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  • Bourbon memorabilia rediscovered

    Dawn Cassidy is getting to know her late grandfather all over again.

    A recent transplant from her home in Arizona, Cassidy’s grandfather, Orville Robinson, worked at what is now Wild Turkey Distillery from 1946 until he retired in 1992. Along the way, he amassed a collection of memorabilia, including items dating back to the distillery’s days as J.T.S. Brown and perhaps even earlier.

    Cassidy, who moved here in 2015 to care for her grandmother after her grandfather passed away, uncovered that collection in their home on Franklin Street.

  • Woman charged with beating grandson, 7

    A Lawrenceburg woman is free on $10,000 bail after being charged with abusing her 7-year-old grandson, according to documents on file in Anderson District Court.

    Elsie Franklin, 61, of 1001 Cox Lane was charged March 14 with first-degree criminal abuse of a child under the age of 12, court documents say.

    According to an arrest warrant filed by deputy Zach Ray of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin is accused of “intentionally abusing” her 7-year-old grandson, causing him physical injury.

  • Students using math to fight cancer

    Saffell Street Elementary School is busy working math problems in the hopes to help fight childhood cancer.

    The school’s Math-A-Thon fundraiser, which helps to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, has been a tradition for over 14 years and is something students and educators look forward to.

  • Study claims Highway 151 safer than most

    Highway 151 apparently isn’t so dangerous after all.

    A safety study conducted by the state’s Transportation Cabinet in response to a lawsuit filed against it last year concludes that the narrow stretch of state highway is statistically safer than the norm.

    “Overall statistical analysis of all-vehicle-type crashes shows that KY 151 is experiencing lower crash rates and lower severity of crashes than Kentucky roadways of similar functional classification,” according to the report, which is posted on the cabinet’s website.

  • Trial set for man charged with trying to murder police officer

    A trial is scheduled to begin Monday for the Danville man charged with attempting to murder officer Clay Crouch of the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    John Tompkins, who was 35 at the time of his arrest, will stand trial for attempting murder, first-degree assault, fleeing police, felon in possession of a handgun and a rash of drug-related charges.

  • ‘He went there to try to save her’

    The North Carolina man charged with beating and slashing a 15-year-old girl earlier this month following an argument that started over Facebook apparently wasn’t the only one who had a knife when the altercation began.

    During a probable cause hearing last Thursday in Anderson District Court, the police officer who arrested Ryan Smith, 18, testified that Smith told him afterward that the 15-year-old had a butcher knife at the time.

  • No bail reduction for suspects in Harrodsburg Road shooting

    A judge denied bail reduction requests last Thursday for two of the men charged in a Harrodsburg Road vehicle chase that included gunfire.

    Michael Rice, 27, and Shelby Waford, 32, appeared before District Court Judge J.R. RoBards, who declined to reduce their bail, entered pleas of not guilty and waived their charges to a grand jury, which will decide whether to indict each on eight counts of wanton endangerment and, for Waford, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

  • Lincoln Presenters plan multiple appearances throughout April

    Fans of Abraham Lincoln are in for several treats.

    The Association Lincoln Presenters, which features about 50 Abe and 20 Mary Lincoln look-alikes have several presentations scheduled in the coming weeks, according to a news release.

    On Friday, April 21 the association will travel to Frankfort and spend time at the State Capitol and the Kentucky History Museum. Stuart Sanders of the Kentucky Historical Society will speak to the association in the Old Capitol.

    The group will eat lunch in the Old Governor’s Mansion.

  • Corned beef, venison make great St. Paddy’s meals

    The modern world has no shortage of stereotypes and misconceptions. When it comes to religions, nationalities, race, social status, the information or lack of is astounding. What complicates this situation is the extreme sensitivity and ability to be offended.

    I’m a pretty easy-going person and it takes a lot to get my dander up. Speaking of which, I’m of Irish decent which I am very proud of. Part of my family arrived on Ellis Island in New York in the late 1800s.

  • Taylor with Rotary, Masons, wife more than 50 years

    80 YEARS AGO

    Thursday, March 18, 1937

    Paul Weekly purchased the Warren restaurant and pool room from Taylor Brothers and took possession last Saturday.

    Lee Britton, game warden for Anderson and Mercer counties, distributed 28 pairs of quail into different sections of Anderson County. About 50 more pairs were to be distributed within the next two weeks.

    Britton said he would not put any quail on farms that were posted, but only on farms that hunting would be allowed.