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  • Schools closed Friday

    Anderson County schools are closed today (Friday), the school system announced at 6:15 a.m.

    According to a message from the district, schools are closed due to the “possibility of inclimate weather.”

    A mixture of snow and ice is expected to fall through the day, with temperatures topping out this afternoon around the freezing mark.

  • Library board approves amended $3.4M budget

    Library board director Pam Mullins said she budgets “conservatively,” not wanting to anticipate too much in income, or too little in expenses for the Anderson Public Library.
    And since the library board of trustees approved her final $3.336 million budget in May of 2012, there have been a few changes for both projected revenue and expenses.
    The board voted unanimously in its Jan. 15 meeting to amend the library’s budget from $3.336 to $3.442 million for the current fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

  • ‘Pirate’ sets sail on cancer-free life

    Joshua Huff, 6, slashed the air in his living room with his cutlass, a child-size, plastic toy sword.
    That’s the best thing about pirates, Joshua said, their swords.
    Now the Robert B. Turner first grader has a backyard pirate ship playground to match, courtesy of the non-profit Make-A-Wish Foundation.
    Joshua had been battling leukemia, a cancer that attacks the blood cells, since he was about 3, according to his mother Tammy Huff.  

  • News briefs: 1-23-13

    Pinewood Derby
    to be held Saturday
    The annual Pinewood Derby for Cub Scout Pack 38 will be held this Saturday, Jan. 26 starting at 9 a.m. at Lawrenceburg United Methodist Church, located at 565 Carlton Drive.
    Cub scouts will race against one another based on rank with all the winners of each race competing in a championship race at 1:30 p.m.
    Trophies will be presented to the winners after each race.

    Two named to
    Century Bank positions

  • Third graders find, return missing cash

    When Robert B. Turner Elementary Principal Wayne Reese called last Tuesday, Chasidy Hawkins thought one of two things had happened to her son Tyler.
    One: Tyler had gotten sick, possibly with the flu.
    Two: Tyler had gotten in a fight with a female classmate.
    Contrary to Chasidy’s fears, the prinicipal had news about Tyler that would make Chasidy’s day, he said.
    And it did.
    Tyler, 9, and classmate Lakesha Gerow, 8, had asked their teacher to be excused to go to the restroom.

  • Secretariat Drive man gets 20 years for child porn

    The Lawrenceburg man who late last year pleaded guilty to a host of child pornography distribution charges was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday morning in Anderson County Circuit Court.
    Mark Hawks, 55, who previously lived at 402 Secretariat Drive, received the maximum sentence allowed, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Donnell.
    Public defender Scott Getsinger asked Judge Charles Hickman to consider parole for Hawks, who had a previous sex offense conviction in the late 1980s for inappropriately touching an 8-year-old niece.

  • Obama ‘wasting billions’ on gun control

    President Obama’s executive orders and proposed legislation to control guns will waste billions of taxpayer dollars and do little to prevent further tragedies such as the one in Connecticut, according to Anderson County Sheriff Troy Young.
    Young shared his thoughts on gun control during an interview with The Anderson News last Friday afternoon, just days after Obama’s release of a month-long study on the issue following the murder of more than two dozen children and adults at an elementary school in Connecticut.

  • Water line breaks cause trouble for residents, workers

    Two city water line breaks, one starting last Thursday and another on Monday, have caused problems for residents, and the workers attempting to stem the leaks.  
    Public Works Director Larry Hazlett reported at the city council’s meeting Monday night that workers are attempting to fix a water line break underneath a section of the railroad tracks at the intersection of North Main and Center Street.  

  • Zoners want to shrink historic district, let owners opt out

    A discussion on creating a historic district in Lawrenceburg led to more questions than answers for the planning and zoning board last Tuesday night.
    What the board says it does know: Planning and Zoning can either recommend or not recommend the creation of a historic district in Lawrenceburg.
    The board must hold a public hearing in February, with affected property owners properly notified.
    The city council will have the final vote, and the ultimate power to establish the district, or dismiss the proposal entirely.

  • News briefs: 1-16-13

    Jacoby honored at The Citadel
    William Earl Jacoby of Lawrenceburg was recently honored for outstanding academic achievement at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, during the fall semester of the 2012-013 academic year, the college announced.
    Jacoby earned one of the college’s top academic honors, a Gold Star. Gold Stars are presented to students who achieve a 3.7 grade point average or higher during a semester’s course work.
    Gold Stars are worn on the collar of the cadet full dress and dress uniforms and the summer leave uniform.