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  • Jenkins accepts plea deal

    Eric D. Jenkins, who was indicted for the vehicular murder of Marie Garmon, received a Commonwealth of Kentucky Court of Justice offer for a plea of guilty to 2nd degree Manslaughter March 11.

    Jenkins accepted the plea agreement, which requires him to serve a 6-year prison sentence pay restitution for operating a commercial vehicle under the influence of intoxicants.

  • Newsroom to greenhouse: Gillette makes rewarding change

    Gratitude for Growers is a series about growers, farmers and crafters of the Anderson County Farmers Market. The stories will celebrate farmers market vendors and allow readers to have a greater appreciation of the local faces who produce.

    As a child, Barbara Gillette can recall wandering around three acres of woods near her family’s home in Hamilton, Ohio, picking Daylilies and Peonies for a fragrant kitchen table bouquet.

  • Bus driver leaves two kids to walk home

    Boys didn’t know father’s phone number

    By Brad Bowman

    The Sentinel-News

    Two Shelby County Public School students were released from a bus several blocks from their home and left to walk, without the driver knowing if anyone was at the house.

    Deven, 12, and Nathan Armstrong, 8, were let off the bus about 6:40 a.m. Monday of last week when Nathan became sick.

  • Company plan: Restore historic Woodford distillery

    Peristyle LLC plans to restore and re-open the historic Old Taylor Distillery in Woodford County.

    Peristyle will renovate the 125-year-old facility and distill spirits, primarily bourbon.

    The company plans to invest up to $6.1 million and create 10 full-time jobs.

  • 21st Annual Shakespeare Festival

    Anderson County Middle School’s 21st Annual Shakespeare Festival featured students in Ginger Warren’s eighth-grade humanities classes. Students cast the parts and choose the student leadership roles, including director, stage managers, lighting designers, properties, scenery, costumes, make-up, sound designers, actors and publicity.

  • Tourism impact reaches $12.5 billion, report says

    The economic impact of tourism in Kentucky amounted to more than $12.5 billion in 2013, Gov. Steve Beshear and Tourism, Arts and Heritage Sec. Bob Stewart announced. The economic impact figure is a 2.6 percent increase from 2012.

  • CASA swears in eight new volunteers and offers training

    Eight new CASA volunteers were sworn in to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children involved in family court. These volunteers will focus their advocacy for children in both Anderson and Franklin Counties.

    Leslie Cummins, Barbara Dalzell, Kate Heyden, Roger Hogan, Jeff Lee, Teresa Mullins, Tom Stigall and Christina Willis pledged before the court to be a voice for these children and to pursue the best outcome for each child.

  • Anderson County schools will lose four certified positions

    Budget issues and cutting four certified positions for the 2014-2015 school year were discussed at the Anderson County School Board meeting Monday of last week.

    Sheila Mitchell, Anderson County Schools superintendent, noted that the school district has cut about $2.7 million from the budget over the past 3 years by staff reductions, energy savings and a 5 percent reduction in all departments.

    Mitchell outlined several factors that have negatively impacted the budget, leading to staff reductions.

    SEEK has decreased

  • Abandoned roads aren’t ‘fiscally doable’

    Anderson County Fiscal Court once again unanimously voted down taking on maintenance of abandoned county roads in a special-called budget meeting Friday.

    John Wayne Conway, Anderson County judge-executive, said abandoned county roads have been a topic of conversation since January 2011 and the board previously voted down taking on the additional road maintenance. Since Conway received several phone calls from Anderson County residents about the issue, he said he decided to re-address the matter with fiscal court.

  • Spray park, utility costs and tourism top City budget discussion

    Increased utility costs, a potential spray park project and the need for tourism promotion gave an otherwise perfunctory budget discussion a shot in the arm during the Lawrenceburg City Council Finance Committee meeting Monday of last week.