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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Train delays fire, EMS response as trapped man’s vehicle burns

    Firefighters and deputies were forced to use fire extinguishers and a garden hose to keep a man trapped in his overturned vehicle from burning to death Friday morning when a train temporarily blocked ambulances and other firefighters from responding.

    Aaron Caudill, 24, of 1350 Caldwell Road, Lawrenceburg, who sources say received no serious burns, died shortly after he was pulled from his burned-out vehicle from injuries he sustained in the wreck on Versailles Road.

  • Briscoe murder suspect claims self-defense as trial begins

    Attorneys for the man charged with shooting Lawrenceburg resident Steven Briscoe to death in his own driveway three years ago claimed Monday that he did so in self-defense.

    The murder trial for Gary Lutrell, 42, of Lexington began Monday in Anderson Circuit Court. During her opening statement, Lutrell’s attorney said Briscoe and Lutrell each were carrying guns during the confrontation that centered on Lutrell’s wife being at Briscoe’s home.

  • Local trucking company joins lawsuit

    A local trucking firm has intervened in a lawsuit filed by residents of Highway 151 against the state’s Transportation Cabinet that seeks to ban non-local delivery commercial vehicles from the narrow stretch of state highway.

    A preliminary hearing on the lawsuit was scheduled for 9 a.m. today (Wednesday) in Franklin Circuit Court.

  • ‘What in the world is pickleball?’

    The question is undoubtedly one of the most common asked of people who play pickleball.

    “What in the world is pickleball?”

    Holly Corbett just smiles. “Oh, yes. It’s common,” she says.

    Pickleball isn’t something Andy Taylor and Barney Fife made up to get rid of Aunt Bea’s most famous culinary concoction.

  • Dunbar stops Bearcats

    LEXINGTON -- Paul L. Dunbar scored 19 unanswered points to post a 40-21 win over Anderson County in high school football Friday night in Lexington.

    The Bulldogs took less than two minutes to get untracked after Anderson's Zach Labhart scored on a 31-yard interception return with 10:20 to go in the third quarter.

    Dunbar answered by going 83 yards in 1:38 to go back in front on a 28-yard scoring pass from Gavin Bugg to Tre Homer and the Bulldogs never looked back.

  • She just had to really, really pee

    Column as I see ’em …

    Let’s play a little game I like to call, “What Should the Editor Do?”

    A woman called me first thing Monday morning to complain about what was, if true, an obviously bad decision by a business here in town.

    The woman, who didn’t tell me until nearly 30 minutes into our conversation that she is African American, said she accompanied a friend into the business and, while waiting, told an employee she really, really had to pee.

  • Important times, dates as upcoming general election nears

    As we near the Nov. 8 General Election, I thought it would be a good time to remind everyone of important dates and times. We have had several inquiries regarding registering to vote, making a party change and other election related questions.

    Currently

    Mail-in ballots are being sent out daily. Call our office to request an application.

    Oct. 7

    Inspection of voting equipment at 8:30 a.m. at the clerk’s office.

    Oct. 10

    Walk-in absentee voting begins during normal business hours.

    Oct. 11

  • Fall is the perfect time to sample soil

    If you think spring is the best time to take soil samples, you might want to rethink that.

    Fall is actually the optimum time to take soil samples for fertility analyses.