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  • Man jailed after cussing deputies near sheriff’s office

    From staff reports
    An man who was allegedly drunk and yelling vulgarities at deputies while standing in the parking lot just 10 feet from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office was jailed early Sunday morning.
    Howard D. Tinnell, 39, of 308 Ripy St. was charged with menacing, being drunk in public and disorderly conduct after deputies used pepper spray on him to bring him under control, according to a report filed by deputy Loren Wells.

  • No debate about it: Homeschooled senior advances to national championships

    Daniel Churchman, of Lawrenceburg, and his debate partner, Stephen Kauk, of Evansville, Indiana, are one of only eight teams nationwide who have already locked up a spot at this year’s national championships.
    Churchman, 18, is a homeschooled senior who competes in team policy debate in the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association. He and his partner punched their ticket to nationals following a second-place finish out of 100 teams at a national open tournament in Black Mountain, North Carolina on Jan. 30.

  • Two jailed for being drunk in court

    From staff reports
    Two men were cited with contempt of court after they appeared before District Court Judge JR Robards while under the influence.
    One of the men, Willie Webb, 65, of 542 South Main St., Lawrenceburg appeared Feb. 4 on a second-offense DUI charge when court officials noticed the smell of alcohol.
    He was detained and registered a .05 on a breath test, which is under the legal limit but not to appear in court.
    Robards sentenced Webb to five days in jail for contempt of court.

  • ‘Get the trucks outta here’

    Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton’s message for Gov. Matt Bevin will be a simple one when he meets with him Feb. 16: temporarily ban heavy truck traffic on Alton Road (Highway 151).
    “All it would take is the stroke of a pen,” Gritton said as he prepares for the meeting that will include state Rep. James Tipton and Alton Road residents Tom Isaac and Don McCormick.

  • Another day, another wreck on Alton Road

    For residents in Alton, the hits just keep coming.

    Just two days after a tractor-trailer nearly killed a woman walking her dog in her own driveway, a passenger car careened off of Alton Road near the caution light, narrowly missing a family’s home.

    Homeowner Beth Willoughby said the vehicle likely went off the road around noon and caused considerable damage to her yard.

    She said some construction workers witnessed the incident, but did not get the vehicle’s license plate.

  • Pajama pants now OK at high school

    As of Monday, high school students are now allowed to wear a variety of clothing items that were previously banned, including pajama pants.
    The decision to alter the school’s dress code was made during a meeting of its site based development council last Thursday afternoon.
    “If we are going to err, we should err on the side of being comfortable,” said Principal Chris Glass, who presides over the council, which includes four teachers and three parents.

  • Group rejects gov’s $32M offer to fix Alton Road

    Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget includes $32 million in safety improvements for Alton Road over the next six years, but that is not the answer a group pushing to have heavy trucks banned on that dangerous stretch of state highway wants to hear.
    “We have zero interest in it,” said Tom Isaac, one of the group’s organizers who lives on Alton Road.
    “It’s real simple with us. We will not accept but one solution, and that can be a temporary ban. We won’t accept anything less.

  • Local family affected by stockyard fire

    For the David Holt family, the fire that destroyed the Bluegrass Stockyards in Lexington last weekend, consumed their livelihood.
    “It was prominent,” Dana Holt, David’s wife said. “It’s been there for 70 years and has had an impact on our whole family.”

  • Solutions few for city council to stop train delays

    The Lawrenceburg City Council concluded during a meeting Monday night that when it comes to lengthy delays caused by trains, not much can be done.
    The conversation was sparked in part when a Norfolk Southern train blocked the crossings at Woodford and Court streets for nearly 30 minutes last week, frustrating motorists and forcing city officials to turn traffic around to avoid congestion on Main Street.

  • City council to consider overhauling business license ordinance

    The city council will consider an overhaul of its business license ordinance, including merging it with one being used by the Anderson County Fiscal Court.
    During a special called meeting Monday afternoon, City Clerk Robbie Hume outlined the plan for council members, saying the city’s current ordinance is a “complex, complicated system is hard for businesses to use and for [city employees] to understand.”