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  • Food pantry offers free Christmas meal

    A free community Christmas meal will be offered Dec. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Open Hands Food Pantry, the agency announced.
    Transportation is available for those who need it.
    For more information, contact June Byrne at 502-604-1255, Doug Haddix at 502-598-9297 or Charlie Blacketer at 502-598-1118.
    Open Hands pantry is located at 1111 Industrial Road in Lawrenceburg.
     

  • Dairy Cheer becomes a Dairy Grinch

    By Meaghan Downs
    and Ben Carlson
    Staff writers
    Many Dairy Cheer employees received bounced paychecks instead of Christmas bonuses this holiday season, and may need to fundraise to cover weeks of uncompensated work.
    Owner Lou Compton, who opened Dairy Cheer’s doors about six weeks ago, allegedly owes thousands of dollars of overdue pay for her Dairy Cheer employees, and closed the restaurant over the weekend without warning or explanation.   

  • Health director wins agency’s ‘Trailblazer’ award

    Anderson County’s embattled health director Brandon Hurley won the Kentucky Health Department Association’s “Trailblazer Award,” the agency confirmed Monday.
    Hurley, who serves as the association’s vice president, won the award during its meeting last Tuesday and received a plaque for his efforts.
    The award is given annually to “honor a creative and innovative public health director [who] has demonstrated great leadership skills,” according to criteria provided by the association.

  • Man’s son removed from ‘horrendous’ home

    The Lawrenceburg man whose child who was among six children removed from a Harrodsburg home earlier this month is seeking help in gaining permanent custody of his son.
    Mike Harrod’s son, 13, had just stepped off a Mercer County school bus Dec. 2 when he was placed in a car and taken to a local social services office.

  • Collision on US 127 causes diesel spill

    A pick-up truck and an 18-wheeler collided at the intersection of US 127 and Glensboro Road near Walmart on Wednesday afternoon, causing a diesel spill that stopped east and westbound traffic on Glensboro Road.

    State Trooper Harris said the accident happened when the female driver of the pick-up failed to yield the right of way to the southbound semi.

    The driver of the pick-up truck, the only occupant in the vehicle, was taken to the University of Kentucky hospital, Harris said. The driver of the semi was not injured.

  • Bearcat mom wins $500 ticket stub drawing

    Cathy Whitehead bought an extra ticket, just to keep as a souvenir of her son’s first state championship game.
    With the other she won $500, courtesy of David and Lisa Ruggles, fellow Bearcat fans and parents.
    Whitehead is the mother of Matthew Whitehead, a freshman on the Anderson County Bearcat football team.

  • Deputy, city officer are a drunk driver’s nightmare

    Drunk drivers who fear blue lights in their rearview mirrors should shiver even more when these two cops are on duty.
    Sgt. Kyle Lucas of the Lawrenceburg Police Department and Deputy Brian Wooldridge of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office are the reigning DUI champions of Anderson County, and received recognition for their efforts earlier this month.

  • Losing child leaves couple emotionally, financially drained

    A stillborn child has the son and soon-to-be daughter-in-law of a local woman grieving and in need of help.
    Emilia Cornish’s son, Jacob Howard, and his fiancé, Melissa Shannon were expecting a child Dec. 26, but a trip to her doctor late last month revealed that the unborn infant had no heartbeat. A few days later, the baby girl was born, touching off a heart-wrenching time for the young couple and leaving them hard-pressed to make ends meeting.

  • Shop With Cop delivers merrier Christmas

    A pair of shoes, some toys and a bellyful of pizza made Christmas a little brighter for Anderson County children who likely wouldn’t have received any gifts at all.
    Thirty-three children were assisted in Saturday’s annual Shop With a Cop event, which provides Christmas gifts for children who otherwise might not receive any.
    The children received a pair of shoes from the Shoe Barn, then headed to Walmart for gifts and other items.
    From there, they went to Edwardo’s Pizza for lunch.

  • A kiss and hug for her soldier

    It’s doubtful that anyone, anywhere will receive a better Christmas present than the one a Lawrenceburg woman received last Friday morning.
    Lisa K. Wilhelm-Stanton’s nephew, Spc. Christopher R. Price, returned home after a year in Afghanistan, touching off tears and a celebration that included him receiving a well-earned smooch from his fiancé, who was also at Fort Knox to greet him.