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  • Ongoing vandalism at county park called 'terrible'

    Vandals have torn through the Anderson County Community Park at least three times within the past week, and each time, park officials say the damage just gets worse.

    “The vandalism has gotten terrible,” said Parks Director Ronnie Hume. “In the last week, we’ve had something just about every day.”

    Tuesday morning, Hume said he found air freshener holders torn off the walls, tobacco products stuck on partitions and obscene images fashioned onto the hand dryer in the men’s restroom at the shelter near the county barn.

  • Suspect back in court for nude pictures

    The Lawrenceburg woman accused of using a cell phone to send nude photos of her herself using a vibrator to a 12-year-old boy will have the opportunity to undergo psychological testing before making her next appearance in court.

    A disposition hearing for Rachel Lawhon, 37, of 1167 Watts Run Road, was held Monday morning in Anderson Circuit Court. During the hearing, Judge Charles Hickman agreed to continue her case until Aug. 3.

  • School district moves forward with ECC project

    The Anderson County Board of Education is moving forward with its plans to build a new Early Childhood Center, just in case the state legislature approves a measure that will allow it to do so.

    The board selected the Alliance Corporation as the construction manager on the project. Alliance has worked with the district on several recent projects, including the addition and renovation at Anderson County High School and the new Emma B. Ward Elementary School.

  • Conway, Young, Stivers win primaries

    Anderson County Democrats knocked one incumbent from his job, returned one to office and picked their party’s choice to run for PVA in the fall during Tuesday’s primary election.

    Incumbent Sheriff Troy Young staved off a spirited challenge from Rex Burkhead by scoring a 54.5 percent to 45.5 percent victory.

    Magistrate John Wayne Conway ran away with the race for judge-executive, easily outdistancing incumbent Steve Cornish by nearly a 2-to-1 margin.

  • Cornish not charged in alleged assault

    A woman’s claim that Judge-Executive Steve Cornish assaulted her has been dismissed by a special prosecutor assigned to the case.

    Penny Johnson, of 1653 Bonds Mill Road, claimed Cornish grabbed her by the arm while she was standing on a bridge on Paxton Road on May 1 as highway crews worked to clear it of debris.

    Johnson, her husband Floyd and others were at the bridge that Sunday morning, complaining that it was improperly built about a year ago and that its design was causing flooding on their property upstream.

  • Parents asked to give input in superintendent, principal searches

    Anderson County Schools Superintendent Kim Shaw announced his retirement, effective the end of the current school year. The district is seeking parent input for its superintendent search.

    An online poll will be available through May 5 on the district website for parents to complete. Click here or access the poll by visiting anderson.kyschools.us. Click on the subhead “Parents and Students,” scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Superintendent Survey” to share your responses.

  • City of Lawrenceburg clean up dates

    Beginning April 26, the City of Lawrenceburg will pick up items that are no longer wanted by residents. All city officials ask is that those items be left curbside on the dates areas are scheduled for pick up.

    The city will pick up materials that the garbage collector does not normally pick up without an extra charge, said City Clerk Robbie Hume.

    Items that will not be collected include limbs, yard waste, lumber, paint containers, tires or any hazardous materials.

  • 'It was overwhelming'

    For Allie White, this year’s Anderson County Junior Miss program ended, at least in part, the same way it began — with a few tears.

    White became teary eyed Saturday night after hearing her name called as the winner of this year’s scholarship program Saturday night.

    “It’s the highest honor,” White said in an interview Monday afternoon. “I even cried. Junior Miss is a big deal. It was overwhelming.”

    White said she and the 18 other girls in the program came a long way from when practices started over three weeks ago.

  • Anderson County Grand Jury indicts six

    The following people were indicted May 4 by the Anderson County Grand Jury, according to documents obtained at the Anderson County Courthouse:

    Eddie D. Crumbley III,19, of Wilmore, was indicted on five charges: complicity to receiving stolen property (firearm); complicity to possession of marijuana; complicity to use/possession of drug paraphernalia; operating on a suspended/revoked operator’s license; and speeding 20 miles per hour over the limit.

  • Primary set for Tuesday

    Democrats will head to the polls Tuesday to decide the fates of Anderson County’s incumbent judge-executive and sheriff, as well as two candidates for property value administrator and a host of hopefuls looking to win seats on the fiscal court.

    Republicans won’t vote on any local races, but will have a chance to nominate candidate to challenge incumbent Congressman Ben Chandler (D-Versailles) and a candidate to vie for the Senate seat that now belongs to outgoing Senator Jim Bunning. (See pullout for details.)