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  • Health board launches septic tank survey

    The Anderson County Board of Health received plenty of public input about its now-defunct septic pumping ordinance.

    Now it’s looking for more.

    A subcommittee created to recommend what future ordinance, if any, should be considered to mandate septic tank pumping has developed an online survey, seeking public input.

    The eight-question survey is available at the Anderson County Health Department’s website, www.achdonline.org, and is available through Dec. 30.

  • Share your favorite holiday memories

    While you're decking the halls this Christmas season, snap a few photos or take a minute to send us your favorite family Christmas memory or tradition.

    Send your memories any time now through the week of Christmas, and we'll run them in an upcoming issue of The Anderson News.

    Take some Christmas photos, while decorating or opening presents, and we'll share those with the community after the holidays, too.

    Send your favorite memories and photos to news@theandersonnews.com.

    Have a safe and happy holiday season!

  • Maryland storm strands students

    Forty-four high school juniors, five chaperones and a tour guide stranded on the side of a Maryland interstate as snow bellowed down on their tour bus.

    With only a sketchy looking hotel’s blinking sign in sight, the situation had all the makings of a “perfect horror film,” said Ronnie Fields, associate principal at Anderson County High School.

    But with a little perseverance, the annual junior class trip to Washington, D.C., turned from horror flick to the happy ending of a family film.

  • Joshua's gift

    More than 30 people went under the clippers Friday morning at Walmart in support of a local 3-year-old boy diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year.

    The head shaving event raised around $2,300 for Joshua Huff and his family. Joshua is a son of Tom and Tammy Huff.

    Elizabeth Whitaker, Joshua’s aunt and a Walmart employee, said words couldn’t describe how much the family appreciated the community’s support.

    “I am so thankful,” Whitaker said. “These are wonderful people.”

  • Police say woman sent nude photos to 12-year-old

    A Lawrenceburg woman is accused of using a cell phone to send nude photos of herself using a vibrator to a 12-year-old Anderson County boy, and encouraging him to send back indecent photos of himself.

    Rachel Lawhon, 37, of 1167 Watts Run Road, has been charged with promoting a sexual performance by a minor, distribution of obscene matter to a minor and possession of matter portraying a sexual performance of a minor, according to reports obtained from the Lawrenceburg Police Department and Anderson District Court.

  • Bald is beautiful

    This Friday, around 30 local people are going bald — on purpose.

    A group of Walmart employees, and possibly some members of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, will be shaving their heads at the salon in Walmart beginning around 11 a.m.

    Why lose all that hair voluntarily? Because so many people, especially one Lawrenceburg boy, lose theirs involuntarily.

    The event is a fundraiser for Joshua Huff and his family. Joshua was diagnosed with leukemia this summer at the age of 3.

  • Food Court closes its doors

    The Lawrenceburg Food Court closed its doors last week.

    The business, featuring Long John Silvers and Arby’s, has had closed signs on its front doors for the past several days. The signs offer no explanation for the closure.

    It was located on Crossroads Drive on US 127 Bypass.

    The business has changed hands several times since it opened about eight years ago, and was shut down at least once before.

  • School board to politicians: Stay out

    After receiving requests to distribute campaign materials in some of Anderson County’s schools, the board of education approved a policy Monday night stating its opinion on the issue: it isn’t going to happen.

    Superintendent Kim Shaw said he received “a request or two” to hand out campaign materials to the students at school or during athletic events.

    Shaw said he didn’t think that was appropriate, and the board agreed, voting unanimously to approve the policy on first reading.

  • Main Street merchants to stay open late Friday

    Main Street merchants want people to visit their stores and restaurants during the holidays, and are willing to stay open late to make that happen.

    The Downtown Merchants Association announced Monday that many of its members will be open until 9 p.m. Friday night.

    “Come downtown and rediscover Lawrenceburg’s spirit,” said Steve Clatos, the group’s spokesperson and co-owner of Café on Main.

  • Mayor, committee reject bids for new skate park

    Two bids to construct a new skateboard park have been rejected, Mayor Edwinna Baker announced during Monday night’s meeting of the Lawrenceburg City Council.

    Baker offered no public explanation for their rejection, saying she met before the council meeting with members of the skate park committee and they reached a mutual decision.

    The decision means the project will have to be re-bid. That, combined with the current winter weather, likely means construction on the park will not start now until early spring.