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Local News

  • Gun scare leads to man’s arrest

    With the nation on edge following the recent mass shooting in Connecticut, it’s understandable that West Park Plaza McDonald’s customers became concerned when they saw a young man holding what appeared to be a .45 caliber handgun outside of the restaurant last Wednesday afternoon.
    They became even more concerned when the man, Mark A. Vest, 18, of 1128 Gregory Lane allegedly stuffed the gun into the back of his pants and started walking into the restaurant with two other men.

  • Second grader helps organize public memorial for Sandy Hook Elementary families

    Saffell Street second grader Brianna May wanted to do something for the grieving families affected by last week’s tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that resulted in 28 deaths.

    Her mother, Angie May, was trying to figure out the best way to tell her daughter Brianna, 7, what had happened at the Sandy Hook Elementary school on Dec. 14.

    This was Brianna’s response to the news.

    “’We could pray for them and we can have candles and balloons,’” Angie recalled her daughter saying.

  • He stocks groceries by day, rocks bluegrass on weekends

    Christmas Day, 1989.
    Brad Gulley, 7, wields his first guitar — a no name, knock-off Takamine.
    A family photo captured the moment.
    Gulley, now 30, preserved the memory for the fourth verse of a Christmas song.
    A song featured on the “Christmas the Mountain Way” compilation record that garnered a rave review from Country Music Television and a spot on its 12-pick list of Christmas albums for this year.

  • Sewage dumping case now involves state, federal authorities

    The investigation into an estimated 1,500 gallons of raw sewage dumped into the ravine off Wildcat Road earlier this month is ongoing and now involves state and federal agencies.
    Det. Bryan Taylor of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that he is now working with state and federal authorities, and that he has interviewed suspects in the case.

  • Councilman calls county judge’s parking sign ‘illegal’

    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway is breaking the law by having a reserved parking sign installed for himself on Ollie Bowen Drive, according to one city councilman.
    “It’s illegal,” Councilman Ken Evans said when told that Conway had the sign put up. “It’s an encroachment on the city’s right of way and needs to come down.”
    Conway had the sign re-installed last week on the heels of the city council’s vote to deny his request to have the street turned over to the county.

  • ‘Waddy Werewolf’ meeting packs local Ruritan Club

    By Todd Martin
    The Sentinel-News
    WADDY – Residents seem convinced that the recent brutal maulings of several animals in southeast Shelby County were the blood-thirsty attacks of nothing more than a dog.
    Most of more than 100 residents and community who attended a meeting Monday night at the Waddy Ruritan Club, expressed certainty that a rogue dog, or dogs, is responsible for the mauled calves and goats, at least five of which have had to be euthanized, which were found between Nov. 30 and Dec. 6.
    And now there could be confirmation coming.

  • Food pantry offers free Christmas Day meal

    A free community Christmas dinner will be served at Open Hands Food Pantry on Christmas Day, according to a news release.
    The dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the pantry, located at 1111 Industrial Road.
    Organizers request those planning to attend call June Byrne at 502-604-1255; Doug Haddix at 502-598-9297; or Charlie Blacketer at 502-598-1118 by Dec. 22.
    Transportation will be provided if necessary.

  • Nearly a mile of lights

    Gary Rice leaves for work in the dark and comes home in the dark.
    So when he glimpses his glowing house from the top of the hill on Creekside Drive in Lawrenceburg, it makes the journey home from his job at a construction company, and the three weeks it took stringing the 36,000 Christmas lights, worthwhile.

  • Meth bust man’s fourth drug arrest in two years

    A Lawrenceburg man was arrested Friday for the fourth time in two years on drug charges, this time for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine.
    Robert James Florence, 44, was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia after police raided a residence at 1112 Salt River Road, according to court documents.
    Also arrested in the incident was Alicia Nuckols, 25, of Lawrenceburg, who received the same charges as Florence.

  • Man who claimed Cherokee status arrested

    A Lawrenceburg man who once claimed he was owed five live eagles and $1 million after being “kidnapped and held for ransom” by police following a traffic stop now faces a host of new charges, including allegedly threatening to kill another man.
    Dalton Wayne Brown, 20, of 1093 Hammonds Creek Road was charged with third-degree terroristic threatening and harassing communications last Thursday while appearing in Anderson District Court on another charge.