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  • Mayor, committee reject bids for new skate park

    Two bids to construct a new skateboard park have been rejected, Mayor Edwinna Baker announced during Monday night’s meeting of the Lawrenceburg City Council.

    Baker offered no public explanation for their rejection, saying she met before the council meeting with members of the skate park committee and they reached a mutual decision.

    The decision means the project will have to be re-bid. That, combined with the current winter weather, likely means construction on the park will not start now until early spring.

  • Making their season bright

    Twenty-five children who might have received nothing for Christmas instead took home a shopping cart full of items, thanks to the second annual Shop With a Cop program Saturday morning.

    The program, launched last year by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department, doubled the number of children it provided toys for, according to Sheriff Troy Young.

    “We ended up buying toys for 25 children,” Young said. “Last year we had 12.”

  • Grand Jury indicts six on charges ranging from drugs to fleeing police

    The following people were indicted Dec. 8 by the Anderson County Grand Jury, according to court documents.

    Wade Engle, 44, of Blackey, was indicted on four charges: receiving stolen property (less than $10,000); use/possession of drug paraphernalia; operating on a suspended/revoked/canceled/denied operator’s license; and illegal possession of a legend drug.

    Nathan Green, 28, of 1820 Harrodsburg Road, was indicted on two charges: tampering with physical evidence; and possession of marijuana.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Sept. 28.

    Michael Cooper, hearing, attempted intimidating a participant in a legal process -- to serve 11 months (credit time served), fines and costs converted to eight days (concurrent).

    Michael A. Cooper, hearing, alcohol intoxication in a public place -- to serve 11 months (credit time served, concurrent) , fines and costs converted to eight days (concurrent).

  • Land wins spelling bee

    Whether it was his lucky pants or a lucky guess, Clayton Land earned a first place trophy at the Anderson County Championship Spelling Bee.

    Clayton, a fourth-grader at Emma B. Ward Elementary School, has worn his “lucky” pants at every level of competition leading up to Thursday night — and he plans to wear them when representing Anderson County at the state competition as well.

  • Bail reduced for dad accused of shaking baby

    Charges against the father accused of shaking his infant daughter so hard she suffered retinal bleeding, brain bleeds and broken bones were referred to the Anderson County Grand Jury last Thursday.

    Derek Hartley, 26, of 1016 Anderson City Road, was arrested Nov. 19 on two charges of first-degree assault. He appeared in Anderson County District Court on Thursday for a preliminary hearing before Judge Linda Armstrong.

  • Politics on parade?

    The level of campaigning during Saturday’s Christmas parade didn’t set well with Mayor Edwinna Baker, and likely won’t happen again.

    At least four candidates for office in next year’s election had floats or vehicles encouraging their election, including judge-executive candidates Donna Drury and John Wayne Conway, property value administrator candidate Chris Jones, and sheriff candidate Rex Burkhead.

    Other elected officials participated in the parade, but did not post signs or hand out literature encouraging their re-election.

  • Paris man charged with kidnapping Lawrenceburg teen

    Kentucky State Police arrested a 19-year-old Paris man Tuesday in connection with a Lawrenceburg teenager who went missing for about a day earlier this week.

    Brian T. Jones was arrested in Bourbon County after state police troopers and detectives from Post 12 in Frankfort executed search and arrest warrants at his residence, according to a news release from KSP.

    Chelsey Lane Deshazer, 14, of Lawrenceburg, was reported missing to state police on Sunday afternoon.

  • Unemployment rate surges to 12.5 percent

    Anderson County’s unemployment rate skyrocketed to 12.5 percent in October, according to statistics released recently by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

    Anderson’s rate is 25 percent higher than the average for the Bluegrass District (9.3 percent) and well above the state average of 10.7 percent.

    Anderson’s rate rose from 10.9 percent in September, and is up 4.4 percent from last October.

  • Chamber lashes out over sign ordinance

    With nearly two dozen Anderson County Chamber of Commerce members staring them down last Thursday night, the city’s board of adjustments tabled several requests for variances in the city’s sign ordinance.

    The meeting, held at city hall, became a rallying cry of sorts by chamber members who for the past year have attempted to work with city government to revise what they say is the city’s outdated sign ordinance.