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  • 'He didn't have far to run'

    Police didn’t have far to go to arrest the man accused of robbing the Five Star Food Mart store on Broadway last Tuesday night.

    They only had to walk across the street to find Mitchell Raymond Osborne, 31, who allegedly robbed the store at gunpoint before taking the gun and the cash to his Johnson Street residence, according to Det. Mike Schell of the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    Schell said Osborne walked into the store around 10:45 p.m., showed the cashier what turned out to be a BB gun that looks like the real thing and walked home with less than $500.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings July 12.

    Jennifer L. McDermott, arraignment, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security – dismissed.

    Damon E. McKee, arraignment, operating motor vehicle under the influence(BAC .223) – continued July 26.

    James N. Mercer, arraignment, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security, operating motor vehicle under the influence(BAC .125) – continued July 26.

  • Bees swarm on Main St.

    Honeybees, and lots of them, stung several people and sent even more scrambling for cover after the tree in which they were living was cut down Monday afternoon on Main Street.

    The city contracted with John Sutherland of Boone Tree Service to have the rotting tree removed from the right of way in front of Dr. Dana Dahlen’s dental practice. Sutherland said he had no idea that the top portion of the tree he fell was full of bees, but it didn’t take him long to find out.

  • Two charged after cops find pound of pot

    Two people were arrested Aug. 17 after deputies found what they say was over 1 pound of processed marijuana at 1791 Anderson City Road, according to a news release.

    Charged with trafficking marijuana (over 8 ounces) were Timothy Scott Caldwell, 44, and Marilyn Hansley, 58, according to the news release.

    The charges are “firearm enhanced,” the news release states.

    Both were transported to the Franklin County Regional Jail.

    Deputies found the suspected marijuana while executing a search warrant, according to the news release.

  • Homes evacuated after car ruptures gas line

    Dozens of homes had to be evacuated last Friday morning after a vehicle struck and ruptured a natural gas line on North Main Street.

    The car snapped the above ground 1-inch line, allowing it to spew massive amounts of the highly flammable but invisible gas into the air. The line is located just off the shoulder of North Main, between a residence and the Stratmore Motel.

    Fortunately, the gas didn’t ignite before emergency personnel cleared the area of vehicles and other potential ignition sources.

  • Scholarship fundraiser draws over 100 guests to BCTC

    Over 100 guests attended the Lawrenceburg Campus of Bluegrass Community and Technical College's "Night of Glamour" on Saturday night raising enough funds for at least one scholarship to the school.

    Campus director Rhonda Wheeler said 105 guests attended the formal event, as well as 10 band members and 15 works, for a total attendance of 130.

    Although the final tally of funds raised at the event isn't in yet, Wheeler said the college will be awarding at least one scholarship.

  • Schools to set tax rate Monday

    The Anderson County Board of Education will meet Monday at 5:30 p.m. to set the real estate and personal property tax rate.

    The board met after a public hearing Thursday night with the intention of setting the rate, but a misunderstanding led to a failed motion and left the district without a tax rate.

    State law requires the tax rate to be set by the end of August.

  • District court proceedings

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

    Barry D. Simpson, preliminary hearing, possession of marijuana, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified), controlled substance prescription not in its original container, operating a motor vehicle under the influence -- continued to July 15.

    Pamela Taylor, pretrial conference, fourth-degree assault (domestic violence, minor injury) -- motion/disposition/trial date July 1.

  • County retiree still receiving health care benefits

    Taxpayers could be on the hook to pay thousands of dollars in health insurance premiums for a former county employee who retired last October.

    County Clerk Jason Denny confirmed Monday that the employee retired from his office but remains an active employee on the county’s list of workers receiving health care benefits.

    Denny said the monthly premium totals around $400, including $125 each month for prescription coverage. Through July, the total would be well over $3,000.

  • Inmates, others spraying county park

    A highway department employee apparently isn’t the only one to violate the state’s regulation on spraying weed killer on public property.

    County employees in other departments, along with inmates on work release from jail, spray weed killer in the county park and around the courthouse, but do not have the required state certifications to do so.

    The spraying appears to be done in numerous locations in the park, including the perimeter of the playground, skateboard park, in drainage ditches and around large drainage pipes.