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Today's News

  • Cops pop suspected pill pushers

    Five people, including a 74-year-old man, were arrested Sunday for allegedly trafficking Oxycodone-type prescription medication, according to a news release from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
    Another man was arrested for unlawful possession of a methamphetamine precursor, meaning he purchased too much Sudafed-type medication, the news release states.
    Those charged with trafficking were:
    Jimmy Wash, 36, of Woodford Street for second-degree trafficking a controlled substance, a Class D felony. He was jailed on a $10,000 bond.

  • Ex-youth minister paid victim

    A former youth minister agreed to pay a woman he admitted victimizing as a youngster as part of deal that helped him be placed on probation.
    Gordon Lunceford, 46, agreed to pay the victim $7,500 as part of a sentencing agreement, his attorney, Guthrie True of Frankfort, said Monday afternoon.
    Lunceford, a former youth minister at First Baptist Church in Lawrenceburg, pleaded guilty to unlawful transaction with a minor and sexual misconduct and was given five years probation last Tuesday morning in Circuit Court.

  • Ready to get your trick-or-treat on?

    Ghosts, goblins, princesses and pirates will fill the city streets Saturday as the official time for trick-or-treating is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to stop by the courthouse lawn beginning at 5 p.m. for Project Safe Street.
    The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office will hand out items for successful trick-or-treating, including safety glow sticks, reflective bags and candy.
    A citywide trunk-or-treat is planned for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lawrenceburg Green, located behind Town and Country Bank.

  • Voters head to polls on Tuesday

    Will it be Chambers, Conway or Drury for judge-executive?
    Can incumbent Troy Young fend off a second challenge in a year, this one from sheriff hopeful Jeff McCormick?
    Will the six current members of city council survive, or will a newcomer pick off one, two or more?
    Then there’s the mudslinging foursome of Jack Conway vs. Rand Paul and Ben Chandler vs. Andy Barr. Who will win those races?
    The answer to all of those questions will perhaps be decided next Tuesday when Anderson Countians go to the polls to vote in the Nov. 2 general election.

  • Alleged puppy killer in court Thursday

    The Lawrenceburg man accused of stomping on his girlfriend’s puppy and setting it on fire is scheduled to make his first appearance in District Court on Thursday, Oct. 28.
    Paul “Doobie” Dearinger is due in court at 9 a.m. for a pretrial conference, according to court records.
    Dearinger made headlines across the Bluegrass earlier this month for allegedly killing an 8-month-old puppy following an argument with his girlfriend.
    A search for Dearinger ensued, including police offering a cash reward for information leading to his arrest.

  • COLUMN: A shout out to kindly old Uncle Chuck

    And I thought the suspected puppy killer drew a harsh public reaction.
    That is until I started catching the fallout of last week’s front page that featured a woman getting seven years in prison for sending disgusting photos to a 12-year-old boy, and a former youth minister getting probation after being charged with rape, sodomy and other horrifying acts.
    Most of the outrage centered on the fact that the woman never laid a finger on her victim, but the youth minister laid a finger, and more, on his. Yet she goes to prison and he goes home.
    Fair enough.

  • COLUMN: I'm a rare breed, indeed

    On days like this past Tuesday, I certainly feel like a rare breed of sorts.
    Early — too early — Tuesday morning, I woke up to start the process that is deadline day at a weekly newspaper.
    As I was getting ready to come to work, I tested out a few tunes from the new Taylor Swift album, “Speak Now,” while waiting for 6 a.m. to roll around.
    You see, Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio doesn’t start until 6.

  • COLUMN: Cold weather means more food on the table

    Ah! Crisp mornings have arrived. Each fall, I start the great closet wash. Warm clothes that have been hanging in the closet for months, are systematically washed to be ready for the winter season. I only have one load left, the long underwear.
    I believe there are two camps of people in this world, those who would rather be cold than hot and those, like me, who would prefer hot over cold. Consequently, I have enough layers to dress up as the Mr. Michelin Man all winter.

  • Street leading into school to be named for Helen Turner

    The street leading to Robert B. Turner Elementary School will soon be named in honor of another member of the Turner family.
    Helen B. Turner Drive will be christened during a public ceremony Monday, Nov. 1.
    Mrs. Turner and her late husband were very influential figures in the history of education in Anderson County.
    Mr. Turner was the second principal of Western School and worked at the school for several decades.
    Mrs. Turner also taught at the school for many years, including a few after her husband retired.

  • State rep candidates raise, spend thousands

    Candidates for state representative have each raised tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions, one in an effort to retain his seat, the other in an effort to take it away.
    Information listed on the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance website shows that Kim King, the Republican vying for Democrat Kent Stevens’ 55th District seat in the state House of Representatives, has raised nearly $33,000. Stevens has raised nearly $24,000.