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  • Ex-bus monitor to arraigned

    The former Anderson County school bus monitor who faces menacing and harassment charges is expected to be arraigned Thursday morning in Anderson District Court.
    Melinda R. Owens, 41, of 210 Forrest Drive, Lawrenceburg was issued a summons in October for allegedly pushing the face of a 12-year-old student into a seat and tearing up another 12-year-old’s school papers, according to documents obtained by The Anderson News.

  • Sentencing delayed for mom who tied up child

    The Lawrenceburg woman who pleaded guilty earlier this year to tying up her then-3-year-old child “very tightly” for up to 16 hours a day had her sentencing delayed until early next year when she appeared Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court.
    The attorney for Rebecca Medley told Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman that she has undergone several reconstructive surgeries and currently has wires sticking out of the back of her ear.

  • Philharmonic to join choirs for Handel’s ‘Messiah’

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Anderson County music lovers will get an early Christmas present this year.

    Members of the Lexington Philharmonic will join the high school’s advanced chorus and the chancel choir of First Christian Church on Sunday, Dec. 14 for a special performance of the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah.”

    The concert will be held in the high school’s Bearcat Theater. Doors will open at 1:15 for the 2 p.m. performance. Admission is free.

  • Birthday girl makes sure animals have special day, too

    By Shelley Spillman

    News staff

    While most children look forward taking center stage on their birthday, Delanie Brown, 6, was happy to share her day with the pets at the Anderson Humane Society.

    In lieu of gifts, she asked her friends and family to instead donate items for the Humane Society.

  • State’s health commissioner praises new family clinic

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The Anderson County Health Department’s Family Care Clinic drew praise from local officials when it opened last month for giving residents a chance to seek medical care locally.

    Now the facility is drawing praise from on high after receiving kudos from Dr. Stephanie Mayfield, the state’s commissioner of public health.

    “I applaud you,” Mayfield said during a ribbon cutting to christen the clinic last Tuesday morning. “You’re a model that we want to showcase.”

  • Christian Academy launches elementary financial course

    Brittany Price, financial secretary for the Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg, like most moms, has experienced her child asking for extravagant gifts such as a $400 gaming console.

    She said she knows her 8-year-old son sees her use a plastic debt card for payment, but like most elementary students, has no concept of spending or the process to earn and budget money.

    The Christian Academy is working to change that with a new program, “Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees,” which is aimed at financial literacy for elementary students.

  • Inmate held in contempt for f-bombing judge

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Already languishing in jail on a rash of forgery and criminal possession charges, a Dan Drive man probably figured his day couldn’t get any worse when he appeared last Thursday in Anderson District Court.

    He couldn’t have been more wrong.

    Frustrated after District Court Judge Donna Dutton refused his repeated pleas to turn his $5,000 cash bail into a surety bond so his mother could spring him from jail, William Whetzel, 20, finally told Dutton just exactly what he thought of her refusal.

  • Van smacks house, plows into pond

    From staff reports

    The driver of a van that tore off the corner of a home in the Running Brook Drive subdivision before traveling another 100 yards and coming to rest in a small pond reportedly blacked out during the wreck.

    The unidentified driver appeared uninjured while standing in the driveway at 1081 Running Brook Drive just minutes after the crash as he was being tended to by Anderson County EMS.

    He was later taken into a waited ambulance for further observation.

  • ‘Grinch’s’ finances questioned

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Questions surfaced Thursday about the financial ability of the owner of former Dairy Cheer restaurant to hire her own attorney when she admitted that she receives income and received a hefty settlement, neither of which were included on her application for a public defender.

    Lou Compton, 68, faces 14 charges of theft by deception for allegedly not paying some of her employees and writing bad checks to others just before Christmas in 2011 when the restaurant closed, prompting them to dub her “Dairy Grinch.”

  • One terrific trike

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Dude, that’s one sweet ride.

    Dude, in this case, is Lawrenceburg’s Dude Caldwell, and he’s about to take delivery of a custom trike built nearly from scratch by Garry Wash, owner of Wash’s Cycle, Home of Wild Turkey Chopper in Alton.