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  • Woman fumes after plow wrecks mailbox

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    Rosie Wells is getting angrier by the day.

    She started out miffed when an Anderson County Highway Department plow struck and ruined her mailbox on Deer Run Road during a Feb. 16 snowstorm.

    She got a little more upset when the driver of the truck didn’t stop to discuss the matter with her.

  • Police make heroin bust

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    A Lawrenceburg man said he was all set to turn himself into police Tuesday on a host of outstanding warrants.

    He didn’t get the chance.

    Instead, Johnathan Powell, 25, of 1021 Sunrise Lane went to jail a day early after being charged with first-degree heroin trafficking following a traffic stop at the intersection of Hilltop Drive and Court Street.

  • ‘Grinch’ given diverted sentence

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    The former operator of a Dairy Cheer restaurant in Lawrenceburg received a three-year diverted sentence for stiffing a dozen employees out of over $8,000 in pay in 2011.

    Dubbed by former employees as “Dairy Grinch” because their paychecks started bouncing and she closed the Lawrenceburg location just before Christmas, Lou Emma Compton will remain on supervised probation during her sentence.

  • Diverted sentence for stepfather of tied up child

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    The stepfather charged with first-degree criminal child abuse for his role in tying up a 3-year-old child for up to 16 hours a day received a three-year diverted sentence last Friday in Anderson Circuit Court.

    Herbert Medley, the 3-year-old’s stepfather, accepted a plea deal with the Commonwealth Attorney’s office and entered an Alford plea, which essentially means the evidence against him would likely lead to his conviction but that he doesn’t have to admit wrongdoing.

  • Woman saved from flooded home

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    Ruth Wilhoit admits she held her breath when the damaged rescue boat she was in became caught in roiling floodwater and was swept across Bridge Hill Road.

    “We were all holding our breath when we went over that,” she said. “But I wasn’t worried about me. I was worried about my car and the dogs.”

    Wilhoit, 67, became trapped in her parents’ home last Friday morning after an estimated 6 inches of rain fell, causing the Salt River to spill over its banks and surround the house.

  • City council not giving up on splash park

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The Lawrenceburg City Council isn’t taking no for an answer when it comes to getting a grant to build a splash park.

    Mayor Sandy Goodlett confirmed Monday that the city will again apply for a $75,000 Land and Water Conservation state grant to build the splash park in the city park located next to the American Legion.

    A grant submitted in 2013 was denied.

  • Krogman named Anderson County’s new fire chief

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Following a months-long search, the Anderson County Fire District has a new chief.

    Patrick Krogman, a retired captain who twice served as acting chief with Newport Fire and EMS in northern Kentucky, was selected by the fire district board late last month.

    A career public servant, Krogram’s career began in 1978 as a volunteer with the Bellevue Fire Department, where was promoted to the rank of lieutenant while serving as a firefighter and emergency medical technician.

  • Can anyone out there pass the Lawrenceburger Challenge?

    Jerry Turner sighed, looked at the small mountain of food remaining in front of him and used a napkin on the table as a makeshift white flag of surrender.

    He isn’t alone. Since Lane’s Diner opened in early March, Turner and about a dozen others have taken the Lawrenceburger Challenge, only to fail miserably.

    “Most people get about half way through before they give up,” said Bill Lane who, along with his wife, Glenda, owns the diner located at Eagle Lake South on US 127.

    That their customers made it that far is amazing.

  • News Briefs for April 8, 2015

    Community Service Day is scheduled for April 17 in Lawrenceburg, organizers announced.

    The date marks the second year for the event, which was declared by a proclamation signed by Lawrenceburg Mayor Sandy Goodlett and designed to encourage residents, groups and businesses to participate in community service projects.

    Project examples include Anderson County Chief Deputy Joe Milam and Lawrenceburg Police Chief Chris Atkins joining forces to restore bleachers at the Alton Ruritan baseball field.

  • Conservation District participates in Business Expo

    From staff reports

    The Anderson County Conservation District recently participated in the Community and Business Expo at the Eagle Lake Convention Center.

    The district displayed a unique, hand-decorated rain barrel and provided instructions on how to make them at home, according to a news release.

    People registered throughout the event to win the rain barrel. Alberta Peyton’s name was drawn as the winner. Board chairman Roy Toney said that the district appreciates her and all others who registered for the giveaway.