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  • 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.

  • COLUMN: Mustangs a team of 'Destiny'

    It was a good thing that Destiny was on Anderson County’s side Friday afternoon.

    Without her, the middle school state championship trophy might be residing in Whitley County today, just a long 3-pointer from the Tennessee line in Williamsburg.

    And yes, we said her. Destiny. Proper noun. Destiny Stewart.

  • 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.