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  • World War II vet celebrates birthday, visits Wall of Honor

    J.P. Disponett turned 92 years old this past Sunday.

    His family shared a collection of photos taken by Myles Young around the Fourth of July of him visiting the Wall of Honor at American Legion Post 34 in Lawrenceburg.

    His grandson, Chris Disponett, said J.P. is a veteran of World War II, during which he served under Gen. George Patton in the Third Army.

    Did he meet the famous general?

    “I’m sure he did,” his grandson said. “He’s told me a lot of stories about him, having seen him and whatnot.”

  • Fuel truck wreck forces evacuations in Alton

    The wreck of a tanker truck filled with 2,000 gallons of gasoline and 5,500 gallons of diesel fuel forced the evacuation of dozens of homes in the Alton area Tuesday morning as first responders worked to plug the leak and contain the spill.

    The truck was headed into Alton on Highway 151 when it veered off the road, traveled several hundred yards in front of at least four homes and struck a tree in front of a residence owned by Jerry Hughes.

  • ‘Barrels of boos’

    Are members of the Ripy family haunting the Wild Turkey Distillery?

    The Syfy channel will air an episode of “Ghost Hunters” on Wednesday, Aug. 26 in an effort to find out.

    Titled “Barrels of Boos,” the episode features Olivia Ripy, whose family founded the distillery, telling the “Ghost Hunters” team of strange occurrences during her years at Wild Turkey.

  • Scared parents call police as man staggers through trailer park

    Residents at the trailer park on Versailles Road called police early Tuesday morning, saying they were afraid to send their children out to school buses because a man was staggering around the streets.

    Police arrived and arrested Justin Whetzel, 30, of 112 Saffell St. and charged him with possession of a controlled substance and public intoxication.

    Officer Jamie Dunn of the Lawrenceburg Police Department said he found Whetzel seated in some weeds next to a phone poll.

  • City, paper team up for Sidewalk Days

    Remember back in the day when Lawrenceburg merchants would bring their wares out in front of their stores for sidewalk sales?

    Those days will return next month when the City of Lawrenceburg and The Anderson News present Lawrenceburg Sidewalk Days, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17 through Saturday, Sept. 19.

    The event will culminate with live music on Saturday, when Main Street will be closed to traffic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Carmichael named senior center director

    In his first few weeks as the Anderson County Senior Center’s new director, Steve Carmichael has not slowed down one bit.

    And that is how he likes it.

    “So far it’s been a great experience,” he said during a brief interlude between meetings. “I’ve been trying to learn all I can. Everyone is trying to help me and it has been just wonderful.”

    Carmichael said he knows the responsibility of his new position and the shoes he has to fill after Debbie Lottes retired a few weeks ago.

  • Fuel truck wreck forces evacuations in Alton

    The wreck of a tanker truck filled with 2,000 gallons of gasoline and 5,500 gallons of diesel fuel forced the evacuation of dozens of homes in the Alton area Tuesday morning as first responders worked to plug the leak and contain the spill.

    The truck was headed into Alton on Highway 151 when it veered off the road, traveled several hundred yards in front of at least four homes and struck a tree.

  • Hay baler destroyed in fire on Jenny Lillard Road

    The seemingly non-stop rain this summer has left farmers struggling mightily to get their cut hay dry enough to bail.

    For Beverly Hockersmith, it just became even harder.

    Hockersmith’s hay bailer was destroyed by fire early Sunday afternoon when her brother-in-law, Marshall Hockersmith, was bailing hay in a field she owns on Jenny Lillard Road, about 4 miles east of Lawrenceburg.

  • Gritton puts end to costly recycling program

    Anderson County’s recycling program is headed for the trash.

    Come April, the county will relinquish all but a small portion of its role in recycling when Republic Services begins picking up items curbside every other week.

    Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton said the trash hauler has given him a date of April 4, 2016, which means the county can mothball a recycling program that ended up costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past several years.

  • School board OKs higher tax rate

    The Anderson County Board of Education unanimously approved a slightly higher property tax rate during its meeting Monday night.

    The board also bid farewell to 14 retiring staff members and approved a request from an organization called Bearcat Pride Foundation to begin selling commemorative bricks that will be laid at the entrance to the athletic complex at the high school to raise funds to resurface the football field with synthetic turf.

    The tax rate on real estate was increased to $5.86 per $1,000 in assessed value, up from the previous rate of $5.85.