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  • Library board approves $4 million expansion

    This time they mean it.

    After several votes in recent years to consider expanding the Anderson Public Library were put on hold due to a pending lawsuit, uncertainty and, at times, public unrest, the library’s board of trustees on Wednesday approved a plan that will cost an estimated $4 million.

    Afterward, library officials made it clear that this time, the project will move forward.

  • City council awards paving contract, names streets to be fixed

    The Lawrenceburg City Council voted Monday to award a paving contract to BJ’s Paving in the amount of $163,462. It was the lowest of three bids received.

    The amount will pave about 2 miles of city streets. Scheduled for paving are:

    l Ballard Street from North Main to Bluebird

    l Linden Drive from North Main to its end

    l Both entrances to Tara Way

    l Entrance to Butler Drive

    l McKee Lane from Walnut Street to Gailane

    l All of Maintenance Drive

    l All of Tahoe Drive

  • Residents: Confederate monument should go

    As state officials grapple with what to do with the memorial to Civil War icon Jefferson Davis in the state Capitol’s rotunda, local officials might soon be trying to determine the fate of a Confederate monument in front of the Anderson County Courthouse.

    Some are calling for the monument, which has stood in its current location since the late 1800s, to be removed.

  • Sweepstakes winners to share with Camp Calvary

    Fifty-thousand dollars will go a long way toward finishing a renovation project Richard and Barbara Wakefield have been working on in their Carey Mill Road home.

    It will also be put to good uses in other ways.

    Barbara Wakefield said she also plans to make a donation to Camp Calvary.

    “I just got the Camp Calvary newsletter and it says they need mattresses and bunk beds,” Barbara Wakefield said. “I’m going to make a contribution toward that.

  • Snow White, as you’ve never seen her before

    The Anderson County Community Theatre’s presentation of Snow White is a true labor of love for the entire cast and crew, but especially for director Catherine Partlow, who wrote the play and designed all the costumes herself.

    While a veteran director, this is Partlow’s first foray into the writing world and said the inspiration for her rendition of Snow White came from her dissatisfaction with the current accepted storyline.

  • Woman choked, burned, held against her will

    A Lawrenceburg man remained behind bars Monday after being charged with choking a woman, burning her with a cigarette and holding her against her will, according to court documents.

    Trevor Renaud, 20, of 4033 Briar Creek Road, is being held on a $5,000 cash bond after being arrested June 17 by the Lawrenceburg Police Department. He pleaded not guilty when arraigned in Anderson District Court, where Judge Donna Dutton set his bail at $5,000 cash.

  • WWII vet recalls events that shaped his life

    oe Gay said he cannot complain about the past 92 years he has spent on this earth.

    “I’ve been blessed all my life,” he confesses. “You know what they say about the youngest child in a family. Everyone takes care of the baby. I’ve been spoiled.”

    That is not to say that everything has been easy, but Gay said through the grace of God he has always ended up in the right place at the right time.

  • In Alton, the wrecks just keep coming

    Speed traps? Check.

    Angry residents? Check.

    Another car ending up in Brian Flood’s front yard on Graefenburg Road in Alton? Check.

    Despite efforts to slow traffic and calls from Alton residents to make improvements to Graefenburg Road, a woman’s car veered off the narrow state highway early Sunday morning, sheered off a phone pole and landed upside down in Flood’s front yard.

    Carol Miller of Simpsonville sustained minor injuries in the wreck and was transported to Frankfort Regional Medical Center via Anderson County EMS.

  • Giving Main Street another chance

    Life is slowly coming to downtown Lawrenceburg. Anyone who takes a stroll down the sidewalks on Main Street can see the fresh paint on the old buildings, new signs in the windows and construction crews, plumbers and electricians working long hours to bring new businesses to fruition.

    When asked why the resurgence, many new business owners say they were inspired by the sudden spike in bourbon’s popularity and, as the Bourbon Trail continues to attract thousands of visitors to local distilleries, they say they hope to offer out-of-towners a taste of Lawrenceburg.

  • Soda pop, ’Stangs and half-court shots

    With their metallic emerald green paint, creamy white leather seats and convertible tops, it is hard to imagine that the1990 Limited Edition 5.0L LX convertible Mustangs were once considered failures.

    Way back in the early 1990s, the 7-Up bottling company and Ford agreed on an unusual marketing idea: to give away 30 dark green 5.0L LX Mustang convertibles at the 1990 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball finals.