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  • Critics throw cold water on city's proposed 'spray garden'

    The city of Lawrenceburg’s efforts to build a “spray garden” in the city park near the American Legion complex is being met with criticism in this week’s letters to the editor, including a 13-year-old who calls it a “big waste of money.”

    “It’s basically sprinklers which, let’s face it, aren’t that fun for very long. Wouldn’t it be so much better to have a pool with water slides?” writes Brooke Tindall. “It would cost the city $90,000. In my opinion this is a big waste of money.”

  • Horse show, fair begin this weekend

    Seven young women will compete Monday night to be named the fairest of the fair at this year’s Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show.

    The contestants for Miss Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show are between the ages of 16 and 20 and will be judged in casual wear, swimwear and formal wear, with a percentage of their scores coming from a pre-pageant interview.

    The reigning Miss Lawrenceburg is Courtlyn Adams.

    The fair kicks off two days earlier with a miniature horse show at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Three pageants will also take place Saturday beginning at 7 p.m.

  • Lifetime of service

    Charles Woods Jr. probably never set out to be a role model, but Lawrenceburg would be hard-pressed to find a better one.

    Woods, who died Saturday at the age of 76, epitomized the ideals of small-town America by quietly giving of his time and talents to make Lawrenceburg a better, safer place to live.

  • City prepares for lawsuit in murder-suicide case

    An attorney has been assigned to represent the city of Lawrenceburg against what is likely to be a lawsuit from the mother of a 21-month-old who was shot and killed by his father last month in an apparent murder-suicide.

    City Attorney Robert Myles confirmed that the city’s insurance carrier assigned the attorney, who was scheduled to meet Wednesday with city officials.

    Myles said no action had been filed by the child’s mother, Candice Dempsey, as of Monday afternoon.

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  • Graeter sentenced to 13 years for Food Court slaying

    The Lawrenceburg man charged with fatally stabbing a Franklin County man outside the Lawrenceburg Food Court on Jan. 16, 2008 was sentenced earlier this week to 13 years in prison.

    Frederick C. Graeter, 19, pleaded guilty in April to second-degree manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence.

    He was originally charged with first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing Robert Snider, 20, to death. First-degree murder is a Class A Felony punishable by 20 years to life in prison.

  • 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.