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Granny’s plea deal could be best thing for tied up child

City council approves Election Day booze sales

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
If the above headline sounds familiar, it should. It’s nearly identical to one I wrote a few weeks ago on the front page, and one that apparently got a few city council members in a bit of a snit during their meeting Monday night.
Councilman Ken Evans demanded a retraction from News Editor Meaghan Downs, who was covering the meeting, and said she spoke with both Evans and councilman Tommy Vaughn about the headline after the council adjourned.


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Six tips on how to go crazy finding perfect Christmas gift

By Meaghan Downs

The writer O. Henry once wrote a short story called the “Gift of the Magi.”
You may have heard of it.
If not, here’s the plot: Young, poor husband sells watch to buy wife expensive hair comb. Young, poor wife sells glorious tresses to pay for husband’s watch accessory.
Irony ensues and we all get warm and fuzzy about the “true” meaning of Christmas.  


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Check out these Bondville Road lights

By Meaghan Downs

Raise your hand if you traveled all the way to Alabama to buy special Christmas lights for your outdoor holiday display this year.
Robert James did.
But James, who lives on Bondville Road, says he loves to “go all out” for Christmas.
And he wants others to enjoy the free lights, er, fruits of his labor.
“We’re just two kids at heart and we just like setting up for Christmas,” James said of himself and his neighbor, Gordon Brandenburg, in a phone interview a few weeks ago.


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Stay home for Thanksgiving

By Meaghan Downs

Stay home.
Lock your doors. Put an iron chain across your threshold if you think you won’t be able to resist incredible Thanksgiving deals tomorrow.  
Because there is absolutely no reason, none at all, to drag your family members out into the cold to save a few precious bucks.  
I suppose I could use this column to vilify the retail giants and other businesses that decided to open early on Thanksgiving. I don’t think that’s necessary.


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Let’s win this year by Cramming the Cruiser

Losing to Taylorsville simply cannot stand

By Ben Carlson

Editor’s note: Should any of our friends in Taylorsville happen to read this column, please understand it’s all in good fun and for a good cause. The people of Taylorsville, its high school teams and politicians are all perfectly fine. However, if you have a limited sense of humor, please find something else to read. If not, just know you’ve been warned.

Remember Shannon Brock? She was a staff writer and former news editor here before being promoted to editor at the Spencer Magnet in Taylorsville.


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School district should live within its means

We’re hoping that the Anderson County Board of Education already knew it had spent $660,000 more than it took in during the 2012-13 budget.
We doubt it, though, and are fairly certain it took an auditor to let board members know.
If the board knew it was spending so far beyond its income level, why didn’t that problem come up even once earlier this year when board members discussed the district’s budget?


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To be heard by the men, she spoke through a man

By Meaghan Downs

The Roman Catholic priest called, the sing-song lilt of his voice heard through the telephone:
“So, what are we going to suggest today?” he asked her, the usual conversation necessary before the next committee meeting.
Retired Disciples of Christ minister Pat Yates, sitting at her kitchen table last Friday afternoon, said her ideas on Christian education would only be heard if spoken through the mouth of her friend, a Roman Catholic priest also serving on a committee to develop programs for inner-city youth in Ohio.


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Gaines case a black eye for legal system

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
I’ll bet you’re curious about this photo, and I’ll get to that in a moment, but first let me say how disappointed I am that the fellow charged with drunk hunting and wanton endangerment has pleaded guilty instead of standing trial.
David Gaines, a Lawrenceburg man who in my view was railroaded into this mess, pleaded out on three Class D felony counts and in essence now admits to shooting in the direction of other hunters earlier this year in a dove field.


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Blood, letters and tears

By Meaghan Downs

My sister cried into my coat early Monday morning.
The frost on her windshield hadn’t melted, so we puffed goodbyes outside into the cold air as her car purred low while it warmed.  
I only knew she cried by the quivering sound of her words muffled into the thick, green fabric of my shoulder as she hugged me goodbye.
You see I prefer no eye contact when I say goodbye to people, because as everyone knows, tears are highly contagious.


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Magistrates make wise but tough decisions on roads

Fiscal court saves taxpayers millions

By Ben Carlson

With a pair of unanimous votes last Tuesday morning, the Anderson County Fiscal Court saved taxpayers here and across Kentucky $1 million.
OK, that’s probably not accurate. It’s more likely that those two votes save taxpayers several million dollars in the coming years by simply doing the right thing.
The first vote was about the county’s 120-plus miles of so-called orphan roads, the second about making developers honor their commitments.


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