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  • City council kicks judges, others out of reserved parking spots

    County officials — including Anderson County’s district and circuit court judges — might find themselves circling Main Street in the weeks to come to find a parking spot close to the courthouse.   
    County Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway recently received a letter from the city council to remove the county’s reserved parking signs on Ollie Bowen Street.
    The same reserved parking signs, city council member Ken Evans said, that were never authorized by the city to be placed.

  • Steeplechase

    If worshippers feel small when they walk into Goshen Baptist Church, that’s just fine with Pastor Fred Knickerbocker.
    They are supposed to, thanks to a new steeple that was erected atop the church last Friday morning.
    Knickerbocker said the steeple, which is graced at the top with a gold cross, makes people feel small by design, but not in a negative way.
    “The closer [the steeple] gets to Heaven, the smaller it gets,” said Knickerbocker, who has said grace since 1977 over what is believed to be Anderson County’s oldest church.

  • Report questions psych drug use at Heritage Hall

    A watchdog group claims that a local nursing home is administering antipsychotic drugs to residents without a psychosis or related condition in an effort to keep staffing costs down.
    Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform cites a nationwide study by the federal government that reveals nearly 1-in-5 residents at Heritage Hall without psychosis or related condition received antipsychotic drugs.
    The study was conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and released by last month by The Boston Globe.

  • On Writing

    The path to success in writing, for many Lawrenceburg authors, is paved with self-doubt, rejection and endless rough drafts.
    Several authors from Anderson County recently shared their stories on what it means to write, what they’re working on, and what they’re inspired by:   
     Jeanette Buser
    When Jeanette Buser was in school, she doodled fleas.
    Fleas jumping off of dogs. Fleas skiing, hang gliding, swimming.

  • Main, Broadway becoming more accessible

    Both Broadway and Main streets will be under construction this summer as the state Department of Transportation brings them up to code with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.  
    According to Charlotte Faeth, the Danville Section Supervisor for Anderson, Boyle and Mercer counties, the project consists of asphalt resurfacing of two Lawrenceburg routes: a 1.62-mile section of US 62/S. Main Street to Woodford Street, and 3.64 miles from the US 127 Bypass to Broadway.

  • Officer friendly, indeed

    Officer Joe Saunier said only a stick of dynamite will remove him from his position as school resource officer.
    Lt. Chris Atkins said it would take the force of a two-ton truck.
    No matter the metaphor, Saunier, who will be honored June 19-21 as the state’s School Resource Officer of the Year, loves his job.  
    It wasn’t always that way.
    About three years ago, when Atkins and Chief Tommy Burris told Saunier he would replace Nathan Doty as the school district’s resource officer, Saunier thought about retirement or resigning.

  • Magistrate, judge-executive spar over county budget

    The 2012-13 budget passed last Tuesday by the fiscal court shows the county’s priorities aren’t in order and is not fair to its largest magisterial district, according to 6th District Magistrate Kenny Barnett.
    Barnett cast the lone dissenting vote last Tuesday morning on a budget that calls for just over $7 million in spending.
    Following that meeting, Barnett voiced his displeasure for the budget, saying that more money should be directed at paving county roads.

  • Questions linger in woman’s death

    The family of a Lawrenceburg who died June 9 after falling into the Kentucky River has more questions than answers about what lead to her death.
    Mitsey Ann Barnett Garlen, 43, of Ninevah Road died at the University of Kentucky Medical Center after spending several days there on life support, according to her stepfather, Henry Adams.
    Garlen apparently fell from a houseboat docked in the river not far from the governor’s mansion in Frankfort, but no one saw her fall in, Adams said.

  • Three indicted for trafficking heroin, morphine, oxycodone

    Just days after a Lawrenceburg mom and her brother were arrested on heroin charges, the Anderson County Grand Jury indicted three people on separate charges for allegedly trafficking heroin, morphine and oxycodone.
    Indicted June 2 were Colton T. Riggs, 24, of 1500 Mac Drive, Cody L. Stratton, 18, of Town Terrace Apartments, and Kelly R. Isham, 29, of 1095 Tara Way.

  • Jumping for more than joy

    A Lawrenceburg man doesn’t want to set a new state record for the most skydives in one day.
    He wants to shatter it.
    Troy Woods will start jumping out of a perfectly fine airplane at daylight Friday, June 22 and doesn’t plan to stop doing so until dark.
    If all goes well, he hopes to make 80 jumps that day, twice as many as the current Kentucky record of 40.