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  • Relay for Life kicks off Friday

    The eighth annual Anderson County Relay for Life is set to begin Friday night at 6.

    The event, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, runs through 6 a.m. Saturday.

    Over 20 teams will be walking around the track at the American Legion fairgrounds and city park in an effort to raise $113,000. Last year’s event raised $108,690.

    The event has continued to grow since it started in 2002, organizers said.

  • Ex-youth minister in court Tuesday

    The former First Baptist Church youth minister accused of sexually abusing two teens in 1992 is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Anderson County Circuit Court for a pretrial conference.

    Gordon Lunceford, 46, of Richmond, was indicted by a grand jury last month on 13 counts of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse of two children, one under 16 and the other under 14 at the time.

    At least one of the alleged victims came forward last summer and Kentucky State Police launched an investigation in August.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings April 13.

    Jeffrey A. Lovins, hearing, operating a motor vehicle under the influence (BAC .178) -- to serve 166 days (credit time served from April 7).

    Marcus A. Maxberry, arraignment, fourth-degree assault (domestic violence, no visible injury), third-degree criminal mischief -- bonded out.

    William Nathaniel Pope, motion, theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting, less than $300) -- granted.

  • Fireworks rained out, moved to Friday

    It may have rained on the Fourth of July parade last Saturday, but the show will still go on.

    Festivities in celebration of the Fourth of July, which were rained out Saturday, have been rescheduled for this Friday, July 10.

    The schedule of events is basically the same, with the only major change being that the parade will line up at the American Legion at 5 p.m. instead of 4.

    The parade will start at 5:30 at the Legion on Broadway, travel up Main Street, turn on Woodford and end at the Lawrenceburg Green, said City Clerk Robbie Hume.

  • A hero's education

    Never in a million years did Truman Wells think he would receive his high school diploma in the same year as his grandson, and given another 100 years, Wells doesn’t think it could happen again.

    Wells, an 85-year-old World War II veteran who lives in Lawrenceburg, was awarded his diploma from Waddy High School by the Shelby County Board of Education on June 25 — 66 years after being drafted out of high school into WWII and within a month of his grandson, Graham Young, graduating from Anderson County High School.

  • Judge's budget 'nightmare' comes true

    Anderson County started its new fiscal year more than $50,000 in the hole after a hoped-for budget surplus didn’t materialize.

    Judge-Executive Steve Cornish made the announcement during last Tuesday’s special-called meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    “My worse nightmare has come true,” Cornish said. “We needed to carry over a little more than $600,000 to balance the new budget and that’s not going to happen.”

  • Roe set to enter guilty plea

    The church keyboardist accused of obtaining a fake commercial drivers license is expected to enter a guilty plea this week or next, Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said Monday morning.

    Lance Roe, a licensed funeral director at Gash Memorial Chapel and organist at First Baptist Church, is charged with complicity to commit unlawful access to a computer, a Class C felony, and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a Class D felony.

  • Ex-youth minister charged with sodomy, rape

    A former youth minister at First Baptist Church is accused of raping, sodomizing and sexually abusing at least two children there in 1992.

    Gordon Lunceford, 46, of Richmond, was indicted last month by an Anderson County grand jury on six counts of third-degree rape, five counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of second-degree sexual abuse.

    According to court documents, one victim was under the age of 16 at the time and another was under 14.

  • Fireworks still on

    UPDATED FRIDAY AT 7 P.M. — Tonight's events, including the fireworks, in celebration of Independence Day are still a go despite a heavy thunderstorm that passed through the area, Mayor Edwinna Baker confirmed at 7 p.m.

    The concert at Lawrenceburg Green was getting ready to start soon, she said.

    The fireworks show, which will be presented from the county park, will begin around dusk.

  • District court proceedings

    Clarification

    Eleanor V. Timmins was not charged with child abuse as was reported in last week’s District Court docket. When she was charged, a coding error occurred from the arresting officer and was entered into the court’s record. That charge was amended to fourth-degree assault.

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings March 23.

    Sharon D. Martinez, arraignment, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance -- dismissed.