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Today's News

  • Huge crowd on hand as public officials sworn in

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Several hundred people kicked off their New Year’s Eve parties a bit early last Wednesday when they packed the county courthouse to watch public officials sworn in to their new offices for 2015.

    The crowd, considered one of the largest to attend a swearing-in ceremony in recent memory, cheered and clapped as they welcomed a new judge-executive, mayor and a pair of judges to their new positions.

  • School district poised to oppose higher electricity rates

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    After spending the past five years trimming an estimated $1 million off of the school district’s utility bills, Superintendent Sheila Mitchell doesn’t want to see some of those savings evaporate due to higher electric rates being proposed by Kentucky Utilities.

    If those rates go into effect later this year, Mitchell said the impact on the district’s budget could be as much as $82,000 annually, money she says isn’t in the district’s budget.

  • Lawrenceburg store ‘a sacred, spiritual space for natural healing’

    News staff

    Pam Giles, owner of Antiques, Uniques & Metaphysics, considers her store a space to share her two main passions in life: collectibles and natural healing.

    Though Giles has owned several antiques stores over the years in different locations including Danville, Springfield and Harrodsburg, she decided to make this store different, adding a metaphysics twist. The back of the store is lined with colorful gemstones, incense and large glass jars filled with herbs.

  • Police warn of vehicle break-ins

    From staff reports

    The Lawrenceburg Police Department issued a warning Monday for vehicle owners to not leave valuables inside of their parked cars.

    The department is working on several cases involving items stolen from vehicles and several arrests have been made, according to a news release.

    Police said to avoid having items stolen, vehicle owners should:

    l never leave anything of value in plain sight

    l always lock glove compartments and center consoles

    l always lock tool boxes on trucks

  • Answering a call for help

    By Shelley Spillman

    News staff

    Steve Votaw, chief deputy of the Anderson County Coroner’s Office, says he speaks with his friend Shelby Phillips weekly, but when he spoke to her the Saturday before Christmas, he could sense something was wrong by the tone of her voice. Phillips told him it was the end of the month, and she was out of food.

    As a senior on a fixed income, Phillips said she can pay her rent and utilities but little else. She said she only receives $90 each month in food stamps.

  • Mystery deputy thanked for help

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    She didn’t know the name of the deputy who helped her during a remarkably difficult time, but she does now.

    Indian Trail resident Sherry Richardson let her two dogs outside Dec. 18 while getting ready to go to work. One came back before she and her children had to leave, the other didn’t.

  • Haile goes from homeless to helping homeless

    By Shelley Spillman

    News staff

    On a weekly basis, Ralph Haile can be found collecting and meticulously sorting trash bags full of clothing at the Anderson Senior Center for the homeless at the Hope Center in Lexington. Homelessness is a struggle Haile is well acquainted with as a former homeless teenager on the streets of Detroit.

    Though it was a long time ago, it seems like just yesterday to Haile, who can recall sleeping on the floor of an old shop with a busted pipe that drizzled water from the ceiling and down a wall.

  • Jail next for mom who tied up child

    From staff reports

    The Lawrenceburg mother who pleaded guilty to tying up her then-3-year-old daughter for up to 16 hours a day is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in Anderson Circuit Court.

    The case, which has languished in the court system for nearly 30 months, was expected to be concluded earlier month but Medley requested a delay to undergo what her lawyer said was reconstructive surgery.

    Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman granted the delay, saying at the time there would not be another.

  • Hatchett pleads not guilty to attempted murder

    From staff reports

    Bail has been set at $50,000 for man charged with attempted murder for allegedly pushing a woman from his vehicle before running her over, dragging her down the road and then trying to run her over.

    Leslie “Scott” Hatchett, 40, of 2309 Ballard Road pleaded not guilty Dec. 18 in Anderson District Court and is scheduled to appear again Jan. 8 on charges that include attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment and second-degree burglary.

  • Police: Man used booze to coerce sex from boy

    From staff reports

    A Frankfort man is in jail for allegedly giving alcohol to a 16-year-old Lawrenceburg youth and attempting to have sex with him, according to a report on file in Anderson District Court.

    Henry J. Coots, 34, “coerced the juvenile male into drinking several shots of vodka with him in order to get [him] intoxicated” while at his residence, located at 110 1/2 Arnett Ave., Frankfort, according to a report filed by officer Joe Massey of the Lawrenceburg Police Department.