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  • Child porn suspect at large

    The Alton Station man indicted on three felony counts for possessing child pornography remains at large, according to Attorney General Jack Conway’s office.

    Mark Curtis Whitaker, 54, of 1140 Alton Station Road, was indicted March 16 by the Anderson County Grand Jury. Authorities have been looking for him since that time.

    “We are working with local authorities to locate him and bring him into custody,” said Allison Martin, a spokesperson for the attorney general’s office in Frankfort.

  • City accepts skate park bid

    The second time was a charm for bids on the skate park that will be built at Anderson County Community Park.

    The city council approved a bid from Jonathan Upchurch, a local contractor, at a special called meeting Wednesday.

    The council rejected two bids — one from American Ramp Company and one from Pacific Ramp Company — in December. Those bids were based on different designs.

    This time around, the city opened bids based on a specific design.

  • Police issue scam alert

    Local and state police are warning citizens of Irish Travelers, or home improvement "scam artists," who have been soliciting in communities across the state.

    Kentucky State Police issued a scam alert for the Bowling Green area, but Lawrenceburg Police Detective Mike Schell said he was contacted Thursday regarding some of these groups being seen in the Walmart parking lot.

    Most drive late model pickup trucks with South Carolina license plates, according to the KSP news release.

  • Corinth minister succumbs

    Gene Koons, whose fight back from devastating health problems was recently chronicled in The Anderson News, died early Tuesday at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

    Koons turned 55 on Monday.

    His battle to return to the pulpit after a major heart attack and paralyzing stroke was the subject of a feature story, “I’m a preacher,” which appeared in the Feb. 3 edition of The Anderson News.

  • Mayor says she's 'sorry'

    Mayor Edwinna Baker has responded to demands from American Legion officials to apologize for recent remarks by doing just that last Thursday.

    A day after The Anderson News printed portions of letters exchanged between the mayor and Legion member and attorney Walter Patrick, Baker delivered a letter to the newspaper that includes an apology for her roll in a dispute between the city and Legion about Little League’s efforts to build a third field at Legion Park.

  • Off to see the Wizard

    Complete with Dorothy, the Wicked Witch of the West and, yes, even a yellow-brick road, the Anderson County High School Act Cats will open their spring musical, “The Wizard of Oz,” this Friday, March 26 at 7 p.m.

    Other performances are scheduled for March 27 at 7 p.m., March 28 at 2:30 p.m., and April 1 and 2 at 7 p.m.

    All performances will be in the high school’s Bearcat Theater, under the direction of Jaclyn Haddix.

    Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and children ages 6 and up, and children under age 5 are admitted free.

  • Alton Station man indicted for child porn

    An Alton man has been indicted on three counts of possession child pornography by the Anderson County Grand Jury, according to information on file at the Anderson County Courthouse.

    Mark Curtis Whitaker, 54, of 1140 Alton Station Road, faces three Class D felony charges after being indicted March 16.

    He was charged on three separate counts, the first dating back to Feb. 27, 2007. The second charge is from July 28 to Dec. 19, 2009, and the third is from Jan. 3 of this year.

  • Submit your questions for sheriff, judge-executive candidates

    Do you have a question you would like to ask the Democratic candidates for sheriff? How about the Democrats running for judge-executive?

    Submit your question to The Anderson News, and you just might get an answer.

    The Anderson News and Anderson County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a political forum featuring those candidates on Thursday, April 22 at the Anderson County Middle School auditorium from 6 to 8:15 p.m.

    Sheriff candidates will answer questions from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by judge-executive questions from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Dec. 3.

    Tyler Chrisman, disposition, theft by unlawful taking -- failed to appear, show cause, continued to Dec. 17.

    Jennifer L. Corman, arraignment, theft by deception (less than $500) -- pleaded guilty, $183, installment/deferred payment Jan. 14.

    Terry Covington, review, theft by deception (less than $300) -- dismissed.

    Benjamin T. Cox, arraignment, theft by deception (less than $500) -- pleaded not guilty, pretrial conference Dec. 17.

  • Judge objects to recent headlines

    Judge-Executive Steve Cornish is objecting to what he calls “misleading” headlines in the past two editions of The Anderson News.

    In an e-mail to the paper, Cornish takes issue with a headline on an article about a recent audit of the county’s finances, and a headline about a fiscal court vote to pay down debt on the county park.

    The audit headline, “County audit shows problems” appeared in the March 3 edition of the paper. The debt headline, “Fiscal court tells judge to pay park debt,” appeared in the March 10 issue.