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  • Naked man charged with biting cops apprehended

    From staff reports

    A Lawrenceburg man is behind bars months after police say he bit them, kicked them and intentionally exposed his genitals to them and others.

    William Whetzel, 22, of 1042 Dan Drive was wanted on a host of charges since an incident in April on Walnut Street that started as criminal trespassing and ended up with charges that include indecent exposure.

    Police say they found Whetzel working on a farm in Harrison County after he apparently posted a copy of a recent paycheck he received on his Facebook page.

  • Prayers sought for ailing fiscal court magistrate

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court paused during last Tuesday’s meeting to ask for prayers for an ailing magistrate.

    Juretta Wells, the court’s longest-tenured magistrate who represents the county’s 4th District, had complications arise from a medical recent medical procedure and was recouparating at Cardinal Hill in Lexington.

    “Everyone please keep her in their prayers,” said County Clerk Jason Denny, who once served as a magistrate with Wells.

  • ‘Moonshiners’ star to unveil signature whiskey here Friday

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Chico was in standard form Saturday morning when he pulled into the parking lot in a battered Montel Carlo with “Hazzard Life” emblazoned across one front quarter panel and a make-shift air scoop riveted to the hood — a redneck-mobile if there ever was one.

    A half-hour late for a media appearance to promote his new whiskey, he jumped out, complained about how one of his tires locked up en route from his home in Gravel Switch to Lawrenceburg, and about his missing pit bull.

  • Library to close Sunday for month

    From staff reports

    The Anderson Public Library will close its doors Aug. 28 to move into its temporary location as a large-scale expansion project begins.

    It is scheduled to reopen Sept. 26 at 1030 B Industry Road.

    The move is to accommodate the library’s $4 million expansion plan to its Main Street facility, with construction expected to last approximately one year.

  • Squabbling continues over system to pave county roads

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The surest way to spark a heated debate among magistrates is to get them talking about paving roads, and last Tuesday’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court was no exception.

    Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton asked magistrates to consider modifying the process of selecting roads to pave, which is currently done with each magistrate selecting roads in their districts and waiting to have those roads rise to the top of a rotating plan.

  • Magistrates vote to end last aspect of recycling program

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Magistrates put the final nail in county government’s failed recycling experiment last Tuesday night when they voted unanimously to end cardboard recycling next month.

    Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton recommended discontinuing picking up cardboard from area business, saying the county was losing too much money to provide the service.

  • Following her dreams

    Leah Fowler, DMD, knew she wanted to be a dentist in sixth grade.

    After attending her aunt Heather’s high school graduation, she and her mom got to talking about careers. “She impressed upon me to be thinking about it,” Fowler explained.

  • Tourism commission elects officers again

    The newly formed Lawrenceburg/Anderson County Joint Tourism Commission elected its officers at its second monthly meeting last Wednesday.

    Gabe Ueble was named chairman. Marlene Yung assumed the position of secretary, and Gene Wilhoit will serve as treasurer.

    “I’d be honored to do it. My door is always open” Ueble told the eight people gathered around a large table at Heavens to Betsy! “We aren’t coming in with an agenda. Everything is open.”

  • Arrests made in vehicle break-ins

    A Franklin County man described by police as being part of a crime syndicate responsible for the rash of vehicle and building break-ins in Lawrenceburg is under arrest, Lawrenceburg Police Chief Chris Atkins confirmed this morning.

    Justin Henderson of Schenkle Lane in Frankfort was arrested last night by the Frankfort County Sheriff’s Office following a tip by the Lawrenceburg Police Department, Sheriff Pat Melton told The Anderson News this morning.

    Two juveniles were also taken into custody.

  • Here’s who to blame for school budget woes

    The mere mention of former Gov. Beshear in anything but a positive light these days seems to elicit an immediate lawsuit from his son in the attorney general’s office, but that’s a risk I’ll just have to take.

    While putting together a story about our school district’s budget woes for last week’s paper, it became obvious that the hand wringing by the education establishment and elites in Frankfort directed at Gov. Bevin following his election was misplaced and should have been directed at Beshear.