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  • Sex toy, porn alleged in lawsuit

    A fired county employee claims in a lawsuit filed last week that co-workers gave her a sex toy, exposed her to pornography, harassed her and that she witnessed sloppy accounting practices.

    Lea Beasmore, a former administrative assistant who was fired March 2, is suing Judge-Executive Steve Cornish personally and in his position as judge, along with the fiscal court for an undisclosed amount of money.

  • Caller scams local grandma out of $4,100

    A phone call was all it took for one Lawrenceburg woman to get scammed out of $4,100 — and she wants to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else.

    The woman asked not to be identified, but wanted to share her story in hopes of keeping others from the same fate.

    A couple of weeks ago, the woman answered her phone and heard what she thought was her grandson on the other end.

    “Grandma, it’s your favorite grandson,” the caller said.

  • Excuses, excuses

    Education is expensive but not sending a kid to school on a regular basis can cost a whole lot more.

    One Lawrenceburg mom is finding that out the hard way after being dragged into Anderson County District Court.

    The woman’s four children racked up 95 absences this year — 41 of them unexcused — and she is facing a potential court fine of $4,100.

    Yep, that’s $100 per unexcused absence, a penalty that skyrockets to $250 per day for a second offense and even 90 days in jail for a third.

  • 'Weathering' the economic storm

    Money is hard to come by in today’s economy, but one local program has quite a bit extra it wants to use to help those who don’t.

    Blue Grass Community Action Partnership’s weatherization program recently received a bundle of funds courtesy of the latest economic stimulus package, said Kelly Cornish, the program director.

    “The stimulus package upped our budget, and we’re not getting enough clients,” Cornish said.

  • Two charged with abusing children

    Two Lawrenceburg residents have been indicted on charges that they physically abused two children, ages 2 and 4, according to records filed in Anderson County Circuit Court.

    David Vance Hopkins, 40, and Lisa Anne Hopkins, 42, of 1017 David Drive, were charged March 24 on two counts each of first-degree criminal abuse of a child under the age of 12. The charges are Class C felonies, according to the files.

    They are accused of abusing the children between June 1 and June 11, 2008, court records show.

  • Love it here? Let us know!

    There are plenty of things to love — and detest — about living in Lawrenceburg and Anderson County.

    We want to find out what residents like best about living here and what they like the least. But we can't do it without you.

    If you have things you like or dislike about living in Lawrenceburg or Anderson County, let us know for a future news story.

    Send your responses to Staff Writer Shannon Mason Brock at sbrock@theandersonnews.com. Please include your first and last name and a daytime phone number.

  • Turner sub vetted like any other hire

    Hiring personnel is not something the Anderson County school district takes lightly, said Assistant Superintendent Larry Basham.

    Whether it’s a full-time teacher, substitute teacher, substitute custodian or substitute secretary, hiring of personnel is taken seriously, Basham said.

    “We take it seriously when we add anybody to any list,” he said.

    “But as with any school system, every once in a while you make a mistake. And when you make a mistake, you try to correct it.”

  • Prosecutor says church musicians likely headed to trial

    By Ben Carlson

    General Manager

    The church keyboardists indicted on multiple felonies earlier this year for allegedly obtaining a fake commercial drivers license appear to be on their way to trial.

    Lance Roe, 28, and Michael Sivils, 45, were back in Franklin County Circuit Court last Friday for a pre-trail hearing.

    Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland, who is prosecuting the case, said neither side was able to reach an agreement for the disposition of the case.

  • No, you can’t park on the sidewalk

    Ninety-nine percent of parking tickets in Lawrenceburg would never be written if city residents understood the city’s parking regulations, and Lawrenceburg Police Chief Tommy Burris is trying to spread the word.

    The city’s parking regulations take up about three pages in “legalese,” Burris said. No one takes the time to sort through that, so Burris has narrowed down all residents need to know into four bullet points:

  • Horses survive double rollover on parkway

    Two horses walked away with only minor injuries after the trailer in which they were riding flipped over twice last Thursday on the Bluegrass Parkway.

     

    The horses apparently began moving around in the trailer as it was being towed by a pickup truck, causing the truck to fishtail and the trailer to come unhitched.

     

    Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes said the trailer went into the median where it rolled over twice before coming to rest.