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  • Board privatizes school health nurse service

    The Anderson County Board of Education voted Monday to contract with a private company to provide on-campus medical services to students and staff.

    The decision ends years of having nurses provided through the Anderson County Health Department, a move that officials say will benefit staff and students along with taxpayers.

    “This is a win-win for the taxpayers of Anderson County,” said Tim Wright, the county’s director of public health who gave his blessing to the decision before Monday night’s vote.

  • ‘He was the complete public servant’

    There are likely be who have done as much to make Anderson County what it is today, but one would have to look long and hard to find them.

    George Wilbur Kinne, described as the epitome of a public servant whose health had declined in recent years, passed away Monday at Heritage Hall Healthcare Center.

    He was 85.

    Kinne was perhaps best known for being the impetus behind the formation of what was then the Stringtown Fire Department back in the 1970s, but that’s only scratching the surface of his community involvement.

  • Maynards to create high bridge replica for renovated library

    Mathew and Karine Maynard handcraft one-of-a-kind pieces of art, and recently agreed to build a railroad bridge for the children’s wing in the renovated Anderson Public Library. The work is to be reminiscent of the local Young’s High Bridge. This bridge crosses the Kentucky River and spans between Anderson and Woodford counties.

    “Someone on the library board asked can you do that, and we said absolutely,” said Karine Maynard.

  • Third grader is ‘Daddy’s hunting buddy

    When 8-year-old Kloi Wells says she’s been hunting all of her life, she means it.

    Kloi, who stalked and bagged a huge, double-bearded tom over the weekend, first went afield with her father, Adam, long before she could even walk.

    “She’s been hunting with me since the day she was born,” said her dad. “She was born in September, and I wasn’t going to let that interrupt [deer] hunting.

  • ‘He was there to kill us’

    A cold wind whistled through the hundreds of bullet holes in Marty and Nicole Hagan’s home last Friday afternoon.Less than 48 hours earlier, neighbor Fred Ratliff became enraged following a confrontation with Marty Hagan and another neighbor, resulting him getting an AR-15 rifle from his home and riddling Hagan’s home, pickup, tractor and other items with bullets.

    Ratliff, who was bleeding profusely from an injured leg, apparently made it back to his house and was there when two deputies with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office arrived.

  • ‘He was there to kill us’

    Sheriff’s deputies came under fire this afternoon in western Anderson County before shooting and killing a suspect who had reportedly fired hundreds of rounds of ammunition into a neighbor’s house.

    The shootout happened at the home of Marty and Nicole Hagan, who live Redwing Drive in the Mallard Cove area, a private community off Fairmont Road.

    Two deputies responded but were uninjured. A spokesman for the Kentucky State Police said the deputies came under fire when they arrived, noting that their police cruiser was hit a number of times.

  • Fiscal court approves employee pay increase

    County employees, including sheriff’s deputies, EMS workers and deputy coroners, are celebrating their first pay increases in years.

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court last Tuesday unanimously approved a 3 percent pay increase for all county employees, along with a pay adjustment for EMS workers who were among the lowest paid in the region.

  • Bourbon memorabilia rediscovered

    Dawn Cassidy is getting to know her late grandfather all over again.

    A recent transplant from her home in Arizona, Cassidy’s grandfather, Orville Robinson, worked at what is now Wild Turkey Distillery from 1946 until he retired in 1992. Along the way, he amassed a collection of memorabilia, including items dating back to the distillery’s days as J.T.S. Brown and perhaps even earlier.

    Cassidy, who moved here in 2015 to care for her grandmother after her grandfather passed away, uncovered that collection in their home on Franklin Street.

  • Woman charged with beating grandson, 7

    A Lawrenceburg woman is free on $10,000 bail after being charged with abusing her 7-year-old grandson, according to documents on file in Anderson District Court.

    Elsie Franklin, 61, of 1001 Cox Lane was charged March 14 with first-degree criminal abuse of a child under the age of 12, court documents say.

    According to an arrest warrant filed by deputy Zach Ray of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin is accused of “intentionally abusing” her 7-year-old grandson, causing him physical injury.

  • Students using math to fight cancer

    Saffell Street Elementary School is busy working math problems in the hopes to help fight childhood cancer.

    The school’s Math-A-Thon fundraiser, which helps to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, has been a tradition for over 14 years and is something students and educators look forward to.