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  • Peach named 5A Coach of the Year

    Anderson County High School football coach Mark Peach was named the state's Class 5A Coach of the Year by the Louisville Courier-Journal.

    The announcement was made in Friday's editions of the state's largest daily newspaper.

    Peach was also runner-up for the overall coach of the year honor.

    Peach finished second to Lone Oak's Jack Haskins in the voting by the state's football coaches.

    Peach guided Anderson to a 10-0 record in the regular season.

  • Ex-Anderson schools chief now will lead Washington

    Ronald "Sonny" Fentress, a former Anderson County principal and superintendent who retired in 2005, has been named interim superintendent of Washington County Schools, according to an article that appeared in the Dec. 19 edition of The Springfield Sun, a weekly newspaper in Washington County.

    It is anticipated that Fentress will fill the position until March, 2008, while Washington County Superintendent Larry Graves is on leave battling cancer, the paper reported.

  • Saffell is saved

    Saffell Street Elementary School will not become a fifth- and sixth-grade campus if a new proposal to spend an estimated $1.5 million to expand the middle school is approved.

    The idea surfaced Thursday night during an Anderson County Board of Education workshop, after several weeks of angst by a large number of concerned Saffell Street parents and teachers who fought against having the school become a fifth- and sixth-grade campus.

  • Battling armed robbery suspect, and cancer, too

    The Parkway Marathon station was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money Friday night, but the owner and his family are thankful that day's receipts were their only loss.

    Owner John Ellis, 59, who is battling colon cancer, literally fought for his life after a masked gunman entered the store, demanded cash, then allegedly threatened to shoot him.

    "He took the bag of money from the desk and then told me to come on around the back with him," Ellis said.

    "I asked him what for and he said because I'm going to take you around back and shoot you."

  • Curious cop cracks can caper

    When Lawrenceburg police officer Jeremy Cornish saw thousands of pounds of crushed cans Friday afternoon in a back yard on College Street, he knew something was amiss.

    Acting on a tip, Cornish said he was immediately suspicious, and for good reason. The cans - all 4,200 pounds of them - were stolen, and those who have since admitted doing so were well on their way to cashing them in for a nifty 50 cents per pound.

    Charged in the theft are James Jarrell, 44, of 129 College St., and Kevin Fairchild, 26, of 104 1/2 Ann Drive.

  • High school plans free holiday concert Dec. 16 to benefit Relay for Life

    The Anderson County High School Choral Department will present a free holiday concert Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2:30 p.m. in the school's Bearcat Theater. The public is invited to this "spirited" performance, featuring two choirs with more than 100 students, including 12 soloists, singing 19 carols from around the world.

    Admission is free. Donations will be accepted to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

  • Community Calendar 12/12/07

    To have your event or meeting listed in the community calendar, send the name, date, time, location and a contact number by mail to P.O. Box 410, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342, by e-mail to news@theandersonnews.com with the subject line "Community Calendar Event" or drop it off at The Anderson News offices at 133 S. Main St. in Lawrenceburg. For recurring events or meetings, indicate the weekly or monthly schedule in your submission. Calendar entries are due by Thursday at noon for the next week's edition.

    Wednesday, Dec. 12

    Education

  • Saffell supporters have their say

    A crowd of nearly 200 teachers and parents made it clear Monday night that turning Saffell Street Elementary School into a fifth- and sixth-grade campus is not a good idea.

    Speaking during a forum held at the high school auditorium, teachers, parents and children pleaded with the Anderson County Board of Education to keep the school as is.

    "If you make the change I'll probably homeschool my kids," said parent Tanya Smith. "Why not start with the older children, move the sixth (grade) and ups. Younger kids do not transition well."

  • 12/12/07 Docket

    Ashley Nicole N. Drury, arraignment, no/expired Kentucky registration receipt, no/expired registration plates - dismissed.

    Cynthia L. Durbin, arraignment, speeding 10 mph over limit - amended to defective equipment, paid $188; failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security - show cause.

    Vincent R. Elliott, arraignment, careless driving - pleaded guilty, recommended to state traffic school, $138, installment/deferred payment Jan. 14.

    Charles T. Fox, continued first appearance, speeding 19 mph over limit - review May 19.

  • Trio charged with trashing home on Ninevah Road

    The builder who offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who trashed one of his homes on Ninevah Road is one step closer to dishing out the cash.

    A tip to the Lawrenceburg Police Department resulted in the arrest Sunday night of a juvenile and two 18-year-olds. Each is charged with second-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief.