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Today's News

  • It’s a good time to be a criminal

    By Ben Carlson

    Column as I see ’em …

    It would be easy to slam the state’s Board of Corrections for allowing Lawrenceburg resident Kris Mitchell to serve just two years of a 10-year sentence for a rash of burglaries, some of them involving guns, for crying out loud.

    Instead, I’ll slam the state legislature that a couple of years ago created God-awful HB 463, which basically allows crooks and schnooks a get-out-jail early card, provided their crimes are non-violent.

  • Frog serenade a sure sign of spring

    We’ve all heard the saying “when one door closes, another one opens.” Well, I’m slamming the door on winter and opening it for spring. Hallelujah! Though hiking up and down my driveway in 2 feet of snow gets me into great shape for gardening, let’s be realistic — muck boots and Carhartts are hardly business casual attire.

  • Don’t let emerald ash borers win in 2015

    The most severe emerald ash borer (EAB) attacks in Kentucky are focused in the triangular area bounded by Louisville, Lexington and northern Kentucky.

    Management

    Kentuckians who live in counties where EAB has been detected should determine the numbers and sizes of ash trees on their properties and decide on a course of action. Managing Emerald Ash Borer: Decision Guide is a good tool to use. In general, ash trees can be saved if they are:

    Healthy and growing vigorously with 75 percent or more of their leaves.

  • How’s your relationship with money?

    At the end of the month, do you wonder what happened to your money? Are you regularly tempted to spend when you have a few extra dollars in your pocket?

    Spending and savings habits are directly linked to financial stability. Understanding how and where you spend money is important for financial success, especially in tough economic times.

    One important step for managing your household budget is to develop a spending plan for your money. Doesn’t that sound better than “budget?” Use the following steps to develop your family’s plan.

  • Think about it before adopting just one more

    By Jane Sinnett, Guest columnist

    I looked into those amazing eyes, one blue, one white, and was ready to go to the front desk and tell them I wanted that one.

    My heart said yes but my mind said, let’s wait a minute. My mind and heart do battle with each other when it comes to just one more animal.

  • ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’

    The Drama Club at Anderson County High School will present the musical, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” this weekend at the Bearcat Theater.

    Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.; Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

    Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students. Children 5 and under will be admitted for free.

    The play is described as a classic musical set during the frontier days in Oregon.

    It tells the story of seven lumberjack brothers as they search for wives.

  • Mitchell serves two years of 10-year sentence

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    A Lawrenceburg man sentenced to 10 years in prison for a host burglaries was set free earlier this month after serving only years of his sentence.

    Kris Lowell Mitchell, 36, was released by the state’s probation and parole board despite a lengthy criminal record that includes previous time served for unlawful imprisonment and beating his wife.

  • Second trial finds man guilty of assault

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    A jury convicted a Lawrenceburg resident David Shirley last Friday for fourth-degree assault, domestic violence, and gave him the maximum penalty of a year in jail.

    The conviction came less than two months after a jury failed to reach a verdict during Shirley’s initial trial.

    Angry because the victim and their son were about to leave for a trip to Miami without his permission, Shirley allegedly beat her up in the bathroom and threw her suitcases in the shower in attempt to keep her from going.

  • Trial postponed for couple charged with child abuse

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    The trial of a couple charged with second-degree criminal child abuse of a 10-month-old that was set to begin March 12 has been postponed.

    Billi J. Combs and Aaron J. Hilbert of 1270 Jenny Lillard Road were charged in late 2013 with abuse after doctors determined the child was severely malnourished, had swollen kidneys and had multiple contusions, according to police reports.

    Combs and Hilbert are now scheduled to appear April 21 in Anderson Circuit Court, when a new date for their trial will be set.

  • Anderson County Jail Log March 18, 2015

    The following people were recently charged and transported to jail, according to information provided by Anderson County Jailer Joani Clark.

    March 1

    Heather Hume was charged with failure to appear, possession of a controlled substance and bond violation by the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    Robert Walls was charged with parole violation by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

    March 2

    Anthony Hambrick was charged with failure to appear by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.