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  • Food Court closes its doors

    The Lawrenceburg Food Court closed its doors last week.

    The business, featuring Long John Silvers and Arby’s, has had closed signs on its front doors for the past several days. The signs offer no explanation for the closure.

    It was located on Crossroads Drive on US 127 Bypass.

    The business has changed hands several times since it opened about eight years ago, and was shut down at least once before.

  • School board to politicians: Stay out

    After receiving requests to distribute campaign materials in some of Anderson County’s schools, the board of education approved a policy Monday night stating its opinion on the issue: it isn’t going to happen.

    Superintendent Kim Shaw said he received “a request or two” to hand out campaign materials to the students at school or during athletic events.

    Shaw said he didn’t think that was appropriate, and the board agreed, voting unanimously to approve the policy on first reading.

  • Main Street merchants to stay open late Friday

    Main Street merchants want people to visit their stores and restaurants during the holidays, and are willing to stay open late to make that happen.

    The Downtown Merchants Association announced Monday that many of its members will be open until 9 p.m. Friday night.

    “Come downtown and rediscover Lawrenceburg’s spirit,” said Steve Clatos, the group’s spokesperson and co-owner of Café on Main.

  • Mayor, committee reject bids for new skate park

    Two bids to construct a new skateboard park have been rejected, Mayor Edwinna Baker announced during Monday night’s meeting of the Lawrenceburg City Council.

    Baker offered no public explanation for their rejection, saying she met before the council meeting with members of the skate park committee and they reached a mutual decision.

    The decision means the project will have to be re-bid. That, combined with the current winter weather, likely means construction on the park will not start now until early spring.

  • Making their season bright

    Twenty-five children who might have received nothing for Christmas instead took home a shopping cart full of items, thanks to the second annual Shop With a Cop program Saturday morning.

    The program, launched last year by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department, doubled the number of children it provided toys for, according to Sheriff Troy Young.

    “We ended up buying toys for 25 children,” Young said. “Last year we had 12.”

  • Grand Jury indicts six on charges ranging from drugs to fleeing police

    The following people were indicted Dec. 8 by the Anderson County Grand Jury, according to court documents.

    Wade Engle, 44, of Blackey, was indicted on four charges: receiving stolen property (less than $10,000); use/possession of drug paraphernalia; operating on a suspended/revoked/canceled/denied operator’s license; and illegal possession of a legend drug.

    Nathan Green, 28, of 1820 Harrodsburg Road, was indicted on two charges: tampering with physical evidence; and possession of marijuana.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Sept. 28.

    Michael Cooper, hearing, attempted intimidating a participant in a legal process -- to serve 11 months (credit time served), fines and costs converted to eight days (concurrent).

    Michael A. Cooper, hearing, alcohol intoxication in a public place -- to serve 11 months (credit time served, concurrent) , fines and costs converted to eight days (concurrent).

  • Land wins spelling bee

    Whether it was his lucky pants or a lucky guess, Clayton Land earned a first place trophy at the Anderson County Championship Spelling Bee.

    Clayton, a fourth-grader at Emma B. Ward Elementary School, has worn his “lucky” pants at every level of competition leading up to Thursday night — and he plans to wear them when representing Anderson County at the state competition as well.

  • 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.