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  • Mom upset after city says items on daughter’s grave must go

    A Lawrenceburg woman is saying it’s unfair that the city is making her remove items from her daughter’s gravesite.
    Deb Driscoll said in the three years since her daughter’s death, she has placed a lot of time and effort into decorating the gravesite.
    “I have placed brick around the headstone and I keep it maintained,” she said. “Now they’re saying I have to pull all of that up … if it’s not attached to the headstone, it has to go.”

  • Tough questions, tougher answers

    If those attending last Thursday’s inaugural community forum expected local officials to receive softball questions from the crowd, they were wrong.
    In front of nearly 100 residents, the mayor, judge-executive, school superintendent, EDA chairman and state representative fielded tough, pre-submitted questions ranging from merging city and county governments to fallout from the recent sexual harassment lawsuit against the fiscal court.

  • Saving more than souls

    Preachers are in the business of saving souls, but when Benson Creek spilled its banks Monday morning, Preacher Josh Rucker busied himself with saving a man’s truck.
    Rucker, who lives on Benson Creek Road and formerly served at Mount Vernon Baptist in Waddy, used a jon boat, heavy chain and his own pickup to pull the man’s truck from the swollen creek.
    Turns out Rucker wasn’t the only man of the cloth involved. The man who owns the truck is Minister Gene Chapman of Church of God in Lawrenceburg.

  • Rain, rain go away
  • Birthday girl’s wish comes true

    She huffed and puffed and huffed a little more, but in the end 81 candles were no match for Edith Phillips.
    Phillips, a spry and feisty 81-year-old who has spent her entire life in Anderson County, was the star attraction Monday morning at the Senior Citizen Center as a couple dozen friends and well-wishers threw her a party to celebrate her 81st birthday.
    Little did she know that a wish she asked for a week earlier would come true — that she would have a chance to blow out every candle on her cake.

  • Thirteen teaching jobs slashed

    Shrinking student populations and dwindling money with which to pay them are among the reasons that the Anderson County School District will employ 13 less teachers when the upcoming school year begins.
    Superintendent Sheila Mitchell confirmed the cuts Monday morning, saying she is left with no choice but to cut staff.
    “Our staff and administrators have worked hard to save as many jobs as possible,” Mitchell said. “I wish I had other choices than having to make reductions. It’s just something I have to do this year.”

  • Anderson Community Education offers classes

    Anderson Community Education is offering the following classes.
    To register, call 839-3754.

    Beyond Basic Dog Obedience
    When: May 12-June 16 on Thursday evening from 6-7.
    Where:Anderson County Park (Behind the Extension Office) with professional instructor Jean Gibowski.
    Cost: $69

  • State, local officials to answer questions during forum

    State and local officials will gather Thursday, April 28 to answer citizens’ questions, according to a news release.
    Scheduled to appear are state Rep. Kim King, state Sen. Julian Carroll, Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway, Mayor Edwinna Baker, School Superintendent Sheila Mitchell and Economic Development Authority Chairman George Leamon.
    The forum is open to the public, and is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Anderson County High School auditorium.
    Those wishing to submit questions can do so via e-mail to Ramona.karsner@anderson.kyschools.us.

  • Martin pleads, gets 23 years

    A former Lawrenceburg resident pleaded guilty April 19 to multiple charges of sex abuse, sodomy and rape and was sentenced to 23 years in prison.
    John C. Martin pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree sex abuse of a victim under the age of 12; two counts of second-degree sodomy; one count of second-degree rape (no force); and one count of third-degree rape.
    His plea follows several years of Martin being in and out of court. Earlier this year he rescinded a previous guilty plea, only to agree to the sentence last Tuesday in Anderson Circuit Court.

  • Bancroft indicted as persistent felony offender

    The man suspected of slicing his girlfriend’s throat and stuffing her body into a trash bag last fall was indicted April 20 as a persistent felony offender, according documents on file in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Gary Bancroft is charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the death of Frances Renee Mobley, who was found dead at Bancroft’s residence last September.