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  • McKenney to celebrate 100th birthday on Nov. 20

    The first 100 years are the hardest — at least that’s what Edgar McKenney says, and he would know.

    Born Nov. 20, 1909, McKenney will reach the century mark on Friday.

    The real celebration, however, will be Sunday, Nov. 22 at the Lawrenceburg United Methodist Church from 1 to 3 p.m. Family and friends are invited to attend the birthday party.

    McKenney, who had two brothers and five sisters, was born in Harrison County. Two of his sisters are still living and reside in Lexington, he said.

  • Stevens to seek re-election

    Kent Stevens (D-Lawrenceburg) figured he had a pretty good idea what to expect after being elected in 2008 to the state’s House of Representatives.

    What he’s learned since is that politics, meetings and special sessions were only the beginning.

    “The thing about this position is that there are a lot of people out there who have situations I had never even thought about,” Stevens said between committee meetings Monday afternoon in Frankfort.

  • World-renowned builder will construct new skate park

    When Lawrenceburg’s skateboarders perform an ollie, nose grind or fakie (they understand those terms, trust us), they won’t be doing so on just any old obstacles.

    The same man who built scores of ramps and obstacles for Tony Hawk, the world’s most famous skateboarder, will construct the obstacles in the soon-to-be-built 12,000-square-foot skateboard park.

    Kelly Saad rose to fame over the years designing Hawk’s obstacles, and will be in Lawrenceburg once the park’s concrete foundation has been poured.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Aug. 24.

    Samual L. Oates, show cause, operating on a suspended/revoked operator’s license -- failed to appear, bench warrant.

    Garnett L. Preston Jr., arraignment, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance -- dismissed; failure to notify Department of Transportation of change of address -- dismissed as warning.

    Daniel M. Pulliam, disposition, operating a motor vehicle under the influence -- continued to Oct. 5.

  • Finally!

    Change jars at gas stations.

    A large poker run in the names of two young men taken too soon.

    Painting faces at the Burgoo Festival.

    Just simply asking everyone and anyone who could spare a buck or two.

    All of the above efforts over the past three years finally came to fruition Monday night when skate park committee members put shovel to dirt and finally broke ground.

  • City council gives nod to new cemetery ordinance

    The Lawrenceburg City Council approved on second reading a new cemetery ordinance, but left out the component that would have allowed the city to sell low-cost, standardized grave markers.

    The ordinance passed by a vote of 5-1, with Councilman Tommy Vaughn casting the lone dissenting vote.

    Before casting his vote, Vaughn commented that because the component allowing the city to sell grave markers was left out, he had to say no.

  • Chandler votes no on health care bill

    The $1 trillion health care reform bill that passed Saturday in the House of Representatives did so without the help of Congressman Ben Chandler (D-Versailles).

    Chandler was one of 39 Democrats who broke ranks with his party by voting against the measure that was narrowly approved by a 215-210 margin.

    Chandler, who took heat from his constituency during Congress’ August recess for not holding health care reform town hall meetings, explained in a statement on his website why he didn’t vote for the measure.

  • Animals killed, businesses burn in Hilltop blaze

    Fire investigators on Tuesday determined that a faulty electric panel is to blame for a blaze Monday night that destroyed two businesses in Hilltop Plaza and killed a dozen animals.

    Lawrenceburg Fire Chief Robert Hume said it appears the fire broke out in the rear of All About Animals in a room where the animals were stored.

    “That’s where the electric panel was,” he said. “We’ve finished our investigation and determined that was the cause.”

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Aug. 17.

    Jellusia Ballard, hearing, theft by deception (less than $300) -- sentenced to six months (conditionally discharged), $183, show cause/installment/deferred payment Sept. 3.

    Lana H. Gibson, motion for shock probation, operating a motor vehicle under the influence (BAC .188), resisting arrest, second-degree criminal mischief -- motion denied, review Dec. 10.

    Pamela F. Robinson, hearing, theft by deception (less than $300) -- to serve 30 days.

  • Billy G. pleads guilty, apologizes

    The third time wasn’t a charm for Billy Gillispie.

    Gillispie pleaded guilty Monday morning to driving under the influence earlier this year in Lawrenceburg, marking the first time being charged with that offense has stuck with the former University of Kentucky basketball coach.

    Gillispie was previously charged twice with driving under the influence but never convicted.