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Janis Buntain, 57

Janis Buntain, 57, Mt. Eden, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at her home. 

Survivors included her husband, Larry Buntain; two sons, James Tyler and Christian Buntain; one stepson, Larry Buntain, Jr.; one stepdaughter, Juanita Buntain; and her mother, Frances Parsley of Indianapolis.

Funeral services were Friday at Pleasant Hill Christian Church in Mt. Eden.  Burial was in Best Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Webb Funeral Home.


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When leaving, what to remember about Anderson County

By Meaghan Downs

As I shook the woman’s hand before the church service began, she asked me where I worked.
“Oh, I’m a reporter at The Anderson News,” I chirped with all the bursting, overflowing brightness of a new college graduate.
“Oh. Good luck with that,” she said. The woman turned away to welcome someone else sitting behind her.
She was right, in a way.  


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Happy birthday every four years?

By Meaghan Downs

A riddle for you —
If there’s no Leap Day this year, do you still celebrate your birthday?
According to reader Peggy Ratliff, her sisters did.
Peggy emailed and called last week in response to a column I wrote a few weeks ago, asking if readers knew anyone with a Leap Day birthday.
Peggy did. She knew three.
Anita Hawkins Landry was born Feb. 29, 1952.
Two Leap Days and eight years later, Bette Hawkins Inman was born on Feb. 29, 1960.


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Hearts may be in right place, but firearms wouldn’t be

Arming teachers no solution to violence

By Meaghan Downs

We all want to help protect our children, to keep their names and class photos from being splashed onto the evening news as a newscaster smoothes his voice into a sympathic purr, the one he uses for tragedies.
Constable Joe Kalil — parent, airline pilot and firearm instructor from Boone County — is trying to prevent school shooting tragedies like Newtown from happening ever again with a volunteer program to allow Kentucky teachers to carry firearms.


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Use, don’t abuse district’s opportunity to excuse trips

Two weeks plenty for absence option

By Meaghan Downs

As red roses and helium balloons rotated in and out of the middle school doors last Friday morning, I found myself in a vicious conversation cycle.
Again.
I fought so hard not to talk about the snow, the ice, the salt, the weather: conversation starters so common as to bore everyone to tears by now. (Sorry, board members, teachers and other Anderson County district staff. I’ll try to be a better conversationalist in the future.)


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Best wishes, Ben!


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Share your ‘meet cute’ love stories with the News

By Meaghan Downs

In the movies they call it a “meet cute.”
The beautiful ingénue drops her stack of papers and bumps heads with a stranger as they both kneel to pick up the mess.
They look up and their eyes meet.
A relationship, and the plotline of many a romantic comedy, is born.
Meeting our loved ones for the first time is usually not as adorable, simple or extraordinary as television and the silver screen depicts those moments.


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Snow days much more complicated from educators’ point of view

By Meaghan Downs

Time stops for no one, and no one is more aware of this than Anderson County administrators looking to make up snow days.
Sure, snow days come with hot chocolate and marshmallows, warm fires and sledding, cabin fever and movie marathons.
They also involve questions about funding formulas, continued compliance with state law and strong opinions about which days are the best days to recover classroom time.


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Letters to editor best legacy of all

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em (for the last time) …
The graveyards are full of irreplaceable people.
A former co-worker told me that God knows how many years ago after a much younger version of me proudly announced that I was leaving my job for greener pastures.
I did my best to be humble and gracious when I announced I had taken another job, but the fellow who made the graveyard quip obviously saw right through me.


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Like it or not, pipeline grants are available

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
Is it because it’s viewed as blood money?
That was one response when folks in our office were debating why on earth no public agency in Anderson County has applied for a Bluegrass Pipeline grant.
I guess the blood money scenario is a possibility, but given the stated state of financial affairs around here, it would seem they’d take money from nearly any source.
After all, it’s not like they’re taking a one-week loan from Tony Soprano, you know?


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