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  • Family cross over ban on wooden crosses

    Haley Meadows stood in Lawrenceburg Cemetery on Saturday afternoon hugging a framed photo of her father and staring at the wooden cross that marks his grave.

    Family members say Haley, 10, used to cry when she visited the grave — partly because she missed her father, Larry Jarvis Meadows, who died in February 2007, and partly because his grave was bare and not marked like the rest around him.

    Last December, a gift allowed Haley to dry a few tears. A family friend made a personalized cross and gave it to Haley as a Christmas present.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings May 18.

    Matthew S. Gilbert, motion for shock probation, trafficking in marijuana (less than 8 ounces), possession of marijuana, use/possession of drug paraphernalia -- probated balance of 218 days for two years.

    Robin L. Hayes, hearing, hitchhiking on limited access facilities -- fine converted to 15 days jail (credit time served).

    Bradley Scott Newby, motion, third-degree criminal possession of forged instrument -- granted.

  • Hey, kid, button your shirt!

    Students at Anderson County middle and high schools might find their back to school fashion choices a little limited this year — not because the stores are lacking, but because of a new dress code being implemented when school starts Aug. 4.

    The changes in both schools’ dress codes are mainly in regard to shirts, said middle school Principal Steve Karsner.

    According to the new middle school dress code — a full version of which is available on the school’s website — shirts worn must have either a rounded crewneck or polo-style collar.

  • Golf carts on Main Street?

    A golf course might not be the only place you’ll see your neighbors cruising around in golf carts. If Lawrenceburg follows the suit of some other Kentucky cities, golf carts could become a frequent sight even on Main Street.

    Mayor Edwinna Baker told city council members at Monday’s work session that she had been approached by an individual who would like the council to consider allowing golf carts on public roads.

    Councilman Larry Giles said he had also heard a similar request.

  • Turn off the lights!

    When the Anderson County Board of Education signed on with an energy savings program last fall, board members were promised the district would save thousands. Less than a year into its four-year contract, it already has.

    Based on data gathered from the last week of February through May, the district has saved $59,272.

    Just exactly what does that mean?

    Last year during the same time frame, the district spent just under $250,000 on energy and water bills alone. This year, that number dropped to just over $190,000 — a savings of nearly 24 percent.

  • Police uproot over $600,000 in marijuana

    Friday was not a good day for pot heads in Anderson County.

    The sheriff’s department and state police used a helicopter to spot, and hatchets and saws to chop down, over $600,000 worth of pot plants in the county’s western end.

    Sheriff Troy Young said the tag-team duo spotted and removed 303 marijuana plants in 25 different locations that afternoon as a means of helping keep pot out of Anderson County.

  • Found money

    The county treasurer backfilled at least a portion of Anderson’s financial hole last week, telling magistrates that he uncovered just over $100,000 when he reconciled the county’s books.

    Treasurer Dudley Shyrock said it’s not unusual to find money when he closes out the county’s fiscal year each July, but even he was surprised at the amount.

    Shyrock told magistrates about his findings during last Tuesday night’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

  • Tanker truck overturns near county line

    A tanker truck loaded with liquid propane overturned Tuesday night on US 127 near the Mercer County line, forcing nearby residents to evacuate their homes.

    The accident occurred when the driver of the truck, Charles E. Ballard, 45, of LTJ Transport in Burgin failed to make a right turn on Wheat School Road and went into a roadside ditch, according to a news release from the Kentucky State Police.

    No propane spilled, but US 127 was closed for more than six hours while emergency responders removed the truck from the ditch.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings April 16.

    Renee Carper, arraignment, theft by deception (less than $300) -- pleaded guilty, sentenced to April 30.

    Wilda Faye Casey, arraignment, theft by deception (less than $300) -- pleaded guilty, $183, show cause/installment/deferred payment July 9.

    Joseph Chesser, motion to revoke probation, non-support -- continued to May 28.

    William T. Desponett, disposition, possession of marijuana, use/possession of drug paraphernalia -- continued to April 30.

  • Gas station owner enters Alford plea

    The gas station owner accused of using a two-way mirror in his private office to peek in on women using the restroom entered an Alford plea Wednesday in Anderson County District Court.

    By entering an Alford plea, John Ellis, 61, owner of the Marathon gas station located just south of the Bluegrass Parkway, did not admit guilt, but admits the prosecution had enough evidence that a jury could convict him.