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Today's News

  • How Anderson County schools are dealing with the N word

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    When former UK guard Andrew Harrison mumbled the N word during a postgame press conference after his team fell to Wisconsin, the word’s use once again became the subject of debate, including who can use it and in what context.

    In a letter to the editor that appears in this week’s paper, an African American Lawrenceburg resident says the word is used by both black and white students in Anderson County schools, a claim that school officials don’t deny.

  • 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.

  • Man sentenced to 10 years in home invasion case

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    The man who pleaded guilty to sticking a gun in the faces of two teenagers during a robbery was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday in Anderson Circuit Court.

    Kendall Cunningham, 19, was denied his attorney’s attempt to be placed on probation due to what Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman said were the seriousness of his crimes.

  • Deadline is April 20 to register to vote in May 19 primary election

    The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 19 Primary Election is Monday, April 20, the secretary of state’s office announced last week.

    County clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky will accept voter registration cards until the close of business on that date. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by April 20.

    To be eligible to vote, you must:

    Be a U.S. citizen,

    Be a Kentucky resident for at least 28 days before election day,

  • Heroin bust a reason to cheer

    By Ben Carlson

    Column as I see ’em …

    It was with great pleasure that I photographed the scene of a heroin bust conducted early Monday evening by the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    When it comes to police getting that garbage off the streets, the dispassionate journalist in me takes a vacation and I actually feel like cheering while taking photos.

    Lawrenceburg, like so many other communities in Kentucky and across the country, is lousy with heroin and the problem continues to get worse.

  • Learn how to manage diabetes

    There are about 370,000 people diagnosed with diabetes in Kentucky. This number may be larger if we consider that an additional 137,000 individuals are undiagnosed, making a total of 507,000 living with diabetes. Kentucky has the sixth highest rate of diabetes in the nation, making it important for us to take action.

  • Grow ginger to ease colds, soothe muscles

    Let’s all toast the sun. Life is bursting out all over. The trees are either budding or blooming, and the lawns are verdant green. It’s those over achievers in the yard that are driving me crazy. Those military tough broadleaf weeds and wild garlic just want to be outstanding. Before you break out the mowers, let’s hit them with a little killer.