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  • Skate park opening planned for Friday

    It is no coincidence the Lawrenceburg Skate Park will officially open on the first day of Anderson County students’ summer vacation.

    City Clerk Robbie Hume said the timing of the park’s ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony is definitely intentional.

    Friday morning at 10, the ribbon will be cut, and Hume said he hopes plenty of skaters are in attendance.

    “We hope to get good participation,” Hume said, adding that he has talked to some of the skaters who have already been using the park and invited them to Friday’s festivities.

  • Teen killed crossing I-64

    Anderson County Middle School lost one of its own Friday night, when 13-year-old Alexis Neace was struck by a car and killed while trying to cross Interstate 64 in Frankfort.

    Neace and a group of friends were attempting to cross the eastbound lanes on foot during a heavy rain storm.

    According to a report from Kentucky State Police, the seventh-grade student was pronounced dead at the scene by the Franklin County coroner.

    The collision is still under investigation by the KSP Frankfort Post.

  • National archery shoot coming to Lawrenceburg

    Ever wonder what it would be like to level a sight pin on a rhinoceros? How about a velociraptor?

    Archers can take aim at these and dozens of other exotic creatures May 29-30 when Rinehart Archery makes Lawrenceburg the latest stop on its nationwide archery tournament.

    The event will be hosted by the Anderson County Sportsman’s Club, located just off Old Joe Road near the Bluegrass Parkway.

    The shoot is open to all, and will include $3,000 worth of door prizes each day, organizers said.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Robert Overstreet heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings April 8.

    Tiffany W. Lyens, arraignment, harassing communication -- continued to April 15.

    Hoy K. Richardson, arraignment, possession of marijuana -- pleaded guilty, sentenced to 30 days (conditionally discharged for two years), $100 to Anderson County Drug Intervention Fund, $100; use/possession of drug paraphernalia -- pleaded guilty, $243, continued to July 1.

  • Former youth minister in court June 9

    The former youth minister accused of raping, sodomizing and sexually abusing at least two children in 1992 is scheduled to appear in court June 9 for a settlement conference.

    During a pre-trial conference Monday morning for Gordon Lunceford, 46, of Richmond in Anderson Circuit Court, his attorney requested that the June 9 date be in Shelby Circuit Court, followed by a status conference June 22 in Anderson Circuit Court.

    Judge Charles Hickman agreed.

  • Ongoing vandalism at county park called 'terrible'

    Vandals have torn through the Anderson County Community Park at least three times within the past week, and each time, park officials say the damage just gets worse.

    “The vandalism has gotten terrible,” said Parks Director Ronnie Hume. “In the last week, we’ve had something just about every day.”

    Tuesday morning, Hume said he found air freshener holders torn off the walls, tobacco products stuck on partitions and obscene images fashioned onto the hand dryer in the men’s restroom at the shelter near the county barn.

  • Suspect back in court for nude pictures

    The Lawrenceburg woman accused of using a cell phone to send nude photos of her herself using a vibrator to a 12-year-old boy will have the opportunity to undergo psychological testing before making her next appearance in court.

    A disposition hearing for Rachel Lawhon, 37, of 1167 Watts Run Road, was held Monday morning in Anderson Circuit Court. During the hearing, Judge Charles Hickman agreed to continue her case until Aug. 3.

  • School district moves forward with ECC project

    The Anderson County Board of Education is moving forward with its plans to build a new Early Childhood Center, just in case the state legislature approves a measure that will allow it to do so.

    The board selected the Alliance Corporation as the construction manager on the project. Alliance has worked with the district on several recent projects, including the addition and renovation at Anderson County High School and the new Emma B. Ward Elementary School.

  • Conway, Young, Stivers win primaries

    Anderson County Democrats knocked one incumbent from his job, returned one to office and picked their party’s choice to run for PVA in the fall during Tuesday’s primary election.

    Incumbent Sheriff Troy Young staved off a spirited challenge from Rex Burkhead by scoring a 54.5 percent to 45.5 percent victory.

    Magistrate John Wayne Conway ran away with the race for judge-executive, easily outdistancing incumbent Steve Cornish by nearly a 2-to-1 margin.

  • Cornish not charged in alleged assault

    A woman’s claim that Judge-Executive Steve Cornish assaulted her has been dismissed by a special prosecutor assigned to the case.

    Penny Johnson, of 1653 Bonds Mill Road, claimed Cornish grabbed her by the arm while she was standing on a bridge on Paxton Road on May 1 as highway crews worked to clear it of debris.

    Johnson, her husband Floyd and others were at the bridge that Sunday morning, complaining that it was improperly built about a year ago and that its design was causing flooding on their property upstream.