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  • Lawrenceburg teen raising funds to visit North Korea, run in 10K race

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    It appears no one wants Lawrenceburg’s Duncan Adams to travel to North Korea, so he’s going anyway.

    “My family thinks I’m crazy, but they’re warming up to it a bit,” said Adams, an 18-year-old freshman at Kentucky State University who graduated from Anderson County High School last year.

  • School district poised to oppose higher electricity rates

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    After spending the past five years trimming an estimated $1 million off of the school district’s utility bills, Superintendent Sheila Mitchell doesn’t want to see some of those savings evaporate due to higher electric rates being proposed by Kentucky Utilities.

    If those rates go into effect later this year, Mitchell said the impact on the district’s budget could be as much as $82,000 annually, money she says isn’t in the district’s budget.

  • Convicted felon jailed for pointing gun at wife on Christmas morning

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    A Lawrenceburg man is being held on $10,000 cash bail for allegedly pointing a loaded handgun at his wife on Christmas morning.

    Jeffrey Brewer, 49, of 1300 Dry Dock Road pleaded not guilty to charges that include first-degree wanton endangerment and possession of a firearm by convicted felon during his arraignment last Wednesday morning in Anderson District Court.

    Judge Betty Springate kept his previously set bail at $10,000 at the urging of County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis.

  • Car slams into home, totals two other vehicles

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    A Lawrenceburg man whose vehicle ran off Highway 151 and hit a home in Alton early Sunday morning is lucky to be alive.

    Gabriel Grant of 1682 Alton Station Road was traveling north when his vehicle swerved into the southbound lane and tore the front porch off a home owned by Jeff Ping.

    Grant’s car continued on and struck a telephone pole before hitting and totaling two vehicles parked at Alton Motors, Ping’s car dealership located next to his home.

  • Family of struggling newborn seeks financial help

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Wyatt Perry’s first month of life has been a struggle, to say the least.

    The infant son of Brian and Cheryl Perry was born just 22 months into his mom’s pregnancy, has spent the first four weeks of his life in an incubator and, just before the new year, developed serious medical issues that include having meningitis in his spinal and brain fluids, according to his grandmother, Lawrenceburg resident Sherry Perry.

  • Bail lowered for man charged with using booze to coerce sex from teen boy

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Bail was reduced last Wednesday for a Frankfort man charged with giving booze to a 16-year-old Lawrenceburg youth and trying to have sex with him.

    Henry J. Coots, 34, remained behind bars Tuesday morning after entering a not guilty plea to charges that include third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and burglary during his arraignment last Wednesday morning in Anderson District Court.

  • Mom who tied up daughter sentenced

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Rebecca Medley’s husband openly wept Tuesday morning after his wife was sentenced to five years in prison with no chance of parole for her complicity in trying up their then-3-year-old daughter for up to 16 hours a day.

    Rebecca Medley now joins the child’s grandmother, Carolyn Case, in prison after both pleaded guilty and received the same sentence.

    Medley’s husband, Herbert, is scheduled to stand trial on the same charge next month.

  • Man’s car T-boned moments after leaving dealership

    News staff

    The joy of purchasing a vehicle didn’t last long for a Lawrenceburg resident.

    Drew Stratton had just purchased his 2010 Mercury Milan from Bypass Motors last Friday when he was T-boned by another driver on US 127 Bypass in front of the Anderson Crossing Shopping Center.

    Stratton had only owned the vehicle for about 15 minutes when it was severely damaged by another driver who reportedly ran the red light at the intersection in front of Kroger.

  • Jail next for mom who tied up child

    From staff reports

    The Lawrenceburg mother who pleaded guilty to tying up her then-3-year-old daughter for up to 16 hours a day is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in Anderson Circuit Court.

    The case, which has languished in the court system for nearly 30 months, was expected to be concluded earlier month but Medley requested a delay to undergo what her lawyer said was reconstructive surgery.

    Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman granted the delay, saying at the time there would not be another.

  • Haile goes from homeless to helping homeless

    By Shelley Spillman

    News staff

    On a weekly basis, Ralph Haile can be found collecting and meticulously sorting trash bags full of clothing at the Anderson Senior Center for the homeless at the Hope Center in Lexington. Homelessness is a struggle Haile is well acquainted with as a former homeless teenager on the streets of Detroit.

    Though it was a long time ago, it seems like just yesterday to Haile, who can recall sleeping on the floor of an old shop with a busted pipe that drizzled water from the ceiling and down a wall.