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  • Anderson County school district shows improvement in audit

    If Anderson County Schools spent like they did last year, Auditor Denise Keen said, the district would have been broke.
    But according to the 2010-2011 audit report presented at Monday’s board meeting, the district increased its general fund revenue by $253,401, a definite improvement from last year’s deficit of $1.1 million.
    The school’s contingency fund, $1.5 million, showed positive growth at 4.2 percent , as opposed to last year’s 2.3 percent.

  • Unused phone lines costing county plenty

    Taxpayers are footing the bill for phone lines that county employees not only don’t need, but ones they don’t use and perhaps don’t know even exist.
    That’s the consensus following last Tuesday night’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court following a pitch by a pair of salesmen from a company trying to get the county to use their service.

  • Competency hearing set for murder suspect

    The man charged with the murder of an Anderson County woman is scheduled for a competency hearing next month.
    Dressed in prison garb and handcuffed, Terrance Cram, 49, appeared Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court where Judge Charles Hickman set the hearing for Dec. 20 at 10:30 a.m.
    Cram will be evaluated by a doctor before the hearing.

  • Discovery turned over in ex-social worker case

    The attorney for the former social services worker charged with nine felony counts of tampering with public records asked for and received a continuation in the case Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Lawrenceburg attorney Bill Patrick, who is representing Margaret “Geri” Murphy, said he had recently received a “substantial amount of discovery” from the state Attorney General’s office, and requested time to review it before deciding how his to proceed.

  • 50 years of blessings

    The Briscoes and the Harleys share more than just the same wedding anniversary.
    They’ve shared the same street, the same church home and the same fond memories in a friendship spanning more than 40 years.
    Now they’ll share the blessings of both their friendship and their marriages in a joint celebration of their 50th wedding anniversaries.
    Davis and Mary Jane Cox Briscoe married Dec. 2, 1961, as did Roy and Velena Gash Harley.
    Velena remembers short-sleeves and a usually warm 75-degree December day.

  • Birdwhistell honored for faith, service

    To many who knew Julian Birdwhistell, he was the greatest of men.
    In honoring the former county clerk’s memory, those who knew him remembered his faith, his service and his legacy as an esteemed member of Anderson County.
    Birdwhistell died last Monday morning. He was 88.
    During his services at Sand Spring Baptist Church, he was honored, eulogized and remembered as one of Anderson County’s finest and most beloved citizens before being laid to rest in the church cemetery.

  • Tears, cheers when soldier surprises folks at ‘Madness’

    The Anderson County High School gym has erupted over big 3-pointers, slam dunks and heart-stopping wins for decades.
    But none came close to the drama that played itself out last Saturday night during the annual Cat Madness program.
    Joe and Kathy Campbell were brought to the gym floor during the event, allegedly to speak with their son, Joseph, via an internet program from where he was serving his second tour of duty in Iraq.

  • Black Friday? Nope, Red Friday

    Black Friday? I don’t think so.


    How about Red Friday?


    Anderson County Bearcat Red, that is.


    And forget about Occupying Wall Street or any other place other than Warford Stadium on Friday night, 7:30. There is still some high school football to be played in Lawrenceburg.
    The Bearcats will be hosting Southwestern, from Pulaski County, the state Class 5A semi-finals.
    Read that again. The Bearcats are just one win away from the state championship game.

  • Visitation, services scheduled for late county clerk

    Visitation for former county clerk Julian Birdwhistell is scheduled for 3 to 8 p.m. today at Sand Spring Baptist Church.

    Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, also at the church.

    Pallbearers will be Tom Moore, Harold Case, Mark, Bob, and Scott Birdwhistell, Steve Carr, Bob Cook, and Floyd Scott. The deacons and members of Freedom/Fellowship Sunday school class at Sand Spring Baptist Church will serve as honorary bearers.

    Birdwhistell died Monday. He was 88.

  • Audit shows city council spending up 11 percent

    The city council reviewed and approved both its yearly audit and a million-dollar economic development grant to build a new water tank at its Nov. 14 meeting.
    The city’s net assets increased by $93,537 for the fiscal year, yet government spending increased by 11 percent, according to an independent audit of the city’s finances.