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  • Mayor says she's 'sorry'

    Mayor Edwinna Baker has responded to demands from American Legion officials to apologize for recent remarks by doing just that last Thursday.

    A day after The Anderson News printed portions of letters exchanged between the mayor and Legion member and attorney Walter Patrick, Baker delivered a letter to the newspaper that includes an apology for her roll in a dispute between the city and Legion about Little League’s efforts to build a third field at Legion Park.

  • Off to see the Wizard

    Complete with Dorothy, the Wicked Witch of the West and, yes, even a yellow-brick road, the Anderson County High School Act Cats will open their spring musical, “The Wizard of Oz,” this Friday, March 26 at 7 p.m.

    Other performances are scheduled for March 27 at 7 p.m., March 28 at 2:30 p.m., and April 1 and 2 at 7 p.m.

    All performances will be in the high school’s Bearcat Theater, under the direction of Jaclyn Haddix.

    Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and children ages 6 and up, and children under age 5 are admitted free.

  • Alton Station man indicted for child porn

    An Alton man has been indicted on three counts of possession child pornography by the Anderson County Grand Jury, according to information on file at the Anderson County Courthouse.

    Mark Curtis Whitaker, 54, of 1140 Alton Station Road, faces three Class D felony charges after being indicted March 16.

    He was charged on three separate counts, the first dating back to Feb. 27, 2007. The second charge is from July 28 to Dec. 19, 2009, and the third is from Jan. 3 of this year.

  • Submit your questions for sheriff, judge-executive candidates

    Do you have a question you would like to ask the Democratic candidates for sheriff? How about the Democrats running for judge-executive?

    Submit your question to The Anderson News, and you just might get an answer.

    The Anderson News and Anderson County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a political forum featuring those candidates on Thursday, April 22 at the Anderson County Middle School auditorium from 6 to 8:15 p.m.

    Sheriff candidates will answer questions from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by judge-executive questions from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Dec. 3.

    Tyler Chrisman, disposition, theft by unlawful taking -- failed to appear, show cause, continued to Dec. 17.

    Jennifer L. Corman, arraignment, theft by deception (less than $500) -- pleaded guilty, $183, installment/deferred payment Jan. 14.

    Terry Covington, review, theft by deception (less than $300) -- dismissed.

    Benjamin T. Cox, arraignment, theft by deception (less than $500) -- pleaded not guilty, pretrial conference Dec. 17.

  • Judge objects to recent headlines

    Judge-Executive Steve Cornish is objecting to what he calls “misleading” headlines in the past two editions of The Anderson News.

    In an e-mail to the paper, Cornish takes issue with a headline on an article about a recent audit of the county’s finances, and a headline about a fiscal court vote to pay down debt on the county park.

    The audit headline, “County audit shows problems” appeared in the March 3 edition of the paper. The debt headline, “Fiscal court tells judge to pay park debt,” appeared in the March 10 issue.

  • Commission re-adopts plan despite attorney warnings

    The city and county joint planning commission asserted last Tuesday that its comprehensive plan contains valid research and information.

    Trouble is that isn’t true, according to previous statements by at least two attorneys who have reviewed the plan.

    The commission voted to readopt instead of update the plan, which came as a surprise to the agency that created it, according to Dal Harper, a senior regional planner for Bluegrass Area Development.

  • Auto Mall shut down

    When Tommy McAdams purchased his 2010 Ford Escape earlier this year, he never dreamed that by the middle of March he still wouldn’t have legal title to the vehicle.

    McAdams apparently isn’t alone. Similar complaints, including some potentially criminal, have been pouring in since Bill Waits Auto Mall closed its doors last Tuesday night, leaving some of its customers in a lurch and Anderson County without a new-car dealership for the first time in decades.

  • Egg hunt set for March 27

    The annual Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary and the City of Lawrenceburg, is set for Saturday, March 27.

    The hunt will begin at 1 p.m. sharp at the American Legion Clubhouse located at 725 W. Broadway, organizers said.

    The event is open to all children ages 1 to 12. Children will be split into four age groups for the hunt.

    Refreshments will be served, and children will have the chance to find money eggs, earn prize baskets and have their pictures taken for free.

    Special guests, Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, will also make an appearance.

  • Diesel spilled when gravel truck flips

    A blown right-front tire caused a dump truck to leave the road, spill its load of gravel and leak an estimated 100 gallons of diesel fuel into a culvert last Tuesday afternoon on Highway 62 near Powell-Taylor Road.

    The driver of the truck escaped injury, but the accident prompted a significant clean-up effort by several local agencies, according to Bart Powell, the county’s emergency management director.

    The driver of the truck managed to escape injury, but his truck was seriously damaged when it toppled over and came to rest in a ditch.