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  • Tears, cheers when soldier surprises folks at ‘Madness’

    The Anderson County High School gym has erupted over big 3-pointers, slam dunks and heart-stopping wins for decades.
    But none came close to the drama that played itself out last Saturday night during the annual Cat Madness program.
    Joe and Kathy Campbell were brought to the gym floor during the event, allegedly to speak with their son, Joseph, via an internet program from where he was serving his second tour of duty in Iraq.

  • Black Friday? Nope, Red Friday

    Black Friday? I don’t think so.


    How about Red Friday?


    Anderson County Bearcat Red, that is.


    And forget about Occupying Wall Street or any other place other than Warford Stadium on Friday night, 7:30. There is still some high school football to be played in Lawrenceburg.
    The Bearcats will be hosting Southwestern, from Pulaski County, the state Class 5A semi-finals.
    Read that again. The Bearcats are just one win away from the state championship game.

  • Visitation, services scheduled for late county clerk

    Visitation for former county clerk Julian Birdwhistell is scheduled for 3 to 8 p.m. today at Sand Spring Baptist Church.

    Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, also at the church.

    Pallbearers will be Tom Moore, Harold Case, Mark, Bob, and Scott Birdwhistell, Steve Carr, Bob Cook, and Floyd Scott. The deacons and members of Freedom/Fellowship Sunday school class at Sand Spring Baptist Church will serve as honorary bearers.

    Birdwhistell died Monday. He was 88.

  • Audit shows city council spending up 11 percent

    The city council reviewed and approved both its yearly audit and a million-dollar economic development grant to build a new water tank at its Nov. 14 meeting.
    The city’s net assets increased by $93,537 for the fiscal year, yet government spending increased by 11 percent, according to an independent audit of the city’s finances.

  • Fired ex-social worker in court Tuesday for disposition hearing

    The fired ex-social worker charged in tampering with public records in cases involving alleged sexual abuse of children is scheduled to appear Tuesday, Nov. 22 in Anderson County Circuit Court for a disposition hearing.
    The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m.
    Margaret “Geri” Murphy pleaded not guilty in September to nine felony charges based on a number of child custody cases she was supposed to investigate between 2006 and 2010.

  • Murder suspect in court Tuesday

    The man charged with murdering a Clay Burgin Road woman in January is scheduled to appear next Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Terrance Cram, 49, allegedly murdered Tena McNeely, 49, on Jan. 3 at her residence on Clay Burgin Road, about 14 miles west of Lawrenceburg.
    Cram disappeared, leaving a trail of receipts from credit cards he allegedly stole from McNeely following her murder.
    He was captured several months later in Arizona.
    He is also charged with tampering with physical evidence and fraudulent misuse of a credit card.

  • Citation Lane man indicted for trafficking to minor

    A Citation Lane man was indicted Nov. 8 by the Anderson County Grand Jury on multiple drug trafficking and possession charges, including one involving a minor.
    Jeffrey S. Perkins, 42, of 4129 Citation Lane, faces several felony and misdemeanor charges for possession and trafficking of Oxycodone, Phenergan and Trazadone in separate incidents dating back to March, according to the indictment.

  • Mom pulls son from flame-filled bedroom

    An Alton Station family is safe following a fire early Monday morning that caused significant damage to their home.
    But it was close.
    Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes said only fast action by a woman inside the home likely saved her child.
    “For whatever reason, the mother woke up, smelled smoke and went in to check on the boy, who is 3 to 4 years old,” Barnes said.

  • Dinner with Deputies Nov. 18 to benefit Shop With a Cop

    A deputy serving a search warrant or other legal documents?
    Happens all the time.
    But a plate of barbecue, slaw and beans? Happens once a year.
    For the second consecutive year deputies with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office will wait on tables Friday, Nov. 18 at Tony’s BBQ Barn, located at 1435 US 127 Bypass, just north of the intersection of Highway 151. Tips collected by the deputies will go toward the department’s annual Shop With a Cop program, which provides Christmas gifts for underprivileged children.

  • Son shot by dad on opening day of deer season

    A man accidentally shot his 21-year-old son in the arm early Saturday morning on Meadow Lane as they were preparing for the opening of deer season, according to a report released by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
    Lexington residents John Bailey Jr. and his son, John Bailey III, were at a relative’s residence on Meadow Lane when the elder Bailey was teaching his son, who had never been hunting, how to use a .30-.30 lever-action Marlin rifle, according to the report.