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  • White to vie for what was Junior Miss

    In May, Allie White earned the title of Anderson County’s Junior Miss.
    Next weekend — Jan. 14 and 15 — the Anderson County High School senior will compete to be the first “Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky.”

  • Daughter meets dad after 44 years

    For 44 years, Melissa Durr wondered how she ended up with blue eyes.
    “I always said I looked so much like my mother with the exception of my blue eyes,” she said.
    This year, on Labor Day weekend, Durr met her father, Ovan Ray Caudill, for the first time. And, sure enough, his eyes were blue, too.
    Beginning the search
    Durr has always known about her father, she said, but she didn’t try to find him.

  • Hilltop fire still under investigation

    The cause of a fire that destroyed a Hilltop Plaza business early last Thursday morning remained a mystery as of Monday afternoon.
    Flames broke out inside of Doug’s Drive Thru just after midnight, destroying the business and sending fire investigators searching for clues.
    An investigator with the state was on the scene Christmas Eve, but Lawrenceburg Fire Chief Robert Hume said no cause was determined.
    “He took a lot of photos but didn’t come up with anything solid,” Hume said.

  • From $20,000 shopping spree to jail cell

    She shopped, and now it appears she’s going to drop. Into jail, that is.
    Christy Dial, 25, of 1031 Aaron Barnett Road, has pleaded guilty to using credit cards in a family member’s name and going on what amounted to a $20,500 spending spree earlier this year, according to documents on file in the Anderson Circuit Clerk’s office.
    Dial used the family member’s name to open seven different credit cards, including Lowe’s, Kohl’s, Discover, Capital One, J.C. Penney, Elder Beerman and Sears.

  • Chambers out, Catlett in as highway boss

    As a magistrate, John Wayne Conway called Chip Chambers one of the best county highway supervisors in the state.
    As the county’s next judge-executive, Conway has sent Chambers packing and will name one of Chambers’ former employees to replace him in that position.
    Chambers revealed Conway’s plans during last Tuesday’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

  • County wants sex device, porn lawsuit tossed

    Calling at least one of her claims “absurd,” the Anderson County Fiscal Court has asked a judge to dismiss a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former county employee.
    Lea Beasmore, who filed the lawsuit after she was fired last March, claims she was sexually harassed numerous times, shown pornographic videos and received a sex device commonly known as a vibrator from a co-worker.
    Called a motion for summary judgment, a hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, in front of Circuit Judge Charles Hickman in the Anderson County Courthouse.

  • Fultz apologizes for ‘very poor decision’

    Anderson County Middle School Principal Gina Fultz contacted The Anderson News on Monday, asking that she be allowed to issue a statement regarding her Dec. 10 arrest in Madison County.
    Below is the statement, in its entirety.
    “I have been advised that I should remain silent until the legal process has been completed. However, I feel that the community deserves an explanation of this situation. Therefore, I would like to issue the following statement:

  • Fultz keeps job, will return Jan. 4

    When students return to the middle school following their Christmas vacation, Principal Gina Fultz is expected to be there, too.
    School Superintendent Sheila Mitchell confirmed Monday afternoon that she was aware of Fultz’ arrest and, as of Monday, Fultz remained employed.
    “I have not issued a suspension at this time,” Mitchell said. “As of right now, she’ll be back Jan. 4 with the students.”

  • Slain toddler’s mom awarded $250,000 in lawsuit vs. city

    The City of Lawrenceburg has agreed to pay the mother of a murdered toddler $250,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed last year.
    The settlement was based in part on a federal judge’s ruling that the city failed to properly train and supervise its police officers.
    Candice Dempsey’s son, Cole Frazier, was removed from her custody last May by Lawrenceburg police and handed over to his father, Timothy Frazier, who two weeks later killed the toddler and then himself.

  • Waddy mourns child’s death

    Sadness has blanketed the Shelby County community of Waddy and Heritage Elementary, where 6-year-old Elizabeth Brown went to kindergarten.