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  • Self checkout, guns coming to Walmart

    Walmart is planning significant changes for its Lawrenceburg store this summer — changes that will almost certainly make most shoppers happy.
    Store manager Kim Darland confirmed last week that Walmart will install eight self checkout lines this August, along with bringing back two popular items: guns and fabric.
    The checkout lanes are designed to allow shoppers to cash out on their own by scanning items, bagging them and paying without a cashier.

  • 'Dangerous' burglary suspect behind bars

    A man suspected in a string of home burglaries and described by police as “dangerous” turned himself last week following a four-county manhunt.
    James Lopez Jr. of Somerset was wanted on suspicion of at least two burglaries in southern Anderson County that occurred Feb. 7-8 on Hawthorne Lane and Bonds Mill Road, according to Det. Bryan Taylor of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
    He was also suspected of burglaries in Mercer, Boyle and Casey counties, Taylor said.

  • Child-tying suspects due back in court, prepare for trial

    One of the more anticipated criminal trials in several years is scheduled to begin later this month for the three people charged with tying up a 3-year-old for up to 16 hours each day.
    The trial is scheduled for Feb. 25-27, but a pretrial conference is scheduled for Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Charged in the case are the girl’s parents, Rebecca and Herbert Medley, along with her grandmother, Carolyn Case.

  • Auditor: City government nets $148,000 profit in 2012

    The city of Lawrenceburg received a positive “clean opinion” for its 2012 independent audit, according to Auditor Thomas Smith of Lawrenceburg accounting firm Farmer and Humble.
    Smith presented the council with his findings during the council’s meeting on Monday night, stating that there were no incidences of non-compliance for the city during the last fiscal year.
    The city even made a “net profit,” Smith said, of $148,049 in governmental funds revenue for 2012.

  • Closing the achievement gap, one sticky note at a time

    By Meaghan Downs
    News staff
    Waking up at 5:45 a.m. one morning last week, Instructional Supervisor Sharon Jackman wanted to check one thing on her phone.
    Anderson County test scores.
    Students just finished being tested using the Measures of Academic Progress exam or MAP, Jackman said, a test given three times a year that allows staff to track academic growth and predict performance, as best they can, on how students K-8 will score on state assessments like the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) in the spring.

  • Magistrates start process to do away with business, booze licenses

    Those thinking about purchasing a county business license might want to hold off a few weeks.
    During its meeting last Tuesday, the Anderson County Fiscal Court took the first step in eliminating that license and others to become what Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway calls more “business friendly.”
    Magistrates unanimously approved a motion to have County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis draft an ordinance that would take off the books a license based on the number of people a business employs, as well as one required for stores that sell beer and liquor.

  • Trashed Lock Road property draws ire of fiscal court

    A pile of junk and trash on Lock Road remains untouched a full year after the property’s owner was put on notice that it had to be cleaned up.
    Frustrated with the lack of progress, the Anderson County Fiscal Court debated last Tuesday using county equipment to cleaning it up and placing a lien on the property, which is owned by Robin Sims of 100 Quachita Trail, Frankfort.

  • Anderson County graduate Turney wins top Air Force award

    A Lawrenceburg woman has been named the United States Air Force’s Physical Medicine Airman of the Year, the Air Force Surgeon General’s office announced in a news release.
    Senior Airman Hayley (Carlson) Turney, a 2009 graduate of Anderson County High School, works as a physical therapy technician and is stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base, located just outside Rapid City, SD.
    The award is part of the Air Force’s Medical Service Annual Award competition, which included individual and team awards, according to the release.

  • Judge sets bond, says Tindal is ‘a threat to the community’

    The case involving violent text message threats made against a female student and the Anderson County High School will now be referred to the Anderson County Grand Jury.
    James R. Tindal, 19, of 1430 Van Buren Road, appeared in Anderson County District Court last Thursday morning for a preliminary hearing and is charged with 18 counts of third-degree terroristic threatening, one count of second-degree terroristic threatening and 41 counts of harassing communications.

  • Eighth graders score well, sophomores slump on test

    Anderson County school administrators have cause for celebration, as well as room for improvement, when it comes to examining the school district’s EXPLORE and PLAN test results.
    The Kentucky Department of Education recently released public school district scores for the pre-ACT assessments EXPLORE and PLAN, both tests used to predict the college and career-readiness of eighth and 10th graders.