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  • Church keyboardist pleads guilty to felony charges

    The church keyboardist accused of helping another church musician obtain a false commercial driver's license pleaded guilty last week to several felony charges.

    Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland, who is prosecuting the case in Franklin County Circuit Court, said Michael Sivils pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree unlawful access of a computer, forgery and tampering with physical evidence. All of the charges are class D felonies.

    The unlawful access of a computer charge was amended from a class C felony as part of a plea agreement.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings March 2.

    Japeth E. Cook, arraignment, custodial interference, distribution of obscene material to minors -- pleaded not guilty, preliminary hearing March 12.

    Aaron Haines, arraignment, second-degree assault (domestic violence) -- pleaded not guilty, preliminary hearing March 12.

    William V. Richardson, review, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, possession of marijuana -- work release approved.

  • Make a living off other people's taxes

    Investors looking to earn a high interest rate on their money with virtually no risk can do so later this summer when the county sells nearly $300,000 in unpaid property tax bills.

    Before this year the county could only sell 10 percent of delinquent taxes, but a change in state law allows the entire portfolio to be sold and the buyers to collect a nifty 12 percent interest rate.

    Buying those unpaid tax bills is a solid investment that places purchasers at the front of the line when it comes to getting reimbursed.

  • Water 'spray garden' proposed for city park

    Children in Lawrenceburg may soon have a watery place to cool off on hot summer days — but that place won’t be a swimming pool.

    The city council’s finance committee met last Thursday and discussed the possibility of installing a “spray garden” at the city park. A spray garden is described as an aquatic playground with a series of fountains and sprayers at which children can play, in this case, at no cost to them.

    Early estimates have the spray garden costing the city around $90,000.

  • Principal defends not allowing top graduates to speak

    The decision not to allow the class of 2009 valedictorians to make speeches at this year’s Anderson County High School graduation was made about two years ago, said Principal Ray Woodyard.

    Two years ago the senior class sponsors decided to try to streamline the graduation ceremony and cut out some things to make it shorter, Woodyard said.

    As a result, the salutatorian speeches were cut out of last year’s graduation and the plan was to cut the valedictorian speeches this year, he said.

  • Protection order missing in murder-suicide case

    Nelson County officials say they don’t have the emergency protection order that officials here insist was returned to them in the case of an apparent murder-suicide involving a 21-month-old child.

    The child, Cole Lance Frazier, was apparently shot and killed by his father, Timothy L. Frazier, 28, on May 26 in the Nelson County city of Bardstown. The father then turned a gun on himself.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings March 2.

    Japeth E. Cook, arraignment, custodial interference, distribution of obscene material to minors -- pleaded not guilty, preliminary hearing March 12.

    Aaron Haines, arraignment, second-degree assault (domestic violence) -- pleaded not guilty, preliminary hearing March 12.

    William V. Richardson, review, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, possession of marijuana -- work release approved.

  • Drury wants to be first female judge-executive

    Edwinna Baker became the city’s first female mayor two years ago, and now a woman is gunning to become the county’s first female judge-executive.

    Donna Drury confirmed Monday afternoon that she is running as a non-registered independent for judge-executive when the election is held next November.

    “Yes, I am,” she said. “I sent out letters to my friends and family telling them that I’m running, and joked that Anderson County might not be ready for a woman to be judge, but maybe it’s time.”

  • Police under fire after toddler murdered

    A 21-month-old who was apparently shot by his father should have never been in the man’s custody, according to attorney Marie Hellard, who is representing the child’s mother.

    Timothy L. Frazier, 28, and his son, Cole Lance Frazier, were found dead at 110 Tree Top Drive in Bardstown on May 26. Their deaths are being investigated as a murder-suicide, according to Nelson County Coroner Field Houghlin.

    The child’s mother is Candice Dempsey of Lawrenceburg.

  • Pit bulls given a reprieve

    Owning a pit bull in Anderson County won’t become more difficult if a committee seated to help the county create an updated dog ordinance gets its way.

    The committee met for nearly five hours last Thursday afternoon, but immediately made it clear that the majority of its members would not support breed specific legislation.

    “My agenda here is to not have breed specific legislation passed,” said committee member and veterinarian Aaron Goodpaster. “That would create more hate and discontent than anyone could imagine.”