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  • 'I'm a preacher'

    For more than 25 years, Gene Koons told people they need to be ready.

    Since Nov. 20, Koons has been living and breathing ready at a level he never envisioned when he uttered those words while preaching to his congregation at Corinth Christian Church.

    “Oh, yeah. Big time,” he said, using one of his favorite phrases.

    Already legally blind, Koons suffered a major heart attack at his home on that fateful Friday. The next day he suffered a stroke that has, for the time being at least, cost him the use of his left arm and leg.

  • Officers admit not reading judge's order in murdered toddler case

    The Lawrenceburg police officers who took a 21-month-old child away from its mother and gave it to its father last year have admitted under oath that they didn’t read in its entirety a document they thought gave them to authority to do so.

    The child, Cole Frazier, was later shot to death by his father in a murder-suicide, touching off a firestorm of criticism against Lawrenceburg police and a resulting federal lawsuit.

  • No homeless, but 18 families 'precariously housed'

    No truly homeless families were uncovered during a count last Thursday conducted by Bluegrass Community Action, but organizers say that doesn’t mean problems don’t exist.

    Becky Stratton, a community developer who works for the agency in Lawrenceburg, said the count revealed that Anderson County has 18 “homeless” families that are “precariously housed.”

    Asked what that term means, Stratton said it includes multiple families living on single-family homes.

  • Candidates set for May primaries, November elections

    The filing period for this year’s election cycle ended last Tuesday, and there will be no shortage of candidates from which voters will be able to choose.

    Judge-Executive

    Incumbent Democrat Steve Cornish will square off in May with challenger John Wayne Conway, magistrate for the county’s 6th District. The winner will be challenged in November by Republican Chip Chambers, the county’s highway supervisor, and Donna Drury, an independent candidate.

    Magistrate

  • Wrestling event to benefit ailing Turner student

    Is there a better way to benefit an ailing 8-year-old wrestling fan than to host a benefit wrestling event in his honor?

    Russell Schweighardt doesn’t think so.

    Schweighardt, on behalf of Salt River Landing and in conjunction with the Southern Wrestling Alliance, is planning an event to benefit Caleb Pack, a student at Robert B. Turner Elementary School, who is currently in a coma at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville.

  • Anderson County Schools closed today

    Anderson County Schools are closed today, Feb. 9, school officials announced this morning.

    A blanket of snow covered the area overnight, and Anderson and surrounding counties are under a winter storm warning until 1 p.m.

    Check back here for more information as it becomes available.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Oct. 26.

    Clayton G. McPherson, arraignment, operating on a suspended/revoked operator’s license -- amended to no license in possession, $163, installment/deferred payment Nov. 30; failure to surrender a revoked operator’s license, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance -- dismissed.

    Brian D. Morgan, arraignment, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance -- dismissed.

  • Child advocates request funds, leave meeting empty handed

    A group that helps guide abused and neglected children through the court system says it’s time for Anderson County to pay its fair share of the service.

    Judge-Executive Steve Cornish said that can’t happen until at least next year.

    Officials with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) made their pitch for funding during last Tuesday night’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

  • Magistrate demands payment on park debt

    The judge-executive’s refusal to abide by a motion he voted for to use rent money from the Extension office to pay down debt on the county park has at least one magistrate demanding it be done.

    Magistrate Forrest Dale Stevens questioned Judge-Executive Steve Cornish during last Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting, asking him why that rent money isn’t being used to pay park debt.

  • January surprise: Chambers files for judge-executive

    A stunning, last-second filing has thrown wide open the race for Anderson County judge-executive.

    Chip Chambers, the county’s highway supervisor, shocked the county’s political establishment by filing for this November’s general election late Tuesday afternoon at the Anderson County Courthouse. Chambers, a Republican, filed his paperwork about an hour before the official filing period ended.