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  • Out of classroom and into the fire

    Junior firefighters don’t take pop quizzes or fill-in-the-bubble tests.
    The real test, according to junior firefighter Cassie Rowe, is at the scene of a structure fire or car crash.
    Firefighters need to be calm. Firefighters should be able to talk to people.  
    Developing both skills can be hard to take out of theory in trainings and put into practice, she said.  
    “If you ever roll up on a fire scene, you better know what you’re doing,” Cassie, a senior at Anderson County High School, said.

  • Police: Women threatened rape claim if man didn’t pay

    Two Mercer County women are charged with extortion for allegedly saying they would claim a local man raped them if he didn’t give them cash.
    Lynnette Marie Ballou, 26, and Shene Warfield, 31, both of 515 Marimon Drive, Harrodsburg, were taken into custody last week by the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

  • Teen pleads not guilty to high school threats

    The Lawrenceburg teen accused of sending text messages threatening to “choke the life out” of a female student and to “have another Columbine” at the Anderson County High School recently pleaded not guilty to numerous charges related to the Jan. 28 incident.
    James R. Tindal, 19, of 1430 Van Buren Road, Lawrenceburg, appeared in Anderson County District Court Jan. 31 and pleaded not guilty to 25 counts of third-degree terroristic threatening, one count of second-degree terroristic threatening and 41 counts of harassing communications.

  • Fast and furious

    For extra speed in the Pinewood Derby, rub graphite pencil shavings on the wheels.
    That’s what Pack 38 Cub Scout and first grader Clay Knight, 6, said he used on his winning entry during Lawrenceburg annual Pinewood Derby event held last Saturday.
    His brother Troy, 9, recommends using extra weights.
    “The heavier it is, the faster it will go,” the Emma B. Ward third grader said. “I put quite a few weights on it.”

  • Teens OK after vehicle lands upside down in creek

    Sunday’s fire wasn’t the only thing that kept Anderson County’s first responders busy.
    In the span of a few hours firefighters and EMS responded to a total of seven incidents, including one involving two teenagers whose car flipped upside down in Hammond’s Creek.
    Both teenagers were transported to area hospitals for precautionary purposes, EMS officials said, but were not seriously hurt.
    The vehicle in which the teens were riding apparently went off a steep driveway, flipped and landed on the roof in the creek.

  • Failing youth football program ‘dysfunctional’

     

     

    What if a town was home of a statewide high school football power drawing overflow crowds on Friday nights but did not have enough boys signing up to form a youth league in the same sport?

  • ‘Hey-hey, ho-ho, Roe v. Wade has got to go’

    When a young woman saw the sign Alonzo Gaines was carrying around Lawrenceburg last Friday afternoon, he said she began to cry.
    “It was obvious to me that she had already had an abortion,” said Gaines, who was decked out in  camouflage coveralls with a variety of anti-abortion buttons gracing his clothes and hat.
    “I asked her if she had already asked God for forgiveness, and she said yes. Then I told her there is one more important thing she needed to do, and that was forgive herself.”

  • No tax increase puts teacher pay raises in jeopardy

    Given the school board’s choice last year to keep the tax rate flat, Anderson County High School teachers will be lucky to get a salary step increase next fall, Finance Officer Nick Clark warned the school board.
    Clark, who presented next year’s draft budget to the school board during its meeting Monday night, said without a tax increase, the board may be only able to give teachers a salary step increase, minus last year’s 1 percent raise.  

  • Fire damages home in Alton

    An Alton man’s home sustained damage Sunday when an electrical problem caused his home to catch fire.
    The home, located at 1688 Grafenburg Road, caught fire while the owner was watching television, according to Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes.
    “He was watching TV when a fuse blew,” Barnes said. “He went out to the garage, put in a new fuse and went back inside and turned the TV back on.”
    A short time later the fuse blew again, Barnes said.

  • Boil water advisories lifted for Fairview Drive, Woodford Street

    A boil water advisory has been lifted for all city water customers located east of Fairview Drive and north of Woodford Street following Thursday morning repair work on a damaged valve.

    The Lawrenceburg water department shut off water Thursday morning in order to conduct emergency repair of a damaged valve, according to a release from city hall.