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Romance blooms during Civil War skirmish

By Meaghan Downs

The metal crane, with one video camera attached to its arm, slowly panned over the field to capture the sound of cannons, the snicker-snack of cavalry sword against sword and yells from Confederate soldiers as they died.
The battles of Dogwalk and Lawrenceburg caught on film to be used as the backdrop of a larger love story.
I’ve attended the Civil War re-enactment in Lawrenceburg for the last three years, listened to Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis trade speeches and steeled myself not to jump when cannons bellowed their first boom.


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My turn is next, queen of pranks

By Ben Carlson

There’s an old adage that says it’s a bad idea to argue with someone who buys ink by the gallon (that would be me).
It’s also a bad idea to get into a prank war with someone like me, particularly when the prank involves purchasing an ad in The Anderson News Extra that pokes fun at me for turning 50 this week.
Cheri Johnson, a health department nurse who fancies herself Lawrenceburg’s Queen of Pranks, did just that, placing an ad in Monday’s Extra in a somewhat lame attempt to exact a measure of revenge for a crime I did not commit.


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Five things your children may not recognize from 1973

By Meaghan Downs

Because I work for an Anderson County institution that has been in operation since the late 1800s, I feel it’s my duty to appreciate the reporters, designers and proofreaders who came before me by taking a trip into The Anderson News archives.  
I recently got my hands on a bound archive of the paper from 1973, and I realized something.
Well, two things.


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Trying to explain the unexplainable

By Ben Carlson

Good people die nearly every day in Anderson County.
From age to disease to accidents, people beloved by their friends and families are taken too soon no matter their age, leaving mourners in their wake and questions about why God takes them from our lives.
Most, through no fault of their own, go largely unnoticed outside of their immediate circle of loved ones. Others, for whatever reason, leave a deeper impression on those around them — not for any tangible reason, just because they do.


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One ring, two mothers

By Meaghan Downs

She’s found strange things on the school bus.
Usually it’s costume jewelry, band instruments and orphaned cleats forgotten under seats until Rita Edington walks down to clean the aisles.
Bus 27 is her bus, the only bus she ever drove for 25 1/2 years.
But once, she found a ring.
A mother’s ring.
And Rita has wondered about this mother for more than a decade.
Rita never removes the gold band on her pinkie finger.


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Daughter, son-in-law earned each other

By Ben Carlson

“Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Since giving my youngest daughter’s hand in marriage last Friday afternoon, I’ve thought a lot about the idea of being lucky.
I’ve never been one to believe in luck, and often bristle when I hear that so and so is “lucky” because he has a good job or a nice home or whatever.


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By Bill McHugh

Remembering the meaning of Patriot Day

Patriot Day is observed Sept. 11 in memory of the 2,993 people who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks against the United States.
Anyone who was alive at the time remembers what they were doing when four United States airliners were hijacked by terrorists intent on harming innocent American civilians.


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With taxidermy, what’s dead will never die

By Meaghan Downs

You thought you could see the deer breathe.  
The relaxed buck sat resting among moss and grasses near a fence post, just in front of a rusted sign that once read “Posted: no hunting.”
Opposite where his competition full-body buck sat in repose, Justin Tinsley smeared glue onto a plastic form of his deer mount before pulling the damp fur of a tanned deer hide or “cape” over the form.
The cape is important, I learned.


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ACLU works for, not against, religious freedom

To the editor:
In last week’s letters to the editor, Jerry Salyer claims the ACLU’s “ultimate goal is to purge Kentucky life of the very faith upon which it was built.”
This quote may be found on the ACLU-Kentucky website at https://www.aclu.org/religion-belief.


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Going west for one last summer road trip adventure

By Meaghan Downs

Stephanie Blackwell’s vision of California is desert and Hollywood.
She sees flat, open spaces.
Of course, Blackwell’s never seen California, only heard about Great Aunt Bertie’s orange grove and almond trees, the garden and maybe geese at Bertie’s home in Selma, Calif.
But after a late summer road trip spanning more than 2,000 miles, an estimated $1,000 budget for gas and about 10 states, California will be her new home for Blackwell and her son, William Smith, age 9 almost 10.


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