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  • Veteran gets star treatment

    When Alvin H. Perry was suffering as a prisoner of war during World War II, the furthest thing from his mind was one day being honored for his bravery and sacrifice.

    “I was just trying to stay alive,” said Perry, 92. “I wasn’t thinking about anything else.”

    More than seven decades later, Perry, with his wife Oneita at his side, was honored last Saturday by viewing a star that bears his name on the caisson at Camp Nelson Honor Guard, located in Nicholasville.

  • District graded ‘proficient’

    Two of the county’s elementary schools were graded among the state’s best when state report cards were released last week.

    The district received an overall grade of “proficient,” with the high school making strides from the previous year and only the middle school receiving a grade of “needs improvement.”

    Robert B. Turner and Emma B. Ward elementary schools received the state’s top grade of “distinguished,” with Saffell Street Elementary joining the high school in being graded “proficient.”

  • Ex-Marine’s rape charge reduced to sexual misconduct

    The former U.S. Marine charged in 2012 with first-degree rape of a juvenile female physically unable to consent accepted a plea deal last Wednesday, just before his trial was to begin in Anderson Circuit Court.

    Jake Gribbons, 22, accepted a plea offer of one count of sexual misconduct and will receive a four-year diverted sentence, meaning he will not be put in prison, nor will he have to register as a sex offender, according to David Nutgrass, the assistant commonwealth attorney who prosecuted the case.

  • Ex-Marine’s felony rape charged reduced to misdemeanor

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The former U.S. Marine charged in 2012 with first-degree rape of a juvenile female physically unable to consent accepted a plea deal last Wednesday, just before his trial was to begin in Anderson Circuit Court.

    Jake Gribbons, 22, accepted a plea offer of one count of sexual misconduct and will receive a four-year diverted sentence, meaning he will not be put in prison, nor will he have to register as a sex offender, according to David Nutgrass, the assistant commonwealth attorney who prosecuted the case.

  • Winning Cash Ball ticket sold in Lawrenceburg

    UPDATED 10:45 A.M. TUESDAY — Someone is $200,000 richer this morning after the winning ticket in Monday night’s Cash Ball lottery drawing was sold in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky Lottery officials announced Tuesday morning.

    The winning numbers were 5-6-11-23 and the Cash Ball number was 9.

    The winner’s name will be announced when he or she comes forward. That person has 180 days to claim the prize, lottery officials said.

    The ticket was sold at Murphy USA, the gas station located in front of Walmart.

  • He wants to turn Lawrenceburg blue

    A Lawrenceburg man is launching a blue light campaign to support police.

    Michael Childress said he “went numb” when hearing of the murder of Kentucky State Police Trooper Cameron Ponder, a person with whom he was friends.

    “I didn’t want to believe it,” said Childress, who lives on Seabiscuit Lane. “I am sick and tired of hearing police officers getting killed left and right and all they’re trying to do is their jobs.

    “The last thing I want to do is bury a family member because of some coward.”

  • Sheriff named to association’s board

    Anderson County Sheriff Troy Young has been selected to serve on the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Association Board of Directors, the organization announced.

    “It is both an honor and a privilege to work with the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Association,” said Jerry Wagner, the organization’s executive director.

  • Operation Kidsafe will be here Oct. 5-10

    Operation Kidsafe will be in Lawrenceburg Oct. 5-10 at Chrysler of Lawrenceburg, according to a news release.

    Operation Kidsafe provides parents with a private record of their children’s fingerprints, which will be recorded for their private use free of charge during the event, according to a news release.

    No special information is needed, and no data-basing will be done, organizers said. Parents take home the only record of the visit, which can be handed to law enforcement during an emergency.

  • Sixth grader to sing National Anthem at Keeneland

    The largest crowd to witness sixth grader Lauren Wash sing is about 500.

    That’s about to change in a big way.

    On Oct. 11, Wash will sing the National Anthem in front of thousands of people during the fall meet at Keeneland.

    “I’m actually really excited,” the 11-year-old veteran of numerous pageants and musicals said Monday afternoon. “I’ve done a lot of things over the years, but haven’t done anything as big as this.”

  • Man jailed for hitting 9-year-old with stick

    A Lawrenceburg man remained behind bars Tuesday after being charged with breaking a stick over a 9-year-old boy’s back.

    Timothy Bowman, 35, of 1141 Versailles Road, Lot 44, is charged with fourth-degree assault, child abuse, following and incident at his home Sept. 21.

    According to a report filed by officer Brian Brashears of the Lawrenceburg Police Department, the child said that Bowman broke the stick over his back during an argument he was having with his brother.