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  • Follow the News staff on Twitter

    You can now follow The Anderson News staff on Twitter.

    Twitter is a social networking service that lets its members keep each other informed through micro-blogging — each update is no more than 140 characters.

    Follow General Manager Ben Carlson at ANewsBCarlson.

    Follow Sports Editor John Herndon at ANewsJPHerndon.

    Follow Staff Writer Shannon Brock at ANewsSBrock.

  • A load of bull

    Anderson County’s cattle producers really are a bunch of know-it-alls.

    From how much rib-eye steak a bull will produce to how much calves they sire will weigh, farmers Dennis Cantrill, Buddy Smith, Dave Burge and Dorris Bruce can tick off a nearly endless list of stats and figures about their bulls.

    Their ability to do so allows them to maximize the value of their prized stock and survive the rugged business of raising and selling beef cattle.

  • Wild Turkey sale met with optimism

    Eyebrows then hopes were raised last week when the owners of Wild Turkey confirmed that the distillery had been sold to Italian company Campari for $575 million in cash.

    Eyebrows because the sale was considered to be at least as much if not more than former owner Pernod Ricard of France was asking for the landmark distillery.

    Hopes as speculation spread that the new owners might eventually return bottling of the product to Lawrenceburg, providing good-paying jobs that were lost years ago.

  • Woman says city officer made her cry

    Shelby Phillips says she needs an apology, and she spoke at Monday night’s city council meeting in hopes of getting one.

    Phillips, who lives at 119 Ballard St., told the council that she had a “bad and embarrassing incident with a police officer” that ended with the officer yelling at her so loudly her neighbors could hear it two doors down.

  • Missing senior found unharmed Tuesday morning

    A Saffell Street man who went missing late Monday night was found several hours after a Golden Alert was issued on his behalf.

    Truman Johnson Barnett, 80, was reportedly uninjured after being involved in a traffic accident in Jefferson County, according to a news release issued by the Anderson County Division of Emergency Management and the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    Barnett, who suffers from Alzheimer’s and dementia, had not been seen since around 2 p.m. Monday at his residence, according to the news release.

  • Helping heart, healing hands

    Thelma Bradley is in a battle with arthritis — but it’s a battle she’s winning.

    Bradley crochets about 10 hours a day, every day, and her giving heart is never stifled by the disease affecting her hands.

    “They’re knobby, but they work,” said Bradley, who will turn 92 in July.

    Over the past year, Bradley put those hands to use making around 100 lap blankets, about 90 of which were donated to Mayfair Manor, a nursing home in Lexington.

  • Push grows for Sunday sales

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court is scheduled to discuss Sunday sales of alcohol when it meets Tuesday night.

    The fiscal court's agenda, released Friday, includes the owner of Eagle Lake Convention Center, Brad Smith, discussing Sunday alcohol sales. Smith said his intent is to ask the court to consider allowing liquor by the drink sales on Sundays, which is already allowed in the city of Lawrenceburg.

  • District Court proceedings

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Dec. 29.

    Ray A. Polly, arraignment, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance -- pleaded guilty, $643 ($400 conditionally discharged for 12 months, insurance monitoring), installment/deferred payment March 23.

    Jamie W. Purvis, arraignment, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security -- failed to appear.

    Rodrigo Ramirez, arraignment, no operator’s/moped license -- pleaded guilty, paid $243.

  • Grand Jury indictments

    The following people were indicted April 7 by the Anderson County Grand Jury.

    •Michael Stines, 32, of 224 B Lynn Drive, was indicted on three charges: second-degree assault; first-degree wanton endangerment; and tampering with physical evidence.

    •Robert Estes, of 1065 Tanbark in Lexington, was indicted on four counts of third-degree rape.

    •John T. Murphy, 25, of 401 East Woodford St., Apt. 12, was indicted on two charges: third-degree burglary; and theft by unlawful taking (more than $300).

  • Deputy shoots, kills attacking pit bull

    A deputy sheriff shot and killed a dog inside the home of a Horn Drive resident after it attacked him while he was trying to serve a warrant last week.

    Deputy Matt Rogers shot the pit bull twice, including once in the head, while it was biting his leg, Sheriff Troy Young said, adding the dog’s teeth penetrated Rogers’ leg “to the bone.”