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  • In Alton, the wrecks just keep coming

    Speed traps? Check.

    Angry residents? Check.

    Another car ending up in Brian Flood’s front yard on Graefenburg Road in Alton? Check.

    Despite efforts to slow traffic and calls from Alton residents to make improvements to Graefenburg Road, a woman’s car veered off the narrow state highway early Sunday morning, sheered off a phone pole and landed upside down in Flood’s front yard.

    Carol Miller of Simpsonville sustained minor injuries in the wreck and was transported to Frankfort Regional Medical Center via Anderson County EMS.

  • Giving Main Street another chance

    Life is slowly coming to downtown Lawrenceburg. Anyone who takes a stroll down the sidewalks on Main Street can see the fresh paint on the old buildings, new signs in the windows and construction crews, plumbers and electricians working long hours to bring new businesses to fruition.

    When asked why the resurgence, many new business owners say they were inspired by the sudden spike in bourbon’s popularity and, as the Bourbon Trail continues to attract thousands of visitors to local distilleries, they say they hope to offer out-of-towners a taste of Lawrenceburg.

  • Soda pop, ’Stangs and half-court shots

    With their metallic emerald green paint, creamy white leather seats and convertible tops, it is hard to imagine that the1990 Limited Edition 5.0L LX convertible Mustangs were once considered failures.

    Way back in the early 1990s, the 7-Up bottling company and Ford agreed on an unusual marketing idea: to give away 30 dark green 5.0L LX Mustang convertibles at the 1990 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball finals.

  • Library board approves $4 million expansion

    This time they mean it.

    After several votes in recent years to consider expanding the Anderson Public Library were put on hold due to a pending lawsuit, uncertainty and, at times, public unrest, the library’s board of trustees on Wednesday approved a plan that will cost an estimated $4 million.

    Afterward, library officials made it clear that this time, the project will move forward.

  • Pay to play OK’d by school board

    The Anderson County Board of Education approved the implementation of athletic fees for the 2015-16 school year during its monthly meeting last week.

    This is the first year the school system has asked student athletes to pay to participate in sports.

    High school athletes will be asked to pay a yearly fee of $70 with the second child in a household paying $50. Students at the middle and elementary schools will pay $25 per sport. All families will have a $150 cap regardless of number of children or sports played.

  • Man accepts plea deal in sexual assault case

    A man indicted more than three years ago on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse of an 8-year-old pleaded guilty Wednesday morning in Anderson County Circuit Court, just moments before his trial was scheduled to begin.

    Daniel Rohach, 22, of 1120 Northwood Loop, Lawrenceburg, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree sexual abuse in exchange for the prosecution’s offer of being on probation and a five year diverted sentence.

  • Readnower, Whetzel charged in methamphetamine bust

    A Lawrenceburg man scheduled for sentencing Tuesday on charges that include throwing a chair at police officers now faces additional charges after being busted for manufacturing methamphetamine.

    A second man with numerous criminal convictions was also charged at the time.

    Daniel L. Readnower, 31, of 1523 Nevins Station Road was charged July 14 with manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine by Det. Jeremy Cornish of the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

  • AT&T adds wireless capacity for Lawrenceburg, Salvisa

    AT&T announced today that it has added more wireless capacity to its 4G LTE network for Lawrenceburg and Salvisa, according to a news release.

    The improvements add more capacity to the latest generation of wireless technology, according to the release.

    Residents and business customers should notice improvements in speed and reliability when using their mobile devices.

    The changes are in response to customer demand and are part of the company’s ongoing investment in high-speed Internet in the area, the release says.

  • Adopted teen celebrates ‘Coming to America’

    Ricki Barker

    News staff

    Surrounded by his family last week in a booth at the Lawrenceburg Pizza Hut, one would never guess David Jay “DJ” Bierly, 13, is an outgoing kid who loves playing basketball, Kevin Durant, Nike and was recently grounded because of his cell phone, is anything but a typical American teenager.

    Except DJ is not typical at all, and his journey to this country is something he celebrates every year in the restaurant where he experienced his first taste of home.

  • Residents: Confederate monument should go

    As state officials grapple with what to do with the memorial to Civil War icon Jefferson Davis in the state Capitol’s rotunda, local officials might soon be trying to determine the fate of a Confederate monument in front of the Anderson County Courthouse.

    Some are calling for the monument, which has stood in its current location since the late 1800s, to be removed.