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  • Minority student information improperly accessed

    Anderson County school officials have admitted that an administrator improperly accessed personal information on 70 to 80 minority students, angering at least one mother and prompting changes to the district’s policies over who can access student information.
    Karen Harris said her daughter’s personal information was improperly accessed through the district’s internal student information system Infinite Campus because a graduate student needed a list of African American and bi-racial students to interview to complete his master’s degree.

  • Bungee jumping off train trestle gets test run

    Drivers crossing the Tyrone Bridge last Tuesday afternoon may have noticed something a little different about the train trestle that runs parallel to the S-shaped bridge — a group of bungee jumpers plunging willingly off the trestle into the Kentucky River.
    Springfield resident Mitch Morris, general manager of Vertigo Bungee, said he and a select group of jumpers were performing some test jumps, testing equipment and finishing part of the deck on the Young’s High Bridge last week.

  • Man charged for having guns near middle school

    A 19-year-old Lawrenceburg man was arrested by city police Monday morning after a middle school staff member spotted him carrying a shotgun while crossing Anderson County Middle School property.
    William Whetzel, 19, 1042 Dan Drive was arrested and charged with one count of carrying a concealed deadly weapon and two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon on school property.

  • Suspect caught, charged with murder

    Police arrested homicide suspect Gary Luttrell in Ohio Tuesday morning and charged him with one count murder in the death of a Lawrenceburg man.
    Kentucky State Police had been searching over the weekend and into Monday and Tuesday for the Lexington man — described as armed and dangerous by police — regarding his connection to an ongoing homicide investigation in western Anderson County.

  • Man arrested for crossing school property while carrying shotgun, pistol

    A 19-year-old Lawrenceburg man was arrested by city police Monday morning after a middle school staff member spotted him carrying a shotgun while crossing Anderson County middle school property.

    William Whetzel, 19, 1042 Dan Drive, Lawrenceburg, was arrested and charged with one count of carrying a concealed deadly weapon and two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon on school property.

  • Police continue search for 'armed and dangerous' man in suspected homicide investigation

    Police continue to search for a Lexington man — described by police as armed and dangerous — with connections to an ongoing suspected homicide investigation in western Anderson County.

    Gary Luttrell, 39, of Lexington is a suspect in the death of a 54-year-old Lawrenceburg man who died of a gunshot wound to the chest Saturday morning, Kentucky State Police spokeswoman Trooper Kendra Wilson confirmed Monday morning.

    Luttrell is considered to be armed and dangerous, Wilson said.

  • Lawrenceburg man killed in Shelbyville wreck

    For the second time in less than a week, a traffic accident has claimed a life in Shelby County, this time, 57-year-old James Walker of Lawrenceburg.

    A second man, Jonathan Denning, 28, of New Albany, Ind., was taken to the University of Louisville with unknown injures.

    The accident happened at about 11 a.m. in the 7400 block of Frankfort Road, as Denning, who was driving east in a Freightliner dump truck, lost control of the vehicle when he lost tire tread, KSP spokesperson Kendra Wilson said.

  • Board gets earful, raises taxes anyway

    The Board of Education heard both pleas from staff and criticism from angry taxpayers during its special-called public hearing and meeting on the 2013 tax rates last Wednesday night.
    Following a heated public hearing, the board approved 3-2 to set a 3 percent revenue increase tax rate at $5.70 per $1,000 assessed value, a 3.26 percent increase.
    School board president James Sargent, vice president Scott Brown and board member Donna Crain Drury voted for the increase. Board members Lee Hahn and Roger McDowell voted against the rate.

  • News briefs: 9-11-13

    Healing Field Poker Run
    to be held Sept. 14
    The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 34 will host its 6th Healing Field Poker Run on Sept. 14.
    The poker run will start at the American Legion Post 34, 725 W. Broadway in Lawrenceburg, with registration held 10-11:30 a.m. on the day of the ride. Kickstands go up at noon sharp.
    Poker hands are $10 each, and extra cards are $5 with a limit of two extra cards.
    “The Healing Field honors all Kentucky soldiers who have given their lives in the War on Terrorism,” event organizers said.

  • Fans want answers after coach told he can’t pray with team

    Hundreds of Anderson County citizens simply want to know, “Why?”

    Why was the decision handed down to modify the tradition of post-game and post-practice prayers by the Anderson County High School football team? Why were head coach Mark Peach and his staff told they could not participate in the prayers, even if they are not leading them.