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  • Lanes Mill Road bridge reopens Tuesday

    The Lanes Mill Road bridge near the Franklin County line reopened Tuesday afternoon.
    Anderson County highway foreman Billy Catlett made the announcement during Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.
    The bridge was closed for several months after it was declared dangerous by former highway foreman Chip Chambers.
    Replacing the bridge cost the county $49,000, but that money was recovered through the state’s emergency road aid fund, to which the county contributes.

  • Public Safety plans storm spotter class for March 11

    Whether you love thunderstorms, have an interest in spotting funnel clouds or just want to do good deeds and help out the community, the Anderson County Department of Public Safety has a task for you.
    On Friday, March 11, the department is co-sponsoring a storm spotter class with the Louisville office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service.
    Storm spotters are “the critical eyes-on-the-ground who identify and report severe weather,” according to the NOAA website.

  • Subscribers will get full online version of paper beginning March 9

    The Anderson News will offer its subscribers unlimited access to all of its online content beginning March 9, the newspaper announced.
    On that date, only subscribers will be able to access all of the information at www.theandersonnews.com, but they will first have to register.
    To do so, go to www.theandersonnews.com/subscriptionservices and click the link for “Activate Existing Account.” Readers will also need their subscription number, which is printed in the top right hand corner of the newspaper that is delivered to their homes.

  • Lawrenceburg woman gets 25 years for trying to kill grandmother

    The Lawrenceburg woman charged with trying to kill her grandmother by torching her house was sentenced last week in Circuit Court to 25 years in prison.
    Cheryl Brogan, 43, was sentenced to 20 years on an amended charge of second-degree arson and five years for first-degree wanton endangerment. She was originally charged with first-degree arson and attempted murder.
    Brogan, who was her bed-ridden grandmother’s primary caregiver, set ablaze her grandmother’s home at 309 Center St. last March before fleeing for Arkansas.

  • Alleged puppy killer gets off scot-free

    The commonwealth’s attorney’s office is pondering its next move after a grand jury refused to indict the man accused of stomping his girlfriend’s puppy and setting it on fire.
    Paul “Doobie” Dearinger of Lawrenceburg walked away scot-free late last year after being charged with felony torture.
    He was originally charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals, but that charge was upgraded to a felony by the Anderson County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis’ office last November.

  • Swollen Salt River swallows man’s truck whole

    Perhaps he should have just hit the deer.
    Instead, a Lawrenceburg man is without his 2008 GMC pickup truck after it was swept over the dam near Four Roses and sank in the swollen Salt River on Monday afternoon. (Scroll to bottom of page for video.)

  • Flooding possible in Anderson County

    Anderson County is under a flash flood watch beginning Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

    Bart Powell, the local director of Public Safety, issued the following weather-related information on Wednesday afternoon:

    The National Weather Service is forecasting very heavy rain starting Thursday morning and continuing for approximately 24 hours. The forecast predicts 3 to 5 inches of rain in the Anderson County area.

    If this is the case, Anderson County residents who live in flood-prone areas should make preparations for flooding.

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  • Sex device, porn lawsuit edging toward trial

    A judge earlier this month narrowly rejected the Anderson County Fiscal Court’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a fired county employee who claims she was sexually harassed.
    Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman said the fiscal court presented a “very strong argument” in its effort for a summary judgment, which would have dismissed the lawsuit just weeks before it is scheduled to go to trial in April.

  • Thank you, Mrs. Ruggles

    At its monthly meeting Feb. 17, the Lawrenceburg Pierian Woman’s Club surprised long-time member Doris Ruggles with a “This is Your Life” celebration.