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  • Fultz keeps job, will return Jan. 4

    When students return to the middle school following their Christmas vacation, Principal Gina Fultz is expected to be there, too.
    School Superintendent Sheila Mitchell confirmed Monday afternoon that she was aware of Fultz’ arrest and, as of Monday, Fultz remained employed.
    “I have not issued a suspension at this time,” Mitchell said. “As of right now, she’ll be back Jan. 4 with the students.”

  • Slain toddler’s mom awarded $250,000 in lawsuit vs. city

    The City of Lawrenceburg has agreed to pay the mother of a murdered toddler $250,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed last year.
    The settlement was based in part on a federal judge’s ruling that the city failed to properly train and supervise its police officers.
    Candice Dempsey’s son, Cole Frazier, was removed from her custody last May by Lawrenceburg police and handed over to his father, Timothy Frazier, who two weeks later killed the toddler and then himself.

  • Waddy mourns child’s death

    Sadness has blanketed the Shelby County community of Waddy and Heritage Elementary, where 6-year-old Elizabeth Brown went to kindergarten.

  • Water rate increase on tap?

    During this month’s meeting of the Lawrenceburg City Council, the city received a clean audit report, except for one thing.
    Auditor Tom Smith told council members the city needs to find a way to increase its revenue in the water and sewer departments to comply with its suggested bond parity rating, City Clerk Administrator Robbie Hume said.
    The water and sewer departments operate out of a separate budget than the rest of the city’s expenses, and the parity rating for that separate budget was 1.12 last year. The city’s suggested rating is 1.3.

  • ECC bond sale called a success

    Last week’s bond sale to fund the new Early Childhood Center project “went fine,” and the district is set to move forward with a 14-classroom facility, Anderson County Superintendent Sheila Mitchell said Friday afternoon.
    However, Mitchell said the consensus from board members is that they will most likely change the plan to a 10-classroom facility. An official decision to do so will not be made until Jan. 4, at the earliest, she said.
    The board is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 4 to discuss the ECC project and other topics, Mitchell said.

  • Water line mailer raises questions for second time

    For the second time this year, Lawrenceburg residents are receiving a mailer about water service line coverage that, on first glance, appears as though it could be from a local utility provider.
    Several residents contacted The Anderson News with questions about the mailer last week, and wondered if it was a scam.
    A similar mailer from the same company, Home Service USA Management Corp., or Homeserve, made the rounds in February.

  • Middle school principal charged with DUI

    Anderson County Middle School Principal Gina Fultz, 48, was charged with driving under the influence Dec. 10 near her home in Madison County, according to police records.

  • Police arrest suspect in armed robbery

    The man police say confessed to robbing a Hilltop gas station last Thursday night had a very short time to enjoy the estimated $1,200 he made off with.

  • Anderson County Schools closed Friday

    Anderson County students are starting their winter break a little earlier than expected this year.

    Students will not be in school Friday, according to a One Call Now announcement from the district around noon Thursday.

    Students missed four out of five days this week because of two blasts of wintry weather.

    Several inches of snow blanketed the area on Sunday, canceling school on Monday and Tuesday.

    Students were in class on a one-hour delay Wednesday, but back out Thursday when another band of snow, this time mixed with ice, hit the area.

  • Kentucky boy, Kentucky proud

    Marvin Truman Smith Jr. was the only Kentucky boy in his battalion when he entered Army boot camp in 1981 at Fort Dix, N.J.