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  • Girl Scout troop gives to, receives from soldiers

    The children in Afghanistan love Girl Scout cookies.
    “They like the Caramel DeLites and Tagalogs,” said Bobbie Mayes, a soldier who just returned from Afghanistan in May. “They absolutely loved it. It brought a true smile to their face.”
    Mayes, who worked to empower Afghanistan women to manage their own businesses, received a package of cookies, letters and other items from the states from a Lawrenceburg Daisy troop during her year-long deployment.

  • Troopers chase, catch armed robbery suspect

    A Harrodsburg man who police say robbed a Nelson County drug store Monday morning was nabbed in Anderson County following a vehicle and foot chase.
    William R. Keeton, 37, crashed his car and ended up in a field about 20 feet off Highway 53, about 10 miles south of Lawrenceburg. He then jumped from the vehicle and took off on foot, but was quickly tracked down by troopers with the Kentucky State Police.

  • Two popped for pills, ‘H’

    Two men were arrested on charges of first-degree trafficking and possession of controlled substances, city police said, after Lawrenceburg police officers searched an 105 Alice Drive apartment last Wednesday evening and found an undisclosed amount of heroin, marijuana, narcotics and cash in the residence.
    Daniel S. Hamill, 24, and Jimmy L. Wash, 36, were charged with first-degree trafficking of a controlled substance, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

  • Will Hurley get canned?

    Embattled health department director Brandon Hurley could be looking for a new job following next Wednesday’s Anderson County Board of Health meeting.
    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway, who sits on the health board, confirmed Monday that he intends to follow through with a promise he made in August to make a motion to have Hurley fired.
    “Yes, I will,” Conway said. “He is incompetent to be the director of the health department.”

  • Attorney: City clerk can vote

    The city council voted 4-3 on a tiebreaker vote to pass the second reading of the civil offense ordinance, which will now enforce zoning violations as civil rather than criminal offenses.
    The council split its vote 3-3. With Mayor Edwinna Baker absent to attend to economic development regarding Bluegrass Area Development District, city clerk Robbie Hume, in the mayor’s place, voted to approve the ordinance.

  • Healing Field flag thefts continue

    “It’s just sad. It’s just so very sad.”
    That was the reaction of local attorney Marie Hellard when told Tuesday that a flag that hung over her nephew’s marker at the Healing Field had been stolen.
    The flag was for Timothy Lewis, who died in 2007 while serving in the Marine Corps in the Philippines, and was one of 103 raised there in memory of Kentucky soldiers who have died since the attacks on 9/11. It remains the nation’s only permanent Healing Field.

  • Search warrant leads to heroin, narcotics drug bust

    Two men were arrested on charges of first degree trafficking and possession of controlled substances, city police said, after Lawrenceburg police officers searched an 105 Alice Drive apartment Wednesday evening and found an undisclosed amount of heroin, marijuana, narcotics and cash in the residence.

    Daniel S. Hamill, 24, and Jimmy L. Wash, 36, were charged with first degree trafficking of a controlled substance, first degree possession of a controlled substance, third degree possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

  • Math, reading scores up, but schools fail NCLB standards

    Anderson County Schools, as a district, failed to make federal No Child Left Behind Act standards for the second year in a row, though the district improved its overall index score by 7.7 percent from last year.
    The district is now designated as in its first year of district improvement status and eligible for state assistance for the middle and high schools.
    Only 43 percent of Kentucky’s public schools met their average yearly progress goals, with 132 other districts given the same classification consequence as Anderson County.  

  • Suspect caught after holing up in Best Western

    A man suspected of robbing a pharmacy in Paris on Sept. 22 was apprehended last Wednesday afternoon, but not before doing his level best to get away.
    Realizing that police were closing in on him, Mark A. Sparks, 24, of Paris reportedly leaped from the second-floor window of a room he rented at the Lawrenceburg Best Western but was quickly tracked down by police and taken into custody.

  • Two flags swiped from Healing Field

    They fly above granite markers at the Healing Field in Lawrenceburg as a patriotic reminder of Kentucky soldiers who gave their lives in the war on terrorism.
    Apparently, not everyone shares that level of patriotism because, sometime last week, someone lowered two American flags and stole them.
    Officials with American Legion Post 34 and its Auxiliary replaced those flags last Wednesday afternoon, but said they can’t understand why anyone would commit such an act.