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  • ANALYSIS: Here's where your tax dollars go

    It should come as no surprise that the county’s largest public employer, the school system, receives nearly 65 percent of all county tax dollars collected.

    What is surprising is that county government, which includes the judge-executive’s office, planning and zoning, electrical and building inspections and the highway department receives only slightly more than the public library.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings May 24.

    Terry S. Allen, hearing, operating a motor vehicle under the influence (BAC .138) -- show cause.

    Melissa D. Bamberger, arraignment, license to be in possession, operating a vehicle with an expired operator’s license -- dismissed.

    Martin G. Begley, arraignment, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance -- pleaded guilty, $643, show cause/installment/deferred payment Dec. 6.

  • Author says he doesn't know Drury

    The author of writing that appears on judge-executive hopeful Donna Drury’s campaign website says he never gave her permission to use the material.

    Asked last week why material written by someone else appeared on her website without crediting the actual author, Drury said she had received permission to do so.

    In two e-mails to The Anderson News, author Jerold Aust denies knowing Drury or giving her permission to use his thoughts on leadership on her website.

  • Honeysuckle death investigation still ongoing

    Investigators have ruled out homicide in the case of a man found dead in his home last Wednesday morning.

    “After an autopsy and further investigation, we were able to rule out homicide,” Anderson County Coroner Brian Ritchie said Thursday.

    However, the cause and manner of death of 53-year-old Richard Shamas will not be released until toxicology results and final autopsy reports are received, Ritchie said.

  • New ECC to be built near Ward

    A new Early Childhood Center will be built just off of U.S. 127 between the Anderson County Schools’ central office and Emma B. Ward Elementary School.

    The board of education voted unanimously in favor of building the new school on the Ward campus at a special meeting last Wednesday night.

    The board ultimately decided against building at the Robert B. Turner Elementary School campus, a site that had been the early favorite, primarily because of traffic issues on U.S. 62.

  • Walking for a cure

    Dillon Straub is taking everything day-by-day.

    The cliché is often overplayed, but for Straub it’s how life goes.

    Though only 16 years old, the Hillsdale, Mich., native has been diagnosed with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type II, a disease doctors say nobody truly understands completely.

    Accompanied by three friends also from Hillsdale, Straub is walking 860 miles to the Florida state line.

  • Kids go silly for Bandz trend

    Every generation has its youthful trend. And thanks to Silly Bandz, this one is no different.

    Silly Bandz are stretchy bands molded into various objects ranging from letters, to animals, to movie characters and even Michael Jackson.

    “We bought (our kids) the first package, it had 12 in the package, enough for them to get started and trade or whatever,” said Angie Cripe, who has three kids who all sport the popular bands. “And then if they want more they buy them with their own money.”

  • Ex-superintendent hires board member to run transportation

    A former Anderson County Board of Education member was recently named as the district’s new director of transportation.

    Jeff Young, who served on the board up until accepting the transportation director position, began his new job on Tuesday.

    The position came open at the end of last school year when Chuck Fletcher announced his retirement.

    Filling the transportation director position was one of the last tasks for outgoing superintendent Kim Shaw, who also retired.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings May 17.

    Kyle D. Zinninger, show cause, operating a motor vehicle under the influence -- paid.

    Carol J. Cornish, suppression hearing, operating a motor vehicle under the influence -- continued to June 28.

  • Judge candidate defends using other's words on her website

    At least some of the writings presented on leadership and tourism on judge-executive hopeful Donna Drury’s campaign website aren’t her own, she acknowledged in an interview Tuesday afternoon.

    The material she used does not credit the actual authors of the work, but Drury said she doesn’t think it is necessary to do so because she claims to have their permission to use it.

    “These are personal friends of mine,” she said.