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  • 'An addict's life'

    Fresh out of his latest stint in rehab, admitted drug addict Matt Hayes overdosed and was moments from death as he laid helplessly on a friend’s bathroom floor.
    “I just thought I could celebrate one time,” Hayes said.
    His body no longer used to the drugs that were ruining his once-promising life, Hayes ended up on life support but lived to tell his tale.

  • Friends raise money for man killed in wreck

    Justin would have loved it.
    That was the overriding takeaway from an event Saturday afternoon to honor the late Justin Thurman, a 21-year-old man killed last month when his truck crashed on Glensboro Road.
    Dozens of his friends and their pickup trucks gathered in the county park for a fundraiser to assist Thurman’s family.
    With a sheriff’s deputy escorting them onto US 127 Bypass, they traveled to Thurman’s home in Alton Station to show their respects for his parents, then onto the site of the crash that took his life on Glensboro Road.

  • Man stabbed, kicked in face after meeting to make rap video

    From staff reports
    What started out as two men meeting to make a rap video ended with one of them behind bars and the other repeatedly stabbed and kicked in the face.
    Joseph Blake Penny, 21, of 109 Brenda Drive, was charged with first-degree assault for allegedly stabbing Michael James Cunningham and kicking him in the face Jan. 26 behind a convenience store on Hilltop Drive, according to a report filed by the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

  • Field named for all-time best Bearcat

    The late Bob Ware is considered by most to be the greatest Bearcat football player in Anderson County history.

    Now, the field on which the team plays will forever bear his name.

    The Anderson County Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to name the field for Ware, following an impassioned plea by longtime family friend Teresa McWilliams and others at the meeting.

  • Future in doubt for Family Care Clinic

    No health department in Kentucky has a walk-in clinic similar to the one here in Anderson County.

    In fact, it doesn’t appear there is another like it anywhere in the country.

    But if the Family Care Clinic’s financial situation doesn’t show improvement by March, it might not exist at all.

  • Like grandmother, like mother, like daughter

    More than four decades after she stopped administering vaccinations to the quivering arms of school children, it seems only fitting that a descendent of Minnie Cartinhour is now a member of the Anderson County Board of Health.

    Her granddaughter, Suzannah Shouse, recently joined the board and attended her first meeting last Tuesday night.

  • Showing America how to teach

    Ask Principal Wayne Reese how excited he is about his school being selected to show the nation how to be successful later this year during an education conference in Florida.

    Go ahead, ask.

    “We are like the Robertsons of Duck Dynasty,” he quipped. “Happy, happy, happy!”

  • Former Miss America to speak at Open Hands

    Former Miss America Heather French Henry is scheduled to speak with veterans Tuesday, Jan. 19 at Open Hands Food Pantry in Lawrenceburg.

    French Henry, a longtime advocate for veterans and their issues, will speak as part of a Celebrating Our Veterans event at the facility, located at 1111 Industry Road.

    The event offers a variety of services to veterans, and is open to anyone who has served or is currently serving in any branch of the military. It is scheduled to be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

  • County highway workers to spray chemicals, or else

    No county highway employees volunteered to spray chemicals for weed control, so the Anderson County Fiscal Court voted last Tuesday to make them do it anyway.

    Saying that refusal to do so would constitute “insubordination,” Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton recommended and the fiscal court agreed that all highway employees be formally trained to apply the chemicals and equipped to use them.

  • Fiscal court OKs another deputy for coroner

    A tag-team approach lead by the county attorney finally convinced the Anderson County Fiscal Court to fulfill Coroner Dr. Mark Tussey’s request to hire an additional deputy coroner.

    Magistrates approved the hiring during their meeting last Tuesday morning that included an impassioned plea from an unlikely source, County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis.

    During the work session before meeting, Lewis told magistrates of a recent incident during which her office was asked to be involved in a death notification.