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  • Ex-youth pastor's bond reduced

    Bond was reduced Tuesday morning for the ex-youth pastor accused of raping and sodomizing two teenagers in 1992.

    Gordon Lunceford, 46, made his first appearance in Anderson County Circuit Court after turning himself into authorities following a grand jury indictment in June.

    His attorney, Guthrie True of Frankfort, asked Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman to have Lunceford’s $10,000 bond reduced to $1,000, which Hickman and Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Donnell accepted.

    Hickman set Lunceford’s next court appearance for Oct. 6 at 9 a.m.

  • Gilbert places third runner-up in state pageant

    The third time proved to be the best time for Holly Gilbert.

    Gilbert posted her best finish ever last week, finishing third runner-up in the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Pageant in Lexington. She placed in the top 10 in her previous two entries in the pageant, and said a change in her approach to the pageant is likely what led her to her best finish this year.

    “This year I wasn’t concerned about what the judges were writing,” she said. “The score really didn’t matter to me, and that’s what made all the difference.”

  • Strike up the band!

    Rarely does a vote of the Board of Education garner applause from the crowd in attendance, but such was the case Monday night as the board agreed to purchase more than $18,000 in equipment for the Anderson County High School marching band.

    New band director Patrick Brady had more than moral support as he asked the board for the funding. Many students and parents helped fill the board room, and newly elected board chairman Lee Hahn acknowledged there was strength in numbers, telling Brady that it helped his cause to have so much support with him.

  • Living with the 'new normal'

    Paul Gill has learned to face the fact that life after cancer is not the same as life before it. But Gill is OK with his new normal.

    As an eight-year survivor of cancer, Gill encouraged others attending Friday night’s eighth annual Relay for Life to learn to live with their new normal as well.

    Gill said he decided to accept the fact that he has cancer and have a positive attitude about it.

    “I’m a fighter, not a quitter,” he said.

  • Voyeurism trial begins this week

    A jury is scheduled to decide this week if a gas station owner used a two-way mirror in his office to peek in on women using the restroom.

    John Ellis, 61, owner of the Marathon gas station located just south of the Bluegrass Parkway, was charged in 2005 with attempted voyeurism and disorderly conduct after a mother and daughter claimed someone observed them using the women’s restroom at the station.

    A jury trial in Anderson District Court is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday before Judge Donna Dutton.

  • Dentist charged with two DUIs in week

    A local dentist was charged twice in one week for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, according to police reports.

    Dr. Dana Dahlen, 62, whose dental office is located at 311 S. Main St., was charged June 30 by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department and again July 6 by the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    Dahlen registered a .27 on a Breathalyzer test, nearly 3 1/2 times the legal limit, when arrested by the sheriff’s department, according to an arrest report.

  • South Anderson lifts boil water advisory

    The South Anderson Water District on Saturday lifted the boil water advisory for part of its service area, according to a news release.

    The advisory was issued on Friday and affected all customers from approximately 2040 Bardstown Road (close to the Highway 62 water station) to Hickory Grove Road, and customers on Beaver Lake, Ballard Road, Bear Creek Road, Mill Creek Pike, Fox Creek/Goshen roads and Paxton Road.

  • Growth spurt

    Some do it to save money.

    Some do it to teach their children the benefits of an agrarian lifestyle.

    Others do it just to have a freezer or storeroom full of tasty veggies year ’round.

    “It” is gardening, and Anderson County is absolutely blooming this year with green thumbs.

  • County suspends recycling following wreck

    Anderson County has suspended its recycling program after the truck used to collect items was destroyed in a traffic accident Wednesday afternoon, Judge-Executive Steve Cornish’s office announced.

    The truck was attempting to take a left off Highway 62 onto Primrose Lane near the golf course when another vehicle attempted to pass and slammed into the side of the truck.

  • City gets grant for skate park

    Finally.

    Members of the local skate park committee, city officials and community members who have donated to the skate park cause will finally see the fruits of their labor.

    Lawrenceburg has been selected to receive a $45,000 matching Land and Water Conservation Fund grant that will be used to fund the construction of a skate park, Mayor Edwinna Baker announced at Monday night’s city council meeting.

    The skate park committee has raised the matching $45,000, for a total of $90,000.