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  • Attorney: City clerk can vote

    The city council voted 4-3 on a tiebreaker vote to pass the second reading of the civil offense ordinance, which will now enforce zoning violations as civil rather than criminal offenses.
    The council split its vote 3-3. With Mayor Edwinna Baker absent to attend to economic development regarding Bluegrass Area Development District, city clerk Robbie Hume, in the mayor’s place, voted to approve the ordinance.

  • Healing Field flag thefts continue

    “It’s just sad. It’s just so very sad.”
    That was the reaction of local attorney Marie Hellard when told Tuesday that a flag that hung over her nephew’s marker at the Healing Field had been stolen.
    The flag was for Timothy Lewis, who died in 2007 while serving in the Marine Corps in the Philippines, and was one of 103 raised there in memory of Kentucky soldiers who have died since the attacks on 9/11. It remains the nation’s only permanent Healing Field.

  • Search warrant leads to heroin, narcotics drug bust

    Two men were arrested on charges of first degree trafficking and possession of controlled substances, city police said, after Lawrenceburg police officers searched an 105 Alice Drive apartment Wednesday evening and found an undisclosed amount of heroin, marijuana, narcotics and cash in the residence.

    Daniel S. Hamill, 24, and Jimmy L. Wash, 36, were charged with first degree trafficking of a controlled substance, first degree possession of a controlled substance, third degree possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

  • Math, reading scores up, but schools fail NCLB standards

    Anderson County Schools, as a district, failed to make federal No Child Left Behind Act standards for the second year in a row, though the district improved its overall index score by 7.7 percent from last year.
    The district is now designated as in its first year of district improvement status and eligible for state assistance for the middle and high schools.
    Only 43 percent of Kentucky’s public schools met their average yearly progress goals, with 132 other districts given the same classification consequence as Anderson County.  

  • Suspect caught after holing up in Best Western

    A man suspected of robbing a pharmacy in Paris on Sept. 22 was apprehended last Wednesday afternoon, but not before doing his level best to get away.
    Realizing that police were closing in on him, Mark A. Sparks, 24, of Paris reportedly leaped from the second-floor window of a room he rented at the Lawrenceburg Best Western but was quickly tracked down by police and taken into custody.

  • Two flags swiped from Healing Field

    They fly above granite markers at the Healing Field in Lawrenceburg as a patriotic reminder of Kentucky soldiers who gave their lives in the war on terrorism.
    Apparently, not everyone shares that level of patriotism because, sometime last week, someone lowered two American flags and stole them.
    Officials with American Legion Post 34 and its Auxiliary replaced those flags last Wednesday afternoon, but said they can’t understand why anyone would commit such an act.

  • Hoops coach Drury leaving classroom, not sidelines

    Glen Drury made his wife, Jennifer, promise she would not do anything for his retirement from teaching at Anderson County High School.
    But that did not stop his peers from getting together to honor the school’s boys’ basketball coach and a physical education instructor from putting together a surprise reception Friday afternoon.
    Drury, who got a job at his alma mater to start the 1983-84 school year and has been there ever since, with the exception of two years at Western High School, made his exit from the classroom Friday.

  • Brush much?
  • Pave all driveways? Really?

    If one digs deep enough, finding an outdated or even outlandish local ordinance on the books is almost a certainty, and generally one that gives the digger a chuckle.
    Such as: “It is illegal in (fill in name of community) to eat ice cream on Sundays while riding a horse on Main Street.”
    During Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court, an ordinance not nearly as far-fetched or humorous surfaced, but won’t likely be on the books too much longer.

  • Robbery suspect arrested at Best Western

    UPDATED THURSDAY, 11:47 A.M.: The name of a man arrested outside of the Best Western hotel Wednesday afternoon has been released by the Kentucky State Police.

    Mark A. Sparks, 24, of Paris was arrested after he leaped from a second floor window of the hotel. He is charged with first-degree robbery, the state police announced, and other charges are pending.

    Sparks was charged for the Sept. 22 robbery of a pharmacy in Paris.