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  • Woman recovers after stabbing herself while fleeing police

    A Frankfort woman who stabbed her self repeatedly in the neck during a high-speed police chase through Anderson and two other counties has been released from the hospital.
    Rebecca Manley, 31, had stabbed herself six times in the neck with a knife before being taken into custody by Kentucky State Police last Tuesday, but her injuries were not that serious, said Hunter Martin, the trooper who initiated the traffic stop that led to the pursuit.

  • 2011: Year of joy, tears and one saucy trial

    Anderson County had plenty to celebrate during 2011, but it also had plenty of reasons to mourn, cry or simply be embarrassed at the admitted shenanigans in the former judge-executive’s office.
    It was a year when a small town rallied behind its underdog high school football team, came together as one to support unified government, and applauded its hometown sheriff for being named the state’s best.

  • City works to nail down travel policy

    The honor system is the only current city policy available when it comes to travel and training reimbursements for city employees.
    Auditor Thomas Smith of the downtown accounting firm Farmer and Humble had only one suggestion for the city council following its 2010-2011 fiscal year audit: take a closer look at the city’s spending in travel and training.

  • King warns against splitting Anderson

    With rumors flying in Frankfort over how the state legislature intends to redistrict Kentucky, state Rep. Kim King issued a stern warning Friday morning about any attempts to mess with Anderson County.
    “Constitutionally, Anderson County cannot be split,” King said. “If the majority tries to do that, we have all of our ducks in a row already to take them to court.”

  • Man indicted for third DUI, firearm possession

    The following people were indicted Dec. 20 by the Anderson County Grand Jury, according to documents on file in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Charles B. Vernon, 52, 3910 Finley Ridge Road, Campbellsville, was indicted with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon from an incident that occurred Nov. 11.
    He was also indicted on second-offense operating a motor vehicle while license suspended/revoked; third-offense driving under the influence; no insurance; and other moving violations.

  • Cheered up, but not much

    A group of former Dairy Cheer employees who say they received bad checks or weren’t paid at all had a merrier Christmas thanks to the generosity of Anderson Countians who answered their pleas for help.
    “We’ve received monetary donations, toys, food clothing … it’s just been wonderful,” said Catherine Zimmerman, the now-closed store’s general manager who organized several days of fundraising.
    “I always knew this was a great community, but this really solidified that,” she said.

  • Fiscal court notebook: 12-28-11

    Conway: ‘I made a boo-boo’
    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway told the fiscal court last Tuesday that he made what he called a serious mistake in handling a $55,000 state grant to refurbish holding pens at the county’s animal shelter.
    Conway, who announced the grant a couple of months ago, said the construction work at the animal shelter should have been put out for bid, which should have then been approved by the fiscal court along with a contract to the winning bidder.
    None of that happened, he said.

  • Mom says teacher stuffed autistic son into duffle bag

    The story of a 9-year-old autistic Mercer County child allegedly stuffed into a duffle bag during school has made national news and has an autistic college student from Georgetown University petitioning to have school officials fired.
    Media outlets including the Associated Press and major TV networks have aired the story of fourth-grader Christopher Baker.
    His mother, Sandra, claims that she arrived at the school on Dec. 14 only to hear her son’s voice coming from inside of what appeared to be an Army-style duffle bag.

  • County declares war on fake pot, bath salts

    One might say the Anderson County Fiscal Court has been scared straight.
    With no hesitation and strong words of rebuke from Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway, the fiscal court voted unanimously to begin the process of outlawing the panoply of synthetic and marijuana-like drugs that are being sold openly — and legally — in Anderson County.

  • Teen indicted for shooting sleeping sister

    A Frankfort man was indicted last week on charges that he shot his sister in the head earlier this year.
    Anthony Wideman, 18, who formerly lived in Anderson County but now resides at 137 Douglas Ave., Frankfort, was arrested last Wednesday and charged with first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence. Both charges are felonies.
    The incident occurred at 96 Woodland Circle Avenue in Lawrenceburg.