https://www.theandersonnews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Teen guilty of reckless homicide https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/teen-guilty-reckless-homicide <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/watson_brianna_2_a1_rgbfb.jpg" alt="Brianna Watson is shown during a previous court appearance. She pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to reckless homicide and could be sentenced to five years in state prison." title="Brianna Watson is shown during a previous court appearance. She pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to reckless homicide and could be sentenced to five years in state prison." align="left" hspace="6" width="112" height="85" /><p> The teenager who police say was driving drunk when Sydney Peffer, 17, was killed nearly two years ago pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to reckless homicide.</p> <p> Brianna Watson, who was 17 at the time of the wreck, showed no emotion when she entered the guilty plea that prosecutors hope will land her behind bars for a maximum sentence of five years.</p> <p> Following the hearing in Anderson Circuit Court, Peffer&rsquo;s aunt, Christy Wise, said the guilty plea provides her family with some sense of closure.</p> ‘The real winner was Erica’ https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/%E2%80%98-real-winner-was-erica%E2%80%99 <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/winning_team_with_erica_cropped2.jpg" alt="The winning team from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office accepts a trophy from Erica Hickman following last Saturday’s shootout. The sheriff’s office was victorious in a close match against the Lawrenceburg Police Department. From left are deputies Brian Boggs and ‘Lethal’ Larry White, Erica, and Sgt. Tony Likins." title="The winning team from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office accepts a trophy from Erica Hickman following last Saturday’s shootout. The sheriff’s office was victorious in a close match against the Lawrenceburg Police Department. From left are deputies Brian Boggs and ‘Lethal’ Larry White, Erica, and Sgt. Tony Likins." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;Trophies and bragging rights aside, when Saturday&rsquo;s Law Enforcement Shootout for Erica was over, everyone agreed on who really won.</p> Police: She wanted her husband murdered https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/police-she-wanted-her-husband-murdered <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/3-20_downs_jason_crime_cropped.jpg" alt="Jason Downs of Lawrenceburg appears on video Monday morning from the Shelby County Detention Center during his arraignment in Anderson District Court." title="Jason Downs of Lawrenceburg appears on video Monday morning from the Shelby County Detention Center during his arraignment in Anderson District Court." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;An Alton woman police say wanted her husband murdered and the man they suspect of shooting him remain behind bars after pleading not guilty Monday morning in Anderson District Court.</p> Japanese students visit high school https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/japanese-students-visit-high-school <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/02_dance_rgb.jpg" alt="Dressed in elegant kimonos, students from Sakurai high school perform a traditional ‘Choroku’ dance during an outreach ceremony." title="Dressed in elegant kimonos, students from Sakurai high school perform a traditional ‘Choroku’ dance during an outreach ceremony." align="left" hspace="6" width="72" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;From Kirin&rsquo;s ownership of Four Roses to YKK, Anderson County is tethered to Japan in more ways than one. Beyond business, however, rarely does Lawrenceburg&rsquo;s cultural sphere intersect with the Land of the Rising Sun.&nbsp;</p> Mayor puts Stewart Home artists on display at City Hall https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/mayor-puts-stewart-home-artists-display-city-hall <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/aris_brightened.jpg" alt="Aris Voyazis poses with a recent painting inside the Stewart Home art studio last Friday. Voyazis is one of many Stewart Home artists now on display inside the Lawrenceburg City Hall lobby. Voyazis is known to work on four to five paintings at a time. He’s even converted his personal dormitory into a studio. " title="Aris Voyazis poses with a recent painting inside the Stewart Home art studio last Friday. Voyazis is one of many Stewart Home artists now on display inside the Lawrenceburg City Hall lobby. Voyazis is known to work on four to five paintings at a time. He’s even converted his personal dormitory into a studio. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;The first thing you notice about Aris Voyazis is his height.&nbsp;</p> No hand-wringing here, thank you https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/no-hand-wringing-here-thank-you <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/carlson_ben_90.jpg" alt="Carlson" title="Carlson" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>&nbsp;Column as I see &rsquo;em &hellip;</strong></p> Free enterprise, rule of law a model for peace in Middle East https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/free-enterprise-rule-law-model-peace-middle-east <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/3-20_barr_column.jpg" alt="Congressman Andy Barr (R-Lexington) speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his recent trip to Israel. He says President Trump’s decision to re-impose sanctions against Iran is paying off." title="Congressman Andy Barr (R-Lexington) speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his recent trip to Israel. He says President Trump’s decision to re-impose sanctions against Iran is paying off." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;I recently returned to the nation of Israel &mdash; the United States&rsquo; most important strategic ally &mdash; to get an update from U.S. and Israeli officials on the ever-evolving security environment in the Middle East.</p> Firearms, abortion bills among session’s legislative successes https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/firearms-abortion-bills-among-session%E2%80%99s-legislative-successes <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tipton_james_12-02-14_rgb_use_this__3.jpg" alt="Tipton " title="Tipton " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;Members of the House finished business and walked off the floor late into the night March 14. Since it is late in the session, the majority of the bills we considered this week were from the Senate, or House bills that were amended in the Senate with changes that had to be agreed on by the House.&nbsp;</p>