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  • Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran finds peace with animals

    By Ricki Barker, News staff

    There is a saying that a dog is man’s best friend, a saying that Gary Blanton knows all too well is true.

    As a veteran with 20 years of service to our country, Gary Blanton said he never expected to have a large extended family, but he does now.

    Along with his wife, Shannon, and his stepdaughter Eliza, Blanton shares his small Anderson County home with numerous cats, three dogs and four ferrets.

  • Wash looking to perform at Breeders’ Cup event

    From staff reports

    Lauren Wash is one step closer to performing at Keeneland during Breeder’s Cup weekend.

    The Anderson County Middle School student performed the National Anthem at the Lexington race track on Oct. 11 after being selected from hundreds of entries in the Star Spangled Stakes contest.

    Lauren, a daughter of Ben and Adrienne Wash, has already enjoyed a special experience in the selection process.

  • Muns sentenced to 17 years in plea agreement

    Andrew Muns entered a guilty plea in Anderson Circuit Court Monday, and was sentenced to 17 years in prison for his part in a 2013 home invasion.

    Muns, 20, was one of four men charged in the early 2013 home invasion during which two teenagers were allegedly held at gunpoint at a residence on Citation Lane in Lawrenceburg.

    Muns absconded after being indicted and released on bail by allegedly cutting off a monitoring device and leaving the state.

    He was returned to custody in March and has been incarcerated at the Shelby County Detention Center since.

  • KSP investigate fatal shooting

    Kentucky State Police are investigating a fatal shooting which occurred early Sunday morning at Eagle Lake Convention Center, according to a news release.

    Kentucky State Police Troopers were on a traffic stop near the convention center when they heard what appeared to be multiple gunshots. Troopers rushed to the scene where they found the victim, Damycal Tre Bolton, age 18, of Lexington, in the convention center parking lot, unresponsive. Bolton had been fatally wounded in the exchange of gunfire.

  • Tanker truck overturns on Ky. 151

    Courtesy of the

    Kentucky Press News Service

    An Anderson County road northwest of Lawrenceburg was closed for more than seven hours Monday after a tanker truck overturned.

    The truck was carrying 6,600 gallons of 191 proof alcohol from Kansas to an area distillery, said Bart Powell, public safety director for Anderson County. Powell said he wasn’t sure which distillery. The tanker truck’s driver was not hurt.

  • A friendly Family Feud

    Troy Young is rarely at a loss for words.

    But ask him how his family did during its upcoming appearance on Family Feud and the sheriff of Anderson County clams up tighter thank bark on an oak.

    “Stay tuned,” said Young who, along with wife Benita and triplet sons Marcus, Myles and Martin, will appear on the popular TV game show Oct. 20. The segment is scheduled to air at 7 p.m. on WKYT out of Lexington and 11 a.m. on Louisville’s WDRB.

  • World of Hurt

    There are plenty — perhaps hundreds — of martial artists in Kentucky who have attained the rank of black belt in a variety of disciplines ranging from karate to tae kwon do.

    Earning one in Brazilian jiu-jitsu is much more difficult but is something achieved last week by Tim Hurt, sensei at Lawrenceburg Martial Arts on Woodford Street.

    “I already had a black belt in karate for years and years,” said Hurt, a police officer in Simpsonville who trains about 25 students at his dojo.

  • State police investigating fatal shooting at Eagle Lake

    Kentucky State Police, Frankfort Post, are investigating a fatal shooting which occurred overnight at Eagle Lake Convention Center in Lawrenceburg.

  • $200K winning ticket sold in Lawrenceburg

    Someone is $200,000 richer this morning after the winning ticket in Monday night’s Cash Ball lottery drawing was sold in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky Lottery officials announced Tuesday morning.

    The winning numbers were 5-6-11-23 and the Cash Ball number was 9.

    The winner claimed the prize Tuesday afternoon but requested anonymity.

    The ticket was sold at Murphy USA, the gas station located in front of Walmart. The retailer receives $2,000 for selling the winning ticket, lottery officials said.

  • Suspect’s crime spree comes to end

    The past few weeks have been busy ones for Corey Lynn Hopper.

    Along with apparently moving at least three times, the 25-year-old Lawrenceburg resident picked up a bevy of criminal charges in two weeks, ranging from swiping beer and television equipment from Walmart, heroin possession and leading police on a foot chase that ended in a yard on Forrest Drive.

    Hopper then kicked off October last Thursday by refusing to leave his jail cell for a video arraignment in front of District Court Judge J.R. Robards.