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  • Desire to help puts local trooper back on road

    By John Herndon

    Sports Editor

    Mike Carnahan knows some people think he’s crazy for getting back on the road.

    Make that Trooper Mike Carnahan.

    After almost 24 years as a Kentucky State Policeman, and almost another year of retirement, Carnahan rejoined the Thin Gray Line on Aug. 1. He’s working Anderson County, where he’s lived for 12 years.

  • Lipp joins News ad team

    From staff reports

    Stephanie Lipp has joined The Anderson News as a sales representative, the newspaper announced.

    A 1991 graduate of Anderson County High School, Lipp brings a wealth of sales experience to The Anderson News, which includes several years at the Herald-Leader in Lexington and most recently with RevLocal, based in Lexington.

    “I’m excited to be back in my hometown, doing good things for the community that raised me,” said Lipp. “I enjoy building relationships and working to help small businesses succeed.”

  • Carlson returns to News

    From staff reports

    Ben Carlson returned this week as publisher and editor of The Anderson News, the newspaper announced.

    Carlson returns after serving as publisher of the Los Alamos Monitor in Los Alamos, New Mexico, for the past six months. The Monitor is a sister paper of The Anderson News.

    “It’s good to be back,” said Carlson, who served as publisher and editor of The Anderson News from 2006 through February of this year.

  • City council increases tax rate again

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Lawrenceburg property taxes continue to go up after the city council voted 4-2 Monday to increase its tax rate for the fourth consecutive year.

    The council also gave final unanimous approval to a new countywide sign ordinance, which has also received final approval from the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    Voting for the tax rate increase were council members Sandy Goodlett, Ken Evans and George Geoghegan and Steven Rucker. Voting against the increase were council members Paul Thomas Vaughn and Bobby Durr.

  • Mom pleads guilty to tying up daughter

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    With the specter looming of having her child’s grandmother testify on behalf of prosecutors, the mother charged with tying up her then- 3-year-old daughter for up to 16 hours a day pleaded guilty Monday just before her trial was to begin.

  • Lawyer charged for smacking wife with Red Bull

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Troubles continue to mount for a former Lawrenceburg attorney charged earlier this year with domestic violence after he allegedly threw a can of Red Bull at his wife.

    Richard Sanborn, 43, of 4119 Citation Lane was charged June 20 with fourth-degree assault when, according to police reports, he struck his wife in the face with the can, leaving a visible red mark under her right eye.

  • Ruggles bemoans allowing additional billboards

    Though the majority of the Anderson County magistrates were on board with the newly proposed sign ordinance, Kenny Barnett and David Ruggles were not.

    The second reading of the ordinance passed with a 4-2 vote with Ruggles and Barnett voting against it at a regular session Tuesday morning.

    Ruggles unsuccessfully attempted to persuade his fellow magistrates to do away with billboards altogether because he feels they ruin the curbside appeal of Anderson County.

  • Lawrenceburg’s ‘Buddha of Bourbon’ honored during surprise ceremony

    Jimmy Russell’s illustrious 60-year career as a Wild Turkey master distiller was honored with a Kentucky Distillers’ Association Board of Directors lifetime honorary membership Tuesday afternoon.

    The event was a complete surprise to Russell, who was seen beaming when he walked in the Wild Turkey Visitor’s Center full of friends and peers.

    “Today we celebrate a co-worker, my friend and a living legend in the bourbon industry,” said Rick Robinson, vice president, U.S. product supply chain at Gruppo Campari.

  • ‘Steel Magnolias’ back after 20 years

    The plucky drama “Steel Magnolias” will once again grace the stage, marking the first time the Anderson County Community Theatre has performed the play in 20 years.

    “It’s an all female cast full of strong, dynamic, intelligent and witty characters,” said assistant director Shawn Reaves.

    The play and popular 1989 movie follows a small group of girlfriends through their ups and downs in life. Stories, laughs and tears are shared at the iconic Truvy’s Beauty Parlor in Louisiana.

  • Anderson County makes triumphant return to state fair

    After more than four years of being absent from the Kentucky State Fair Pride of the Counties, Anderson County returned with a bang.

    The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce, the local state fair committee and around 118 volunteers who worked at the booth made the effort possible.

    Pam Brough, president of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce, said since she took office in 2011 many people asked her about participation in the state fair.