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Today's News

  • Slain toddler’s mom awarded $250,000 in lawsuit vs. city

    The City of Lawrenceburg has agreed to pay the mother of a murdered toddler $250,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed last year.
    The settlement was based in part on a federal judge’s ruling that the city failed to properly train and supervise its police officers.
    Candice Dempsey’s son, Cole Frazier, was removed from her custody last May by Lawrenceburg police and handed over to his father, Timothy Frazier, who two weeks later killed the toddler and then himself.

  • Waddy mourns child’s death

    Sadness has blanketed the Shelby County community of Waddy and Heritage Elementary, where 6-year-old Elizabeth Brown went to kindergarten.

  • Water rate increase on tap?

    During this month’s meeting of the Lawrenceburg City Council, the city received a clean audit report, except for one thing.
    Auditor Tom Smith told council members the city needs to find a way to increase its revenue in the water and sewer departments to comply with its suggested bond parity rating, City Clerk Administrator Robbie Hume said.
    The water and sewer departments operate out of a separate budget than the rest of the city’s expenses, and the parity rating for that separate budget was 1.12 last year. The city’s suggested rating is 1.3.

  • ECC bond sale called a success

    Last week’s bond sale to fund the new Early Childhood Center project “went fine,” and the district is set to move forward with a 14-classroom facility, Anderson County Superintendent Sheila Mitchell said Friday afternoon.
    However, Mitchell said the consensus from board members is that they will most likely change the plan to a 10-classroom facility. An official decision to do so will not be made until Jan. 4, at the earliest, she said.
    The board is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 4 to discuss the ECC project and other topics, Mitchell said.

  • COLUMN: Show me the statute

    We’ve come to a sad pass when unelected bureaucrats in Frankfort can mislead us in order to protect their little fiefdoms.
    That government officials would make misleading statements (OK, lies) should not come as a shock. The interchangeable cast of characters in D.C. does so with regularity, including that costs would go down if the government “fixed” health care. If you don’t work for local government and pay for your own health insurance, please raise your hand if your premiums were reduced this year.
    Didn’t think so.

  • COLUMN: Stuck between ice and more ice

    There are times in life when it is OK, or even preferred, to want to be the center of attention. The day you are born, your wedding day, or maybe a high school or college graduation, for instance.
    Friday, however, was not one of those days for me, but I stole the spotlight for a few minutes anyway.
    Anyone who has ever visited our office or driven by it on US 127 knows we have quite a hill to climb to work each morning.

  • COLUMN: 2010 is shaping up snowier than 1989

    By Shawn Crowe

  • COLUMN: Trusty tricks to battle winter’s worst

    Well, we had a little weather. I’m still hiking up the hill. When the ice man cometh, he brings all kinds of challenges.
    Shoveling an 800-foot drive by hand is not my idea of a swell time, but it does give you lots of time to think and appreciate nature. After all, it’s just a little water, and look at all the mayhem it caused.

  • COLUMN: Gift cards, donations will help animals

    This holiday season, please remember the homeless dogs and cats at the animal shelter.
    While most of us are spending time with our families, these animals have no family, and no home, to call their own. Here are some ways you can help this holiday season:
    Most pets that arrive at shelters and rescues are frightened in their new surroundings.
    And sadly, many are forced to sit and sleep on hard cement floors that are hot in the summer and cold in the winter, since shelters and rescues don’t normally have the budget to supply soft bedding.

  • Water line mailer raises questions for second time

    For the second time this year, Lawrenceburg residents are receiving a mailer about water service line coverage that, on first glance, appears as though it could be from a local utility provider.
    Several residents contacted The Anderson News with questions about the mailer last week, and wondered if it was a scam.
    A similar mailer from the same company, Home Service USA Management Corp., or Homeserve, made the rounds in February.