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Local News

  • News judged state’s best

    The Anderson News was judged the best newspaper of its size in the state during the Kentucky Press Association’s annual awards ceremony last Friday night in Lexington.
    The newspaper racked up a total of 18 awards in news writing, opinion writing, photography, features and sports.
    It marks the second statewide first-place finish in 2011 for the paper, which claimed the press association’s top prize in advertising last fall.

  • Fiscal court outlaws synthetic pot, bath salts

    A public hearing that featured one person being tossed out by the sheriff’s office and another advocating in favor beastiality wasn’t enough to sway the Anderson County Fiscal Court from banning the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana and bath salts.
    In front of a packed courtroom, magistrates voted unanimously last Tuesday night to outlaw the the drugs, which until now have been sold over the counter in convenience stores and other retail outlets.

  • Ecstasy-laced sex device lands 3 in jail

    Three people were arrested Sunday morning after police found a sex device laced with the drug Ecstasy inside their vehicle.
    Charged were Ashley Maggard, 20, of 1510 Timbercreek Road; Samual Oates, 21, of 311 Carlton Drive; and Natalie Likens, 31, of 1011 Bondville Road.
    All three were charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Oates was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Cable guy charged with DUI while fixing sheriff’s Wi-Fi

    Drinking and driving is always a bad idea.
    Drinking and then driving to sheriff’s office on a repair call is even worse.
    That’s apparently what a technician with Time Warner Cable did last Wednesday when he responded to a service call at the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and was promptly charged with DUI.
    Randall Ramey of 208 Village Drive, Lawrenceburg was charged by Sgt. Robbie Armstrong after failing several sobriety tests and a blood test.

  • 'Doobie' found guilty

    Paul “Doobie” Dearinger was convicted this afternoon (Wednesday) on a second-degree cruelty to animals charge, sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $500.

    The six-person jury announced its decision around 3:45 p.m. in Anderson District Court, bringing the case of a murdered 8-month-old puppy to a close.

  • Historic district commission moves forward with proposal

    The historic district commission voted unanimously to move forward with its original recommendation for Lawrenceburg’s proposed historic district area, only adding one specific provision regarding potential demolition of buildings owned by First Baptist Church.
    About 17 Lawrenceburg citizens, many of whom represented First Baptist Church, attended the historic district commission’s Jan. 17 public meeting.

  • Honoring their fallen ‘brothers’

    The funeral of Charles Woods Jr. in 2009 was not the first fireman’s funeral Keith Nowlin attended and participated in.
    It was, however, the first time the idea of establishing an honor guard for the city of Lawrenceburg's fire and rescue squad started to gain traction.
    Two years later, after receiving approval from Chief Robert Hume and attending a 16-hour precision drill course in Elizabethtown, Nowlin said Anderson County’s first honor guard is ready to serve.  

  • Child porn suspect gets new court date

    By Lisa King
    Landmark News Service
    A new pre-trial date have been set a Lawrenceburg man charged with sex-related crimes against children.
    Mark Hawks of Lawrenceburg, is facing more than 100 child pornography charges in Shelby and Anderson counties.
    In Shelby Circuit Court Monday, Circuit Judge Charles Hickman set  Jan. 20 as the next scheduled court date for Hawks, 55, of 402 Secretariat Drive in Lawrenceburg.

  • Mustang memorial dedicated to late middle school teacher

    Anderson County Middle School dedicated a Mustang memorial in honor of former teacher Lynda Richardson, an instructor who died at the beginning of this school year.
    Richardson had taken a medical leave of absence from the school, principal Gina Fultz said.
    “She was a big part of our building, larger than life. It was something that we wanted, something that resembles what she stood for,” Fultz said of the memorial.

  • Farmer injured when vehicle smacks tractor

    A tobacco farmer in western Anderson County was airlifted to an area hospital after the tractor he was driving was rear-ended by a vehicle Sunday night.
    Christopher Conway received a head injury after being thrown from his tractor, but was home by Monday and expected to recover.
    Conway was driving his tractor near the intersection of Highway 248 and Fairview Road when a vehicle struck it from behind. The tractor flipped and was struck by a second vehicle.
    No injuries were reported to the drivers of either vehicle.