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  • Pain in the gas

    Residential natural gas customers will see their bills increase 6.6 percent if Atmos Energy gets its way.

    The supplier that provides gas to 2,782 Anderson County homes and businesses has asked state’s public services commission to approve the increase, along with a proposed 1.9 percent increase for commercial customers and a 3.9 percent increase for industrial customers.

  • Preacher can't sway fiscal court on booze

    A preacher quoting a Bible verse about repelling evil wasn’t enough to stop the Anderson County Fiscal Court from approving Sunday alcohol sales.

    Magistrates voted 5-1 Tuesday morning to allow restaurants to sell alcohol by the drink on Sundays, ending a years-long debate about the topic. They also approved allowing the county’s two bourbon distilleries and Lovers Leap Vineyard and Winery to sell their products on Sundays.

    They did so following an animated upbraiding from a Frankfort-area preacher, who said magistrates are charged with keeping people safe.

  • Send Santa your wish list!

    The Anderson News is once again helping Santa find out just what to bring on Christmas morning.

    Send your letters for the jolly Mr. Claus to santa@theandersonnews.com by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27.

    Please limit your letters to 100 words so that Santa has enough time to read through them all.

    If you'd like, send along a photo of yourself in JPEG format.

  • Weekend events kick off Christmas in Lawrenceburg

    Community members are invited to celebrate an “old-fashioned Christmas” this weekend during a host of events sponsored by the City of Lawrenceburg.

    The city’s annual Holiday Remembrance Ceremony and Christmas tree lighting are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 at Lawrenceburg Green. The Green is located behind Town and Country Bank and adjacent to the city parking lot.

  • Anderson among state's toughest on drunk drivers

    Former UK basketball coach Billy Gillispie wasn’t the first to find out that drinking and driving in Anderson County nearly guarantees a conviction, and he certainly won’t be the last.

    Anderson trails only Shelby County in DUI conviction rate, and only by the narrowest of margins, according to statistics compiled in a joint effort between the Kentucky Transportation Center and UK College of Engineering.

    Between 2004 and 2008, Anderson sported a 92.3 conviction rate, one-tenth of a percent behind Shelby’s 92.4.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Sept. 21.

    Joseph L. Linville, arraignment, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security -- pleaded not guilty, disposition Oct. 5.

    Courtney Lovell, arraignment, no operator’s/moped license -- pleaded not guilty, disposition Nov. 2.

    Ricardo S. Meaux, arraignment, passing a loading/unloading school/church bus -- pleaded not guilty, pretrial conference Oct. 14, motion/disposition/trial date Nov. 2.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Matthew K. Eckert heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Sept. 10.

    Melissa D. Bamberger, arraignment, theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting) -- bonded out.

    Brian Lawson, arraignment, receiving stolen property (firearm) -- pleaded not guilty, continued to Sept. 17.

    Megan L. Reffett, arraignment, fraudulent use of credit cards (less than $10,000) -- pleaded not guilty, continued to Sept. 17.

  • State Christmas tree cut here

    Kevin D. Gritton loved giving unique Christmas gifts, and this year, his parents gave the state a unique gift in his memory.

    Joyce and Jackie Gritton, who live on Wilson Lane in Alton Station, donated a 30-foot-tall Norway Spruce to serve as the Commonwealth Christmas tree at the state capitol.

    “This is Kevin’s unique gift to the state of Kentucky,” Jackie Gritton said Thursday morning just minutes before the tree was cut from his yard.

  • Police look for suspects in smoke shop burglary (WITH VIDEO)

    The Anderson County Sheriff's Office is investigating a burglary that occurred Monday morning at Bo's Smoke Shop near Eagle Lake.

    The sheriff's office received an alarm drop at 12:15 a.m. Monday. When Deputy Patrick Beasley arrived, he found the front door to the business had been broken out and the store had been burglarized, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

    An inventory estimate of $10,000 in cigarettes and cigars had been stolen, including some cash, the news release said.

  • Infant suffers broken bones, bleeding from shaking

    A Lawrenceburg man is accused of shaking his infant daughter so hard that she suffered rectal bleeding, a brain hemorrhage and multiple broken bones.

    Derek Hartley, 26, of 1016 Anderson City Road was arrested Nov. 19 on two charges of first-degree assault. He appeared Monday in Anderson District Court and is currently being held in Frankfort Regional Detention Center on $250,000 cash bail.