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  • Living with Alzheimer's: Her turn to care for Mom

    Doris is searching for her children.
    A baby doll is usually the only thing that will console her when she’s in the hospital, daughter Debbie Lottes said.
    Doris Halwes of Evansville, Ind. — former Girl Scout leader, Sunday school teacher and creative, thrifty stay-at-home mom — expects to see her two kids or grandchildren always running underfoot.
    Doris asks for them. She forgets. She asks again.
    She searches, always.

  • Man flees police after heroin bust

    A 27-year-old Oldham County man led Lawrenceburg city police officers on a high-speed chase across three counties Tuesday afternoon after police observed the man allegedly trafficking heroin in Anderson County.
    According to Det. Jeremy Cornish and Det. Mike Schell, city police were conducting an investigation involving Ahmad M. Ghazawi, 3500 West Highway 22, Crestwood, a little after 4 p.m. when Ghazawi fled in his vehicle, weaving in and out of traffic at speeds over 100 miles per hour.

  • Couple plead not guilty to abuse

    A Lawrenceburg couple charged with allegedly abusing their 10-month-old child to the point that he was in danger of losing a kidney both pleaded not guilty to criminal abuse charges Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Billi J. Combs, 20, and Aaron J. Hilbert, 21, of 1270 Jenny Lillard Road were arraigned March 4 in Anderson Circuit Court.
    A disposition or trial date for Combs and Hilbert has been scheduled for April 22 in Anderson Circuit Court.

  • Home invasion suspect released day before trial

    A Lawrenceburg man facing five felonies including robbery and stealing firearms was released the day before his jury trial after the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office filed a motion last Wednesday to dismiss all charges against him.   
    Charles D. Peach is one of four Lawrenceburg men arrested and charged for a February 2013 home invasion on Citation Lane, according to court documents.

  • Judge says school board entitled to ‘immunity’ in lawsuit

    Anderson County Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman ordered Tuesday that the school board be removed from a lawsuit filed by former girls’ softball coach Brian Glass.
    During a hearing held Tuesday afternoon in Circuit Court, Judge Hickman said a motion filed by Board of Education attorney Robert Chenoweth clarifies that the board was indeed entitled to governmental immunity regarding damages.
    Chenoweth filed a motion Feb. 12 asking Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman to reconsider removing the school board as a defendant in the lawsuit.   

  • Sunset Drive home heavily damaged in Friday fire

    A Sunset Drive home caught fire around 5 p.m. last Friday afternoon as a result of children allegedly playing with either a cigarette lighter or matches in a back bedroom, according to the homeowner and City Fire Chief Bobby Hume.
    Homeowner Robert Harley said he tried to put out the fire with a wet towel, but was unable to contain the flames.
    Harley was able to exit the home safely along with his daughter Nicole Harley, her children Clay Harley, 8, McKenna Harley, 6, Nicole’s fiancé Kevin McDaniel and Kevin’s son Ryan, 4.

  • Snow shuts down courthouse, city hall Monday

    City hall and the Anderson County courthouse closed Monday, March 3 due to a Sunday night winter storm that covered city and county roads with a thin sheet of ice and up to 4 inches of snow in some areas.

    As of 8 a.m. Monday morning, measured readings of snow depth varied from 1.8 to 4.5 inches for snow drifts in Anderson County as a result of Sunday's storm, according to the National Weather Service's website.

  • Winter storm of sleet, ice and snow predicted to hit Sunday, continue into Monday

    A winter storm featuring freezing rain, ice, heavy snow and high winds is expected to hit the Anderson County area at about 11 a.m. Sunday morning, according to Public Safety Director Bart Powell, and the storm is predicted to continue into Monday, March 3. 

    Anderson County emergency management received an update on the approaching winter storm via conference call with the National Weather Service on Saturday, March 1 at 2:30 p.m., Powell said Saturday.

  • Hospital bills a big problem as deductibles, out-of-pocket costs grow

    By Laura Ungar
    The Courier-Journal
    Kentucky Press News Service
    Amos McGrew suffered from frequent ear infections, requiring ear tubes inserted two years in a row at two different hospitals.
    His mother, Crystal McGrew figured bills for the common procedure would be about the same — she had the same insurance coverage, the same doctor, and there were no complications either time.

  • Eighth graders’ math scores soar while sophomores straggle

    By Meaghan Downs
    News staff
    Science scores continue to be an issue for Anderson County’s eighth graders and sophomores, despite gains in math and reading on standardized tests that help gauge students’ college- and career-readiness.  
    According to test results recently released by the Kentucky Department of Education, Anderson County eighth graders who took the EXPLORE exam in September jumped 8.1 percent in meeting benchmarks for math scores for the 2013-2014 school year.