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  • ‘Whooping cough’ outbreak confirmed at Ward Elementary

    An outbreak of pertussis or “whooping cough” was confirmed Thursday morning at Emma B. Ward Elementary, according to Superintendent Sheila Mitchell and Anderson County Health Director Tim Wright.

    Five cases of whooping cough have been reported, all isolated to a single fifth grade classroom, Wright said.

    According to Wright, the first student at Ward to contract whooping cough first visited the doctor on Oct. 22, but the case was not confirmed until Nov. 9.

  • Internet comedy series features Lawrenceburg residents

    Lawrenceburg residents Nycole and Travis Huber recently finished reprising their roles in season two of regionally produced “Brothers Barbarian,” a comedy Web series about two teenage barbarians who have been turned into overweight, balding, middle-aged men by an evil witch.

  • Wicks and Wonders finds new home on Main Street

    Lawrenceburg’s Main Street was the only choice for Nancy Cunningham’s new candle and gift shop Wicks and Wonders.
     “When I was a child, downtown was full,” Cunningham, who grew up in Anderson County said. “I want to bring stuff back downtown.”
    Downtown, therefore, was the ideal place to open up a storefront at 127 South Main.
    “There was no alternative location for me, because I think that’s where it should be,” Cunningham said of her new business.

  • City grants extension on historic district recommendation

    The joint Planning and Zoning Commission now has until January to finalize its decision about a potential historic district in Lawrenceburg, thanks to an extension granted by the city council Monday night.
    Council members voted 5-0 to allow the joint commission until its January 2013 meeting to review requested ordinances from Bluegrass Area Development District in making its final recommendation either for or against the creation of a historic district.
    Council member Paul Thomas Vaughn was absent from the Nov. 12 meeting.

  • Parents who sold marijuana to son sentenced

    A mom and dad charged with selling marijuana to their 17-year-old son have pleaded guilty and were sentenced last Wednesday in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Hershel and Karen Brown of 124 Dove Drive were both placed on four-year supervised diversion program, and Judge Charles Hickman ordered them to remain drug and alcohol free, not possess firearms and other restrictions during sentencing.
    They were charged in August after police searched their residence and reported finding marijuana, hydrocodone, Oxyconton, cash and guns.

  • Driver smashes into Fox Creek residence, flees accident scene

    A Lawrenceburg man crashed a Chevy Tahoe into a Fox Creek Road residence early Monday afternoon and fled the scene of the accident.
    According to Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tony Likens, 20-year-old driver John Ivey of 1497 Aaron Barnett Road was driving west into Lawrenceburg with a single passenger, 19-year-old Andrew Rittenberry, when Ivey lost control of his vehicle at the intersection of Fox Creek Road and Anderson City Road a little before 1 p.m. Monday afternoon.

  • Woman sustains injuries in wreck on Alton Road

    A helicopter airlifted a female driver Monday afternoon after she struck a tree with her vehicle on Alton Road.
    Charlotte Hall, 57, of Indiana, was transported via helicopter to the University of Kentucky hospital on Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. after sustaining non life-threatening injuries in a single-vehicle accident.
    Officer Brian Wooldridge of the Sheriff’s Office said Hall, the sole passenger, lost control of her Chevrolet pick up while driving on the wet road.

  • Mental health could be used in murder suspect’s defense

    The man charged with brutally murdering his landlord last year on Clay Burgin Road may use his own mental health in defending himself against the charge.
    Terrance Cram, 50, is charged with killing Tena McNeely, 49 last January at her residence about 14 miles outside of Lawrenceburg.
    According to documents filed in Anderson Circuit Court, Cram’s attorney plans to introduce “mental health evidence relating to the defense of extreme emotional disturbance.”

  • Prosecutor rescinds plea offer in tied up child case

    The Commonwealth Attorney’s office retracted a plea offer Wednesday for the woman charged with tying up her 3-year-old granddaughter for as many as 16 hours each day.
    The girl’s grandmother, Carolyn Case, along with her parents, Rebecca and Herbert Medley, all are charged with first-degree criminal child abuse and have each pleaded not guilty.
    Armed Wednesday in Anderson Circuit Court with their own public defenders, each appeared in front of Judge Charles Hickman and were expected to receive a plea deal from prosecutor David Nutgrass.

  • Child porn suspect pleads guilty

    The Lawrenceburg man charged with 70 counts of possessing and distributing child pornography pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon in Anderson Circuit Court and could now face up to 20 years in prison.
    Mark Hawks, 55, of Secretariat Drive entered his plea roughly 16 months after being indicted for downloading and viewing pornographic images of girls as young as 6 years old at his home and at his workplace in Shelbyville.