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  • County spends thousands on hotels

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court has racked up thousands of dollars in hotel bills for overnight stays in Lexington and Louisville, along with over-the-limit and late payment charges to its credit cards.

    An investigation into the fiscal court’s travel expenses was conducted by The Anderson News following recent comments in a sworn deposition made by a woman suing the county for sexual harassment.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings March 25.

    Martaevio D. Buster, hearing, possession of marijuana -- continued to May 6.

    Benjamin Cox, sentencing, theft by deception (less than $300) -- continued to May 6.

    Benjamin Cox, arraignment, theft by deception (less than $500) -- continued to May 6.

    Benjamin T. Cox, disposition, theft by deception (less than $500) -- disposition not available at court time.

  • Judge, sheriff hopefuls square off Thursday

    Democratic candidates for sheriff and judge-executive will square off in a political forum this Thursday night and everyone’s invited.

    Sponsored by The Anderson News and Anderson County Chamber of Commerce, the forum will begin at 6 p.m. with sheriff candidates, followed by judge-executive candidates at 7:15.

    Admission is free.

    Participating will be judge-executive candidates Steve Cornish, the incumbent, and John Wayne Conway, a magistrate in the county’s 6th District.

  • 'All mouth and attitude'

    The rescue of two men stranded late Monday night on the bank of the Kentucky River ended with one of them being arrested.

    Dakota M. Turner, 19, of Lawrenceburg was charged with alcohol intoxication and menacing after he was plucked by rescuers from the Anderson County side of the riverbank near the Tyrone Bridge, according to a news release from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Thunder over Lawrenceburg: Truck, tractor pull coming to town

    The roar of pulling trucks and tractors will echo through Lawrenceburg on April 30 and May 1 when the city hosts Battle of the Bluegrass at the county park.

    The event, organized by Eddie Carey of Carey’s Towing and Recovery, is his latest effort to raise funds for worthy causes by inviting in some of the nation’s top truck and tractor pullers.

    “This one is to benefit the park,” Carey said Monday morning. “We hope to raise enough funds to put a fence around the motorsports portion of the park and to purchase new bleachers.”

  • Planting seeds of knowledge

    Traditional agriculture has met the changes demanded by the 21st century at Anderson County High School, and it is just in time for the spring planting season.

    The school will host the grand opening of its new greenhouse on Saturday, April 24 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The public is invited and can purchase a wide variety of vegetables and ornamental plants. Among the offerings are five varieties of tomatoes and three different kinds of peppers.

  • Shaw announces retirement

    The search is about to begin for a new superintendent of Anderson County Schools.

    Kim Shaw, the superintendent of the school system for the past five years, announced his retirement Monday evening at the Board of Education’s monthly meeting. Shaw will finish out the current school year, with his last day being June 30.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings March 8.

    Cynthorra C. Smith, arraignment, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security -- dismissed.

    Thomas L. Smith II, arraignment, operating on a suspended/revoked operator’s license -- pleaded not guilty, pretrial conference March 25.

    Gary D. Stanley, arraignment, operating a vehicle with an expired operator’s license -- failed to appear.

  • Another sheriff candidate?

    The winner of the May 18 Democratic primary election for sheriff could face yet another challenge in November.

    Jeff McCormick, 48, of 568 South Main St., Lawrenceburg, has filed his notice of intent to run as an independent candidate for sheriff.

    McCormick, who served with the state’s Fish and Wildlife Division before accepting law enforcement assignments overseas with the federal government, said he has yet to make up his mind if he will actually run.

    “I’ll make my decision between now and August,” McCormick said Monday morning.

  • Weight limit reduced for Tyrone Bridge

    Tyrone Bridge has been reduced to one lane and a 3-ton weight limit ordered as workers replace steel girders beneath its surface.

    Workers at the site Tuesday morning said the weight limit is in place more as a means of keeping large trucks from trying to navigate the narrow, single lane.

    Workers said the bridge is perfectly safe to handle well beyond the 3-ton limit.

    A spokesperson for the state’s Transportation Cabinet said the lane and weight reducations will be in place through May 16.