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  • Kindergarten enrollment plummets

    Kindergarten enrollment has declined by roughly a third heading into the new school year, forcing the school district to cut three teaching positions and leaving it in a potential financial lurch.

    Derek Shouse, the district’s director of student services, confirmed last Friday that nearly 100 less kindergarten students are enrolled this year compared to last, and he isn’t exactly sure what has caused such a significant decline.

    “For whatever reason, they have not shown up,” said Shouse.

  • 'They thought they were going to die'

    A family of four was rescued from the Kentucky River on Thursday night after their boat got stuck on top of the dam at Lock 5.

    Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes said the event was one of the most nerve-racking he has witnessed.

    “It was a complicated rescue,” Barnes said.

    The Farley family was boating on the river, but was unfamiliar with that particular section, Barnes said.

    “[The father] was not familiar with that pool of the river and he didn’t realize there was a dam there,” Barnes said.

  • FEMA issues disaster declaration for Anderson County

    Anderson County has been designated for individual assistance and public assistance as part of Kentucky’s federal disaster declaration stemming from flooding last month, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials announced.

    Anderson County Emergency Management Director Bart Powell said he received the news on May 24.

    The disaster declaration does not promise individuals any funding, but opens the door so that those who have been affected can apply to see if they meet the requirements for assistance, Powell said.

  • Police nab suspected park vandal

    A Lawrenceburg man is facing a host of criminal charges after being arrested May 25 by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, including that he allegedly vandalized areas of the county park last month.

    Charles D. Fields, 18, of 182 Walker Lane, was charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal trespassing, third-degree criminal mischief, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of marijuana with a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

    Deputy Eddie Holmes is investigating the case.

  • Fields to lead Anderson High

    Ronnie Fields was announced as the next principal of Anderson County High School before a meeting of the school’s employees began on Tuesday morning.

    Fields, who is currently an associate principal at the school, will begin his job as principal on July 1.

    Steve Rucker, high school teacher and acting chair of the school’s site-based council, made the announcement, which was met with cheers and applause from the faculty and staff in attendance.

  • Flags raised at Healing Field

    Seven new flags were added to those already standing tall in the Healing Field on Sunday afternoon.

    During the annual Memorial Day Service, the American Legion Post 34 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 34 added seven flags and markers in honor of fallen soldiers.

    Each flag in the field represents a Kentucky soldier who has died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    The Healing Field is the only permanent memorial of its kind to honor those heroes.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Matthew K. Eckert heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings April 22.

    James A. Rice, hearing, complicity to receiving stolen property ($10,000/more), complicity to receiving stolen property (less than $10,000) -- remanded.

    Virginia T. Hilterbran, disposition, operating a motor vehicle under the influence -- pleaded guilty, sentenced to 215 days, to serve 150 days (credit time served, balance conditionally discharged for two years), 12-month operator’s license suspension, $1028, show cause Nov. 29.

  • Funnel clouds spotted over Anderson County

    At least two funnel clouds were spotted Friday night in Anderson County, but none reportedly touched down.

    Deputy Emergency Management Director Mike Barnes said one of the clouds was spotted in Alton around 7:30 p.m.

    “I was in Alton and saw that one myself,” Barnes said. “It was rotating pretty severely but never touched down.”

    The storm cell over Alton produced at least two funnel clouds, Barnes said.

  • So much more than curls

    Shawn Tucker loves horses so much she was willing to suffer for them — but thanks to a special breed, she doesn’t have to.

    Throughout college, Tucker made it a point to take one “fun” class each semester. At least one of those classes was an equitation class.

    Despite her love for riding, there was one thing she couldn’t avoid: her allergic reactions to horses were as strong as her love for them.

    Several years after college, while home-schooling her son, Trevor, Shawn and her husband, Louis, were ready to invest in horses.

  • Service to honor fallen heroes

    The American Legion Post 34, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 34 and the Department of Kentucky will host a memorial service in remembrance of fallen heroes. Troops at home and abroad that are still protecting and insuring our freedom will also be honored.

    The ceremony will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 30 at 725 W. Broadway.