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  • Couple’s home catches fire Christmas Day

    City firefighters were able to save a couple’s Gatewood Drive home when a fire broke out in their bedroom Christmas Day.
    Lawrenceburg Fire and Rescue Chief Robert Hume said firefighters were called to 125 North Gatewood around 6:30 p.m. when the home’s occupants, Billy Neal and Kathy Akins, reported that the ceiling in their bedroom was on fire.
    Hume said the fire had spread into the home’s attic, forcing firefighters to remove some of the ceiling in two rooms and remove smoldering insulation.

  • High school senior injured in ATV wreck

    An Anderson County High School senior remained in the intensive care unit at the University of Kentucky Medical Center on Monday following an ATV wreck early Sunday morning.
    Megan Schell, a daughter of Tim and Janet Schell, had both lungs punctured by broken ribs and other injuries when the ATV on which she was a passenger flipped several times, throwing her an estimated 50 feet, according to her sister, Sarah Lynn Schell.

  • Late Marine’s death benefits ‘misused’

    When Marine Cpl. Timothy Lewis volunteered to defend his country, he made it clear that if he died doing while doing so, his young daughter was to receive the financial benefits paid to survivors of those who make the ultimate sacrifice.
    That apparently didn’t happen, though, and the child’s mother is now facing 33 felony counts for theft by failure to make required disposition.

  • Anderson County's 5 Most Interesting People: The Native

    Boy, could her mare soar.
    Rhetta Mountjoy, 98, remembers racing her horse — fresh from the racetrack according to her recollections — down to her family home on Wildcat Road about five miles from town.
    “And then I had a mare that I drove to school,” Rhetta said. “She came straight off the racetrack. She could really fly.”

  • Anderson County's 5 Most Interesting People: The Letter Writer

    “Kjare, Duncan,” the teenage photojournalist from Norway began.
    Monika’s letter to Duncan Adams, a 17-year-old Anderson County High School senior, included a small language lesson.
    She had underlined a few English words in colored pencil to match the text of a second letter, the Norwegian translation.
    Duncan requested all of his pen pals to write one letter in English, and then translate the same text into their native tongues.  
    Another pen pal, a teenage girl from Finland, obliged Duncan’s request. Sort of.

  • Man charged with impersonating cop

    A Lawrenceburg man was charged Dec. 18 for driving under the influence and impersonating a police officer.
    Christopher Kyle Kessinger, 34, of 1288 Pigeon Fork Road, was stopped on Interstate 64 by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office after off duty Lawrenceburg Police officer Bryan Brashears reported he was driving recklessly, according to a report released by the sheriff’s office.

  • Taxpayers buy iPads for library board

    The Anderson County Public Library’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously during its Dec. 17 meeting to purchase five iPads for library board business as the board transitions to a new paperless policy.
    Trustees, with the exception of absent board member Martha McNaghten, voted to give library Director Pam Mullins the purchasing authority to buy five computer tablets to be used solely for board business by trustees.  

  • Night at the movies with the Rasmussens

    “The Avenstoke” begins every feature film screening with a newsreel.
    A Thursday night showing at the Lawrenceburg theater — located in the Rasmussen’s daughter’s old bedroom at the top of the stairs in a warm house at the end of a snowy, windy road off Avenstoke Road — featured war footage from mid April 1945.

  • Anderson County's 5 Most Interesting People: The Cake Boss

    Forget dying twice after suffering a massive heart attack.
    Forget walking his daughter Amber down the aisle at her beachfront Florida nuptials.
    Noah Pruitt was scared to death of Amber’s wedding cake: a tiered Italian crème flavored confection decorated with chocolate conch shells and seashells.
    That first wedding cake, baked by Noah to save money on wedding expenses, became the sweet foundation of Pruitt’s booming baking business Sugar Buzz Custom Cakes and Confections.

  • Indigent?

    The woman charged with tying up her 3-year-old granddaughter may have perjured herself in an attempt to obtain a taxpayer-provided attorney to represent her against a charge of first-degree criminal child abuse, court documents show.
    She also apparently did not inform the court of a change in her financial status based on a conversion or “reverse” mortgage for $132,000 she received in September.