunity to save more than they spend.
    Starting July 20, The Anderson News will give readers this opportunity with the return of SmartSource coupons.
    Inside The Anderson News each week, readers will find a coupon package regularly valued at more than $100 in savings through manufacturer, retail and restaurant coupons. Subscribers will usually find they can recoup the cost of a subscription in just one week of coupon savings.

  • City tables ordinance after stare-down with chamber

    Chamber members and business professionals voiced concerns at Monday night’s city council meeting over the now tabled civil offense violation ordinance and its apparent implications as an anti-business tool and city revenue generator.
    More than 15 residents, including a business owner from Versailles, attended the June 11 meeting.
    The proposed ordinance would classify violations, including littering, nuisance and zoning, as civil offenses to be brought forth to the five-member code enforcement board.

  • 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.