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  • Man charged with sexual abuse of 7-year-old girl

    From staff reports

    The case of a Lawrenceburg man charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a 7-year-old has been waived to the Anderson County Grand Jury, court records show.

    Gary W. Ritchie, 53, of 1039 Virginia Ave. has pleaded not guilty to the charge that stems from an incident that police say occurred at 106 Smith Court.

    He remains jailed in the Shelby County Detention Center on a $15,000 bond.


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    50 YEARS AGO

    Thursday, Dec. 10,1964

    New officers

    The Alton Ruritan Club installed new officers at its annual banquet at the Alton School. They were: Joe Garrity, vice president; Bob Elliott, secretary; Harley Stucker, president; Ellis Hostetter, treasurer; and outgoing president Coy Davis.


  • Three-vehicle wreck leaves two with life-threatening injuries

    Two people sustained life-threatening injuries and another serious injuries in this three-car wreck earlier this afternoon (Wednesday) at the intersection of US 127 and Highway 151.

    None of the victims have been identified.

    First responders said two were transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center and another to Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

  • Old English Ford gets new look

    Some people might see a beat up ride in the shop, but Darrel Poe, owner of Inside and Out, sees what it can be.
    Poe, who also works for the Bearcat Speed Shop, opened his own shop six months ago to utilize his 25 years of auto experience. His favorite projects are vintage car restorations. His latest work is on a 1954 Ford English.

  • Basic service costs for electricity could skyrocket

    The two companies that provide electricity to Anderson County are seeking hefty increases to their basic service charges.
    Blue Grass Energy, which serves just under 5,000 customers here, has requested a basic charge — the minimum amount to be provided service — that more than doubles over the next two years, jumping from $9.73 per month to $20, a 105 percent increase.

  • 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.”