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  • 77-year-old indicted for incest of child under 12

    Donald S. Geach, Sr., 77, was indicted Nov. 7 by the Anderson County Grand Jury on two counts of incest and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor over a period of three years.
    Geach allegedly “committed the offense of incest when he had deviate sexual intercourse” with a minor under the age of 12 during an incident that took place between September 2005 and September 2007. Geach is also charged with a sexual abuse offense during that same time period.

  • Whooping cough outbreak in schools spreads

    Another Anderson County elementary student has contracted whooping cough, this time a third grader at Saffell Street Elementary.
    Anderson County Health Director Tim Wright confirmed Tuesday morning that a positive case of pertussis or “whooping cough” was detected and confirmed at Saffell Street Elementary Monday afternoon.   
    Two more positive cases from Emma B. Ward Elementary were reported a day later, Wright said, bringing the total number of infections to eight in the county as of Tuesday afternoon.  

  • 'Whooping cough' spreads to Saffell Street Elementary

    Another Anderson County elementary student has contracted whooping cough, this time a third grader at Saffell Street Elementary.

    Anderson County Health Director Tim Wright confirmed Tuesday morning that a sixth positive case of pertussis or “whooping cough” was detected and confirmed at Saffell Street Elementary at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon.   

    Wright said the health department, located at 1180 Glensboro Road in Lawrenceburg, will now provide $5 whooping cough immunizations for adults and children 11 years of age and older.

  • Free 'whooping cough' vaccinations available Friday for Ward students, staff

    Free "whooping cough" vaccinations will be provided by the Anderson County Health Department on Friday, Nov. 16 from 4-5:30 p.m. for Emma B. Ward Elementary students and staff who may have been in contact with students positively diagnosed with pertussis, commonly known as "whooping cough."

    Superintendent Sheila Mitchell confirmed the whooping cough outbreak in a press release Thursday morning, stating that the state epidemiology department recommended all fifth grade students at Ward be immunized for whooping cough.

  • ‘Whooping cough’ outbreak confirmed at Ward Elementary

    An outbreak of pertussis or “whooping cough” was confirmed Thursday morning at Emma B. Ward Elementary, according to Superintendent Sheila Mitchell and Anderson County Health Director Tim Wright.

    Five cases of whooping cough have been reported, all isolated to a single fifth grade classroom, Wright said.

    According to Wright, the first student at Ward to contract whooping cough first visited the doctor on Oct. 22, but the case was not confirmed until Nov. 9.

  • Internet comedy series features Lawrenceburg residents

    Lawrenceburg residents Nycole and Travis Huber recently finished reprising their roles in season two of regionally produced “Brothers Barbarian,” a comedy Web series about two teenage barbarians who have been turned into overweight, balding, middle-aged men by an evil witch.

  • Wicks and Wonders finds new home on Main Street

    Lawrenceburg’s Main Street was the only choice for Nancy Cunningham’s new candle and gift shop Wicks and Wonders.
     “When I was a child, downtown was full,” Cunningham, who grew up in Anderson County said. “I want to bring stuff back downtown.”
    Downtown, therefore, was the ideal place to open up a storefront at 127 South Main.
    “There was no alternative location for me, because I think that’s where it should be,” Cunningham said of her new business.

  • City grants extension on historic district recommendation

    The joint Planning and Zoning Commission now has until January to finalize its decision about a potential historic district in Lawrenceburg, thanks to an extension granted by the city council Monday night.
    Council members voted 5-0 to allow the joint commission until its January 2013 meeting to review requested ordinances from Bluegrass Area Development District in making its final recommendation either for or against the creation of a historic district.
    Council member Paul Thomas Vaughn was absent from the Nov. 12 meeting.

  • Parents who sold marijuana to son sentenced

    A mom and dad charged with selling marijuana to their 17-year-old son have pleaded guilty and were sentenced last Wednesday in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Hershel and Karen Brown of 124 Dove Drive were both placed on four-year supervised diversion program, and Judge Charles Hickman ordered them to remain drug and alcohol free, not possess firearms and other restrictions during sentencing.
    They were charged in August after police searched their residence and reported finding marijuana, hydrocodone, Oxyconton, cash and guns.

  • Driver smashes into Fox Creek residence, flees accident scene

    A Lawrenceburg man crashed a Chevy Tahoe into a Fox Creek Road residence early Monday afternoon and fled the scene of the accident.
    According to Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tony Likens, 20-year-old driver John Ivey of 1497 Aaron Barnett Road was driving west into Lawrenceburg with a single passenger, 19-year-old Andrew Rittenberry, when Ivey lost control of his vehicle at the intersection of Fox Creek Road and Anderson City Road a little before 1 p.m. Monday afternoon.