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  • 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.

  • Bikes banned in skateboard park, for now

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday morning to ban bicycles from the new skateboard park, at least temporarily.

    Magistrates unanimously approved the measure as part of adopting formal rules for the skateboard park, which opened earlier this summer.

    Magistrate Buddy Sims brought up the issue of bicycles, saying he knows little about skateboard parks but is concerned about the safety of having riders utilize the facility along with skateboarders.

  • Lost and found

    Lana Trent’s emotions ran from panic to elation in just one afternoon.

    The panic set in when she realized that a prized family heirloom had slipped from her finger while she had lunch last month at a local restaurant.

    Hours later, elation set in when the ring she thought she’d never see again was back on her finger where it belongs.

  • Coroner calls woman's death accidental drowning

    A woman died last Wednesday in what the Anderson County coroner’s office is preliminarily calling an accidental drowning.

    Linda Sue Hyatt Gill, 51, was found in the family pool around 1:20 a.m. on June 30, said Deputy Coroner David Walden.

    Walden said preliminary autopsy reports show Gill’s death was due to drowning, although toxicology reports and the final autopsy won’t be available for a few weeks.

    Gill’s daughter and a friend had been draining the pool June 29 to get it ready for swimming, Walden said.