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  • Rash of copper thefts under investigation

    A recent “rash” of copper thefts in the city prompted Police Chief Chris Atkins to ask the city council, and Lawrenceburg citizens as well, to look out for suspicious activity.
    Atkins reported the recent increase of copper thefts in the city during a departmental report at the city council’s Monday meeting.
    “They’re targeting specific items outside of residences and businesses,” Atkins said at the meeting.

  • School system reviews security in response to tragic shooting

    Following the tragic December school shooting in Newtown, Conn., many school districts across the country are beginning 2013 by re-evaluating their schools’ safety procedures.
    Anderson County is no exception.
    School Resource Officer Joe Saunier checked the locked door of a Saffell Street Elementary classroom Tuesday morning during a lockdown, one of several drills being conducted at Anderson County schools that day.  

  • School district settles civil rights lawsuit

    The Anderson County School District has settled a civil rights lawsuit brought by an instructional assistant, according to federal court records.
    The terms have yet to be disclosed, but court records reveal that the district has agreed to a settlement with Kathy Campbell of 1077 Indian Trail Way, Lawrenceburg, who claimed her rights were violated when she lost her job at the end of the 2010-11 school year.

  • Instead of writing a ticket, police officer wins keys to new car

    City Police Officer Michael Corley stood in the pouring rain after he pulled over the driver of a Ford Mustang the Thursday morning before Christmas.
    It was a routine traffic stop, nothing more.
    Little did Corley know that Mustang would become his new Christmas gift.
    “I was pretty clueless until they handed me the keys,” Corley, who recently won a Mustang through the “Battle for Your Mustang” contest, said. “I did not recognize it; I did not recognize the car. I thought it was a legit traffic stop.”

  • City council OKs cheaper water rates to help lure industry

    New jobs plus increased city water use equals economic growth for Lawrenceburg.
    That’s the proposed formula behind a new ordinance unanimously passed by the city council last Friday during a special-called meeting, effective immediately.
    The ordinance, whose purpose is “stimulating the creation of new jobs and commercial development within the community,” authorizes Mayor Edwinna Baker to enter into an agreement offering savings in city water service in exchange for potential job growth.  

  • Vaughn pleads guilty to synthetic pot charge

    Craig Vaughn, former owner of Herbal Awakenings, pleaded guilty to charges resulting from a February 2012 bust for synthetic marijuana, a substance illegal to sell or possess in Anderson County.
    Vaughn appeared before Judge Donna Dutton on Jan. 3 in Anderson County District Court and pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of drug paraphernalia — deliver/manufacture and to a second count of “any misdemeanor not covered by these codes.”
    He was sentenced to an 18-month probation to be served concurrently with the second misdemeanor sentence.

  • Brothers now all Eagle Scouts

    The odds of a Boy Scout reaching the rank of Eagle Scout are roughly 2-in-100.
    The odds of three boys from the same family doing so? Incalculable.
    But that’s just what the three sons of Dr. Keith and Delwin Jacoby have achieved.
    “I don’t know the odds, but this is the first time I know of in this community and I’ve been serving as scoutmaster for more than 20 years,” said Scoutmaster Kevin Cox. “I don’t know of any time there has been three Eagle Scouts from the same family.”

  • Home again, this time for good

    After almost a year apart from her husband, Jackie Black only needed to wait a few more hours before they were finally reunited for the holidays.
    The wife of 1st Sgt. John Black of Anderson County, Jackie arrived at Capital City airport at about 11:45 a.m. on Dec. 21 to welcome her husband home as he arrived in Frankfort after nearly a year’s deployment to Afghanistan with the National Guard.

  • Lawsuit says coach called injured wrestler ‘crybaby,’ twisted broken leg

    The father of an Anderson County school student claims that a middle school assistant wrestling coach called his son a “crybaby” and twisted his broken leg after the child was injured during a practice.
    William Agee, the boy’s father, is suing the school district, middle school and then-coach Travis York for compensatory and punitive damages from an incident that occurred in November 2011 during a middle school wrestling practice.

  • Car bursts into flames on Whirlaway

    The front tires blew up on a vehicle that caught fire Sunday morning in Thoroughbred Estates, but fortunately for its owner the car did not.
    Lawrenceburg firefighters were called to 3126 Whirlaway Lane after a 2008 Kia owned by Danny Walker caught fire in the driveway.
    Lawrenceburg Fire Chief Robert Hume said the car was destroyed in the blaze, which was likely caused by a motor that ran the car’s anti-locking braking system (ABS).