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Today's News

  • Top 10 of 2013: No. 9 — Expansion continues as bottling returns to Wild Turkey

    Gov. Steve Beshear should consider renting a home in Lawrenceburg.
    Thanks to Wild Turkey, the governor comes to town to celebrate the world’s largest bourbon distillery’s latest expansion project so often having him here has become almost commonplace.
    Beshear was in town again in September to inaugurate the distillery’s latest project, a $40 million packaging facility that returned bottling to Lawrenceburg for the first time in nearly a decade.

  • Top 10 of 2013: No. 8 — Marching band breaks school record, again

    The Anderson County Marching Bearcats envisioned being #finalsbound by the end of the 2013 season.
    Looks like the power of positive thinking (and a lot of hard work) paid off for the middle and high school students who placed second at the state competition this fall.
    This season’s aspirational mantra “#finalsbound” — boldly proclaimed on the band’s T-shirts, bandanas and other gear — was no longer a promise, but a fact.  

  • Top 10 of 2013: No. 7 — Puncheon Creek flash flood devastates homes, church

    Satan couldn’t destroy Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, but a flash flood that dropped 5 inches of rain in under and hour certainly did major damage to the church and nearby homes, leaving one family devastated and church members scrambling to rebuild their house of worship.
    The church, which sits just in front of Puncheon Creek, and a home owned by Rick and Lorraine Coffman, took the worst of nature’s force when the creek rose an estimated 15 feet in about an hour.

  • Top 10 of 2013: No. 6 — Lexington man flees following murder of Lawrenceburg man

    A Fairview Road man’s apparent murder in September sparked a manhunt that ended in Ohio with the arrest of a Lexington man charged with shooting Steven Briscoe in the chest.
    Gary Luttrell, 39, has pleaded guilty to a murder charge and is being held on $500,000 bail.
    Police collared Lutrell at his cousin’s home in Chillicothe, Ohio, just three days after the shooting.
    Luttrell reportedly fled Anderson County after the shooting, taking his wife, Leslie, with him against her will.

  • Top 10 of 2013: No. 5 — Anderson County’s swimming pool saga continues

    Will Lawrenceburg ever get a swimming pool?
    The long-debated and often rejected notion of building a public swimming facility in Anderson County seemed like it might be realized after all after magistrates approved a $15,000 feasibility study this summer.
    Having a swimming facility in Lawrenceburg has been a decade-long debate following the closure of a public pool in the Legion park.
    Numerous fundraisers have been held since that time, and a pool committee several years ago received grant funds to move the project forward.

  • District court docket: 1-1-14

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings on Oct. 31, 2013.
    Jonathan Davis, sentencing, operating a motor vehicle under the influence – pleaded guilty, sentenced to 30 days (conditionally discharged), eight days home incarceration program, 30 day operator license suspension, $728, installment/deferred payment Feb. 17, review Nov. 25.
    Danny C. Eckler, show cause, theft by unlawful taking, fraudulent use of credit card (less than $10,000) – preliminary hearing Dec. 12.

  • Hatchett named top county employee
  • Lawrenceburg resident addresses his role as ‘Mr. Lincoln’ for Arts Council

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald Leader
    In the driveway of a small, red-brick house on winding Alton Station Road in rural Anderson County sits a 2007 Lincoln Town Car. Its license plate reads “ITS-ABE.”
    A nearby farm truck on the property has a plate that reads “ITS-ABE2.”
    Inside the house stirs the owner of the vehicles, Jim Sayre, 78.
    Take a quick look at him, and the inscriptions on the license plates suddenly make sense.

  • New year, same old public library

    Column as I see ’em …
    I sometimes feel like Al Pacino in the third (and worst) “Godfather” movie. You know, the one where aging mafia Michael Corleone boss laments, “Every time I try to get out, they pull me back in.”

  • Columns that stuck in 2013

    Since I started writing opinion columns for The Anderson News, I spend the last week of the year ripping those same columns to shreds.
    I retroactively go over the sentences I loved writing and the people that inspired them. The ill-conceived, awkward sentence constructions I wish died on the keyboard as I typed them. The brilliant, sophisticated prose I dreamed only after our Monday deadline.
    I don’t mentally review every single one of the nearly 52 columns I wrote in 2013.