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  • Late Marine’s death benefits ‘misused’

    When Marine Cpl. Timothy Lewis volunteered to defend his country, he made it clear that if he died doing while doing so, his young daughter was to receive the financial benefits paid to survivors of those who make the ultimate sacrifice.
    That apparently didn’t happen, though, and the child’s mother is now facing 33 felony counts for theft by failure to make required disposition.

  • Anderson County's 5 Most Interesting People: The Native

    Boy, could her mare soar.
    Rhetta Mountjoy, 98, remembers racing her horse — fresh from the racetrack according to her recollections — down to her family home on Wildcat Road about five miles from town.
    “And then I had a mare that I drove to school,” Rhetta said. “She came straight off the racetrack. She could really fly.”

  • Anderson County's 5 Most Interesting People: The Letter Writer

    “Kjare, Duncan,” the teenage photojournalist from Norway began.
    Monika’s letter to Duncan Adams, a 17-year-old Anderson County High School senior, included a small language lesson.
    She had underlined a few English words in colored pencil to match the text of a second letter, the Norwegian translation.
    Duncan requested all of his pen pals to write one letter in English, and then translate the same text into their native tongues.  
    Another pen pal, a teenage girl from Finland, obliged Duncan’s request. Sort of.

  • Man charged with impersonating cop

    A Lawrenceburg man was charged Dec. 18 for driving under the influence and impersonating a police officer.
    Christopher Kyle Kessinger, 34, of 1288 Pigeon Fork Road, was stopped on Interstate 64 by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office after off duty Lawrenceburg Police officer Bryan Brashears reported he was driving recklessly, according to a report released by the sheriff’s office.

  • Taxpayers buy iPads for library board

    The Anderson County Public Library’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously during its Dec. 17 meeting to purchase five iPads for library board business as the board transitions to a new paperless policy.
    Trustees, with the exception of absent board member Martha McNaghten, voted to give library Director Pam Mullins the purchasing authority to buy five computer tablets to be used solely for board business by trustees.  

  • Night at the movies with the Rasmussens

    “The Avenstoke” begins every feature film screening with a newsreel.
    A Thursday night showing at the Lawrenceburg theater — located in the Rasmussen’s daughter’s old bedroom at the top of the stairs in a warm house at the end of a snowy, windy road off Avenstoke Road — featured war footage from mid April 1945.

  • Anderson County's 5 Most Interesting People: The Cake Boss

    Forget dying twice after suffering a massive heart attack.
    Forget walking his daughter Amber down the aisle at her beachfront Florida nuptials.
    Noah Pruitt was scared to death of Amber’s wedding cake: a tiered Italian crème flavored confection decorated with chocolate conch shells and seashells.
    That first wedding cake, baked by Noah to save money on wedding expenses, became the sweet foundation of Pruitt’s booming baking business Sugar Buzz Custom Cakes and Confections.

  • Indigent?

    The woman charged with tying up her 3-year-old granddaughter may have perjured herself in an attempt to obtain a taxpayer-provided attorney to represent her against a charge of first-degree criminal child abuse, court documents show.
    She also apparently did not inform the court of a change in her financial status based on a conversion or “reverse” mortgage for $132,000 she received in September.

  • Anderson County's 5 Most Interesting People: The Gunmaker

    Imagine mowing your yard one blade of grass at a time, or painting your home with a single bristle from a brush.
    That level of patience, and perhaps a bit more, is what Mark Marriccini needs to do what started as a hobby but has since become one of his life’s passions: building Revolutionary War-era flintlock rifles.
    At an average of 300 work hours each to construct, Mark said patience, and no small amount of discipline, are the two main requirements to creating the masterpieces

  • Anderson County's 5 Most Interesting People: The Missionary

    You’re about to meet someone the likes of which you’ve never met before.
    So take a deep breath, hang on and enjoy getting to know Marty Sperow.
    Marty knows what it’s like to be stranded in a Jeep filled with sick and dying people on a dangerous Honduras road in the middle of the night.
    She knows what it’s like to be forced to hide in the mud on a riverbank from people who are trying to kill her in one of the most treacherous places on Earth.
    She knows what it’s like to flee her native country during a communist invasion.