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  • Citation Lane man indicted for trafficking to minor

    A Citation Lane man was indicted Nov. 8 by the Anderson County Grand Jury on multiple drug trafficking and possession charges, including one involving a minor.
    Jeffrey S. Perkins, 42, of 4129 Citation Lane, faces several felony and misdemeanor charges for possession and trafficking of Oxycodone, Phenergan and Trazadone in separate incidents dating back to March, according to the indictment.

  • Mom pulls son from flame-filled bedroom

    An Alton Station family is safe following a fire early Monday morning that caused significant damage to their home.
    But it was close.
    Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes said only fast action by a woman inside the home likely saved her child.
    “For whatever reason, the mother woke up, smelled smoke and went in to check on the boy, who is 3 to 4 years old,” Barnes said.

  • Dinner with Deputies Nov. 18 to benefit Shop With a Cop

    A deputy serving a search warrant or other legal documents?
    Happens all the time.
    But a plate of barbecue, slaw and beans? Happens once a year.
    For the second consecutive year deputies with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office will wait on tables Friday, Nov. 18 at Tony’s BBQ Barn, located at 1435 US 127 Bypass, just north of the intersection of Highway 151. Tips collected by the deputies will go toward the department’s annual Shop With a Cop program, which provides Christmas gifts for underprivileged children.

  • Son shot by dad on opening day of deer season

    A man accidentally shot his 21-year-old son in the arm early Saturday morning on Meadow Lane as they were preparing for the opening of deer season, according to a report released by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
    Lexington residents John Bailey Jr. and his son, John Bailey III, were at a relative’s residence on Meadow Lane when the elder Bailey was teaching his son, who had never been hunting, how to use a .30-.30 lever-action Marlin rifle, according to the report.

  • Taxpayers better served when elected control rates

    An examination of property tax rates since 2000 shows a stark contrast of rates set by those who are elected and those who are not.
    Predictably, those not elected are much quicker to raise tax rates at a pace not even those in Washington, D.C., could possibly fathom.

  • Former county clerk dies

    He was Anderson County’s clerk, and so much more.
    Julian Birdwhistell, 88, died Monday at Frankfort Regional Medical Center and is being remembered as a “fine, Christian man” who spent his life giving to others and the community that adored him.
    “He was a really good man, and I loved him,” said Rosalie Yocum, who served as Birdwhistell’s chief deputy in the county clerk’s office. “Everyone knew him and the vast majority liked him.”

  • ‘She will be sorely missed’

    One needed only to drive past the funeral home Sunday afternoon to understand the level of grief that gripped Lawrenceburg following last Wednesday’s fatal collision that killed two women on Versailles Road.
    Ritchie-Peach Funeral Home was literally stuffed with those mourning the loss of Morgan Hellard, 23, an aspiring pharmacy student described by those who knew and loved her as a wonderful young mother who was just an “all-around good girl.”

  • Victims' names released in fatal Versailles Road wreck

    The names of the two women killed in Wednesday’s head-on collision on Versailles Road in Lawrenceburg have been released.

    Morgan Hellard, 23, of Lawrenceburg and Vicki Fackson, 49, of Versailles were both pronounced dead at the scene by the Anderson County Coroner’s Office, according to a report released early this morning by the Kentucky State Police.

  • Trial requested for child porn suspect

    The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office has requested a trial date for a Lawrenceburg man facing more than 100 child pornography charges here and in Shelby County.
    Mark Hawks, 55, of 402 Secretariat Drive, Lawrenceburg appeared Monday in Shelby County Circuit Court for a pretrial conference on charges in both counties.
    Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Donnell requested a trial date, and Hawks is scheduled to appear again in Shelby Circuit Court on Monday, Dec. 5 at 9 a.m.

  • Better results expected in audit of schools

    After last November’s district audit Superintendent Sheila Mitchell faced $1.1 million in excess spending by Anderson County Schools, leading to a pay increase freeze for staff and 13 terminated teaching positions.
    This year, however, Mitchell said she believes Anderson County Schools have met their goal of cutting 5 percent from every department across the budget.
     “We’ve worked very hard on it,” Mitchell said regarding the 2010-11 school district’s budget. “Our goal is to set a budget and stick to it.”