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  • Realtors donate to EDA
  • Burkhead to compete in state county fair pageant

    News staff

    There’s a lot of work that goes into pageantry. Hours of preparation in makeup, styled hair coated with hair spray that seems to defy gravity and of course, no beauty queen would be complete without the perfect evening gown that shimmers in the spotlight.

    Though it takes a lot of time, this year’s Miss Lawrenceburg Fair & Horse Show Queen Molly Kate Burkhead said the preparation is the “fun part.”

  • Mustang Media program puts students to work

    By Shelley Spillman

    News staff

    Each school day, Anderson County Middle School meteorologist Drew Pierce alerts students to the weather forecast with great enthusiasm, always signing off with “This is Drew Pierce your meteorologist, reminding you to be weather aware.”

    It started off with a mission from Anderson County Middle School Principal Jeanna Kidd to find a creative way to read the morning announcements and became the student-led TV news broadcast, Mustang Media.

  • ‘He was just a happy guy’

    News staff

    Pastor Charles Joseph McDonald, 82, better known as “Father Mac,” died Jan. 1 at his home in Lexington.

    McDonald served as a pastor at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Lawrenceburg from 1993 to 2006.

    He’s remembered for his outgoing personality and love of music.

    “He was just a happy guy. He was very kind and played piano at the nursing home,” said Jane Wade, music director at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. “He loved to play, and he didn’t even need a sheet of music.”

  • Joseph indicted for tattooing vulgar word on woman

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    A Lawrenceburg man was indicted last week on charges that include him allegedly tattooing the word “slut” on a female victim’s back while holding her at gunpoint.

    Michael Aaron Joseph, 30, was indicted by the Anderson County Grand Jury on charges that include second-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree unlawful imprisonment.

    A warrant for Joseph’s arrest was issued in November of 2014 for the incident, which dates back to last May.

  • Heroin: ‘It’s here, it’s real and it’s a problem’

    By Ben Carlson

    News Staff

    Police are called to a domestic dispute involving a mother and her son arguing over a dirty needle.

    A man in his early 20s shoots heroin, climbs behind the wheel of his car and crashes into a telephone pole in front of the library.

    Another man shoots heroin in the parking lot of a local store. He overdoses, turns blue and passes out with his foot on his car’s gas pedal, revving the engine.

    Twenty people overdose in November and December, requiring life-saving actions from first responders.

  • Anti-heroin bill passes state Senate

    From staff reports

    Saying they’ve heard the call to fix Kentucky’s exploding heroin epidemic, state Senate members passed a bill without opposition last Thursday that would provide more treatment for abusers while increasing penalties for dealers.

    “It is no secret to the members of this body, those in the audience or the people of the commonwealth that heroin use has reached epidemic levels here in Kentucky,” Sen. Christian McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, who introduced the legislation known as Senate Bill 5, said in a news release.

  • Three teens, driver injured in wreck

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The last thing Austin Warford said he remembers before waking up in a CT scanner at the University of Kentucky Medical Center is turning onto Anderson City Road late last Friday afternoon.

    Warford and three teenagers sustained serious injuries when the car he was driving left the road and collided head-first with a tree.

    Warford and one of the teens had been released from the hospital as of Monday. The other teens remain hospitalized, including one with a fractured skull and other serious injuries.

  • Ritchie pleads not guilty to sexually abusing child

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The sometimes gruesome testimony of a Lawrenceburg police officer resulted in a man charged with sticking his hand down the back of a 7-year-old girl’s pants being held in jail.

    Gary Wayne Ritchie, 53, remained in jail after having his probation revoked from a previous charge during his appearance last Thursday in Anderson District Court.

  • Sizing up the 30th District at season’s midpoint

    The jockeying for 30th District seeding positions is just about complete with only two district game left. However, those two contests will determine three spots in the district tournament, which is set to be held the week of Feb 23-28 at Spencer County High School.