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  • Community members pray, reflect on Sandy Hook tragedy

    More than 25 people braved the cold and windy snow to remember the victims of the Dec. 14 mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn., during the ‘Hugs for Sandy’ memorial event held last Friday morning.
    The idea for the service came from second grader Brianna May, who was handing out white carnations and programs to bundled-up attendees.
    Brianna also came up with the name of the event, “Hugs for Sandy,” because “people like hugs.”
    “I just wanted to do something nice,” Brianna said.

  • Ex-city councilman charged with being drunk at meeting

    A man who once served on Lawrenceburg City Council and ran unsuccessfully for mayor was arrested Tuesday night for alcohol intoxication during a meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.
    Allen Kays, 68, of 1048 David Drive, was escorted from the fiscal court chambers moments after magistrates concluded a work session.

  • Health board says Wright is right man for the job

    Tim Wright shed the interim label he has had for the past 10 months after the Anderson County Board of Health unanimously selected him as health department director last Thursday night.
    The health board interviewed Wright and two other candidates in closed session before publically voting Wright into the position.
    Wright beamed when the board voted as his wife, Tammy Lou, and several health department staff members applauded the decision.
    Afterward he said having the interim label removed doesn’t mean his goals have changed.

  • A promise to God

    Hunter Mueller drove past his frozen children every day on the way to work.
    He’d pray to God to keep those six embryos safe, he said, because part of himself, as well as the future Mueller family, waited in that building at the UC Center for Reproductive Health in Cincinnati.
    “Literally, I pass right by that building,” Hunter, who lives in Lawrenceburg and still commutes to Cincinnati, said as he sat on his living room couch next to his wife, Carla.

  • Gun scare leads to man’s arrest

    With the nation on edge following the recent mass shooting in Connecticut, it’s understandable that West Park Plaza McDonald’s customers became concerned when they saw a young man holding what appeared to be a .45 caliber handgun outside of the restaurant last Wednesday afternoon.
    They became even more concerned when the man, Mark A. Vest, 18, of 1128 Gregory Lane allegedly stuffed the gun into the back of his pants and started walking into the restaurant with two other men.

  • Second grader helps organize public memorial for Sandy Hook Elementary families

    Saffell Street second grader Brianna May wanted to do something for the grieving families affected by last week’s tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that resulted in 28 deaths.

    Her mother, Angie May, was trying to figure out the best way to tell her daughter Brianna, 7, what had happened at the Sandy Hook Elementary school on Dec. 14.

    This was Brianna’s response to the news.

    “’We could pray for them and we can have candles and balloons,’” Angie recalled her daughter saying.

  • He stocks groceries by day, rocks bluegrass on weekends

    Christmas Day, 1989.
    Brad Gulley, 7, wields his first guitar — a no name, knock-off Takamine.
    A family photo captured the moment.
    Gulley, now 30, preserved the memory for the fourth verse of a Christmas song.
    A song featured on the “Christmas the Mountain Way” compilation record that garnered a rave review from Country Music Television and a spot on its 12-pick list of Christmas albums for this year.

  • Sewage dumping case now involves state, federal authorities

    The investigation into an estimated 1,500 gallons of raw sewage dumped into the ravine off Wildcat Road earlier this month is ongoing and now involves state and federal agencies.
    Det. Bryan Taylor of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that he is now working with state and federal authorities, and that he has interviewed suspects in the case.

  • Councilman calls county judge’s parking sign ‘illegal’

    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway is breaking the law by having a reserved parking sign installed for himself on Ollie Bowen Drive, according to one city councilman.
    “It’s illegal,” Councilman Ken Evans said when told that Conway had the sign put up. “It’s an encroachment on the city’s right of way and needs to come down.”
    Conway had the sign re-installed last week on the heels of the city council’s vote to deny his request to have the street turned over to the county.

  • ‘Waddy Werewolf’ meeting packs local Ruritan Club

    By Todd Martin
    The Sentinel-News
    WADDY – Residents seem convinced that the recent brutal maulings of several animals in southeast Shelby County were the blood-thirsty attacks of nothing more than a dog.
    Most of more than 100 residents and community who attended a meeting Monday night at the Waddy Ruritan Club, expressed certainty that a rogue dog, or dogs, is responsible for the mauled calves and goats, at least five of which have had to be euthanized, which were found between Nov. 30 and Dec. 6.
    And now there could be confirmation coming.