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  • Local soldier seriously wounded in Afghanistan

    A Lawrenceburg soldier was seriously wounded Monday while fighting in Afghanistan, the Army has confirmed

    Spc. Seth Goodlett, 21, sustained a broken vertebrae, a severe concussion and broken shoulder.

    He is a son of Rodney Goodlett and Debbie Cummins of Lawrenceburg.

    He is listed in serious condition after being transported to a hospital in Baghram, Afghanistan, his father said, and is expected to fully recover.

    His father said he will next be transported to Germany before returning to the United States.

  • Search for possible jumper continues

    A search in under way this afternoon for the body of a man who possibly jumped from the Tyrone Bridge earlier today.

    Two rescue boats were launched around 11 a.m. from the boat ramp in Tyrone, Emergency Management Services Director Bart Powell has confirmed. The boats were still searching as of 4 p.m. It was unclear how long the search would continue Friday, but is expected to resume Saturday morning.

  • 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.