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  • Health board puts budget, personnel cuts on hold

    It’s back to the drawing board for the health department after board members failed to approve nearly $190,000 in spending and workforce cuts.  
    The health board decided to table its finance committee’s proposed cost-savings and reduction in workforce plans after spending an hour and a half in closed session at the board’s Feb. 15 meeting.

  • Indicted: Police nab seven in cocaine, narcotics roundup

    The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the following people on indictment warrants stemming from multiple investigations into the trafficking of crack cocaine and prescription narcotics in Anderson County.
    More indictments and arrests are pending, the sheriff’s office reported. 
    Tristan Lee Bean, 22, of 322 Lincoln St., Lawrenceburg was indicted and arrested on one count of first-degree trafficking of crack cocaine.

  • Wright vows to fix health department

    Tim Wright’s first official act as interim public health director was to turn off the lights.
    Namely, the outdoor safety lights that could help save money when it comes to the health department’s $900 a month electric bill.
    It’s small savings, Wright said, but the beginning of his plan to improve the public’s perception of the health department, and strengthen the department’s relationship with the Anderson County community.

  • Herbal store owner busted for synthetic pot

    Enforcement of the county’s fake pot ban resulted in a real misdemeanor charge for one Anderson County business owner.
    Craig Vaughn, 30, owner of the Herbal Awakening store located on US 127, was charged Feb. 17 with alleged trafficking in a substance banned by a county ordinance, and could face other potential charges, Lawrenceburg city officer Josh Satterly said.

  • Head-on wreck hurts five on Fox Creek Rd.

    Five people sustained injuries in a head-on collision last Wednesday morning on Fox Creek Road.
    Trooper Trevor Harris with the Kentucky State Police said the accident occurred when Crystal Puckett of Lawrenceburg, driving a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer, dropped off onto the north shoulder of Fox Creek Road while traveling west.
    Puckett overcorrected and veered into the eastbound lane, colliding head-on with a 1996 Buick Century being operated by Steven Cox of Pleasureville.

  • Lawrenceburg City Council accepts tank bid

    The city council voted unanimously to approve a $1.092 million bid for the new Wild Turkey water storage tank at its Feb. 13 meeting.
    The council approved 5-0, with council member Ken Evans absent from the meeting, to accept the lowest bid for the project from Louisville company Caldwell Tanks, Inc., at $1,092,000.
    The bid includes construction of the new water storage tank on Wild Turkey property, as well as the removal of the two current water storage tanks on Center Street. The new water tank will increase volume capacity by 300,000 gallons.

  • King in action
  • Playground ‘required’ at new ECC building

    The Parent Teacher Organization of the Early Childhood Center isn’t playing around when it comes to raising more than $60,000 by next school year for required playground equipment at the new childhood center.  
    “It’s at least been on our radar screen; we knew even then that it would be unlikely that the money was going to be appropriated for the playground,” Belinda Hardin, PTO president, said of the needed funding for the ECC playgrounds. “Even before they were breaking ground on building the new building, we were fundraising.”

  • Man’s mission is to find Anderson County’s unmarked soldiers

    Wayne Darnell, a Vietnam veteran, places American flags on every grave in Fairview cemetery. He’s done so for about 20 years.
    It’s important to him to remember those who have served their country, like his father did in World War II, and as his great great-grandfather did before him in the Civil War.
    “I’ve been interested since I’ve been this tall,” Darnell, holding his hand at knee-length, said.

  • Former cop may still be charged

    The off duty Lawrenceburg police officer who reportedly was intoxicated and mislead police following an accident earlier this month in Franklin County might be charged after all.
    Franklin County Attorney Rick Sparks issued a statement Friday, saying that the investigation into the accident remains open.
    “The Franklin County Attorney’s office is continuing to review the case to determine what, if any, charges should be filed,” Sparks said in a statement to The Anderson News.