Local News

  • Murphy pleads guilty

    An ex-social services worker has admitted lying about a host of child welfare investigations she was supposed to conduct, including several allegations of sexual abuse and child being given drugs.
    Margaret “Geri” Murphy, 61, pleaded guilty to nine felony counts of tampering with public records last Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court in return for an offer from Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell’s office of five years in prison.
    Sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 24.

  • School employee sues, says rights were violated

    An instructional assistant is suing Superintendent Sheila Mitchell and the Anderson County Board of Education in federal court, claiming that her rights were violated when she lost her job at the end of the 2010-11 school year.
    Kathy Campbell, of 1077 Indian Trail, Lawrenceburg, claims that other classified employees with less seniority were able to keep their jobs, a violation of state statutes and board policy. She also claims her rights were violated under the 5th and 14th amendments of the Constitution.

  • Parents raise flag for fallen son
  • Library board approves $3.336 million budget

    The library board of trustees unanimously voted to approve its final budget for the upcoming fiscal year with a few changes to its April draft.  
    Director Pam Mullins increased anticipated carryover for reserves for the next year by $100,000, bringing the total amount from $1.9 to $2 million.
    The amount of anticipated revenue, mostly garnered from the library’s property taxes, remained the same at a budgeted $1.336 million, $1.3 million of the total anticipated to come from tax receipts.

  • Lawrenceburg man tracked down after escaping from Walmart

    A Lawrenceburg man was jailed and held without bond last week on charges that he stole items from a Harrodsburg store before leading police on a chase that lasted nearly half an hour.
    Corey Lynn Hopper, 22, of 1408 Riley Road, was spotted on surveillance video shoplifting $44 worth of items from a Walmart store and was detained by store employees, according to a news release from the Harrodsburg Police Department.
    Police said Hopper had 10 active warrants for his arrest when he was finally caught about a mile and a half from the store.

  • Junior Auxiliary plans yard sale, poppies

    The American Legion Junior Auxiliary has planned a June 9 yard sale to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project, and will pass out poppies Saturday, May 26.
    Poppies will be distributed in front of Walmart starting at 9 a.m.
    The yard sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the American Legion, located on Broadway.
    Donations will also be accepted. The yard sale will include a sock hop from noon to 4 p.m., and burgers, hot dogs, chips and soft drinks will be available for a $5 donation.

  • Free concert on Green

    Country music band 6 Mile South is scheduled to perform a free concert Friday, May 25 on Lawrenceburg Green.
    The concert is the first in a series of free concerts sponsored by the city of Lawrenceburg.
    The band will begin at 7 p.m. Inflatables for children will be open at 6.
    Edwardo’s food will be available for purchase.

  • School budget approved, includes $500,000 in pay increases

    The Anderson County Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved a tentative budget that calls for around $750,000 in additional spending in its 2012-13 budget.
    The budget, which now heads to the state for approval but doesn’t become official until September, includes $500,000 in salary and benefits increases for staff, despite a similar amount of reduction in SEEK funds.
    It also would leave the district below the amount of money the state recommends it has in contingency funding, which concerned board chairman Roger McDowell.

  • Victim claims rape while trading sex for drugs

    A Lawrenceburg woman who police say admitted offering sex in exchange for drugs is claiming that the man who allegedly provided the drugs raped and sodomized her.
    Shelby Truman Waford Jr., 28, of 1375 Gilbert’s Creek Road, Lawrenceburg is charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and drug-related charges, according to court documents.
    He was taken to the Shelby County Detention Center before being released on a $50,000 surety bond.

  • Ex-daycare worker arrested for second time

    The daycare worker fired earlier this month for allegedly being drunk while feeding babies is now facing a second public intoxication charge along with three misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
    Gina York, 35, of 101 Saffell St., was arrested May 7 after the owners of Cradle to Crayons Daycare smelled alcohol on her breath and noticed her falling asleep while feeding children in the nursery.
    The following day she was arrested again, this time while trying to cross Glensboro Road near Saffell Street.