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  • Chandler votes no on health care bill

    The $1 trillion health care reform bill that passed Saturday in the House of Representatives did so without the help of Congressman Ben Chandler (D-Versailles).

    Chandler was one of 39 Democrats who broke ranks with his party by voting against the measure that was narrowly approved by a 215-210 margin.

    Chandler, who took heat from his constituency during Congress’ August recess for not holding health care reform town hall meetings, explained in a statement on his website why he didn’t vote for the measure.

  • Animals killed, businesses burn in Hilltop blaze

    Fire investigators on Tuesday determined that a faulty electric panel is to blame for a blaze Monday night that destroyed two businesses in Hilltop Plaza and killed a dozen animals.

    Lawrenceburg Fire Chief Robert Hume said it appears the fire broke out in the rear of All About Animals in a room where the animals were stored.

    “That’s where the electric panel was,” he said. “We’ve finished our investigation and determined that was the cause.”

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Aug. 17.

    Jellusia Ballard, hearing, theft by deception (less than $300) -- sentenced to six months (conditionally discharged), $183, show cause/installment/deferred payment Sept. 3.

    Lana H. Gibson, motion for shock probation, operating a motor vehicle under the influence (BAC .188), resisting arrest, second-degree criminal mischief -- motion denied, review Dec. 10.

    Pamela F. Robinson, hearing, theft by deception (less than $300) -- to serve 30 days.

  • Billy G. pleads guilty, apologizes

    The third time wasn’t a charm for Billy Gillispie.

    Gillispie pleaded guilty Monday morning to driving under the influence earlier this year in Lawrenceburg, marking the first time being charged with that offense has stuck with the former University of Kentucky basketball coach.

    Gillispie was previously charged twice with driving under the influence but never convicted.

  • Pictures from Halloween 2009

    Here are a few photos from Halloween 2009.

  • Bringing Hollywood to Lawrenceburg

    When Hope Riley wasn’t getting cast for the roles she wanted, her husband suggested she write a script and together they would find a way to turn it into reality.

    This suggestion made Riley angry — at first.

    “I thought, ‘I’m not a writer. I’m an actress. Scripts are supposed to fall in my lap,’ ” Riley said. “Then my husband said, ‘Well, that’s not happening, so maybe you should try writing.’ ”

  • Post 34, Christian Academy plan Veterans Day events

    The American Legion Post 34 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 34 will host a Veteran’s Day service on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 3 p.m.

    The service will take place inside the Legion Clubhouse just off Broadway.

    Community members are invited. Refreshments will be served following the service.

    On Nov. 11, the Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg will host a Veterans Day celebration at its central campus at Lawrenceburg United Methodist Church at 1:30 p.m.

    Special guest speaker, Jack Smith, will share his experiences as a veteran, according to a news release.

  • Burkhead to challenge for sheriff

    Rex Burkhead plans to run for Anderson County sheriff in the spring primary election, he announced this weekend.

    Burkhead retired Oct. 31 after 20 years in state government law enforcement with the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Parks.

    “I’ve had a great law enforcement career at Fish and Wildlife,” he said. “But it is time for me to move forward and take this next step. I believe I have a lot to offer the people in Anderson County as their sheriff.”

  • Grand jury indictments

    The following people were indicted November 3 by the Anderson County Grand Jury.

    Donald K. Woodson III, 29, of Frankfort, was indicted on one count of complicity to fraudulent use of credit cards (more than $100 in a six-month period).

    Roney Lee McKinney II, 32, of 1725 Leathers Road, was indicted on three counts of fraudulent use of credit cards (more than $100 in a six-month period).

    Brian Lawson, 30, of 408 Village Drive, was indicted on two counts of receiving stolen property (firearm).

  • Tight-lipped fiscal court approves deal for new sheriff's department

    The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department could be moving into a new home in the near future.

    Maybe.

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court gave unanimous consent for County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis to draw up a contract for the county to obtain a commercial building at the corner of Court and Main streets during its meeting last Tuesday night.

    Magistrate Juretta Wells was not at the meeting.

    The vote followed a lengthy closed session, and no specifics on the deal were discussed.