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Today's News

  • Family furious over illegal dumping on Anderson City Road

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    A “no dumping” sign at the front of James Phillips’ property apparently isn’t going to be enough to get whomever is trashing it to knock it off.

    “If I catch them, I’m sure there will be trouble,” Phillips said Friday morning while standing alongside a pile of burned debris he said was set fire by those who dumped it.

    “They snuck out here last Monday and set it afire,” he said. “They got wind that someone knew they’d dumped it.”

  • Inmate held in contempt for f-bombing judge

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Already languishing in jail on a rash of forgery and criminal possession charges, a Dan Drive man probably figured his day couldn’t get any worse when he appeared last Thursday in Anderson District Court.

    He couldn’t have been more wrong.

    Frustrated after District Court Judge Donna Dutton refused his repeated pleas to turn his $5,000 cash bail into a surety bond so his mother could spring him from jail, William Whetzel, 20, finally told Dutton just exactly what he thought of her refusal.

  • Van smacks house, plows into pond

    From staff reports

    The driver of a van that tore off the corner of a home in the Running Brook Drive subdivision before traveling another 100 yards and coming to rest in a small pond reportedly blacked out during the wreck.

    The unidentified driver appeared uninjured while standing in the driveway at 1081 Running Brook Drive just minutes after the crash as he was being tended to by Anderson County EMS.

    He was later taken into a waited ambulance for further observation.

  • One terrific trike

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Dude, that’s one sweet ride.

    Dude, in this case, is Lawrenceburg’s Dude Caldwell, and he’s about to take delivery of a custom trike built nearly from scratch by Garry Wash, owner of Wash’s Cycle, Home of Wild Turkey Chopper in Alton.

  • ‘Grinch’s’ finances questioned

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Questions surfaced Thursday about the financial ability of the owner of former Dairy Cheer restaurant to hire her own attorney when she admitted that she receives income and received a hefty settlement, neither of which were included on her application for a public defender.

    Lou Compton, 68, faces 14 charges of theft by deception for allegedly not paying some of her employees and writing bad checks to others just before Christmas in 2011 when the restaurant closed, prompting them to dub her “Dairy Grinch.”

  • Cookies with Santa to help low income families

    By Shelley Spillman

    News staff

    Though Blue Grass Community Action is funded through a a federal anti-poverty grant, Melissa Wells-Hanks, Anderson County community developer, said it’s local funds that also help provide a variety of services to Anderson County residents.

    Wells-Hanks said the local fund, which helps pay heating bills, purchase school supplies and other needs for low income families, is getting dangerously low and is primarily generated through fundraisers.

  • ‘Dairy Grinch’ declared indigent

    From staff reports

    Former Dairy Cheer employees hoping they will finally get the pay they were stiffed out of three years ago could be in for yet another Christmas letdown.

    Former Dairy Cheer owner Lou Compton, who closed the restaurant here in December of 2011 after writing bad checks to some employees and simply not paying others, was living on social security and driving a 23-year-old car at the time of her arrest last month in Michigan.

  • Sex offender jailed for ‘chat’ with 8-year-old

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    A Lawrenceburg man on parole for distributing “obscene matter to minors” was sentenced to a year in jail last week for violating that parole by interacting with an 8-year-old child on Facebook.

    John Allen Ward, 50, of 115.5 Ann Drive pleaded guilty Nov. 12 to carrying on a Facebook conversation from Oct. 20 through Nov. 10, when police executed a search warrant at his home.

  • Rituals abound for students summoning snow days

    From staff reports

    It’s nothing new for kids to hope for a snow day, but some go to great lengths by performing rituals to summon one.

    Several of The Anderson News’ Facebook friends confirmed that wearing pajamas inside out and sleeping with a spoon under their pillow are just a few of the things kids are doing to promote a snow day.

  • Accused wife beater’s attorney quits; bail now $125,000

    From staff reports

    The Lawrenceburg man accused of abusing his wife on multiple occasions represented himself in Anderson District Court last week after his attorney was granted a motion to quit.

    Steven Robinson, 34, of 233 Hunter Ridge Drive remains jailed in numerous charges, the latest stemming from him violating protective orders to stay away from his wife when police found him hiding in her attic Nov. 4.