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  • School board opts to keep health department nurses

    The Anderson County Board of Health gambled that the school district would continue funding its school nurses when it hesitatingly approved its budget last month.
    The decision paid off last Thursday night when the Anderson County Board of Education voted unanimously to continue funding the school nurse program, despite a slight drop in the number of nurses the health department will provide.
    The school board approved $121,360 for what amounts to 4.5 school nurses in the coming school year, the same amount it paid last year for five nurse positions.

  • Anderson County Grand Jury indicts three on charges

    The following were indicted June 4 by the Anderson County Grand Jury, according to information released Monday by the Anderson Circuit Clerk’s office.
    Deanna R. Morgan, 26, of 102 Whiteway, Lawrenceburg was indicated for two counts of unlawful distribution of a methamphetamine precursor.
    The charge stems from an incident on April 12.
    James T. Purvis, 45, of 812 Augusta St., Frankfort was indicted on wanton or reckless exploitation of an adult, over $300.
    The indictment stems from an incident in August, 2012.

  • Teen, grandfather sentenced for Hammond Rd. wreck

    The teenager and her grandfather charged in March after the car she was driving veered off Hammond Road and destroyed a large amount of telephone equipment have each been sentenced to six months in jail, according to their attorney, Bill Patrick.
    Their sentences were discharged for two years provided they pay fines and stay out of trouble.
    Johnna M. Lohman, 18, of 1070 Buckley Lane apparently struck a patch of ice in March, sending her car off the road and into the telephone equipment. She then fled the scene.

  • Anderson grad empowering homeless through art

    Editor’s note: This story was published in the June issue of Nashville Arts Magazine. It appears here with permission.

    By Joe Nolan
    Nashville Arts Magazine
    Nicole Brandt is a junior at Nashville’s Belmont University and the founder of Poverty & the Arts. She came up with the idea for her program one day two years ago when she was working at her campus job.
    As a campus coordinator at Belmont’s Center of Service Learning, Brandt was responsible for planning three service projects each semester.

  • Two hurt when car hits motorcycle

    Slick road conditions are being blamed for a two-vehicle wreck Sunday afternoon that hospitalized a motorcyclist and his passenger.
    A vehicle driven by Lavon Gothay of Louisville was southbound on Highway 151 just north of Eagle Lake when it crossed into the path of a motorcycle driven by Joseph Anderson, according to a news release from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Fiscal court votes to end free dumping

    Tossing out junk at the county’s highway facility will soon no longer be free.
    By a 5-2 vote, the Anderson County Fiscal Court approved last Tuesday charging 5 cents per pound ($100 a ton) for items thrown into its compactor. That includes throwing away yard debris as well as regular household trash.
    Disposal of recyclables will remain free.
    The decision includes purchasing a set of scales for around $55,000, along with hiring a full-time employee at an estimated $30,000 a year to collect fees.

  • Boy Scout Troop 37 to conduct flag retirement ceremony tonight

    Members of Lawrenceburg Boy Scout Troop 37 will celebrate Flag Day on Friday by retiring worn, torn or otherwise no longer serviceable US flags in a ceremony at the Veterans’ Wall of Honor on Broadway, the troop announced.
    The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. and all are welcome.
    The ceremony marks the 97th anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson’s proclamation of a national Flag Day. The troop invites those interested to bring their worn flags to be included in the retirement ceremony. Those with flags to be retired should arrive 30 minutes early.

  • City council approves $3.559 million budget, salary increases

    The city council unanimously approved the second reading of its $3.559 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year, including a 1.74 percent salary increase for mayor, city council and all city employees.
    The council approved the first reading of the 2013-2014 budget during its May meeting.
    All six council members were present during Monday night’s meeting.

  • Fundraiser set for slain officer’s family

    Lawrenceburg police officer Sean Wells has organized a fundraiser to help the family of a Bardstown police officer murdered last month.
    Wells and fellow officers will wait tables Wednesday, June 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Edwardo’s Pizza, located on Glensboro Road, with a portion of the proceeds and all of the tips collected going to office Jason Ellis’ family.
    Ellis was ambushed and murdered May 25 while removing debris off an exit on the Bluegrass Parkway.

  • Manager: Smoke from glass fire posed no danger

    If a tornado tore through the industrial park glass pile at Dlubak Glass Co., operations manager Tim Hostetler said, it’d be a disaster.
    It’d also be a disaster if a tornado came through Lawrenceburg and picked up rocks, cars or trees, he said.
    “If a natural disaster happens, it happens,” Hostetler said. “Look at Oklahoma — you get a 2-mile wide tornado, it’s going to tear up everything.”