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  • Woman, 78, suffers in jail for no reason

    I’m not going to tell you the name of the person involved in this story because she’s already suffered enough.

    A local 78-year-old woman many of you would readily recognize spent four nights incarcerated at the Shelby County Detention Center earlier this month, where she was forced to sleep on a concrete floor in a freezing cell without the medication she needed.

    No, I’m not making this up.

    In that cell were seven and sometimes eight other women, three of them pregnant and, in her words, all “druggies.”

  • Judge: Building jail here a ‘dead issue’

    Those hoping or even thinking about Anderson County building its own jail had the cell door firmly slammed in their faces during last Tuesday night’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    During a work session before the meeting, a leading jail expert disabused them of the notion quickly and thoroughly, saying emphatically that building a jail would be a risky, expensive proposition.

  • Wilson honored with statewide KACD award

    From staff reports

    Every year the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts (KACD) recognizes farmers who take the initiative to implement sound, innovative and cost-effective conservation techniques and best management practices. The state winners are selected on the basis of accomplishments in soil and water resource management and pollution prevention, according to a news release.

  • Man jailed for driving 100 mph on Main St.

    From staff reports

    A Lawrenceburg man remained behind bars Monday after police say drove in excess of 100 mph on South Main Street while trying to escape from them.

    Kevin W. Crowder, 41, of 1306 Bonnie Blue Loop was spotted traveling at a high rate of speed by an off-duty deputy from East Woodford Street to South Main, where a police officer pulled him over.

  • News briefs

    Kampfer named site director

    Lindsay Kampfer has been named as the new site director for the Hospice of the Bluegrass — Frankfort office, the organization announced.

    As site director, Kampfer will manage day-to-day operations and oversee the staff who serve Hospice patients and their families in Anderson, Franklin, Owen and Woodford counties.

    Friends of NRA poker run slated

    The Central Kentucky Friends of the National Rifle Association will hold a motorcycle poker run Aug. 6 at the American Legion Post 7 in Frankfort.

  • News briefs

    Kampfer named site director

    Lindsay Kampfer has been named as the new site director for the Hospice of the Bluegrass — Frankfort office, the organization announced.

    As site director, Kampfer will manage day-to-day operations and oversee the staff who serve Hospice patients and their families in Anderson, Franklin, Owen and Woodford counties.

    Friends of NRA poker run slated

    The Central Kentucky Friends of the National Rifle Association will hold a motorcycle poker run Aug. 6 at the American Legion Post 7 in Frankfort.

  • Deputies rescue man from rail bridge

    Deputies rescued a man who was apparently threatening to jump off the rail bridge over the Kentucky River earlier this afternoon.

    The man, identified as Aaron Hilbert, 23, of Harrodsburg, went out on the bridge, which is privately owned by a group of bungee jumping enthusiasts, and began running back and forth, yelling at cars on the nearby S bridge.

  • Enthusiasm high as new tourism commission meets

    Monday marked a new day for tourism in Anderson County when the Lawrenceburg/Anderson County Tourism Commission held its first meeting.

    Mayor Sandy Goodlett and Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton worked for months to form the commission, which formerly operated solely as a function of county government, saying they are both thrilled to see it begin.

    “I’m excited about it,” said Gritton. “We now have joint tourism between the city and county, and I look forward to bigger and better things.”

  • Catch of a lifetime

    Marvin Kelly has caught plenty of catfish since his father taught him how as a child, but none came near the whopper he landed July 12.

    Kelly landed a massive 98-pound blue cat at a pay lake on Cornishville Road in Mercer County, by far the largest he’s ever caught.

    “Before that is was 38 pounds,” said Kelly, an avid fisherman whose latest conquest netted him a nifty $240 from an ongoing catfish pot at the lake.

    “I had to turn [the fish] back but I won the fish pot, so it was a good day,” he said.

  • LOCK YOUR DOORS!

    Steve Votaw fumed as he sat in his father-in-law’s garage Monday afternoon.

    “They could have asked me to borrow anything in my shed and I would have let them,” said Votaw, who is one of dozens of victims in an ongoing crime spree in Lawrenceburg.

    “I can’t stand a liar, and I sure can’t stand a thief.”

    Votaw isn’t alone. In less than a week police have logged no fewer than 60 vehicle-related thefts, almost exclusively from unlocked cars.