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  • It’s time to Burgoo

    Will five-time defending cook-off champion Jesse Sanford successfully defend his title?

    Who will be crowned winner of the inaugural burgoo eating contest?

    Who will be declared winner of the ugliest lamp contest?

    Those questions and plenty more will be answered when the annual Burgoo Festival kicks off Friday afternoon in Lawrenceburg.

    The cook-off, scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., has become one of the festival’s highlights and this year will feature eight teams competing for bragging rights.

  • Families evacuated as fire damages duplex

    A fire Tuesday morning caused significant damage to a duplex at the corner of O’Hara Drive and Scarlett Lane and killed a man’s pet snake.

    City Fire Chief Bobby Hume said the fire started in a dryer, located in the lower level of the duplex.

    Two families were evacuated and uninjured, along with a number of pet cats.

    A snake described as a 12-year-old ball python was killed, according to the brother of its owner, John Duffee, who lives in one side of the duplex with his parents.

  • Stiff competition awaits reigning cook-off champ

    Will this be the year someone, anyone finally knocks off five-time Burgoo Cook-Off champion Jesse Sanford?

    There will be plenty of teams trying to do just that during the annual fundraiser for Sheriff Joe Milam’s Shop With a Cop program, which raises money to purchase Christmas gifts for children in need.

    The event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrenceburg Green.

    The contest is simple. Teams set up a booth and bring gallons upon gallons of burgoo. Judging is done by anyone willing to make a $2 donation to Shop With a Cop.

  • Eating contest to follow cook-off

    Call it gluttony for a good cause.

    Ten competitors will see who can eat a full quart of burgoo the quickest in the inaugural Burgoo Eating Contest to benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

    The event is scheduled to begin around 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrenceburg Green, immediately following the Burgoo Cook-Off.

  • ‘Let’s pack it out downtown!’

    To say David Wayne Johnson is pumped to be playing Lawrenceburg is like saying there is a pot of stew at the Anderson County Burgoo Festival.

    It’s an understatement of major proportions.

    “I want this to be a big show,” Johnson said via a Facebook message last week. “I’m expecting to see a lot of friends, family and country music fans.”

  • Highway 151 residents to discuss lawsuit Monday

    With a trial date looming, the group of Highway 151 residents suing the state’s transportation department has planned another town hall-styled meeting for Monday, Sept. 26 at Alton Christian Church.

    The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m.

    Tom Isaac, one of the people leading the lawsuit to ban non-local commercial vehicles from the narrow stretch of dangerous highway through Alton, said it’s important for residents to stay informed on the progress of the lawsuit and show their support.

  • Families evacuated as fire damages duplex

    A fire Tuesday morning caused significant damage to a duplex at the corner of O’Hara Drive and Scarlett Lane and killed a man’s pet snake.

    City Fire Chief Bobby Hume said the fire started in a dryer, located in the lower level of the duplex.

    Two families were evacuated and uninjured, along with a number of pet cats.

    A snake described as a 12-year-old ball python was killed, according to the brother of its owner, John Duffee, who lives in one side of the duplex with his parents.

  • Sheriff’s office finds, destroys pot patch

    Today wasn’t a good day for whomever was growing a sizeable patch of marijuana in western Anderson County.

    Sheriff Joe Milam, Chief Deputy Robbie Armstrong, Sgt. Greg Boblitt and deputy Loren Wells of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office each had a hand today in chopping down and destroying what the sheriff called was a “mature” patch of marijuana plants, following a tip.

    Milam said there were 15 mature plants found with an estimated street value of around $30,000.

  • Jury hands down 60-year sentence for convicted murderer

    The man convicted of murdering Fairview Road resident Steve Briscoe was given a recommended sentence of 60 years in prison this afternoon in Anderson Circuit Court.

    The same jury that found Gary Luttrell, 42, guilty of murder, tampering with physical evidence, theft by unlawful taking and criminal trespassing Thursday night voted to lock him up for 50 years on the murder charge and 10 more for the remainder of the charges.

    Those sentences are to run consecutively, meaning one after the next. Formal sentencing is scheduled for next month.

  • Luttrell convicted of murder

    The man who admittedly shot and killed Steve Briscoe three years ago in his Fairview Road driveway has been convicted of murder.

    Gary Luttrell, 42, was very emotional and cried repeatedly during the four-day trial, but sat stone-faced as Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman read the 12-member jury’s verdict around 6 p.m. Thursday.

    Luttrell, who has ties to Lawrenceburg but lived in Lexington at the time of the murder, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday at 9 a.m.